27th, 2001 I went to Ise Sengokue Mura. "Ise" is a town in Mie
prefecture. "Sengoku" is the period of war and chaos before the
3 unifiers in Japan's history (CLICH HERE to visit
my page about them). "Mura" means village. So "Ise Sengoku
Mura" is an amusement park with a samurai/ninja theme which relates
to the history of Japan.
||The park had
all sorts of interesting shows and attractions. The picture to the left
shows me standing with a "samurai" outside the park's "castle".
The inside of the castle has a history show (which involves video, moving
statues, shaking floors, and wind machines) about the life and battles of
Oda Nobunaga (the first of Japan's 3 unifiers).
Each floor contains a show about one of his most famous battles and was
and interesting way to present history in general.
the theme park wasn't all educational. It was also filled with attractions
with little to no historical value. One of those was the "haunted
house" (only one of 3 at the park) pictured on the left. The enterance
here shows the ghost of Oda Nobunaga who's been decapitated and riddled
with arrows. The mouth of this head moves and he warns passersby not to
into the uneducational category was a kid targeted movie where a group
of samurai animals (a dog, monkey, and panda lead by the parks mascot
a cat) battle evil ninjas. I also saw pictures of other days when those
characters roam the park much like Mickey & Friends at Disney Land.
However, I wasn't quite that fortunate on the day I visited.
(in addition to the food, shops, and artists) there was a ninja fun house
where you could ran around trying to find secret passages and revolving
walls and also some shooting games. There was a wooden bullet gun range
as well as a bow and arrow range (shown on the left). And all of that equaled
fun, fun, fun.
that everything at this park was in Japanese and that half the time I was
completely clueless as to what people were saying. However, there was no
time during my visit to Ise Sengoku Mura when I questioned whether or not
I was having fun. It was certaintly a lot of that, no matter what language
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