The Toyota Sera club event was held in the parking lot of the national Motorcar Museum of Japan. James and I took a stroll inside to check out the cars while the club members arrived and got situated. It was also a bit drizzly and we didn't have an umbrella, so it was a nice excuse to get out of the rain. The whole museum was three stories tall, and each story had an upper ring of cars stacked above the cars that were on the main floor, so they were able to fit lots and lots of cars in there!
And they were all different kids from all different decades. It was a great mix of rare and interesting finds, including lots of old Toyotas and Nissans. The cars were all very well maintained and each had a placard explaining a bit about it and who manufactured it. The only issue was that these were written only in Japanese, but we were handed brochures at the entrance that were in English, so there was at least a little bit of help.
Admission was 1000 yen per adult ticket, or about $10 USD. More info can be found on their website: http://mmj-car.com/english/
One of the first places we visited once we got settled in Tokyo was a cat cafe. James is a huge cat lover, even though he's allergic, and a cat cafe was somewhere he's always wanted to go. I am not a cat person whatsoever, but I was glad he got to do something he enjoys. Now all we have to do is go to a bird cafe and we'll be even!
James braced himself with an allergy pill beforehand, and we went inside. This cafe is a combination coffee shop, manga shop, and cat petting area. The cafe was was on the 8th floor of a building, so the views of the Shibuya district where the cafe was located were beautiful. Once we emerged from the elevator, we were asked to remove our shoes and don soft slippers for entering the cat area.
There were about a dozen or so cats in all and some were dressed in Halloween sweaters and costumes to celebrate the season. There were chairs and couches for the people to sit, and a white wooden tree for the cats to climb up into. There was a water fountain for them to drink out of, and the sound of flowing water also made for a nice ambience. The employees were very diligent about cleaning the cat hair off of the furniture and floors, to the point where it was hard to believe that so many cats occupied the area. Everything was incredibly clean.
The price was 200 yen per person, or about $2 USD, for every ten minutes. Your entry time gets printed on your receipt when you first enter, and the receptionist tallies up the time you spent inside once you are ready to leave. Unlimited drinks are also available for 350 yen per person, or about $3.50 USD. Altogether, we spent about 50 minutes inside and did not have any drinks. It was a cheap and fun way to spend an hour, and James managed to escape a full-on allergy attack. Yay! These places seem to be popping up more and more outside of Japan, so if it seems like something that may interest you, there may be something similar nearby!
To see how all the cats are doing, you can check out their Instagram feed here: http://instagram.com/catcafemocha
This was my contribution: https://instagram.com/p/BLxjibRgwTx/
Although I'm not sure how well it went over...
Hi, I'm Sarah and I'm a car nut, bird lover, and musician. I have recently transitioned from music teacher to automotive service manager, and there have been lots of cool stories and crazy characters along the way!