Japanese monster attack! Odaiba Trick Art museum, Tokyo Decks retro video games.
Why are these polar bears crying? Because global warming is melting the North Pole… and because they can’t join my Tokyo adventures!
Halloween is approaching quickly, so let’s get in the mood by exploring Odaiba’s Aquacity and Tokyo Decks. Retro video games and magic tricks - ready, set, go.
Odaiba is an artificial island in Tokyo Bay, and home to a number of bizarre diversions. Right above Sega Joypolis is the intriguing Trick Art Museum. (Address: 4F, 1-6-1 Decks Tokyo Beach Island Mall, Daiba, Minato-ku)
For a 900 yen entrance fee (less than $10), you have access to a series of ingeniously painted walls and sets, which result in these mind-boggling photos!
Can you figure out how we captured this shot? What’s real, and what’s 2D?
Am I really a prisoner in a madman’s glass… or is this an optical illusion?
(Answer: This is a two-dimensional painting at the edge of a room. I crouched in the corner, and pretended to be trapped — creating this amusing, 3D effect.
Jaws is alive! Yukiro is swallowed in a shark attack.
Props, peepholes and mirrors make these tricks possible.
I liked how many of the illusions involved traditional Japanese monsters, demons and ghosts. (Yokai, or supernatural spirits in their folklore).
Elsewhere in Tokyo Decks, we teleported back in time… to the early days of arcade games.
This retro game center contained machines from the early 1980s to the late 90s (House of the Dead). On the walls: old school Japanese idols and 1970s memorabilia.
Such fun to revisit classics like the original Street Fighter. Too bad that the prices weren’t preserved; each turn costs about 100 yen to play.
Lots of pirate souvenirs and games here.
Hit the octopus! Bam, bam!
Astroboy soars above us. So much nostalgia in one room.
The gift shop sold memorabilia with characters from past decades. Milky candies remain popular today.
Happy-faced cats never go out of style.
Next door was a shooting arcade. Naomi shot corks at the moving figures.
Down the hall, the nose of a bullet train. Not sure why we decided to sleep on it.
Captain of the Good Ship Takoyaki.
If you like eating these octopus balls, Tokyo Decks is heaven. There are multiple stores selling fresh takoyaki and toys.
Have you visited Odaiba in Tokyo Bay? What is your favorite old school video game?
PS: these photos are from a few months ago, hence the different hair color. And I’m going to change it again soon, before Halloween…