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Filming Locations of "Tampopo?"

BuildingMyBento Aug 30, 2012 10:59 AM

Hello Chowds,

Have you seen the movie Tampopo? It's a mid-80s Japanese film with three parts, the primary one involving a woman named Tampopo trying to perfect ramen.

I have tried to search which locations in Japan were used as the backdrop, by looking online and asking around Tokyo. It wasn't necessarily filmed in Tokyo, but if you have any ideas/links to provide on the topic, please let me know.


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    Hiyodori RE: BuildingMyBento Aug 30, 2012 07:37 PM

    Apparently the model for the Tampopo ramen shop was 佐久信 (Sakushin) in Ogikubo, Tokyo, which no longer exists. Filming was done at 春木屋 (Harukiya) in Karuizawa, which also apparently no longer exists. Both ramen shops served "Ogikubo Ramen", and Harukiya still has shops in Ogikubo and Kichijouji in Tokyo.

    All in Japanese:
    Harukiya website: http://www.haruki-ya.co.jp/
    Tanpopo trivia: http://blog.livedoor.jp/mostly_benten/archives/1612625.html
    Ogikubo ramen: http://ramenjiyuku.web.fc2.com/gotouti.kanto.tokyo.ogikubo.html
    Japanese Wikipedia Tampopo web page:

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    1. re: Hiyodori
      BuildingMyBento RE: Hiyodori Aug 30, 2012 08:22 PM

      Kore koso wo tsuini mitsukaru noni meccha nagaku tema ga kakatta... Arigatou gozaimasu!

      Well, if they have signs saying that the movies were filmed in those places, that might be good enough...have you seen/enjoyed the movie, Hiyodori?

      1. re: BuildingMyBento
        Uncle Yabai RE: BuildingMyBento Aug 31, 2012 03:55 PM

        The scene with the kaban mochi and the senior sararimen ("I'll have the consomme, the dover sole, and a beer") was fimed at La Tour d'Argent in the New Otani. Which by the way, is one of the funniest mise-en-scene ever put on film.

    2. Rio Yeti RE: BuildingMyBento Aug 31, 2012 02:02 AM

      "Have you seen the movie Tampopo?"

      This is Chowhound you're talking about. ;)

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        BuildingMyBento RE: Rio Yeti Aug 31, 2012 08:01 PM

        Oh, so then I'm allowed to ask this question again once every three months?~ Also, this is the Japan forum...in which case, I will ALSO have to ask where I can find a nice suppon nabe on a humid Tokyo day!

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          Ninisix RE: BuildingMyBento Sep 5, 2012 07:54 AM

          then.., would want to eat soba ! omurice ! Chinese ! French !! 
          Anyway, here a link of Kappo Shirafuji that was recommended to me (but for me, so many sushi to try before!!!):

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