We had a lot of places on our list of possible things to do while in Yokohama and with a whole day free, Penne wanted to see the Doll Museum. We headed back through Chinatown for another choco panda since it was on the way. Inside the museum was the history of dolls in general as well as the history of dolls in Japan. There was a display with movies showing the making of a traditional Japanese jointed doll versus an antique French bisque doll. Under the display case were drawers full of the doll parts as they went through various stages. Definitely Penne's favourite part. As we were about to leave we stumbled across a room where they were making part two of a 3D animated short "Harbour Town". The artists were working behind a wall with peepholes so we could watch but not disturb. All around the room were characters and models used in the first short.
After the museum, we tried to find the subway but went too far and found a lovely French patisserie called Pavlov. Inside was a recreation of a little French parlour. We ordered the tea and cake set and were rewarded with a set of three tiny cakes that were as lovely to behold as they were on the palate. I had the house tea which was a unique style of Earl Grey, while Penne had the mixed berry rooibos which we could smell before we even took the lid off the teapot.
We finally found and caught the subway to Minato-mirai where the Landmark Tower, Cosmos World amusement park and many other sights are situated. With 8 floors of shopping, we headed straight for the Pokemon Centre. What we encountered was madness! There were people everywhere engaged in combat on their DS's and not just children. There were grown business men there as well. After having a wander around inside we went back out and found Moe Garden with Ghibli wares for sale. They accepted credit cards, so I waited outside while Penne did some shopping.
To finish off the day we headed back to the anime store Katsunori showed us yesterday to pickup a couple of extra things. We ended up having pasta for dinner, was surprisingly good but still a distant second to Mum's home cooked pasta.