Jan 18 2013 11 CommentsOld Japan in modern Tokyo In many ways Tokyo seems to be in a constant state of flux, and yet at the same time, no matter how much it changes, it also stays very much the same.
Iwao Yamamoto says
When I see this kind of the place where you can feel warm communicating with the older shop women, I am happy to live in the district. There’s a kind warmth to chat with them.
Yeah, a far cry form the impersonal and modern convenience store.
Truly, old Japan in modern Tokyo.
I am also interested of the items that she sells. Where is this place?
It was a real mishmash of stuff. Like many old shops I guess. Can’t remember where it was though. It was by a temple, but which one I haven’t got a clue. Sorry…
Life goes on. Somehow with verve despite the drive towards hyperbolic convenience. The ‘nice touch’ of the forever grateful.
Yes, thankfully it does. For all their many benefits (or at least the main one which is surely booze), convenience stores do bring a horrible mundanity to many parts of Tokyo.
No cash register, right? Probably an abacus back there? Great picture.
Thanks! I can’t say for sure, but I suspect you are absolutely spot on.
Hans ter Horst says
I love those old shops where the use the soroban to get the total and then enter that into the cash register 🙂 The soroban is completely back for Japanese schoolkids BTW, it is the “new” miracle to teach kids maths.
Interesting. Didn’t know about. There’s actually a soroban school near where I live. Always seemed out of place, but it makes complete sense now.
frank stepanski says
lover her face…….truly great.