In the middle of Shibuya, it would seem that people are far more interested in graffiti than grocery shopping. Yet somehow, in some way, this fascinating little shop soldiers on, creating a bygone sanctuary of sorts amidst the noise and modernity of the busy streets nearby.
Cool! People need fresh food no matter where they are. It does appear the grocer is less than thrilled to see you though.
That’s very true.
Not that it makes him any more pleased to see me of course, but he was a just a beer delivery man passing through. A bit of a short cut to avoid the crowds I think. Although not a route to avoid people like me!
Charlie Hayward says
Nice! Such an interesting shot with so many incongruous elements. Somehow there is a lot of disparity between the graffiti, the face of the shopkeeper, and the wholesome service he is offering.
Yeah, I’ve always been fascinated with it. It just seems so thoroughly out of place.
The owner actually seems like a friendly grocer type, but the man facing the camera is a delivery man who happened to be passing through.
Hans ter Horst says
It is these lovely time slip experiences that make Tokyo so interesting; you run more into this kind of scenes in the countryside yet it is the contrast and the shock that makes it so special.
Couldn’t agree more. Wonderful moments and finds. Thankfully there are still a lot to be found too.
An Expat says
Reminds me of NYC in the bad old days….
I can well imagine. Certainly a scene more in keeping with images of New York, rather than Tokyo.
And for those who wander off and somehow find fresh fruit and vegetables they’re nice enough to give them the fastest way to the next FamilyMart as well!
Yes, all one’s basic needs in one fascinating little setting.