Old style Chinese restaurants were ubiquitous in Japan’s post-war period, and while there are thankfully still plenty left to seek out and enjoy, their numbers are dwindling due to the age of those running them. Serving simple, and what for many could be classed as soul food, they are wonderful, no-nonsense places that almost always offer the same dishes, but each with its own particular taste or style. Their interiors too are instantly recognisable, with red counters a common design choice.
Boxes that the little eatery above effortlessly ticked. A home from home where one could relax and enjoy some cheap and tasty food. A few beers too if you fancied it. But alas it is no more, as it has now also gone the way of so many little Tokyo bars and restaurants. An ending that while seemingly inevitable, is always terribly sad to see.