Pterosaur exhibition at Miraikan in Odaiba!!

July 18, 2008

It’s funny how often I can suddenly think of something to do when need be.  This often happens for where to go on a cycling ride, what to eat for dinner, or this time, how to spend Sunday afternoon.  Such was the case this past Sunday when Aya and I were pondering how to spend our Sunday.  We put our heads together, and it was suddenly:  pterosaurs!  

Thanks to some help from trusty Metropolis, we were soon on our way to Tokyo Teleport station to go to the pterosaur exhibition at the Miraikan science and industry museum.  It was a bit of a walk from the station to there, which would have been pleasant if it wasn’t the hottest day of the summer so far.  It’s quite scenic in Odaiba, and feels much different than other places in Japan because it’s all so big and open there.  

The pterosaur exhibit itself was really good.  It had just enough real fossils on display to make it a real exhibit.  The models themselves, of both fossils and whole pterosaurs, were quite convincing.  It was often hard to tell which were real fossils and which were models.  The star of the exhibit was the enormous quetzalcoatlus, the largest of the pterosaurs with a huge 10 meter wingspan, but a weight of only 70kg!  I outweigh it by 9kg!

After spending an hour and ten minutes in the dimly lit and atmospheric pterosaur exhibit, Aya and I ventured into the Symbol Zone in the general exhibit space of the museum.  In this huge room there are several sofas for relaxing on and taking a break.  While you are horizontal, you are treated to a view of a huge, incredible LED globe of the Earth that lights up showing various heat signatures.  (see video)

We agreed that we would definitely go back to check out the full spectrum of hands-on exhibits in the general exhibits area.  Miraikan is a great place to spend the whole day, full of rest areas and cafes all in a very modern building.


A close-up of the pterosaur exhibition sign Aya in front of the sign for the pterosaur exhibiton Aya and Jason at the Pterosaur Exhibition 02
fossils replica of Quetzalcoatlus, the largest pterosaur with a wingspan of 10m! Aya with a walking skeleton of a pterosaur Aya relaxing in the Symbol Zone of the Miraikan museum




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Renting a dog in Odaiba…Yes, renting!

July 14, 2008

Aya with Sho

Quite some time ago, a student told me she had rented a dog in Odaiba with her boyfriend.  I had to have her repeat that.  She really liked dogs, but since she was a pre-med student, she had no time to take care of one.  So she said renting one was the next best thing. I filed that story in my deep memory as I thought it might be something I’d like to do in the future.  

So this Sunday when Aya and I found ourselves heading to the Odaiba area to check out a sweet pterosaur exhibition, I recalled the dog rental story and suggested we try and do it.  I am very careful about doing anything with animals in captivity, but surprisingly no ethical warnings came up in my mind about renting a dog.  

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East of Odaiba Bayfront Park Ride

March 16, 2008

  • Distance: 27.53 miles
  • Time in motion: 2 hours 09 minutes 00 seconds
  • Average speed: 13.3 mph
  • Max speed: 32.1 mph

I rode my bike far out over reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay in search of new destinations in the Odaiba area. A few miles east of Odaiba, I found a bayfront park with a huge bike loop and sweeping views of Tokyo Bay. There was even a very nice grassy slope to sit on in the warm afternoon sun.