Yes, the rain was back but the difference this time was I had a very heavy cold to go with it! Knowing that we needed to plan an indoor activity for today, I had booked tickets to the other TeamLab exhibition called Planets.
Unfortunately, getting to the subway meant being totally drenched from the knees down, even using an umbrella borrowed from the hotel. Arriving at the exhibition at our allotted time, we lined up and were shown a short video on what to expect inside. The exhibition we had seen last year was all visual whereas this one was more “sensory”.
The video informed us that we had to remove our shoes and socks and as we would be knee deep in water at one point, we could use the provided shorts if needed. We opted for the shorts, stored our wet shoes, pants, raincoats and umbrellas and moved to the start of the labyrinth.
Entry to the start of the exhibition was up a dark, passageway with water running down. At the top was a crystal waterfall. After drying our feet with the provided towels, we moved to the next room, an uneven squishy covered floor were you sunk down to your knees once you stepped into the room. Crawling didn’t work and I wondered whether I would make it to the exit as each time I stepped with my left foot, I could feel my toenail lifting against the fabric cover.
Each room had its own sensory “speciality”. There when long rods of colour changing LEDs and with mirrors on the floor, walls and ceiling, the lights seemed to go on forever. There were huge inflatable balls which changed colour when you moved them around, a room where beautiful flowers and fish moved over the curved ceiling (best observed by lying on the mirrored floor and looking up) or my favourite, knee deep warm water with fish, flowers and colours projected so that it felt like you were in a pond with the fish.
Apparently, computer software generates the images through the water and the pattern of images change with movement and the number of people in the room. Therefore, no two displays are ever the same. Very clever!
We decided to head back to the Hotel to dry off so we had a very quiet afternoon, however when I was out exploring before dinner, I found a sake bar at the back of our hotel. So, after dinner, we headed over to learn a little about sake and try three varieties out of over 200 on offer. Even I wouldn’t even try to taste each one!