It sounds boring, but it wasn’t at all. Not in the slightest!! Who knew that transportation could be so much fun?! Not me, certainly! I was on camera most of the time, so I couldn’t take too many pictures (also, the shutter is loud, so they can’t be taken during takes), but between me and Tomomi (she is our translator/checker), we took a fair number of fun pictures. 🙂
By the way, here is the museum’s homepage (in Japanese): http://www.lmuse.or.jp/
And so, pictures!!! 😀
At first, I took a lot of pictures of the things that they had set in the entrance, before the filming began. Signs, wrapping cloths, and such.
There was this ADORABLE little sign, that I just COULDN’T resist!! A little Earth hugging a train. How cute is that??! It actually says that it’s an “eco rail mark.” Eco is the Japanese term for “green,” as in good-for-the-Earth. So, I guess that since this museum features a lot of information about transportation, especially old-style transportation (like with runners, or on horses, etc), then that’s what they are talking about. 🙂
Here is a little table that was by the entrance. It has a little guest book, for visitors to write messages in, and a commemorative stamp. Stamp-collecting is really popular in Japan, especially with the kids. Sometimes even I succumb! I haven’t started scrapbooking yet, but I think that if I ever do, they would come in pretty handy. 🙂
The sign says “closed,” but I took this from the inside. 🙂 It was brutally hot and humid outside, so nobody wanted to go outside for more than a few seconds at a time. 😀
Technically, the name of the museum is “The Museum of Logistics” when translated directly over into English. It’s not incorrect. But the first thing that it makes me think of is Spock, though. So, since this museum isn’t about Star Trek, I thought that “Transportation” was more fitting. What do you think? “Logistics” isn’t used in that context too often in English, at least not in my conversations. Outside of school and tv, I don’t think that I’ve ever heard it used in that way. Opinions?
Aren’t these adorable? The top row was drawn by children, and the bottom by adults. I like the children’s versions more. 🙂
These are “wrapping cloths.” Basically, big handkerchiefs, basically. But in old times, they were used to transport items. For the tv show, I was taught how to wrap different items, and how to make different sorts of bags out of one cloth! It was really eye-opening!! I was really lucky, because the staff gave me one as a souvenier! Mine is gorgeous– red with white swirly designs! When I’m out today, I’ll take a picture of it. I plan to use it a lot this summer!
Most of the following pictures were taken by the talented Tomomi. Look out for pictures of me getting dressed in traditional men’s clothes from the Edo era! I got a lot of “these really look best on foreigners, you prove it!” comments from the tv staff, lol. Maybe they were just humoring me! But anyone can try them on for free if you go to the museum. It would make a good photo op! And they were heavy, but pretty comfy!
Sandals for horses!! This was before the horseshoe era. Aren’t they ADORABLE?!
Apparently, though, in the Edo period, owners would tie the front legs of their horses together to keep them from running away, instead of tying their halters to a post, like it was in the American West. It seems kind of cruel, but I can see why they did it….
Shipping was bustling even back in the past!
The only part of the outfit that wasn’t super-comfortable were the straw sandals! If I had had to walk in them for any real distance, my feet would have rubbed raw! Ouch! I’m pampered from wearing tennis shoes and ballet flats all of the time. ^^;;
I love this picture ♥
I’m in flats and she was in heels, but look at the height difference. XD I have to consciously think about it to maintain a good posture. XD
And afterwards, we went out to eat, where I had a delicious thick acai yogurt-drink-thing:
And here is my director. He’s pretty funny, and really nice! A bit strict at times, though, lol. But overall a really sweet guy. He accidentally banged his head on a metal fixture at the museum during the filming (which was last Friday). I felt really sorry for him!
“View the world my way.” 🙂
Any chance that you’ll be swinging by the “Logistics” museum one day? It’s less than a 5 minute walk from Shinagawa station! I certainly learned a lot! 🙂 WQhat did you guys think? A favorite photo in the mix?