Japanese monster attack! Odaiba Trick Art museum, Tokyo Decks retro video games.

japanese bear statues, global warming polar bears

Why are these polar bears crying? Because global warming is melting the North Pole… and because they can’t join my Tokyo adventures!

Halloween is approaching quickly, so let’s get in the mood by exploring Odaiba’s Aquacity and Tokyo Decks. Retro video games and magic tricks – ready, set, go.

japanese monsters painting, giant scary spider

Odaiba is an artificial island in Tokyo Bay, and home to a number of bizarre diversions. Right above Sega Joypolis is the intriguing Trick Art Museum. (Address: 4F, 1-6-1 Decks Tokyo Beach Island Mall, Daiba, Minato-ku)

ninja fight, trick art museum odaiba

For a 900 yen entrance fee (less than $10), you have access to a series of ingeniously painted walls and sets, which result in these mind-boggling photos!

Can you figure out how we captured this shot? What’s real, and what’s 2D?

Optical illusion paintings, japan trick art museum

Am I really a prisoner in a madman’s glass… or is this an optical illusion?

(Answer: This is a two-dimensional painting at the edge of a room. I crouched in the corner, and pretended to be trapped — creating this amusing, 3D effect.

jaws painting, shark attack art, Odaiba Trick Art Museum

Jaws is alive! Yukiro is swallowed in a shark attack.

disembodied head magic trick, magic tricks museum

Props, peepholes and mirrors make these tricks possible.

traditional japanese monsters, yokai, japan folk spirits, obake

I liked how many of the illusions involved traditional Japanese monsters, demons and ghosts. (Yokai, or supernatural spirits in their folklore).

retro video game center, 1970s japanese idol posters

Elsewhere in Tokyo Decks, we teleported back in time… to the early days of arcade games.

old japanese video games, game machines

This retro game center contained machines from the early 1980s to the late 90s (House of the Dead). On the walls: old school Japanese idols and 1970s memorabilia.

1980s game machines, retro games, odaiba tokyo decks

Such fun to revisit classics like the original Street Fighter. Too bad that the prices weren’t preserved; each turn costs about 100 yen to play.

captain flag video game, odaiba shopping

Lots of pirate souvenirs and games here.

namco game, arcade games

Hit the octopus! Bam, bam!

astroboy statue, big astro boy

Astroboy soars above us. So much nostalgia in one room.

milky candy, japanese candies

The gift shop sold memorabilia with characters from past decades. Milky candies remain popular today.

cat face masks, happy cat toys

Happy-faced cats never go out of style.

japanese shooting game, cork guns, shooting arcade

Next door was a shooting arcade. Naomi shot corks at the moving figures.

bullet train statue, japanese shinkansen

Down the hall, the nose of a bullet train. Not sure why we decided to sleep on it.

takoyaki pirate boat, tokyo octopus balls

Captain of the Good Ship Takoyaki.

best takoyaki restaurant tokyo, odaiba octopus balls

If you like eating these octopus balls, Tokyo Decks is heaven. There are multiple stores selling fresh takoyaki and toys.

strange love, oddities, antique shop japan, Odaiba VenusFort

After, we went to the Venice-themed Venus Fort (reminds of the Vegas Venetian hotel). The antique store Strange Love sold dark oddities, like Obscura in NYC. (Remember my Oddities TV appearance?)

hammer arcade game, haunted house odaiba japan

Have you visited Odaiba in Tokyo Bay? What is your favorite old school video game?

PS: these photos are from a few months ago, hence the different hair color. And I’m going to change it again soon, before Halloween…



  1. Rudi
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    I hope the week has been kind to you and that the weekend will be even more so.
    Meowly weekend purrs. Meow! (Includes lots of big fat furry cat cyberhugs)

  2. Ely
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    Awwww so cute

  3. amanda
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    looking adorable as always.

  4. Iran
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    very cute

  5. egl gal
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    How cool this 3d art!

  6. Lola
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I wish I could hang out with you and your friends u always seem to have the best time together.

  7. yukiro
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    seriously so much fun!!! <3 love the museum photos

  8. Quintin
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I’m from Venezuela and love waht you do

  9. Car
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    I wanna be there ;-; too bad I live in the United States ;-;

  10. Para Friv
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    Read the article information sharing, I really enjoy. The pictures really make the viewer can not help but like.

  11. Marie
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    ohhh soo sweeettt :)

  12. Scary Mary
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 9:12 am | Permalink


  13. sam
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    that odaiba shop strange love, i saw it too!!!!

  14. Parapsychology
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    What will your new hair color be?

  15. Garla
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I love you and your friends so much :-)

  16. Happy hen
    Posted October 8, 2013 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    Amaxing place

  17. Iita
    Posted October 8, 2013 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Takoyaki is my jams

  18. Olivier
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    Odaiba, 4 jours pour visiter cette partie de Tokyo. Souvenir Souvenir.

  19. Iris
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    Love following your blog.

  20. Marie
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    ohhh soo sweeettt :)

  21. jawad
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 7:24 am | Permalink

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