A Nostalgic Journey to Japan’s American Suburban: Johnson Town

JOHNSON TOWN

Johnson Town in Iruma, Saitama is a picture-perfect recreation of a small American town dating back to the 1950s. Johnson Town was a part of the American Airbase formerly called Johnson Air Base. the area was strategically developed to house U.S. military families who fought during World War II. However, after the U.S. withdrew from the area, the houses aged and the neighborhood fell into decay. It took about three decades before the area was revived when the son and heir of Isono Corporation, the landowner, decided to renovate the houses that were still standing and built new modern residences in the same style in order to restore the American suburban feature that the town used to have. The neighborhood was then reborn as “Johnson Town” in 2004. The newly refurbished buildings were then sold and rented out to interested Japanese tenants.

JOHNSON TOWN

JOHNSON TOWN

Johnson Town clearly stood out from the general neighborhood: a perfect reflection of  1950’s style American suburb amidst the surrounding sprawl of standardized Japanese middle-class buildings. Now, Johnson Town has over 50 different businesses to cater to the needs of its residents and visitors. The town has its own dental clinic, wellness clinics, antique shops, western-style restaurants, and cafés.

Even though the area was originally built as a military base during the war, the area now attracts a lot of artists and creative personalities who enjoy living in a nostalgic and quiet neighborhood. Johnson Town has also captured the interest of some tourists and locals and includes the town as one of their destinations for a Tokyo day trip.

 

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