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Adrienne
ADRIENNE WYPER / EDITOR
I' attracted to Odaiba for the modernist architecture. As for the shopping, I love Sports Authority lots of great World Cup 2002 T-shirts. For a very cheap meal I recommend the cheese and wine shops where you can indulge in the free samples oishii! The tackiest thing about Odaiba has to be Venus Fort's Italian-style piazzas and statues though the sky is beautifully blue and totally kawaii. I haven't as yet had any romance on the ferris wheel but there's plenty of time.
Hajime
HAJIME NISHIDA / UNIVERSITY STUDENT
I like to come to Odaiba just to hang out but today I've come to ride the ferris wheel with my girlfriend. I think Odaiba is very kawaii. I've definitely experienced a romantic moment or two on the ferris wheel.
 
Thomas
THOMAS GERON / ENGINEER
I've come to check Rooms to Go and Tokyo Showroom. I really like Rooms to Go because it has a good selection of interiors. The tackiest thing about Odaiba are the automatic self-driven cars. Unfortunately, I've got no time for an interlude on the ferris wheel.
Kitschy Land
Photos by Beezer

Think Odaiba and most people imagine shopping and ferris wheels. But this is not just your average shopping experience - Venus Fort, with its pre-fab expanse of neo-Italiana, represents the pinnacle of a Brave New World of shopping mall kitsch. But is Odaiba tacky or kawaii? TC's roving retailer headed out to ask the Odaiba faithful what attracts them to Tokyo Bay, which are their favorite stores and if they've enjoyed a romantic interlude on the big wheel.
Hanako and Natalie

HANAKO and NATALIE / NOT SPECIFIED
We've come to Odaiba to see a film. We haven't seen many stores as yet but the cinema was great. Odaiba is definitely more kawaii than tacky. Neither of us has taken a ride on the ferris wheel but when we do anything could happen.

 

Yuka and Stefan
YUKA and STEFAN / STUDENTS
We've come to Venus Fort because it's a beautiful day to check out the fake sky. We don't care much for the stores at Venus Fort as much as their light show. But Donatello has great ice cream. We don't think Odaiba is tacky though maybe some of the people are. As for a romantic interlude on the ferris wheel - maybe!

TOKYO TALK:
381: Diving for pearls
Pearl Harbor opens up in Japan
380: Kitschy Land
Is Odaiba tacky or kawaii?
379: Alfresco adventure
Favored locations for feasting alfresco
378: Down pour
It's raining, it's pouring!
377: Survivor
This summer's star-studded outdoor music festivals
376: Cooling off
Leading up to beach season
375: Pick and mix
The city's hottest dining spots!
374: Wasted
World Environment Day worries
373: Easy street
What makes Jiyugaoka unique?
372: On the record
Hit the streets to find the latest sounds
371: Extra dry?
The cocktail of the masses, the martini
370: Gold rush
Are you realizing your dream vacation for Golden Week?
369: Hanami
Hanami hotspots revisted
368: Do you DSL?
Dare to upgrade your connection
367: Good sports
It's summer - play ball!
366: Curry power
Yokohama's new curry museum is hot!
365: Knock out
Nagurareya, the human punching bag
364: Green day
Celebrate the luck of the Irish
363: The seven year twist
Tokyo Classified's seventh birthday bash!
362: Center Stage
How does live theater compare with the movies?
361: Birthday boys
A day for candles, cake, and...
360: You bet!
Put your money where your mouth is at the track
359: Heart land
What makes the perfect Valentine's date?
358: Father figure
What makes a good dad?
357: Booked up
Tech-savvy book buying habits
356: Wheel of life
Relaxing, romatic ferris wheels
355: Break the ice
Ice-skating
354: As good as your word
Resolutions, written in stone
352/3: Past and future
Famous peoples' perspectives
351: Yuletide Shopping
Rewards for being naughty or nice
350: Don't touch that dial
Get your fix through cable?

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