Rocket 24 ran a post about Tomonoura and since I’ve been to Tomonoura I thought I would add some pics and commentary. This where Miyazaki went for the beautiful images that made up his film “Ponyo.”  This is a post I’ve wanted to do for some time and Rocket’s post was the perfect excuse to do up an introduction to this wonderful place.

Here’s the “Ponyo” trailer.  If you haven’t seen the movie, buy or rent it.  You will not be sorry.

Having been there it’s easy to see why.

The wiki.

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Here’s an NHK video.

Another video.

The vintage bus you can see in my album.

The old port is full of Edo period buildings left over from the port’s glory days when it was an important stop on the inland sea.


A store selling peach liquor in an Edo period building


The shop of an incredible artist in ceramics.  I bought some ceramic cats for friends and relatives.


Like the movie there is a lot of shipping near the town.




A Flikr album with my Tomonoura pictures.


The Rocket 24 post that tripped my post off.

Another post from Rocket24.

Tomonoura is one of those magical places that sometimes happen when left behind by time.  If you are in the region and tired of nuclear malaise it’s a great off the driven path place to visit.  the scenery is wonderful, the food great and it’s a great place to shop and explore. There’s also the thrill of feeling like you are in a Ghibli movie.  A truly wonderful place to go.

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