Bill and Sue-On Hillman:
A 50-Year Musical Odyssey
HILLMAN ASIA ADVENTURE 2018
JAPAN DAY SIX
29: EDO WONDERLAND
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is a Japanese cultural theme park in the Kinugawa Onsen area of Nikko,
Tochigi. Visitors to this historical amusement park enjoy the culture of
17th century Edo Japan. With theatre shows and outdoor performances. This
theme park is nicely located in woods by a mountain. It was created to
give the experience of Tokyo hundreds of years ago -- old town, small streets,
old buildings, casts wearing period costumes, souvenir and food stalls,
and many performances throughout. The park resurrects and showcases the
life and culture of the Edo period.
Edo Wonderland spans a site area
of 49.5 hectares. The park's design is based on the Edo period's golden
era known as Genroku. Edo Wonderland hosts a wide variety of Edo period
architecture from rural lodgings to urban samurai residences and government
buildings. It is populated by staff in Edo period attire, reenacting the
speech and behaviour of Edo era citizens from lower, middle and upper classes.
The park has seven theatres featuring traditionally themed shows including
plays, ninja action and oiran shows combined with outdoor live shows, street
performances, parades, seasonal festivals and special events. Edo Wonderland
also has a range of visitor experiences for adults and children including
ninja workshops, Japanese traditional archery and shuriken throwing.
You can dress up as an Edo Period
character at Henshin Costume House then walk around in the costume and
watch how the actors treat you as what you are dressed up as.
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