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  • - Good morning. I'm Micaela.

  • - I'm Sonnie.

  • - And today we're at Dazaifu station

  • in Fukuoka Prefecture

  • and we are heading to the museum today.

  • And the museum is somewhere

  • that we have lived really close to for a long time

  • and neither of us have actually

  • taken the time to go and see what it's all about.

  • - I didn't know you haven't been there either.

  • - I haven't. No.

  • - That's cool.

  • - I've seen the outside of it

  • and I haven't gone inside of it.

  • So, today we're gonna take a walk through Dazaifu.

  • We're gonna see what's going on

  • and then we're gonna check out the museum

  • and maybe even pop by somewhere

  • for like a cute little lunch on the way back.

  • So from the station you go straight

  • and you're gonna hit the main road,

  • (bright upbeat music)

  • and main road leads both to the Daizifu Tenmangu Shrine

  • and the museum.

  • Have you been to the shrine before?

  • - I've been to the shrine once before.

  • And it was really cool and really beautiful.

  • - Uh hmm.

  • This area is really like,

  • I don't know. It's nice.

  • It feels like you've just gone back in time.

  • - It's very historic.

  • - So, we're about to go across this bridge

  • that like this famous red bridge

  • that leads to Dazaifu Shrine.

  • But did you know that there's like this rumor

  • that if you cross this bridge

  • with your lover,

  • they say that like if you stop half way,

  • then it's bad luck

  • and you'll probably break up.

  • - Oh no.

  • I did not know that.

  • - I'm glad we aren't married.

  • We did it.

  • - Yay.

  • - [Micaela] So the museum is from here,

  • we go this way.

  • - After living in Fukuoka,

  • which is the biggest city I've personally lived in,

  • it's really nice to get out here

  • and just be surrounded by the greenery here.

  • It's just really beautiful

  • and it makes me feel like--

  • - Invigorated. Revived.

  • - Yes, revived is the perfect word.

  • - [Micaela] There's a little theme park over here for kids

  • and it's playing theme park music

  • that just kinda echoes through the forest

  • and through everything.

  • - And you feel through your soul.

  • - [Micaela] Yeah.

  • - And you feel like it's going to change

  • into a minor chord

  • - [Micaela] Yeah. And then everything

  • is gonna go terribly wrong,

  • like are you afraid of the dark

  • or like goosebumps or something.

  • - Oh my god.

  • - [Micaela] Ahhh.

  • Oh my god, those escalators huge.

  • - [Sonnie] Yeah. Did you know I'm scared of escalators?

  • - [Micaela] Are you really?

  • - [Sonnie] Yeah. So you can't touch me.

  • - [Micaela] Okay.

  • Sonnie is a little bit afraid of escalators.

  • And like in the background we can hear the theme park music,

  • like just outside the door. (laughs loudly)

  • You know something bad is about to happen.

  • You see this?

  • We're gong down the rainbow tunnel.

  • This is actually really cool.

  • - [Sonnie] Mario Kart. It's the rainbow bridge.

  • - And you thought museums were boring.

  • No. - Shame on you.

  • Shame. - I don't know.

  • I think I thought museums were boring.

  • But I'm actually enjoying this quite.

  • - [Sonnie] But we're not technically in the museum yet.

  • - I know.

  • I think like I never go to museums

  • because I have the impression that museums

  • and libraries and art galleries are boring.

  • - You're naming some of my favorite places to go

  • (both laughs loudly)

  • - It's just like,

  • I don't know,

  • like a preconceived notion that I have

  • - Yeah.

  • - But, now that I'm here,

  • I feel like this is actually really cool.

  • I mean we're not even there yet

  • but I'm having fun.

  • (bright music)

  • Wow. This place is a lot bigger than I thought it would be.

  • I've seen photos before

  • but seeing it in comparison

  • to like how little the people are,

  • ohh what a gorgeous reflective surface.

  • You could see all of the forest that surrounds the museum

  • reflected in the windows of the museum.

  • So, right next to the museum

  • is this restaurant, Green House,

  • which is like a giant open restaurant space.

  • You wanna try eating here?

  • - Ahhh, yes. 'cause that looks amazing.

  • - [Micaela] Oh my gosh.

  • Actually, yes.

  • - [Sonnie] I really like that they have

  • the allergy information.

  • - [Micaela] Actually, yeah.

  • - [Sonnie] One really clear, you know,

  • so you don't have to be really nervous about eating here.

  • - [Micaela] That's actually a really good point.

  • They have a lot of itoshima produce on their menu,

  • which means that they're using local ingredients,

  • which is always good.

  • Green House is a restaurant run by New Otani,

  • which is a Japan-based high end hotel chain.

  • Located right outside of the museum,

  • surrounded by a nice green forest,

  • this is a fairly quiet place to enjoy a nice meal,

  • away from the chaos of the main roads.

  • They serve both Japanese and Western style foods,

  • making it very tourist friendly.

  • Once you're inside the museum,

  • head to the ticket kiosk

  • from the main floor to purchase your tickets.

  • One ticket is 430 yen per person.

  • All right.

  • - We're going up another escalator.

  • (Micaela giggles loudly)

  • - Sonnie's favorite.

  • Sonnie really doesn't like escalators,

  • which I should have thought about

  • before I asked her to come to the museum

  • that is like 90% escalators.

  • - It would be worth it.

  • - All right, so now we have our tickets,

  • we are heading up to the fourth floor.

  • It's another very long escalator

  • and we're going to check out the monthly exhibition.

  • But first, I've heard that there's a place up here

  • where you could borrow English guidance audio,

  • which would be very helpful for us

  • because we don't really know what we're doing.

  • After setting up our audio guides,

  • we headed into the exhibition area

  • and headed straight to the Sarasa exhibition.

  • This is a textile display

  • that explains how traditional Japanese fabrics,

  • known as Sarasa,

  • actually originated in India.

  • It was interesting to see how the textile patterns change

  • into uniquely Japanese patterns and styles

  • throughout the years.

  • All the exhibits have translations in four languages,

  • Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.

  • - [Micaela] There are a few interactive exhibits as well,

  • which are a lot of fun when you're visiting with friends.

  • Back on the first floor,

  • there's a gift shop

  • and another interactive area

  • that touches on cultural inventions from across Asia,

  • which we had a lot of fun in.

  • (xylophone music)

  • I'm a musical genius.

  • (both laughs loudly)

  • All right, that was a lot of fun.

  • Sonnie really likes museums.

  • That's what I've learned to day.

  • (Sonnie laughs loudly)

  • because I like go around and look

  • and I'm like, hmmm, very good, nice display,

  • all is well,

  • and Sonnie is like telling me the history of everything

  • and how it's all connected and what.

  • It's cool.

  • - And theories.

  • - I think in the end I didn't even the need the audio guide

  • because having Sonnie with me is just as useful.

  • (laughs loudly)

  • Yeah. Well this is a really cool place.

  • I'm really impressed by the scale

  • and I've never been here before.

  • I'd always see photos of the oustide

  • and I knew it was the big building

  • with the reflective outside windows

  • but then once I got here

  • I was really blown away by the scale of the entire thing

  • and then even like on the first floor inside,

  • we've got this huge,

  • high rise roof,

  • structures, - Ceilings.

  • - Ceilings,

  • that's the word.

  • Yeah.

  • A whole Yamakasa float display

  • built in the background,

  • those things are pretty big,

  • and for that entire thing to be inside a building like this.

  • She tall.

  • (Sonnie laughs loudly)

  • She tall.

  • Anyway, what did you like about the museum?

  • - Um.

  • I actually need to come back

  • because it wasn't enough time for me.

  • (Micaela laughs loudly)

  • I really,

  • I did like that they have interactive stuff as well as,

  • I mean, I'll enjoy anything basically,

  • as long as I'm learning something.

  • I'm super happy because I'm a huge dork

  • but I do feel like they have--

  • - She is.

  • - I am.

  • - But I do feel like they have a lot of different

  • kinds of displays.

  • So, a lot of people can enjoy that stuff.

  • - Yeah. For sure. For sure.

  • All right guys.

  • So, thanks for watching

  • and we'll talk to you again soon.

  • Bye.

  • (bright upbeat music)

- Good morning. I'm Micaela.

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