Yamada Yoji is one of the most well-respected filmmakers in Japan. Known for his “Otoko wa Tsurai yo” (a.k.a. “Tora-San”) films, he is also known for directing the “Samurai Trilogy” (“The Twilight Samurai”, “The Hidden Blade” and “Love and Honor”). Yamada has won the Best Picture Award at the Japanese Academy Awards four times for his films “The Yellow Hankerchief” (1977), “My Sons” (1991), “A Class to Remember”, “The Twilight […]
In Katsushita is Shibamata Park and unlike other parks which are on flat land, Shibamata Park requires a bit of a climb. Popular during spring time for cherry blossoms, Shibamata Park is right next to the Tora-san Museum. I’ll go more into Tora-san and the Yamada Yoji Museum in the next blog post but for now, let’s talk about Shibamata Park.
Located on the opposite side of Asukuyama Park and near Oji Station is Otonashi Water Park (Otonashi Shinsui Koen). The park was created to maintain the flow of water from Shakuji River when there is flooding. Created in traditional Edo-style, the park is often visited by families and each spring, visited for its cherry blossoms. The wooden bridge was restored after it was destroyed during the Kano River typhoon of […]
Yesterday, I posted about Oji Shrine in Kita ward. Now, I’m going to post about Seki Shrine and the nearby gingko tree which is a very short walk from Oji Shrine. Seki Shrine (Seki Jinja) is considered a subsidiary shrine and it’s rare shrine dedicated to an ancestral deity who is considered the God of Hair, Semimaru. The story goes that poet, Prince Semaru, had a sister with her hair, […]
Japan has its fair share of significant Shinto shrines and in Kita Ward, Oji Jinja Shrine may look to small to be anything significant but in truth, it was designed as the northern protector shrine for the “Tokyo Jissha” (Ten Shrines of Tokyo). The shrine is bestowed by the gods the benefits of good luck, the prevention of fire and for couples wanting to have a family and are expecting […]
“THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE” is considered one of the greatest Westerns of all time. Directed by longtime and legendary Western director John Ford, the film would bring together two of Hollywood’s top film stars James Stewart and John Wayne. “THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE” would become one of the last Western films to be shot in B&W and in Dec. 2007, the film was selected by the […]
For Takoyaki fans, in Japan, you can find a Gindaco Highball Sakaba shop all throughout Japan. As the title indicates, you can drink highball (a mixed alcoholic drink that is composed of an alcoholic base spirit and a larger proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer) and eat it with your takoyaki. While the main store is in Tsukiji, I decided to go to the one in Nakano Broadway to try out […]
For anyone traveling to Adachi ward, especially to visit Nishiaraidaishi Soji Temple, will no doubt come to or leave from Daishimae Station. Operated by the Tobu Railway, the Tobu Daishi Line platform takes you only to Nishiarai. Opened back in 1931, the station number is TS 51. The only time the station stopped operation was during World War II, when the station was closed in May 1945 and was re-opened […]