Takayama Showa Kan
Takayama Showa Kan is a museum located less than 10 minutes away from our ryokan. Even in the rain, it was an enjoyable walk. This place actually is really cool place. If you grew up in the Showa period in Japan, this place is full of nostalgia and brings back lots of childhood memories. So, it was for Rika. Astro Boy’s kids desk chair that spins around which is a totally standard feature nowadays but it was a super cool feature back then. Rika has a memory of being scolded because she was laying on the chair on her stomach and spinning around for hours and made everyone else dizzy by looking at it. A school classroom that has a wood burning stove that she warmed up her lunchbox (that her grandma made) with, by leaving it on the stove rail. A doctor’s office that has an anatomical model in the corner of the room that gave Rika a nightmare when she was a little girl. A cheap sweets shop that usually run by a old lady which Rika went to get her treats on a special occasion; when her grandma gave her an allowance (Rika remembers her grandma always called her to the side of the room and whispered “go get yourself a little candy” as if that was a super secret thing to do and no one should know. She thinks that made this whole experience extra special), like 20 yen (today, about 20 cents, but probably less back then). And the list goes on…
For Amelie, Rika explained as we go and told her childhood stories… hope she has enjoyed as much as Rika did.
For Shawn, although he didn’t grow up in Japan, there are some things that he could relate to as well, like a bottled soda vending machine, an original invader game table, or old school walkie-talkies.