DMM.Planets by teamLab

So first let me start this one with saying: “Everyone should see this and this should definatly come to the Netherlands!”

This exhibition is so, so cool. Sadly enough it has just ended but I was one of the thousands and thousands and don’t let me stop yet, THOUSANDS of lucky ones to see it. No seriously I waited 5 hours to get inside and although after almost 3 hours and a sudden rain fall I wanted to get out but I kept on pushing myself. One thing that helped were the nice people standing with me for 5 hours. The three ladies in front of me handed me their umbrella while the rain came falling down. Twice. And the family behind me wanted to share there fries with me but I asked if it’s okay to get out of the line to get my own.

Japanese people are the best people at waiting in line. I think it’s an art at what they do. I have seen them waiting in lines in Disney and they just keep going at it! After 5 hours they were still smiling and I was at my end. But then when I walked it I was all smiles.

Like they explain on the website, it is made for all ages and it invited you into all these different rooms like a big maze.

teamLab, an art collective, will present DMM.PLANETS Art by teamLab at Odaiba, Tokyo.

This will be the inaugural exhibition of newly announced initiative and will showcase some of the largest scale artworks by teamLab. An exciting digital maze of artworks including a massive “Wander through the Crystal Universe”(around 20 m x 20 m x 4 m) will be on show.
The huge installation will invite participants of all ages to immerse themselves in the multi-room environments spanning around 3,000sqm and showcasing multiple digital works. Participants will be invited to explore inside interactive artworks —including the largest Crystal Universe ever shown.

And it’s all pretty dark so you have to be pretty good at walking around in the dark. I didn’t film it because I was falling over the whole time but you start of with this bed like room with those little foamy balls beneath sheets, where you have to try and not fall or fall asleep. From there on you move into this bright crystal room what they call the Crystal Universe where there are lights EVERYWHERE. With the sounds/music in the background you kinda lose track of time but because it was kind off busy you sort of get directed to the exit. From that room you move onto the one filled with water and pull up your pants because it gets high! Like babies could swim kind of high.

With the white water and the projections it seems like your walking into this big pond of koi and flowers and it may sound weird but you will have to see it in my vlog! Because reading is boring anyways! In the last room you get to sit on this huge mirror while above your head flowers fall down in all kinds of sizes and colors. Now in between this all you are being guided, cleaned and lost in your own thoughts. But one thought just went through my mind “Why didn’t I bring my camera?!” Yeah I was kind of scared that something would happen to it and in the beginning you get this cute holder for your phone so it keeps dry so that is how I made this vlog!

Click on this text and enjoy and let me know what you think!

Oh and if you want like HD quality watch this little info from teamLab themselves!

 

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Experiencing fireworks in Japan, Sumida River

So as some of you know, Japanese summers are packed with firework festivals or just plain festivals. The one at the Sumida River is one of them. Sumida river is pretty much next to Asakusa and it’s (what the locals told me) the biggest Japanese fireworks festival in Japan.

Preparing for the Fireworks festival

Going to a festival like this takes some preparation. As you can see in the featured picture, there’s alot of blue going on. This is because people bring plastic sheets to sit in the grass and most of them are blue or some have cute prints. But trust me its mostly blue sheets. Now if you plan on bringing your own or finding a place for yourself then take my advice: GO EARLY. If you have a Japanese friend they too will say the same thing or even tell you not to go. At the moment I’m doing my internship and my coworkers told they weren’t going because it is WAY to busy. But then again I don’t mind the people (or so she thought).

So when you put your blue sheet feel free to move around! People don’t move your stuff or sit on them so you’re safe. Now I got there around 4 and met up with friends because I was invited to a get-together. Now the person who organized it was there at 11 and got a pretty good place although in the end the tree was kind of blocking the view.

What to do in the mean time?

That’s easy! Talk with your friends, take a nap, read a book or chat with people around you. You will see alot of families just enjoying their time together or couples cuddling. You will also see alot of people in Yukata’s because its summer! And it’s also kind of the thing they wear during festivals. I went to a local combini (aka mini supermarket) and stacked up on some drinks and snacks to get me through the time. Things like snacks that are often eaten are sausages, takoyaki, yakitori, kakigori, corn and this accompanied by beer and softdrinks. But mostly beer. At the same time you also might be trying not to get crazy from all the cascada sounds. Yes just like other major bugs that arrive in summer the cascada is one of them and the most annoying one. In front of my internship there’s a park full of them and the moment I step out of the metro exit you are welcomed by their song. (less fun when you’re hunting Pokemon)

Now there’s also different kinds of fireworks to see and I will put a link where you can see what the different fireworks were during the Sumida river festival. But I have also made a vlog for you to see! So enjoy and let me know what you think 😉

 

One last tip! If you are hoping to get home soon but you don’t live close by? Don’t leave right away. It might take longer to get home, like me! But with some Pokemon Go and icecream I didn’t really mind.

Hasta la noodle!

SUMIDA RIVER FIREWORKS

Parents VS Kawaii, Clean toilets and screaming elections

When my parents decided to come visit me here in Japan, I did not know what to expect. I mean I am already used to this place and for me the clean streets or the electric toilets and all the goodies the shops have to offer are things I see every day. But I was suprised that even I was caught of guard with things because not only did they see things through my eyes but I also through theirs.

SO! Two weeks of motherly and fatherly love and running all over Tokyo. How much fun that has been! I got to show off the place where I live and my speaking skills. Although when I had to and they looked at me I do kind of get shy and they might not notice me speaking sh*t but the Japanese people do.

So after picking them up from the airport and the introduction of the Japanese toilet for my dad (He fell in love right away) we made our way back to their appartment only to find out we are also pretty hungry and in need of some food. Now we have done alot of things and ate alot of things and meat is one of them. We are meat lovers and thats who we are. So the Yakiniku, Shabu Shabu and the steaks and all the other good stuff was perfect.

We did the usual Shibuya, Shinjuku, Odaiba, Asakusa, Roppongi, Harajuku, Yokohama (because of the Shinkansen experience) Imperial Palace Gardens and even Disney Sea for my moms Birthday!

Shibuya

So the first stop we did after resting and cuddling and all that was Shibuya. Now my parents weren’t that impressed with Shibuya but they did like the shops that were located within the station. We also went back to get some dinner there and I understand. Everyone has their own taste and I don’t mind! We had some starbucks and watched as people crossed the road and walked around for some shopping. We didn’t stay out all to long because my parents were still kind of tired.

Now I have to say that I didn’t make that many pictures and video’s because I enjoyed hanging out with them more then keeping the camera in my face the whole time so some things are missing here.

Odaiba

So on the third day we decided to go to Odaiba after paying my monthly rent in Shinjuku. We did alot of shopping and walking and visited the Mega Web Toyota City Showcase. This also because my dad likes cars and me and my mom like shopping so we have to do what everyone likes. (I didn’t mind the fun games) And last time I came here with my best friend we did some purikura and did some grabbing games and this time I forced my parents to do some as well and boy-oh-boy did I laugh my ass off. Dad with lipgloss and mom with big eyes. In the end they also did it together just because my dad enjoyed it so much.

Afterwards we went for some all you can eat in the deep fry way and for me it was also new. I will go back someday because it was not only fun but also very delicious! We still talk about the couple that sat next to us and were eating for a whole village.

 

Touring time

Because of all the walking we did in the past days we decided to take it slow and take the bus. This was a perfect idea and a wish my parents had. My advice for you is to take the bus and just let it show you all the places. We got our inspiration for the next day this way. But beware! It is an open deck and if the sun is out and it’s 36 degrees celcius. It’s not that fun. Unless you’re in the wind.

Asakusa and Harajuku

I decided to do two places in one day and we started our day off in Asakusa before heading to Harajuku. They wanted to see an temple and when in the bus they saw this place and wished to visit it. We walked around the small stores and had some Kaki gori and some melon pan with icecream. There was also a creepy old guy who asked things in Japanese and wanted to make a wish with us. Now in Japan its hard to say no but after one small word he said I gave back his money and said a harsh NO. Now I stayed very calm and nice but my inner Dutch/Rotterdam person wanted to hit him. I’m just very thankfull my parents didn’t understand Japanese.

ANYWAYS. We moved to Harajuku and walked around some stores and made our way to my favorite Okonomiyaki place and had some Okonomiyaki. We walked back in a closed Takeshita street and called it quits.

Ueno park

I don’t have much on Ueno too say because its beautiful and WAY to hot. This was a day where people even died because of the heat so that explains alot. We walked around the pond and further into the park but after sitting in the shade and contemplating how dead we felt we walked to the two shopping streets, made a quick round and went home to cool down. It hit 38 degrees that day.

to escape the heat we also decided to stay indoors the next day to do some shopping. This day my parents found out about Time Sales and screaming Japanese girls. I have a link here to give you an impression!

Disney Sea

So even before my parents came I decided to celebrate my moms birthday in Disneyland or Disney Sea, but the weather for that day wasn’t that nice so because we had some rest in the passed few days we decided to go to Disney Sea on the 5th. Now I get excited when going to places like these and my parents noticed that as I almost left them behind at the station as I speed walked to the entrance. I got called at and stopped for them. I’m sorry mom and dad, Disney makes my heart very happy! So as you may have known from a previous blog I already went to DisneySea so this was a great opportunity to go and enjoy to the max! (thats why I have so little pictures) I pulled mom into the Indiana jones ride, even though they say people with certain pills can’t ride. (I still got her to go with us, YOU GO MOM!) and we did all of the rides! Except for the Haunted Mansion 😦 Ah well it’s OK, its not that WOW. But the thing that did blew my mind was the Fireworks show because WOW that was… WOW. I have a small fragment of it in my vlog down below!

Yokohama

Another wish was fulfilled for my dad while in Japan! He wanted to take a shinkansen and it didn’t really matter where too aslong as he went in one. So we decided to go to Yokohama and do some walking around and some shopping and visit the biggest and first China town in Japan. We decided to walk INSIDE and not OUTSIDE because damnit Japan and their rainy season and hot weather!!!! But I didn’t mind because they had a Disney Store ;-). The China town in Yokohama is Gigaaantic! We walked around for a good hour or two and on every corner there is something else! They say alot of Chinese people don’t live there anymore but the Chinese vibe is still there.

Imperial Palace Gardens and Roppongi

At some point you just don’t know what to do anymore and Roppongi was still on my list and so my dad said “Why not the gardens and roppongi?”. And so we did. This day was as hot as all the others but we survived and walked around for a bit before heading to the Mori tower. The gardens looked beautifull but dry because it didn’t rain that much. (Speaking of rain, it now has started and it rains HARD) So looking for some coolness we headed to the tower and I don’t know if I mentioned it but my mom does not like hights. But the power woman she is she did go along with us and looked around. We even got a picture with Mount Fuji!!!! I didn’t see it last time but this time we were lucky to see it in the distance! (hence the romantic parents looking in each others eyes picture and me holding it ALMOST in my hands)

Too all good things comes an end

well for the coming months of course. Now in between we did alot of shopping and bonding and celebrating my moms birthday and hiding gifts from her. But yes all good things come to an end and I am so happy I could have this with them. You don’t just really go to Japan, atleast my parents wouldn’t. So I was a good reason to come, and after a few days they still talk about what happened here in Japan. I feel so lucky for having them as my parents and for what they did and still do for me. It was hard saying goodbye but it won’t be for long because I shall return! TUN-TUN TUUUNNN. Kidding.

I love you guys (yes i am talking to my parents) Thank you for being there for me and helping me make me for who I am today.

Vlog time!

Yes some things are better in moving frames so enjoy!

VLOG ONEVLOG TWO

Hasta la Noodle!