In the morning EfficientTimes and I walked in the rain (finding our way and all that) to Shin-Okubo [新大久] (did I mention in the rain?). On the way we just walked under a bridge to wait the worst of the downpour out. By the time we arrived at our destination, though, it had cleared out. We were walking to Kaichū Inari Jinja [皆中稲荷神社], also called Minna Ataru no Inari.
The legend tells that after the introduction of firearms in the Edo Period a battalion was stationed in the area. The captain could not shoot well, no matter how much he trained. The deity Inari appeared to him in a dream and after he went to the shrine to say thank you, he became a great shooter. Not only him, all of the battalion went to the shrine and they became good shooters. Both “Minna Ataru” and “Kaichū” translate as “hit all the targets” and at the same time “everybody hits”. Nowadays Japan does not have firearms, but people still want to hit… for concerts! And thus Kaichū Inari has become the fan-shrine, where people go to pray to hit for lotteries for concerts and events!
I’m not even kidding.
After this we headed off to Odaiba [お台場] again, to meet with N***chan for lunch. We made a short visit to the Unicorn Gundam.
Then we went to have lunch at an “Osaka delicatessen” restaurant at the Venus Fort. Takoyaki (buried in katsuomi (≧∇≦)) and kani koroke. Yummy! (then other stuff that was not that yummy (≧∇≦) ).
Afterwards we headed for the concert, and you can still read the review at SemiRandom.
After the concert we had tickets to visit the (*takes a deep breath*) MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM EPSON teamLab ★ Borderless. Yeah, thought so too. We shall call it the Digital Art Museum for the time being. This is a pretty much interactive museum that relies on technology and light to create art – or at least pretty things for you to play with. EfficientTimes, N***chan and I were very lucky that it was open late and that we decided to go after the concert as there were few people there and we could be silly around it. Part of the museum was closed because the TV was there doing interviews though, even if it was worth the visit.
Most of what you see in the Digital Art Museum are light projections. You’re encouraged to interact with them, even create some of them that they will project for you. We saw a butterfly and flower area, pink elephants, kangaroo, waves…
I enjoyed a couple of the exhibits particularly – one of them was a light water fall, in a room that had kanji shadows on the walls. If you touched them, they turned into what they represented. I also liked the whales made of light and how peacefully they moved and floated. There were some other interactive exhibits that were very fun, like the… egg-balloons thingies which you could prance through or make float.
Afterwards we had dinner and left for home.