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Taking a look at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market

The truth is I had never seen «Forrest Gump» before I came to Japan. I wasn’t even particularly interested in Tom Hanks, except for his movies with Meg Ryan. «You’ve Got Mail» is my favorite! I can watch it again and again. But here it is, the reality dawned on me – Hanks is very good at acting even without Meg! He is so good that they even have two restaurants in Tokyo, dedicated to the 1994 American movie «Forrest Gump», in which he (guess what?) played the leading role.

Forest Gump2That said, I decided to visit Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant & market at LaQua near Tokyo Dome.

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The other one is located in LaLaPort Toyosu and has almost identical memorabilia, like Gump’s white suit and a bench with his suitcase, box of chocolates and a pair of his Nike running shoes.

But if you are a Forrest fan, you should definitely visit both and compare them.

The restaurant was founded by the company Viacom, the distributor of the Forrest Gump movie. It is named after Forrest and his best friend, Benjamin Buford «Bubba» Blue. The guy was obsessed with shrimp. He could talk about them for hours! Unfortunately, he died in Vietnam, but Gump started the shrimping business anyway and it turned into a big success.

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The restaurant is not cheap, but they have huge, filling portions. If you want a waiter, just show one the red «Stop Forrest Stop» sign. I haven’t had a meal there yet, but I will return someday.

You can also buy memorable T-shirts or take some photos inside the shop.

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market
Address: 1F LaQua, 1-1-1 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Telephone: 03-3868-7041
Opening Hours: 11:00am-11:00pm
Regular Holidays: Open Daily
Access 1: 3 min. from Korakuen Subway Station, Exit 2.
Access 2: 5 min. from JR Chuo line Suidobashi Station, West Exit.
Distance to airport: 17 km from Haneda Airport
Menu Language: Japanese

Article by Olga Kaneda

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