1.09.2008

Retro Tourist Trap

If I make it down to Oita, Kyushu one day, I would like to check out this street. According to the Japan Times:

"Bungotakada's magnet is Showa Town, where about 100 stops line a street for 500 meters — a model community with a nostalgic theme that has turned the local economy around and drawn sightseers by the busload."

Although the Showa Era actually was from 1926-1989, Japanese feel particularly nostalgic about the Showa 30s, the time period this recreated street is based on. Tokyo has a fair share of similarly themed restaurants and bars, which, nostalgically speaking, are comparable to 50s-themed diners in the U.S.