Wishing you a happy Halloween with this photograph by Melissa Ann Pinney. Explore her work in the Whitney’s collection.

[Melissa Ann Pinney (b. 1953), Little Witch, Evanston, Illinois, 1999, printed 2003. Chromogenic print. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Jeanne and Richard S. Press. © Melissa Ann Pinney]

while walking back home, we then spotted this Trick Art Museum! thank God we used another unusual route back home and managed to get into this just in time! had so much fun and busy taking lots of funny pictures in my dslr in a short span of time as we’re actually rushing to the airport as well. so, i’m only having this particular picture in my phone, featuring the magic mirror again! 


Today we went to お台場 (Odaiba), mainly for the 東京トリックアート迷宮館 (Toukyou Torikku Aato Meikyuu-kan, Tokyo Trick Art Museum) but also to look around Odaiba and have a good time. In this post I’ll only write about the museum and in the next one will contain the rest of the day.

The museum was cool but the tour was way too short (and not that cheap for the amount of time needed: 900 yen). There were a quite lot of people inside so you felt a bit stressed when you tried to take some good photos. But the paintings and illusions were very well made and it was fun to try different poses. Above is some of the better photos we managed to take.


Jeju Island Day 2

On the morning of Day 2, we toured the east side of the island. We took a taxi to the bus terminal, a bus to the ferry port, and a ferry to Udo Island. Udo Island is a smaller island located northeast of Jeju Island. “Udo” mean “cow” in Chinese, and supposedly the island is shaped like a cow lying down. We rented bikes, and rode halfway around the island on the road by the sea. It was relaxing and peaceful. (We had plans to go other places on Jeju Island so we couldn’t bike all around Udo Island. It’s possible to do so. We didn’t even have the time to take a break on the beautiful white sand beach.) Udo Island was small but inviting. The local specialty of Udo was their peanut-flavored ice cream. It’s a must try, an instant favorite!

Our next stop was the Haenyeo Museum on Jeju. Jeju Island is famous for its “haenyeo,” or female diver. These women were the breadwinners for families inhabiting Jeju. (It was the matrilineal system for the people on Jeju.) Girls were trained at a young age and continued to dive until old age. Haenyeo dive in wearing only a light suit and a mask for seeing. They do not use any special breathing apparatus. Unfortunately, the number of haenyeos are decreasing because most mothers do not want to force their child in doing the work of a haenyeo, which is to dive deep in the waters to harvest clams and shellfish. They are so admirable.

Last on the day’s itinerary was one of Jeju’s trick art museum. It’s exactly as it is named. There are numerous interactive displays and artwork for you to take pictures with. 

Thanks for reading!


G-TOUR Landmark Spotlight #10 - Atami Castle

Though it looks the part at a distance, Atami Castle is not a historic site, but a tourist attraction built in 1959. Its destruction at the end of King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), a movie which pokes fun at Japanese commercialism, is far from incidental.

We didn’t get to go inside the Trick Art Museum, so I’m not sure if the giant ape on the sign was a direct shout-out to King Kong or not.