Situated down a narrow little Tokyo side street, the shop below is wonderfully old and ramshackle. It’s a building that appeals so much I’ve passed it more times than I care to remember, and detours enabling me to drop by again are never a chore. The owner, however, I’ve only seen twice. Well, clearly, anyway — he’s usually tucked away in the back watching television. The first time was back in August 2014, when I managed to get this quickly snatched photo.
Then, last week, I was lucky enough to see him again. A sighting that was a pleasant surprise and also a stark reminder of the time that’s passed, as while the building hasn’t changed, its inhabitant clearly has.