Japan 2015: Day 8 – Edo-Tokyo Tatemono-en (2)

Picking up where I left off!

This area within the Tatemono-en is called the Shitamachi-naka Street. (Looks fairly quiet here but within 15 minutes of so the crowd grew quite a bit. Presumably people finished looking at the Ghibli exhibit and came out to enjoy some sunshine.)

“Maruni Shouten”

This is a household goods store built in the early Showa period. (Showa period:1926-1989) It features a front wall covered in small copper plates ingeniously combined. The interior is a reproduction of how the shop was in the 1930s. Tenement houses have been moved to the back of the shop to produce the street atmosphere that existed in those days. [source]

Interior of Maruni Shouten. (Didn’t have to take my shoes off for most of these “shops”. Yay!)

From left to right:

Yamatoya (grocery store) – The Yamatoya Store was a three-story wooden structure located along the so-called “Meguro-dori Street” in Shirokanedai, Minato-ku. Found under the eaves of the third floor are brackets protruding over the beams. This reflects an architectural design referred to as the dashigeta zukuri (protruding beam style). The building, with its extraordinary height in comparison to the narrow frontage, sheet copper used for the balcony on the second floor and beneath the windows on the third floor, are the characteristics of kanban (sign-board) architecture. The building has been restored as it was at the time of its construction in 1928.[…] Upon restoration, we have replicated the store area as it was before the Second World War, when it sold dried bonito and seaweed (konbu,or kelp), beans, dried cuttlefish, laver, and chicken eggs. The Yamatoya Store also sold tobacco, and in the front ofthe shop was a fixture for a tobacco shop. The tobacco shop fixture seen here is from the 1940s. [source]

Hanaichi flower shop – This flower shop was built in the kanban (signboard) style, and its front is decorated in a graceful style suitable for a florist. The interior is a reproduction of a flower shop in the 1950s. [source]

Murakami Seikado (cosmetics manufacturer) – This is a cosmetics shop that used to stand on Shinobazu Street in Ikenohata, Taito Ward. In the early Showa period: (1926~1989), it sold cosmetics such as nourishing cream, camellia cosmetic oil and perfume, both wholesale and retail. The front is decorated in a very modern style and covered by artificial stones with washout treatment and Ionic columns. [source]

Showa period backstreet. There’s something about all the potted plants that is so quaint and charming.

Inside the Kawano Shouten, a Japanese umbrella wholesale store from 1926.

A glimpse into a Taisho-period tailor’s workshop.

A water pump?

Kids playing with tops.

Spin spin spin…

Push the hoop around!

The adults seemed to like the stilts.

Yellow flowers against a blue sky~

Inside the Edo-period Tenmyo family farmhouse, my friend discovered an old fellow teaching kids to make pinwheels. We sat down and for some reason he allowed us to make pinwheels too although – as we heard him telling other people who came after us – it was for children only. LOL. Not sure why he let us do it…

Our pinwheels! Mine’s the yellow and pink one. I didn’t much like the pink but I didn’t notice a nicer yellow and green combination in the box until later. Oh well.

More older people painting pictures.

This is the Kodakara-yu public bath house, which is said to be one of the inspirations for Spirited Away (which is a really good movie).

Inside the bathhouse!

“Mommy, get in! There’s enough room for you too!”

Reverse view if you’re standing in the tub. hahah

On the other side of the wall. I do like the murals. The almost-pastel colour scheme suits my tastes.

The front section. Nice high ceiling.

Found more of these bell-like flowers, but these had a pink tint!

I like gardens with water features like ponds and small streams.

We left shortly after that (at about 2pm) as we had to head back into Tokyo to check out the newly-opened Tokyo One Piece Tower.

There were plenty of people walking around the park that surrounds the Tatemono-en – and quite a few with their dogs.

More dogs! I wouldn’t get to see this at parks here in Malaysia :(

We had to walk across a short bridge that spans a stream. As we approached the bridge, we noticed a few people gazing intently at something in the water. We joined them in staring and discovered…

… BIG FAT KOI. There was this whole school of chagoi (of all the different koi names, the only one I seem to remember is “chagoi” – “tea[-coloured] koi”) and one out-of-place orange koi. lol

I was so fascinated. One, wild koi. Two, they were all pretty large – I would say probably at least 30cm long, if not larger than that. Three, why were they all swimming against the current and all bunched together like that?

I like all these pretty… whatchamacallits that you see on paths and sidewalks in Japan. Forgot to ask my friend what the words mean exactly but I’m going to guess that it says something like “sakura-by-the-water street”(uemizusakuradoori?).

More cute small dogs and their owners.

These!! They remind me of spring in Edinburgh! I saw this type of flowers blooming along Melville Drive!

Don’t know what flowers these are, but they’re pretty~

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