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Dinosaurs in Marunouchi

Posted in Places by tokyobling on April 9, 2012

A couple of weeks ago Marunouchi was invaded by dinosaurs from Fukui prefecture on the north coast of Japan. Japanese kids, like kids everywhere I guess, have a serious love for dinosaurs, and they’re also lucky in that Japan is a good place to go fossil hunting. Three complete skeletons (casts) were on display as well as a few other interesting animated dinosaurs and educational videos and even life sized dinosaur scientists that were a great hit with the kids! First of we had the carnivorous 12m long Acrocanthosaurus atokensis from Oklahoma USA, and a Pteranodon longiceps with a wing span of 7m was hung in the ceiling. The Japan native Fukuisaurus tetoriensis, a herbivore Iguanadontian. Seeing these exhibitions in Marunouchi Building and the nearby Oazu Building really brought back memories from when I was dinosaur crazy kid myself! I think a trip to Fukui prefecture really must be arranged some time soon.















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  1. JUURI said, on April 9, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Oh, what! The Acrocanthosaurus was from OK? How GUUZEN. ;) And I didn’t see the wonderful Fukuisaurus creation. Where was he hiding? He is very different than any dinosaur I’ve ever seen! Look at those nub hands and that giant beak! >_<

    • tokyobling said, on April 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Haha… I was going to point it out to you but it must have slipped my mind! (^-^;) The Fukuisaurus was in another building that I don’t think you visited, Oazu just to the north of Tokyo station!

  2. Konni said, on April 9, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Great shots – as always!
    My only point of critique would be that you should have posted those while the exhibition was still going on! I, too, would have loved to take that trip down memory lane… In exchange I request to accompany you to your upcoming dinosaur hunt in Fukui-ken! ;o)

    • tokyobling said, on April 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Haha… I know! I actually felt bad posting this after the event when I could have posted it while it was still up and running! A trip to Fukui would be great… (^-^)

  3. lilichan06 said, on April 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Great exhibition!
    Very impressive…
    I’m glad not to have lived at this time :-D
    The cute little boy seems not to be afraid at all :lol:

    • tokyobling said, on April 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Me too! But it would have been great to see these alive! (^-^) Yep, the little kids were so excited!

  4. Timi said, on April 9, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Oh I was still a little kid when I was at an exhibition like this :D
    That prof-dino is nice :D

    • tokyobling said, on April 9, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      Hi Timi! Yes, the prof-dino reminds me of when I was a kid and we tried to figure out if dinos would ever have evolved intelligence! (^-^;)

  5. Emma Reese said, on April 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I echo my daughter’s astonishment! I thought that dino WAS Fukuisauras and even wrote so in my blog. (Of course I wasn’t reading the information panel there. ^^;;) And that guy was brought in from my very state and I knew nothing about him ^^;;;) But of course Fukuisauras does look like a dino suited for Japan – a small herbivore.

    • tokyobling said, on April 9, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Hahaha… lovely comment Emma! (^-^;) Thanks!

  6. Ulrik said, on April 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    That dinosaur scientist looks pretty great and the kid seems to think so too :D

    • tokyobling said, on April 9, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      A dinosaur in a lab coat, can’t beat it! (^-^)

  7. D... said, on April 10, 2012 at 2:44 am

    This reminds me of my childhood. I was taken to a lot of museums, and there were always dinosaurs. I was a bit scared of them. That little fella looked like a mixture of fear and amusement. Little daredevil in the making.

    • tokyobling said, on April 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      That means you had good parents I think! (^-^)

  8. Sabine said, on April 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I remember those dinosaur crazying-loving days. Who would have thought dinosaurs would have such great dressing standards, hehe :P

    It’s great seeing that it’s not just kids who have taken an interest in the exhibition. Guess it brings any adult back to their childhood ^-^

    • tokyobling said, on April 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks for the comment Sabine! Haha… yes, that is on sharp looking Dino! (^-^;)

  9. pk1154 said, on April 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    E would be all over this and would probably nit-pick any inaccuracies she spotted.

    • tokyobling said, on April 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      I’d love to hear that! (^O^)


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