*All photos are narrated by Robbie the Robot (Thanks, Robbie!) . Capital letters used to convey Robbie’s robotic monotone. Note that Robbie is not in fact yelling. Or is he? We can’t really tell since he’s speaking in a robotic monotone.
Robbie: I WILL DESTROY YOU
For something that really used to excite me, like when I was about five years old, this robot exhibition really left a lot to be desired. As we get older, things we were once interested in often lose the appeal they held. These recent years, I’ve gotten the chance to revisit some of the things that once seemed so cool when I was a kid. I was surprised to find that they invariably were a lot less interesting than I once thought. The funny movies of yesteryear? Not so funny anymore, in most cases. Cartoons that I expected to enjoy even though I knew they were meant for kids? They are really meant for kids, and usually aren’t that enjoyable for an adult. “Everybody loves robots,” I had said to my wife, trying to convince her to see the exhibition with us. Mere minutes in, I realized that I had fallen for that mistaken nostalgia yet again. Because at my age, robots just didn’t seem that cool anymore. Not in the least.
ABANDON ALL HOPE, YE WHO ENTER HERE
What is this, Universal Studios (tm)?
IT IS ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE
We were assaulted with various representations of robots, in the form of toys. This was more of a geekfest than a scientific exhibition on robots, with robot toys from past ages up to now. There was some real info on robotics thrown in around the edges, but I was puzzled as to why they had all these toys. Guess I must have missed the description of the exhibition. I thought I could imagine the sort of geeks who would get a kick out of such an exhibition, but realized that I don’t actually know anybody who would.
WILL SMITH MOVIE POSTER ADDS RELEVANCE TO ROBOT EXHIBITION.
SHE'S ONE COLD BIATCH HAHAHAHAHA
WHAT IS THIS I DON'T EVEN
OMG IS THAT A BOY OR A ROBOT
AT LEAST THEY LEFT OUT JAR JAR BINKS
GIMME A BREAK
POOR SOB NEVER STOPS CLIMBING
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
I HATE SPIDERS
SANSHIN PLAYING ROBOTS WERE NOT OPERATIONAL
[This robot freaked my kid out when it started talking back
You would think that my four year old would have at least liked the robot exhibition, and he seem to enjoy parts of it. That night, however, he was crying in his sleep. When I asked what was wrong, he whined “Scaarry”.
Oh boy. Is it going to be one of those nights?
“Uhh…which robots are scary?”
“Allll of them (sob)”.
Sometimes you just can’t win.
The robot exhibition runs through the end of August and can be found in the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum in Shintoshin. It costs more than 1,000 yen for adults to get in- better to spend the money on one of the nifty little toys outside the exhibition, probably.