March 22-24, 2010
Searching for old train station is endless... I called every Film Commission offices in Kansai area, Chugoku area, some were good, but the trains were too modern looking. Finally I came across Mimasaka Takio station in Okayama prefecture, it looks so perfect, but again I have to see it with my own eyes.
Since it's about 6 hours of drive, and only two hours away from old family friends, we decided to make a small trip to Shimane prefecture to visit Kono family, my grandmother's best friend's brother. We also stopped Tanbasasayama city, Hyogo, on the way there to check out another cherry blossom street.
.. it again, looked perfect on a news paper, but the huge utility pole was too noticeable, and I couldn't pan left or right because of modern houses...
We then drove to Mimasaka Takio station. In 1989, one of the most acclaimed Japanese films "Futenno Torasan" was shot at this train station.
... and right next to the rail, there was a farm.
It was such a fresh air to see how country side people are living in Japan...You will never see this in LA.