In Tokyo, the Yamanote Line is no doubt the most convenient, most busiest and most important railway loop line. Operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR east), the Yamanote Line was created in 1885 and currently goes to 29 stations. Back in 1872, the railroad would go from Shinagawa Station to Yokohama Station. By 1883, Ueno Station opened and by 1885, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Itabashi and Meguro Station was added. Back […]
When going to Sangen-Jaya Station in Setagaya, Tokyo, one of the things you’ll notice that it’s right at Carrot Tower and it looks quite new from the outside. In truth, Sangen-Jaya Station has been around since March 1907 (Meiji 37) and the rail line was originally known as the Tamagawa Line and is operated by the private railway operator Tokyo Corporation. By January 1925 (Taisho 14), the Setagaya Line was […]
As I continue to visit the wonderful Yamada Yoji Museum in Katsushika, the main room of the Yamada Yoji museum is where you will find a lot of nostalgic items from his past films. The main room is where you will see many of the film reels but also you can watch each Yamada Yoji film through a video screen behind the film reels. If anything, I was just amazed […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]