Many traditional shops in Tokyo open out onto the street — a lovely communal element that further cements their ties to the local neighbourhood. In older areas of the city, a surprising number of them still survive too, although there can’t be many that boast a working, and still in use water pump like the fishmonger’s below. A feature that has presumably been in place since the shop opened for business back in 1935.
Wow, that’s gotta be rare. Very interesting to see and totally not my image of Tokyo!
Yeah, I reckon so. Seen a good number of similar water pumps, but never any in a shop. And actually in use too.
Wow. Seriously, I would leave more comments if I could think of more eloquent ways to express my amazement at the places you find, but this one definitely calls for a Wow.
Ha, two Wows in a row, I guess I was right!
Haha, yes, double wows definitely mean it’s a bit special!
I’ve known about this shop for ages, but never managed to get a shot of him using the pump. Was determined to get one though, so planned a walk that took me past the place again. And this time I finally got it. A very nice feeling!
Ha, I’ll make it 3 Wows! I Love his expression too. He looks so pleased! 🙂
Yeah, he does, doesn’t he? Lovely fella. He didn’t mind me taking the photo, and he was more than happy to chat for a little while. Pity I don’t live nearby really as it’d be nice to shop there sometimes.