Take on the samurai in Edo Period Toei

Kyoto’s Studio Park entertains and educates kids about both history and cinema.


“When my parents were young, action movies were about gunslingers, sheriffs and saloons. For my in-laws in Osaka, however, cinema was more about swords and samurai.

Usually set in the Edo Period (1603-1868), jidaigeki, or period dramas, follow the sagas and clashes of Japanese warriors and their steel. Despite a steady decline in production since the 1970s, there are new films being shot all the time for both television and the silver screen. At the Toei Kyoto Studio Park in Kansai, you can get close to the action and see what it’s all about. According to their website, the sets here are used to shoot more than 200 productions a year, and the park itself offers an interesting opportunity show your kids he magic of filmmaking — all while exposing them to a little Japanese history.”

Read the entire column in the Japan Times.

Childs Play 20150613 Take on the samurai in Edo Period Toei


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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