I'm not an expert otaku enough to take side by side shots, but I thought it would be cool to at least visit some of the places that inspired the anime we like so much.
We took a bus over to the Masugata shopping arcade, near the Demachiyanagi (出町柳) train station, which is the inspiration for the setting in KyoAni's Tamako Market. But to get there you pass by the Kamo River, which is part of the setting for Eccentric Family! Two
The Kamo river is famous for it's stone turtles, and is overall just a really nice place to hang out. There's bike paths on either side too, would have been nice to ride along I think!
|Under a bridge, reminds me of the lovey lovey scenes in Chunnibyo!|
Eccentric Family, an anime about a family of Tanuki shape-shifters, is set in this area of Kyoto.
|Same bridge huhuhu.|
|From the anime~|
|Everything in Japan comes nicely packaged.|
We walked through the shopping arcade, which had the standard neighborhood staples featured in the anime - fish shop, meat shop, toy shop, flower shop, etc. No onsen though that I could see.
|A little brighter, but still has all the flags on the top of the street.|
|A plush Dera!|
|Big fish hanging in the middle|
|Same fish, from Eccentric Family|
And also random things non-anime related :)
At the end of the long alley were otaku "guest books". I was not confident enough to leave a drawing though, haha!
|Tamako and Dera|