World of Pokémon Day #20 – Further afield in Lavender Town

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Turns out the Narita area has quite a few attractions to do with Japanese history. Today we went to visit two of these attractions and it’s got me thinking more about how this place acts as the real life Lavender Town.
Outside the bustling Narita City Centre is the Open-Air Museum, Boso no Mura. Here several recreations of old Japanese structures have been placed dating from the Edo and Early Meiji Periods (17th to 19th century). There’s There’s merchant street, an old samurai residence and several old farm houses to go and explore. What’s noteworthy about the museum however is the hands on approach it has to it’s exhibits. Guests can dress in Samurai garb, make their own magatamas and play with old toys and equipment. It’s a great place for kids and a fantastic insight into Japan’s way of life.
The other sight we went to was the National Museum of Japanese History in nearby town Sakura. Not a quick walk from the train station mind, this massive museum runs all the way from the Jomon Period up to modern day Japan. Strangely the Iwajuku Period we learnt about back in Maebashi was not present but otherwise it seemed everything had been covered. They provided us with free radios which translated all the exhibits into English and we could have easily listened to every track had time not ran out and we had to leave before they closed. Like other national history museums, it’s easy to spend an entire day in this one.
Thus perhaps this while area of the Chiba Prefecture could be the Lavender Town counterpart. It’s interest in history and past lives is not too dissimilar with the Pokémon Tower and grave sites, where the memories of Pokémon are preserved forever. Anyway I couldn’t think of a better place to put a great big history museum in Kanto than Lavender Town. Now if only we had managed to find a Radio Tower… maybe that’s like Narita’s airport, a great big site that provides a service around the world that also seems plonked in quite a random place.
Tomorrow we take a detour down to Chiba and any gamer reading this blog ought to know what’s already occurring there and continues tomorrow. It’s only Tokyo Game Show! Until then here’s a couple of videos of much older games to enjoy.

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