Wading Through A Sea Of Stars & Flowers

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It was the last day of the DMM Planets attraction out in Odaiba today, but if you missed your chance to roll up your pants & wade around in a cloud-like sea of flowers and goldfish with a kerbillion and a half other people, here’s what it was like:

My favorite part of the thing, though, was the Crystal Universe room –  the completely mirrored walls, floor & ceiling reflected a Very Big Number of beaded LED strings that were meticulously programmed to surround you with waves of color and light, sometimes breaking into starry showers…

OOO SPARKLY!

Ooo sparkly!

It was pretty cool the way you could catch glimpses of other gawkers as you wandered through the maze – the visitors somehow became a feature, not a bug.

It was pretty cool the way you could catch glimpses of other people as you wandered through the maze – the other visitors became sort of a design feature, rather than an annoyance. (Yes, Princess admits that often when she is visiting popular exhibits, she wishes all those commoners would just go away already AND SHE BETS YOU DO TOO ADMIT IT)

This’ll give you a better idea:

And finally, there was the room where surreal flower petals from outer space whizzed by all around.

This one would have been extra cool to be in alone, because the room was a geodesic dome with a mirrored floor, and if there hadn't been a crowd of other people sitting on the floor blocking the reflections, it would totally have seemed like I was floating in space.

This one would have been extra cool to be in alone, because the room was a geodesic dome with a mirrored floor, and if there hadn’t been a crowd of other people sitting on the floor blocking the reflections, it would totally have seemed like I was floating in space.

Note: f I hadn’t been in Tokyo this summer, I’d probably be really really wishing I’d hadn’t missed this BUT let me assuage your teeth gnashing slightly: The lines to get in were so long (we’re talking peak summer Disneyland long) that they were doing a brisk business selling “priority” tickets which allowed people to cut the line for ¥1500 a pop ON TOP OF the ¥2000 entry fee. I didn’t have to deal with lines or hella expensive extra tix because I serendipitously went during a RAGING TYPHOON. (Which also means that all these pictures were taken on a super uncrowded day. Yeah. You can imagine.)

Jonelle Patrick writes mysteries set in Tokyo. Her fourth book – Painted Doll – is just out in paperback 

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