Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

My favourite-est day in Tokyo was when I got to go visit the Ghibli Museum. It was a pretty amazing experience. I’ve been enamoured with the work of Miyazaki ever since I saw, My Neighbour Totoro/A Tonari no Totoro, which to this day is my favourite. Thank you, Jules for getting the tickets!!!  Jules couldn’t join us though, she was in training 😉 So it was just me and Erv. It was great to share it with another Miyazaki fan … although he’ll tell you that I’m the more otaku one. Needless to say, Erv was pretty much worn down by my enthusiasm … I was a little excited … to say the least.

fan girl moment

That’s me in my element and having a complete fan girl moment. This was even before we went into the museum proper where we saw storyboards, exposure sheets, 3D key frame models. We couldn’t take pictures in there and in a sense I’m glad because stills would not be able to capture the inspiration and awe that rises from your gut when you get to experience the process of producing some of the best animation works in the world. It woke my soul, which from the doldrums of everyday life suffers from narcolepsy.

erv on laputame on laputa

So if you know me, when I get excited I bounce around a little more than a bunny at Easter; and by the time we sat down at the Straw Hat Cafe, Erv was just happy to have a place to rest 🙂 where we were served with Totoro cups *clap clap and dance of joy* Ok, I didn’t really do that … if I did, I think he would have swatted me on the head :p Even I know there’s so much bubbles one can take.

the cafeme and my teastrawberry shortcake

So we sat there, sipped our teas, chatted about great animation and how that burns the fire in our bellies. Discussed our fears, hopes and dreams and at 33, even though everything isn’t going perfectly as plan, we are doing just that dreaming big dreams, being scared as hell about them and hoping that for what it’s worth, the journey will be like a Miyazaki film. I’ll even be grateful for a couple of these magical moments in my lifetime and hey, I’ve been real lucky to have a few already 🙂

my totoro

Call me idealistic and naive but I think my very own Totoro is out there for me … maybe I’m already on it and I just haven’t figured it out yet 🙂 That’s the amazing thing about the Ghibli Museum, it wakes your soul and inspires you.

Eating in Tokyo – Part Two

This holiday worked really well for me coz I got up early nearly every morning, had breakfast with Jules before planning a full day ahead of activities. So for breakfast, when you say coffee and toast, you don’t necessarily think of the Japanese but man, do they make a fine cheese toast and the creamiest strawberry coffee ever. Better yet, it was in a little cafe called Precious Coffee Moments, which was about a 5min walk from the Naka-Meguro station.

cheese toastcoffee

Cheesey toast … yummers 🙂 This breakfast was so good, I had it twice too 🙂 Except the second day, I had regular coffee with soy milk, which was as good as the one with strawberries. Mind you, this was actually strawberries and not just strawberry flavoured milk. I actually bit into pieces of strawberries while drinking my coffee. Speaking of strawberries, on the recommendation of yet another Nippon-phile, Shooshools I bought a punnet of strawberries on Easter morning and while waiting for Erv by the giant spider in Roponggi, I was happily munching away.

japanese strawberries

They are indeed as good as they look and cost me only S$2.80. Who says everything in Tokyo is expensive? By day04, I’m quickly learning that cost of living like most other things in life is all relative and with a set chicken rice costing about S$6 in Singapore, we aren’t that far off from Tokyo.

I digress, back to the area around Naka-Meguro station, across from the little cafe where we had breakfast, is a soba place, which I swear is a real Japanese restaurant.

sobayasai tempura

The menu had no pictures :p so thank goodness for Jules who knows the language and she ordered what I reckon is the best soba I’ve eaten … complete with yummy yasai tempura … heavenly … …