Our final day in Japan started nice and early with a hearty breakfast before heading out to explore the island of Odaiba in Tokyo. Full of unique architecture and interesting attractions like Madame Tussaud’s, Legoland and Sega Joypolis, Odaiba Island is considered to be one of Tokyo’s playgrounds. We visited a new attraction that opened in July called the ‘Mori Building Digital Art Museum.’ This incredible gallery is touted as the ‘most instagram-able space in Tokyo’ and it is easy to see why – there were certainly many patrons taking selfies!
The incredibly breathtaking digital exhibits are amazing to interact with and are ever-changing throughout the maze of lights, mirrors and themed displays. The self-confessed aim of the museum is to ‘expand the beautiful.’ A favourite attraction was the ‘Floating Net,’ in which patrons were invited to lie on a net suspended in a dark room to watch a spectacular animated light show above and around them choreographed to an emotive soundtrack. Most staff and students returned to this exhibit several times during our visit. (We have tried to capture some of this amazingly beautiful art museum in the video but it doesn’t do it justice…. you’ll just have to come and visit it yourself!)
Lunch was a Chinese buffet at ‘Tokyo Beach’ before catching an anime-styled boat on the Sumida River across to the Asakusa region. It was an excellent chance to get one last glimpse of some of Tokyo’s iconic landmarks. Then it was back on the highway towards Narita Airport for our return flight home. With luggage sorted and checked-in, we now await our flight with a band of tired (but happy) students.
We bid Japan a fond farewell and will see you all soon!