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Tora-san indicates manners and customs of those days

November 20, 2010 2 comments

Last September, I went to Tora-san Museum, the museum in Katsushika ward, Tokyo.

Have you ever heard about the name, Tora-san, the famous movie character in Japan? The first movie was released in 1969 and the final one, the 48th movie, was released in 1997. Tora-san, the main character of these movies, fought with his father and left his home when he was young. He traveled a lot of places in Japan working as tekiya, the people selling products in front of famous facilities, such as temples or shrines. He was not a super man, didn’t shoot guns, just acted an ordinary(sometimes extraordinary) man. Famous and gorgeous actresses appeared in the movies, and Tora-san always fell in love with the actresses in the movies.

This is the movies’ opening. Actually, I don’t know about the movies a lot, but I’m sure most of Japanese easily remember this theme song.

The statue welcomes you as soon as you get off at Shibamata station.
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Oops, before the statue, another famous comic character, Ryou-san, welcomes you with his subordinates and friends.
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You enjoy shopping at the histrical shopping centers, Taishakuten-Sando.
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This is the famous restaurant, Toraya, which is Tora-san‘s home in the movies. Actors and actresses played their roles in the movies at the restaurant actually.
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In the movies, Tora-san said that he was baptized at this temple, Taishakuten. There is no such rituals in Buddhism like baptism, in fact. He was just trying to say that his parents washed his body with the holy water in the temple when he was born.
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The second statue welcome you right in front of the museum. Tora-san is nailing one of the signs of the museum. He is trying to work hard, but unfortunately, the letter is upside down.
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You can see how films were made or how the people in the movie spent their lives.
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I said that many actresses appeared in the movies. The famous actress, Sayuri Yoshinaga, also did.

Through the series of Tora-san movies, you can learn manners and customs of ordinary life at that time in Japan.

Categories: Japanese Culture
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