Japanese Garden

10 Aug

Today we went to 柴又 (Shibamata). This is a traditional 下町 (downtown, blue-collar) area of Tokyo. We live in downtown Tokyo…but this is one of the downtown areas that stills maintains the old, traditional look.

I’m trying to explain it so that people from outside of Japan will relate…but Japan’s 下町 (downtown) and 山の手 (uptown) are unique and hard to explain accurately.

Come to Japan and I’ll show you. 🙂

Anyways, 柴又 (Shibamata) is the hometown for the character 寅さん (Tora-san) in the popular TV series 男はつらいよ (“It’s tough being a man!”) that ran from 1969-1995 in Japan.

The actor that played the main character (Tora-san) died in 1996. There’s a statue of the “Tora-san” character outside 柴又 (Shibamata) train station.

Here it is:

Near the train station is a store that sells Japanese candies. Just like most of the shops in this area, it looks like an old traditional Japanese store.

Here’s the 駄菓子屋 (Traditional junk-food shop):

(The Coke machine looks like a robot).

We also went to a temple and saw them setting up for a 盆踊り (Bon Dance Festival)…(we didn’t go to the festival, though), and a traditional Japanese street performer, and we went to a Japanese garden.

Here’s a slideshow of some of the photos I took:

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I took a few videos today and uploaded to my YouTube page (in all of them you can hear (Cicadas) in the background. Proof that it’s summertime in Japan 🙂 ).

Also, in the last video there are 提灯 (paper lanterns) that say 寅さんの日 (“Tora-san Day”). This is in preparation for August 27—the anniversary of the first episode of TV series 男はつらいよ (“It’s tough being a man!”) that began on 1969/8/27.

Here’s my video of the Japanese garden:

Here are three videos that I took of the traditional Japanese street performer:

And here are two videos that I took of the 下町 (traditional downtown area):

We’ve been to this area a number of times. But it had been awhile since our last time here…so it was alot of fun!

5 Responses to “Japanese Garden”

  1. tokyo5 October 14, 2008 at 8:53 am #


    東京大学 (University Of Tokyo) has a very beautiful campus too.

    I wrote a bit about it here:


  2. Mom October 14, 2008 at 7:00 am #

    There are 2 or 3 Japanese gardens in North Carolina and they are so beautiful too. I would imagine that they are a glimpse of what the Japanese gardens in Japan are like. One is at a University and the other is part of the Duke Gardens, which is part of Duke University and Hospital, which is a well known hospital in the U.S. anyway I love visiting them because they are so peaceful and sincere. the bridges, trees, koi and small temples and stone paths make them very unique.


  3. tokyo5 October 14, 2008 at 2:48 am #


    Thank you. Visit my site often.


  4. mothernaturesgarden October 14, 2008 at 1:39 am #

    Yes, I love Japanese gardens. Your post with slideshows and videos is a special treat. Thanks for this inside look at Japan. My sister-in-law told me I would love visiting Japan because there are so many temple gardens. Thanks for calling my attention to your blog.


  5. Mb August 11, 2008 at 3:37 am #

    I like the traditional area alot! When I finally come to Japan, I’d like to go there. 🙂 The gardens are beautiful, and the street performer was fun to watch with the little kids. The shops on the street are neat, too. It looks like alot of fun.


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