Shibamata - Tora-san Museum, Yamada Yoji Museum & Yamamoto-tei
Let's head to the gem of Shibamata; probably the most interesting and best part of this trip.
Welcome to the last part! For introduction and snacks, you can read part 1. For lunch and the temple, you can read part 2.
In part 3, I will be introducing Katsushika Shibamata Tora-san Museum, Yamada Yoji Museum and the Yamamoto-tei.
It is actually inside the Katsushika City Tourism and Culture Center which also houses the Yamada Yoji Museum and TORAsan Cafe.
Let's first look at Tora-san Museum.
We decided to go for the ticket which allows us to enter the Tora-san Museum, the Yamada Yoji Museum AND the Yamamoto-tei at JPY550. I highly recommend this.
And if you bought the JPY510 one day pass I introduced in Part 1, you can even get a discount. We got our tickets from the machine, so if you want the discount, please go to the staff (because I forgot).
The moment we entered the museum, we were immediately transported to the world of Tora-san. You can see the props and the backstage scenes. You can even see how the main part of the story went through interactive panels. And when we turned right...
Look how real everything is. You can totally take a seat and pretend you are in Tora-san's world.
Or you could pretend to be a kitchen staff. Can you spot the green thing inside the kitchen? Remember the famous Kusa Dango?
You can even see the production of newspapers in those days. The screen shows a couple of scenes where this set was used.
In this part of the museum, you can see the characters that appeared over the years in the Tora-san movies and even the miniature version of the Tora-san's home and workplace.
Once you turn the corner, you will see a mini version of the town where Tora-san was in. All the small details are really fantastic and so worth looking at.
And then you will arrive at this station, where you can pretend to be both the station master and the customer who gets to board the train.
There are too many things to look at and if I showed you all the pictures, it would spoil the fun so here's just a picture of the station.
After Tora-san's museum, we headed to the Yamada Yoji Museum. Yamada Yoji is actually the director of the Tora-san movie franchise. Here you get to see the types of equipment and props that were used.
All the explanations were in Japanese though. There is something to watch in theatre-like chairs and some interactive bits as well.
After both museums, we decided to eat (again) at the Tora-san Cafe.
We shared one cake and one drink. The Sachertorte is a kind of chocolate cake and boy this was rich and good. The sweetness was just nice. The Melon Cream Soda was pretty good too.
Our next stop is the last stop of this trip: Yamamoto-tei.
It's a 3 minutes walk from the Tora-san Museum but I will include the address here too.
Yamamoto-tei is a registered Tangible Cultural Property. It is formerly the residence of Yamamoto Einosuke, the founder of Yamamoto Plant which is a camera parts manufacturer. His family used this residence for 4 generations before Katsushika Ward took over in 1986. They opened it to the public in 1991.
You can look at both Japanese and Western-style architecture and interior here while enjoying your matcha/green tea and dessert with a beautiful view. The tables are set far apart and there is a variety of things to choose from the menu.
We went for the Zenzai which is red bean soup with shiratama/mochi. The shiratama and red beans were good. But the soup, was too sweet. I don't recommend this. Please get something else if you go.
Overall these few places were interesting especially the Tora-san Museum. Even though I have only heard of the movies and has never watched any of it, I really enjoyed this experience.
I highly recommend you to go to Shibamata for a more authentic Japanese experience because at this point, it is still pretty much untouched by tourists.
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