May 20 2022 11 CommentsTokyo sale of the last century The sale has been on at this little shoe and slipper shop for as long as I’ve been walking past, but with everything still not gone, it somehow just soldiers on.
He doesn’t look so happy. I don’t think he is going to make many sales.
No, he doesn’t. First time for me to see the owner, but I don’t imagine he’s made a sale in years. And yet the shop remains open…
If he owns the building outright, he doesn’t need to make many sales….enough to buy the groceries and keep the lights on.
Yeah, that’s always been my assumption too. The only explanation that makes sense for so many of these shops. And presumably they open every day regardless cos that’s just what they have always done….
Work provides structure and meaning to many older folks like this. Otherwise, what would they do with their time?!?
That definitely seems to be the case with so many old shop and bar owners. And I suppose having worked almost every day their entire life, it’s all they are used to.
My grandfather retired at age 65. After 5 years of being bored he went back to work part time. He had no hobbies. As you noted, it was all he knew. He finally quit working when he was 80 years old and my grandmother and he moved to a different city to be closer to family.
Thanks for the great photo! Stay safe and well…
That is a nice photograph of the guy. He looks part of the premises. Comfortable wearing and surrounded by his wares.
I’ve heard and seen many times how quickly older folk fade away when work is taken away from them. The harder they worked the quicker the decline it seems to me. My Mum worked until her eyesight stopped her driving in her late seventies. She declined noticably after her forced retirement. My Dad on the other hand retired at 50 and loved every minute of the subsequent four decades. I’m pretty sure I’ll be OK, my work is almost indistinguishable from my hobbies.
Ah! The joys of an open plan office!
Yes, plenty of room to stretch his legs, plus a selection of slippers for extra comfort.
Mellie Mel says
It’s always spring in that shop