池袋

8 Feb

My kids were given five tickets to the movie 「西の魔女が死んだ」 (“The Witch Of The West Is Dead“).

witch

The tickets were valid for yesterday and the day before (Friday) only, and only at one 映画館 (movie theater) in 池袋 (Ikebukuro, Tokyo).

Friday is a 平日 (weekday), so we planned to go yesterday. But when we got to the theater, they announced that the theater was full. We decided that the next showing was too late and we just couldn’t see it.

Oh well.

Maybe I’ll rent it when it’s released on DVD.

The story of the movie is about a thirteen-year-old girl who is one-quarter English (her grandmother is British) who decides she doesn’t want to go to school anymore. Her parents send her to spend some time with her English grandmother who lives in the countryside.

There’s a rumor that her grandmother is a witch, so she asks her grandmother to teach her to become a witch. The grandmother agrees…but what she actually teaches her are important life lessons.

The grandmother is played by Stephanie Sachiko “Sachi” Parker.

Do you know Sachi Parker?

Probably not. But you probably do know the famous American actress Shirley MacLaine.
Sachi Parker is Shirley MacLaine‘s daughter.
She was raised in Japan by her father (Steve Parker). She’s fluent in 日本語 (Japanese).

So instead of the movie, we went to サンシャインシティ (Sunshine City).
サンシャインシティ (Sunshine City) is a block of buildings in 池袋 (Ikebukuro, Tokyo) that include a shopping center, a convention center, a hotel, a movie theater, an aquarium, a planetarium, an observatory, offices, and more.

The observatory is on top of the 60-story サンシャイン60 (Sunshine 60) building.

Click here to visit the サンシャインシティ (Sunshine City) website (in Japanese only).

Here are some photos that I took around 池袋 (Ikebukuro, Tokyo):

(Many restaurants in Japan have a plastic display of the menu out front.)

(Many restaurants in Japan have a plastic display of the menu out front.)

(Ikebukuro)

(Ikebukuro)

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12 Responses to “池袋”

  1. tokyo5 February 12, 2009 at 11:35 pm #

    Masako…

    Yes, Japan has many types of hotels / inns.

    I recommend trying a ryokan at least once.

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  2. Masako February 12, 2009 at 11:49 am #

    No I haven’t, i’d love to one day.

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  3. tokyo5 February 11, 2009 at 4:12 pm #

    Masako…

    Have you ever stayed at a 旅館 (Ryokan)?

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  4. Masako February 11, 2009 at 12:06 pm #

    We are staying at the Hotel Pacific Tokyo.

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  5. tokyo5 February 10, 2009 at 9:24 pm #

    Masako…

    >staying in Shinagawa

    At the Prince Hotel?

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  6. Masako February 10, 2009 at 4:54 pm #

    I have stayed at Sunshine City Prince and The Metropolitan . I liked the Metropolitan better. This comming trip we are staying in Shinagawa but will definetly take the train to Ikebukuro to walk around and do some shopping.

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  7. tokyo5 February 10, 2009 at 1:44 am #

    Masako…

    Did you stay in a hotel in 池袋 (Ikebukuro)?

    There are lots of people there! Skyscrapers, neon, 24-hour action…it’s a busy area!

    >Tokyo Hands

    Common mistake…but it’s actually 「東急ハンズ」 (“Tokyu Hands”).
    It’s owned by the “Tokyu Corporation”.

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  8. Masako February 9, 2009 at 2:41 pm #

    I love Ikebukuro. We stayed there when we were in Tokyo. I liked Sunshine City, lots of great shopping…and then Tokyo Hands and the food floors of Mitsukoshi and Seibu

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  9. tokyo5 February 8, 2009 at 10:45 am #

    Eric…

    I don’t like it when movies leave the end open either.
    That’s why I think that movie “The Lord Of The Rings” is over-rated!

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  10. tokyo5 February 8, 2009 at 10:43 am #

    Mb…

    Yes, I think you’d enjoy Sunshine City (when Joe came to Japan, he said it was his favorite part 😉 . I was kinda surprised, I don’t think it’s that nice.)

    Come to Tokyo and I’ll show it to you.

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  11. Eric February 8, 2009 at 10:29 am #

    I saw that movie. It was just OK. Nothing spectacular. There was a lot left unresolved at the end. I hate it when movies do that.

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  12. Mb February 8, 2009 at 6:04 am #

    Sunshine City looks fun! (Hope I got the name right). Haven’t heard of Shirley McLaine’s daughter. Glad you had a good time!

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