Thursday, October 13, 2011

Izu Wild Kingdom: Before & After

What was once a roadside attraction featuring stuffed animals from all over the world is now a thrift store filled with junk. The building remains the same as well as some of the interior decorations (fake palm trees and blue painted sky background), but it now houses racks of used dishes, clothing, broken electronics, and stuff that looks like trash. Back in 2004, I was fortunate enough to visit Wild Kingdom just before it closed down for good. I remember us being the only people there, and half the animals were dried up and falling apart. I didn't think it would last long.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Tamari Park

Skating with Bwana and Naoya at Tamari Park.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Maboroshi Hakurankai

Some more pictures from Maboroshi Hakurankai. Here's a reproduction of a seventies toy store. There are some new toys in there as well, but it's a pretty good display considering the other exhibits consist of junk and trash (literally).

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Maboroshi Hakurankai

Took another trip to Maboroshi Hakurankai in Izu. Here are some more pictures of the "Yasui Big Circus" taxidermy and mannequin pile-up.