Things at the science museum, and the Ameyoko market district in Ueno
We went to Ueno yesterday, to check out the National Museum of Nature and Science, and the Ameyoko market district.
As much as museums are pretty much all the same, I like walking through at least one when in another country. Understanding the history of a place (or even seeing just how they write their history) gives some interesting context to the culture you’re visiting.
The science museum at Ueno had some interesting things to look at. I didn’t get what was going on most of the time, as the labels were all in Japanese. But they let you take photos in there as long as you don’t use flash, so here are some photos for you. :)
Apparently the whale out the front is life size? It certainly was big!
Just as I was thinking we haven’t seen enough cats this trip, this guy shows up.
The early civilisation exhibit was interesting. It’s hard to picture hunting and trapping and village life here while surrounded by so many lights and technologies.
The display that impressed me most was one on population. I didn’t get a photo, and kind of had to guess what it was about because the explanation was huge and in kanji. It featured 3D etched layers of Japan in glass, with each layer representing a point in time. The oldest layer at the bottom had about three tiny etched ‘people’ scattered across the islands. The topmost layer had people covering the whole damn country. I’m guessing that’s a projection of the future. The contrast was immense. This is the way our world is going.
I regret not being able to show you, so I hope you’re okay with this box of cocks instead.
I didn’t think the Plesiosaur was that big, but I would still probably shit myself if I saw a live one come at me.
As evening crept in, we walked through Ueno Park towards the market area. Coming from an afternoon in Akihabara Den Den Town, the space and peace at Ueno Park was surreal.
And of course, Japan being Japan, we stumbled on a shrine.
It all changed in a flash once we arrived at Ameyoko. Back to dense, lit, noisy, busy.
The markets were a big mish-mash of fresh seafood, cooked food, snacks, clothes, shoes, bags, hats, army gear, restaurants and bars.
Dinner was pork miso ramen in an izakaya whose name I couldn’t read.
And we found another shrine. :)