“Blow a gasket”.  I’d always heard that quaint turn of phrase but could never really envision it, or apply it to my life…until this morning when I woke up to an email that made me, well, “blow a gasket”.  I mean, holy shit.  Really?  REALLY???  I am presently seething and should progress to a nice little simmer by the time I return to Canada, then a full blown boil the week after.


Yesterday, we checked out the Dali, Venetian Renaissance Painters, and TeamLab exhibitions.  Today, our Tokyo museum tour continued with a visit to…

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The sole satellite Snoopy museum outside of California.

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Although my sister was the big Snoopy fan growing up (and still is), the Peanuts gang still holds a special place in my heart.  Not quite Flintstones and 1967 Spiderman cartoon level – but still.

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The tickets were vintage comic strips from this day in Peanuts history.

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The entry room featured video displays, photos of Charles M. Schulz, his family and various dogs, and this giant 3D art piece…

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Actually made up of hundreds of comic strips.

From there, we were ushered into a second room to watch a four minute intro to the Peanuts comic strip and the museum.

Then, we moved onto another room featuring a history of the Peanuts comic strip.

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The next room held hundreds of vintage Peanuts toys, sketches, and cells.  Boy, it took me back.

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We finished off with a visit to the gift shop…

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I dropped about $50 on strictly Snoopy-related merch.  My sis in for a treat!

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The Men’s Room.

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If you’re feeling munchy, there’s a Peanuts-themed eatery, The Blanket Cafe, as well as a Peanuts-themed food truck.

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I’m on vacation.

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On our walk back to the subway, I stop to take a photo of this giant silver crab.

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And, on our work through Omotesando, snapped a photo of one of my favorite structures in Tokyo – the Prada Building.

I then headed off and met up with my friend Moro-san for lunch.  I was having a fine time…until they ran out of the dessert I requested.  Sensing my disappointment, Moro-san took me to a cafe in Ginza where she ordered one of the most hideous desserts I’ve ever seen.  Ingredients included beer jelly, black truffles, dill, and parsley.

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Hey!  It’s my new favorite Japan character – Gudetama.  He’s an egg!

Dinner was at Teatrino Da Salo and featured an Italian multi-course extravaganza.

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Consider me suitably wowed.

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Sayanora to my friend Moro-san.  Farewell for another year.  Mata ashita!

26 thoughts on “September 22, 2016: Tokyo Day #8!

  1. SNOOPY! I had no idea there was a museum here or there. I have been living under a rock I guess. How cool is that though? You guys are having too much fun. Oh and try not to blow a gasket to much, I hear it’s bad for your blood pressure. Hope all is well.

  2. Ack! Was that gasket-blowing email related to the thing from yesterday that was causing you some irritation? Whatever it is, I do hope it all gets cleared up soon. That’s too much aggravation to have while you’re on vacation. Just think – “calm blue ocean, calm blue ocean, calm blue…” 🙂

    I love that Snoopy/Peanuts museum! I’ve been a long time fan, too. It’s STILL not Christmas without a viewing of the Charlie Brown’s Christmas.

    That bizarre dessert looked hideous, but how did it taste? It doesn’t sound that appetizing. Your meal later looked (and I’m sure tasted) great though!

  3. Here are some virtual replacement gaskets. I’m not sure of your size. 😉

    But seriously, I can empathize. I learned of Don Davis’ passing via email. I felt I’d been punched in the gut.

  4. Snoopy and Charlie Brown! I could always relate to Charlie Brown as a kid when I was growing up (I even had dogs that had their own fun issues). I resisted naming my dogs “Snoopy” though.

    And Gudetama looks like a half hatched bird…or an over-cooked yoke? I can’t decide which, but he looks unhappy about it either way…

    I hope your gasket-email issue gets resolved without too much gasket blowing. I’m wishing you all success in your efforts and a smooth run-up to season three. Hopefully you all can enjoy the rest of your vacation and safe travels to you and Akemi!

  5. “Well, at least your head didn’t spin around”, that’s almost as bad as “blowing a gasket”. Please don’t stroke out! Seriously! If a trip to the Snoopy Museum doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will.

    That giant silver crab: kinda freaking me out!
    The Prada Building: did you ever see the movie “Cube” with David Hewlett?
    Gudetama: but all the King’s horses & all the King’s men….

    In your first dinner pic, was it served on rocks? Still it all looks delicious.

    I’ve always had a soft spot for “Peanuts” and adore Snoopy and Woodstock though my favorite comic as a kid was Scooby Doo. I was given the Lego Mystery Van for Christmas last year. My friends know me well. You’re never too old for Legos.

    Take a deep breath, a sip of sake and repeat after me “this too shall pass, Mother F#%kers!” Enjoy the rest of your vacation!!

  6. That’s a coincidence… I too blew a gasket yesterday! Again, not a common thing for me. Popped into my archery club last night and shot two personal bests! Feel so much better now 😊

    After all those stunning looking Japanese dishes, the Italian dinner looks a bit mmlaar… The hideous dessert also sounds, well, hideous!!
    Can I ask .. Why does the gents loo sign look like his snapped in two? Am I missing something here?

    Can’t believe it’s day 8 of your hols. Like all great holidays, it’s going too fast!

  7. Oh. Just got why loo guy is broken in two … dah!
    Sorry. It’s 6.20am here and I’m not a morning person

  8. Amen to what Maggie L80 said. She has a very good grip on stuff…
    and always, add alcohol!

  9. and this giant 3D art piece…
    Actually made up of hundreds of comic strips.

    i always find that kind of picture fascinating. how they arrange the little picture (or in this case comic strips) to make a bigger one.

    somewhere i have a book about the peanuts 50th anniversary in comics.

  10. Sorry to hear about the “gasket blowing” email.

    That first dish looks interesting! Although it couldn’t be served in the US. Some jackass would eat a stone and sue the restaurant.

  11. Sorry to hear there is gasket looming on the horizon. This has been a weird week dealing with angry people. The great news is you are suit rocking that sharp suit! Thanks for introducing us to that Thanks for introducing me to Gudetama the Diapered Egg, though are you sure he’s not a duckling who hasn’t lost his shell?

    Hello Moro-san!

  12. I think if you go ahead and get it off your chest and tell us all about it, it will help your mood.

  13. Oh boy, that doesn’t sound good. I hope the network isn’t forcing you to do something or hire someone you don’t want to, or is moving the show to a different night, or is generally sticking their nose where it doesn’t belong.

    Networks do have a pretty solid history of being run by idiots, though.

    Try to remember that you’re in Tokyo, you’re favorite place on Earth(or second or third favorite, whatever), and that you’re on vacation, and that you’re there to unwind and have a great time. Please. For your sanity and ours. 😀

    -Mike A.

  14. Catching up … sorry about the gasket blowing. Have some chocolate.

    The Prada building is lovely. And that meal! Gorgeous presentation, looks so tasty.

    I was a big Snoopy fan as a kid, and still have Snoopy patches from the 70s sewn on old blue jeans. Modern incarnations of the Peanuts gang, not so much, but that museum looks like a hoot!

  15. I am enjoying your food posts, but maybe not the diapered egg. I’m wondering if after all the gourmet foods with fantastic presentation, do you ever get a hankering maybe for some patates frites and a steamy at Lafleurs in Montreal…some “down home” fast food?

    It’s always nice to see old friends. I sure do hope that the gasket issue has nothing to do with Dark Matter.

  16. Nothing like a gasket-blowing email to put a damper on your vacation time. We assume it is something related to Dark Matter, but I’ve noticed sometimes the thing that stresses you out more is things that break down in your house or things that will require a service call. Well, maybe. Maybe it is about living arrangements in Toronto again. But let’s hope it is something easily addressed when you return.

    I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to go to that museum. I adored the Charlie Brown series, and read the comic strips when I was growing up. Snoopy was my favorite and when Woodstock came along kind of solidified that pairing. I loved the Snoopy/Red Baron Christmas song, too. When I got my own apartment (I guess I was on apartment number 2 at that time) I did a Snoopy-themed Christmas display with a Woodstock reindeer on my patio. I think I have pictures somewhere. I think I loved Snoopy as much as I loved Rudolph. I know your sister will love the gifts.

    @BoltBait Thanks for the update on the Netflix date. Glad they are getting it to Netflix sooner so more people can discover it and binge-watch two full seasons to get addicted and ready for season 3.

  17. Hey Joe,
    whenever I get such kind of emails, I try to ignore them until the problem resolves itself! (Fair warning it doesn’t always work.)

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