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Is Tomi Village Really a Mall In Japan?

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Here is everything you need to know about where the Tomi Village mall was shot in “The Karate Kid Part II” and “Cobra Kai.”
YouTube Tomi Village as it appears in season 3 of “Cobra Kai.” Season 3 of “ Cobra Kai ” brought back various characters from the “Karate Kid” franchise that many fans might have assumed were stuck in the relics of cinematic archives. In episode 4 of the latest season, however, we are re-introduced not only to “Karate Kid Part II” characters Chozen and Kumiko, but also the village of Tomi, Okinawa, also featured in “Part II” nearly 35 years ago as Mr. Miyagi’s hometown. As Daniel LaRusso returns to Tomi Village, however, it is not presented as the rich, verdant landscape that it once was in the 1980s, but instead as a large, modern, westernized mall. In the show, it is said to have changed because the village’s crops dried out and the area was therefore barren, but how much of that episode was really shot in Japan, and was there really a mall in the spot where the original village was filmed? The three “Cobra Kai” creators break it down in an interview with SlashFilm. Here’s everything you need to know about where the Japanese scenes from “The Karate Kid” and “Cobra Kai” were shot. YouTube Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) take a stroll through Tomi Village (shot in Hawaii) in “The Karate Kid Part II.” Although Okinawa is a real prefecture in southern Japan, the village of Tomi is fictional.

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