Wednesday, June 24, 2009
As mentioned in the Gegege no ge Kitaro entry, there are a number of sightseeing places around Tokyo that have a statue, pictures from some show, or other things that attract people for photo ops. And that some of these places are pretty much unknown to anyone outside the area. Kitaro street is one such. Another is "Ultraman Town.
Officially known as Soshigaya-Okura, this is a stop on the Odaku line heading southwest from Shinjuku (one stop before Seijogakuen-mae). The Ultraman statue is just outside the station, past the posters on the pillars in the entrance way. Along the streets, there are little banners hanging from the light posts with silhouettes of various early enemy monsters. 0ne block down the street leading along the station away from the statue, there's a Kaldi coffee store that carries a variety of import snacks and roasted coffees. (I especially like the little $2 coffee puddings they carry during the Summer).
When you arrive at the platform by train, you are greeted with posters welcoming you to "Urutora-na Machi" (The Ultra Town). The reason for coming here is just to have your picture taken next to the Ultraman statue. (But stop and get a coffee pudding while you're at it.)