Katsushika-Shibamata

If you want to get off the beaten track, you may as well a visit to Katsushika-Shibamata into your itinerary.

 

This town was selected as an important cultural landscape of the country in 2018, which is the first time in Tokyo. But what made this town more popular is the 48 series of comical films made from 1969 to 1995, the first one of which is titled "Otoko wa tsurai yo" ("It's tough being a man") starring Kiyoshi Atsumi as Tora-san, a kind-hearted vagabond or traveling salesman who is always unlucky in love. 

He is living in the world of giri (moral and social obligation) and ninjo (human feelings of affection, compassion and sorrow). It may be difficult for non-Japanese to understand his way of living, even though becoming also difficult for today’s Japanese.

 

The highlights of this town are below.

  Haiden (worship hall) of Shibamata Taishakuten.

  Naiden (inner hall) is famous for its decorative relief woodcarvings telling Buddhist teachings.

  Suikeien of Taishakuten is a garden featuring a path around a pond.

  The front approach to the temple forms a shopping street.

  The statue of "Tora-san" standing in front of the station and his followers. 

  Nearby Yamamoto-tei is a house which combines Western and Japanese styles with a splendid garden build in 1920s.

  Tora-san Memorial Museum with movie sets. 

  Yagiri no Watashi; Ferryboat that has been taking passengers across the Edo River. It remains the original landscape            from the Edo period.