I feel a little bit like this today:
I’m not sure if it’s an allergy to the Japanese cedar tree or just a nasty cold, but my dizzy little rear end has been glued to the couch for the past 24 hours. I even missed Japanese class today, which means that though I missed just one day, when I return I’ll be a week behind. They move in warp speed.
But it’s the perfect opportunity to tell you about my trip to Nikko Edomura. Last week my school shuttled everyone up to visit Edo Wonderland, a 1600-1860s era “cultural theme park.”
As is the case for all school trips, the day’s highlight was the least educational component: the Ninja House.
Sorry this photo is fuzzy — there was a lot of balance concentration going on.
Inside, you must shriek with delight. It can’t be helped. Built on the slant of a hill, the interior is all wonky and crooked. It messed with my head so much, I thought the floor was moving.
But it wasn’t all fun and games. I visited the wax museum, where there was a whole lot of this:
And some of this:
And to round out the day, a dancing water show. I have no idea what was happening. It was a rainy day and I was sitting on a tatami mat, so all I could concentrate on were the smell of people’s feet.
The most amusing part about this trip for me was that just 30 minutes away, in the town of Nikko, sit some amazing UNESCO World Heritage sites, Tōshō-gū shrine among them. As in, real Edo-era buildings. (You can read about my first visit to them here.) Yet, our teachers didn’t mention these once. Maybe UNESCO should add a Ninja House.
If you are looking to visit Edo Wonderland, a good video showing what you’re in for can be found here.
I’ve been to the heritage sites a couple of times, but next time I get back to Japan I want to visit Edo Wonderland! Thanks for the post about it, Angela.
Cheers from the NGA, Anne
Thanks Anne! Hope all is well, and the sakura find you in DC soon. 🙂
i have always wanted to go to japan, although i am mega scared at how i won’t be able to speak a WORD of japanese, so its really brave that you are learning the language 🙂 i think that these pictures are beautiful and the crazy angles are so confusing, i loved reading this, it is inspiring me more and more to go travelling!
keep it up
Thanks! And come on over! Tokyo especially is an easy place to navigate — English gets you pretty far on the subway and picture menus make ordering food easy. がんばって！