It's fun to walk through the alleys that have been recreated to look like a 1950s town

Silhouettes walking through the recreated town
Shot at Urayasu Folk City Museum in Urayasu, Chiba ©Tetsu Ozawa
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Although it is not large, the "Town of Urayasu" exhibit at the Urayasu Folk City Museum is worth seeing. Some of you may wonder what I mean by "not large enough" for an exhibition. The "Town of Urayasu" is an outdoor exhibit with eight life-size buildings, including four that were actually used, and is large enough to walk through the narrow alleys between buildings and even climb up to some of them. The museum recreates the streets of 1950, when Urayasu was at its most vibrant as a fishing town.

The recreated town seems to be popular with the local children, as they buy candy and have old-fashioned toys such as Kendama. But adults have fun too. Time flies when you peek into a candy shop, fish shop, or go through the curtain of a tempura shop.

Although the tempura shop was not actually used, it was modeled after a tempura shop called "Tentetsu" that actually existed on the same street as the Former Udagawa Residence. Tentetsu is mentioned in Shugoro Yamamoto's novel "The Tale of Blue Beka Boat" as a restaurant that the main character frequented, and the author himself is said to have visited the restaurant. That's right. Urayasu has an image of being a Disneyland town, but Urayasu has been around for a long time, and it is also the town where "The Tale of Blue Beka Boat" was set.

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Jan 2022 CHIBA IN THE CITY

Where is Urayasu Folk City Museum?

PHOTO DATA

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12138

Shooting Date

Nov 2021

Posted On

January 7, 2022

Place

Urayasu, Chiba

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF

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