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Tokyo Drinking Street Recreated In Vietnam

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Image: Chill Town (Facebook)

Well to “Chill Town.” It’s a street of bars and restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City that was inspired by Tokyo’s nightlife districts like Kabukicho.

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It’s not an exact copy by any stretch, but it certainly is evocative. Some of the Japanese signs are odd (they are even upside down!), but in general, it’s a better recreation than what you often see in Hollywood movies.

As Twitter users commenting in Ray Shibusawa’s original post (below) write, it is also reminiscent of Blade Runner—a common comparison that foreigners often make.

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Shibusawa has more photos in an article she wrote online. Below is a video tour via Tokyo Fashion.

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Shinjuku’s Kabukicho area inspired Kamurocho in the Yakuza games, and in a way, Chill Town is similar to how that in-game location is a recreation of the real world.

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Image: Chill Town (Facebook)
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Many Japanese Twitter users seemed to get a big kick out of Chill Town, saying it looked “cute” or “like fun,” even adding that it seemed respectful in how it pays homage to Japan.

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Illustration for article titled Tokyo Drinking Street Recreated In Vietnam
Image: Chill Town (Facebook)

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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“A better recreation than what you often see in Hollywood movies”. Really? it never occurred to me. Are there some (bad) examples?