Gyoza, Dali and a 3D adventure
14.03.2007 12 °C
It was another cold and rainy day. The sky had been threatening the day before and now, with a whimper, it was drizzling and wet.
I needed to leave the apartment and see something different. The Kansai Time Out, a local English magazine, listed a few art exhibitions and which seemed mundane and boring. I scanned the web for something unique and it was here that I discovered a travel display of Dali works.
K and I, clutching our umbrellas headed braved the gloomy sky, shuffling into Umeda. It was lunch time as our journey began so we stopped off at a local Gyoza museum. Above an amusement parlor, 12 shops splattered around in a darken room with post-war relics displayed their wares. A map of the wall showed their specialties. Gyoza resembles steamed dim-sims and we savored a few shops before heading out to the bay.
The Exhibition was in the Suntory Museum and focused on the variety of the surrealist master. Large desert scenes and melting imagery freckled the walls; scrawling written works caged behind glass, mannequins draped in flowing gowns, assorted scents in in contorted bottles, magazine covers an film set stills; he was quite prolific in his diversity.
The sky was still bleak as we exited. A large display of turtle caught our eye as we released the 3D Underwater show was about to begin. We raced over to buy tickets and, as luck would have it, the cashier remember me from earlier and offered to give us the Dali/3D ticket combo deal, we merely payed the difference.
She handed us a large pair of 3D goggles and to me, a small ticket. It wasn't until we approached the theater's doors that we realized what it was for. I exchanged it for a pair of wireless headphones. We sat in the darkened theatre for an hour, glasses on our face as images of the deep sea floated across the screen; giant green turtles appeared to swim through the movie house; a swarm of jellyfish danced over our heads. I could hear a muffled Japanese voice coming from somewhere behind the screen. Through my headphones, Johny Depp whispered the mating habits of the octopus while Kate Winslet spoke of strange walking starfish that can outrun their predators.