Shibamata Nostalgic Walk

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[throwback September]

Shibamata (柴又) is perhaps most famously known as the hometown of Tora-san, the iconic, unlucky-in-love character whose adventures in the 1969-1995 movie series Otoko wa Tsurai yo (lit. ‘It’s Tough Being a Man’) captured the hearts of many.

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True to form, a bronze statue of hometown-man Tora-san awaits just outside Shibamata station. Follow his stare straight to the tourist information centre, where copies of the Katsushika Sightseeing Guide Map are available to help you get situated

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For some unknown reasons, many visitors would rub/touch the statue’s slippered feet and hence the extra shine from all the touch.

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Shibamata is all about nostalgia for the simple life. Full of Japanese gardens, parks and temples, Shibamata’s Showa atmosphere encourages people to take it easy and revisit a time when things went a bit slower. Walking through Taishakuten Sando, a street lined with traditional shops, you might be tempted by a dizzying array of Japanese snacks

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For us, we choose this quaint little old store that served freshly fried tempura as our lunch stop though there are many soba shops around too.

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There was a snack and toy store that sold snacks and toys dated back to the Showa days (60s-80s Japan)

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Also reminded me of the 10 cents mama shop snacks we have back in Singapore.

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This is the place for you if you want to get away from the bustling neon lights in the Tokyo city but still in Tokyo but at slower pace.

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Paper cut art work.

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for people who are interested in the TV character, there is dedicated museum for this TV serial

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The cartoon mascot.

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If you want a little of rest, you can head over to the river for the Yagiri no Watashi (200JPY one way) which has been in existence since the 17th century.

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This was used daily by the people living here back in the days to cross from Tokyo to Chiba just right across the river. To know if the boat was in operation, you just have to look over the opposite shore to check if the flag was raised.

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We were there on a weekday so we were not sure if it was in operation as there was no one at the jetty (this ride is now mainly a tourists ride) but we were lucky to see the flag raised and waved to the boatman opposite. However, as we were sitting there as the only 2 passengers and chatting with the boatman who calmly replied saying that there is not many customers today due to the impending TYPHOON. His reply kinda made us a little freaked out as the typhoon did not even cross our minds 😛 I guess, this happens when you grow up in a relatively natural calamity free country 😛

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Thankfully, the typhoon only arrived much later in the night so we were safe for our to and fro boat ride which was a little bumpy due to the choppy waves.

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Don’t know the name of this flower but this blooms during autumn…

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With just a boat ride and you are in the sururban area……SEE, there are many places in Tokyo that is not so city 🙂

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