Smoking is still very much a thing in Japan, but with the capital’s many convenience stores plentifully stocked, small tobacconists are slowly but surely disappearing. The sighting of a new and shiny one the other week then was something of a surprise. A reformed space that proved to be as unexpected as a curious foreigner was to the apparent owner.
Below then is that aforementioned shop, along with several faded and long-closed Tokyo cigarette sellers. Plus to round out the set, a rather comical frame featuring possibly the city’s most unrepentant smoker.
The guy in the last pic! Awesome capture!! 🙂
Haha, thank you. It was definitely a very comical moment.
The zombie-hued arm holding the beer and cigarette has me smiling.
Leaving the internal lights off might cater to a certain shuffling clientele.
Yeah, that place is something special.
Haha, hadn’t though about that!
And to think that people used to believe it was ‘cool’ to smoke tobacco! Remember the scenes of Humphrey Bogart with a cigarette dangling his mouth? Or the women using a cigarette holder…Audrey Hepburn?!?
Yes, very different times that’s for sure. That said, it’s surprising how many people still smoke in Japan.
It is amazing how well the tobacco companies manipulated and exploited us. I still miss the smoky smell of pubs and bars – though never smoked myself – presumably because I was conditioned to associate it with happy socializing.
Interesting to see the new shop opening, and as always to glimpse the times gone by in your photographs.
Yes, that’s so true. Not that long either. And in Japan it’s still more about manners than not smoking.
Cheers. It was interesting to contrast the new, the old, and the very old.