After our crazy long and exhausting day at disney- we did a nice relaxed day at the tokyo toy museum! it was such a fun afternoon. inexpensive, too.
everything here is wooden and old school and felt very 'tokyo chic'. Like 'urban mom with organic kids' type of feel. not really us- but we did our best to blend in!
the giant tub of wooden balls was supposed to be relaxing. when you step into it- it is VERY painful! the workers did their best at miming to us that we need to lie down. it made ALL the difference. it was actually really comfortable and lovely.
mack hated it. ha.
everybody in Japan knows how to use the 'soroban'. Metta constructed her own soroban and was very particular about finishing it perfectly.
the kids could have spent all day here playing with everything. and the workers were so friendly to our kiddos.
this guy spoke english and showed our kids this 200 yr old wooden gear toy. It was supposed to bring them a cup of tea- but turned around and went the other direction as soon as it got close. Ike and zeb laughed and laughed. so did the japanese man!
big stilts. and a laughing ike.
on our way back to the subway- we stopped at the vending machine for drinks. we look like a parade, right? a mini circus with all of these kids?! the japanese people gawk in bewilderment.
we had very traumatic event on the subway. Ike spent his own money to get a happy meal at mcdonalds (we only let them get nuggets or a sandwich and water- not a happy meal) because he really wanted the toy inside. It was a pokemon ball something or other. He kept playing with it on the train and I told him it wasn't a good idea because it may roll away.
Just after we got off the car at a stop- he dropped the ball and it went rolling off the track under the subway car, Ike and metta were hysterical. sobbing and wailing. you would have thought it was mack who rolled away!
the people on the platform who didn't see what happened probably thought we'd lost a limb or something horrific. it was pretty dramatic.
hopefully it's a lesson learned.
don't do your makeup on the train?!!?