Odaiba. Gundam Base.
That should have been enough to describe our trip to Odaiba. But it is surprisingly not enough. Odaiba has a lot more to offer than a trip to the Gundam Base and having a look at the 1:1 scale Gundam Unicorn.
We started our trip getting slightly lost as per usual. The trains in Japan don’t seem to go where you are expecting them to take you. Ok, so maybe they do and I just keep on taking the wrong ones. We reached Odaiba via Tokyo Teleport station. And yes, the station name alone gives you a hint of what you can expect. And no, there were no boom tubes or actual teleporters at Tokyo Teleport. What it is though, is a gateway to a great otaku-science-history experience.
The first stop of our trip was at Diver City. Famous for the Gundam that stands right in front of it. While Diver City itself is filled with different shops, there was once place that was unexpected. A Hello Kitty Café. Since we knew that the trip to Odaiba would be more for Matthew and myself again, we had to give Judy her own time. This is actually where we had tea. And no visit to the Hello Kitty Café would be complete without the kawai selfie with the cat. It was only after we got back home that I found out why there were huggable, near life-size plushies of Hello Kitty at the café. And no, it wasn’t simply because it was her café. Apparently, it’s a thing in Japan where you can have tea without being lonely even if you are alone. Yes, the plushies are meant for you to have tea with somebody even if you are alone. Quirky, yes. And Japanese. After some very nice tasting maccha, we headed for, The Gundam Base.
The Gundam Base is everything Gundam. It’s probably about the only place where you can buy kits from old to new. Kits from every Gundam series imaginable is available here. And of course, there are the Gundam Base exclusive kits. They are mostly special color and special clear version of the same kits that are available in their standard configurations at retail shops. Now its easy to let your jaw drop at the sheer amount of kit and building tools that are available. Heck, they even allow you to borrow tools so that you can build that brand spanking new kit at the Gundam Base. There is also a sort of mini museum as you enter the Base which showcases the Gundam kits from all the series and from the older designs to the newest ones. They even have the prototype kits on display for you to drool over while you think about when they will actually make it into production. The price though, was retail. And while you can buy the most of the kits at a cheaper price, but you will find that the assortment of kits at the Gundam Base is incomparable elsewhere.
We headed off to the Toyota Mega Web after our tour of the Gundam Base, but the Car History Museum at the Mega Web deserves its own post.
We had to come back to the Unicorn Gundam for the show though, and seeing the show at night is well worth the trip to Odaiba. Heck, even the wife enjoyed it and the song had been stuck in Matthew’s head for weeks. Odaiba still had lots to offer, and we should probably go back.