This past weekend the wife and I headed down to Tokyo for a visit. I was mostly to go to the Canadian embassy, since my passport is expiring in a few months. While we were there we went all the way to Shibamata, to check it out. It’s an older part of Tokyo where they filmed the Tora-san movies. In fact the first thing you see when you get off the train is a statue of Tora-san.
This area still has older feeling to it. The shopping street probably hasn’t changed since the 40’s.
In front of this old style candy store there was a vending machine made to look like a robot. How cool is that!
There’s also a nice temple at the end of the shopping street, which featured heavily in the first Tora-san movie.
You can also go to the Tora-san museum. It has this really cute statue out in front of it.
You can see a trailer from the first Tora-san movie below. This series had 48 movies! That’s a hell of a lot!