IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME! The Travelling Trooper Explores A Cloudy Kyoto

We arrived in Kyoto on a grey cloud-covered day and were welcomed by drizzling rain, and so I thought it’d be best to find something to do indoors.

Solution: IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME!

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Trevor and I went to the Toei Kyoto theme park for the sole purpose of seeing the Power Rangers exhibit. I knew it wasn’t going to be MY Power Rangers–Jason, Billy, Zack, Trini, Kimberly, and Tommy–but I wanted to see them anyway. The Japanese show was the inspiration for the North American Power Rangers.

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I have to say, just going off of some of these outfits, I think North America improved upon the show.
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That’s a bit more like it. That’s what the Japanese Rangers looked like in 1999 in their second last season.

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Why are they all red?
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YOU LOOKING AT SOMETHING, PUNK?!

Sadly, the exhibit was somewhat disappointing. It was just a slew of various Ranger outfits. No history, no props, no nothing. The only thing that was kinda cool was that there was a video display where you could watch past episodes. Their show’s opening was pretty epic, just saying. You’ll see it later.

The rest of the park was pretty cheesy in the proper fun sort of way. Admittedly, it’s a lot more fun if you go with others, though Trevor and I still managed to enjoy ourselves.

We conquered the ninja maze and managed to collect all three stamps–though my ninja-ing skills were sadly lacking. We chose to do the mental challenge rather than the physical challenge, because, well, I’m quite aware where my strengths and weaknesses are as a ninja, but it took me way longer than it should have to figure out how the doors on the maze worked. I can only imagine what the staff must have been thinking as they watched me go back and forth between one section of the maze and another as I kept repeating to myself, “There must be another door. There must be.”

But I did it!

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The scrolls are meant for the mental challenge test; the ninja stars are for the physical challenge. I accidentally snatched up the wrong stamp. Bad ninja-ing on my part.

The maze was made entirely of wood and was filled with dead ends, fake doors, fake stamp stalls, holes you had to climb or crawl through, etc. T’was fun.

Then we walked through a haunted house. It was your standard haunted house, complete with dead bodies, people that popped out of nowhere, blood, and sounds of grinding axes, screaming victims, bats, and so on.

I can appreciate cheese, though. Zombies aaaaaaaah-ed and I aaaaaah-ed back. Air shot down at me from above and I cursed the universe. Dudes popped out of the shadows and I bust a gut laughing. Again, t’was fun.

The park also featured a 3D art gallery, a ninja show, and a bunch of other exhibits, but most of the places required that you pay an extra fee on top of the $21 you pay at the door.

A couple other random photos.

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These ladies greet you when you walk in the door.
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The park is owned by a movie studio, and they often use this place to shoot various projects.

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It was still cloudy, but I figured the day was still young, and we should see someting else, so we ventured off towards Nijo Castle.

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The castle was bilt in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Shogun (military leader) of the Edo Shogunate. More parts were added in 1926 in preparation for the Imperial visit by Emperor Go-Mizuno-o
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One of two surviving watch towers. There were nine in total at one point–four at each corner of the inner and outer moat, and a central one as well. The towers were added for the Imperial visit in 1626. There are sliding windows for dropping boulders against would-be attackers. Smashy smashy! The tower was also used to store firearms.
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It was here that, in 1867, the 15th and last Shogun decided to give authority over the country to the Emperor, thus ending 700 years of samurai rule. From 1884-1939, it was used as an occasional residence for the Imperial family. Ten in 1939 it was given to the city of Kyoto.
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Ninomaru-goten Palace was built in 1603. The Shogun ended 130 years of civil war, so he kinda deserved it.
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I didn’t see the sign that said no pictures allowed before I snapped this one…oops! So basically, there are a series of rooms with different images. This things are supposed to be tigers, but at the time, there were no tigers in Japan, so the artists painted them based on pictures they acquried from China and Korea. And they thought leopards were female tigers. There are over 2000 wall paintings in this place! The hilarious part is how much effort is put into enforcing the Shogun’s top position over everybody. This room is meant to greet council visitors and intimidate them for some reason–because that’s how you welcome a guest. Once they relay their message to the messenger as to why they are visiting, if the Shogun approves, they then go to another room to wait for the Shogun. I think this room had pines painted on it. They used pines because they represented longevity, since they never lose their needles. Once they sit with the Shogun, they must sit on the lower floor, while he sits on the elevated floor. We get it, dude; you’re important. Get over yourself.

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After another long and productive day, it was time to head to our host’s place for the night. Another day of Kyoto awaits tomorrow!

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