Taishakuten Sando

Welcome to Shibamata, Home to the Classic Comedy, “Otoko wa Tsurai yo!”

“Otoko wa tsurai yo!” (男はつらいよ; It’s hard being a man)! These famous words, now part of Japanese folklore, are synonymous with the lovable movie character, Tora-san (寅さん). Ahh, poor Tora-san… that traveling salesman whose comical exploits cause his family endless problems. The poor guy whose romances never work out the way they should. Yet with…

9 Interesting Things to Do in the Peaceful Town of Shibamata

Amidst the hustle and bustle of Tokyo (東京), there is a town in the eastern part of the city where you can slow down and relax. If you want to experience a “shitamachi” or a traditional downtown Japanese neighborhood, Shibamata (柴又) is a must-visit place for you. About the Town Shibamata is a town located…