A museum where kids can play out fire-fighter fantasies

A day at the Tokyo Fire Museum.


From the first floor you can see them below: massive crimson contraptions from a variety of eras. The oldest — first used in Tokyo in 1917 — looks more like a prop from the set of “Chitty-Bang-Bang” than an actual life-saving device. It’s a shame that kids can’t climb on this beast, but I understand: After serving the city for decades, these trucks deserve at least some peace and quiet in their retirement.

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A museum where kids can play out fire-fighter fantasies

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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