Today is 2015 December 18th…the day that the latest Star Wars movie premieres in Japan.
Star Wars has a lot of inspirations from Japanese movies and Japanese culture.
For instance, click here to see some photos my daughter took of Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and lightsabers done up to more closely resemble the samurai and katana swords that they were modeled after.
Well, members of the cast and crew of the latest Star Wars movie were recently in Tokyo to promote the movie.
Actor John Boyega (who plays the new character “Finn“) expressed how excited he was to visit and shop in Tokyo:
And, it turns out, that there is a planet in the new Star Wars movie named in honor of Tokyo.
Tokyo is director J.J. Abrams “favorite city” and he named a planet in Star Wars “Takodana” after the 高田馬場 (Takadanobaba) college-town area of Tokyo.
He was quoted in an interview about it:
“There’s a planet in this movie called Takodana and I named (it) after the first time I came to Tokyo (and) we stayed in a hostel in Takadanobaba. So it was a nod to my favorite city.”
— J.J. Abrams