Tokyo corner shop conversations

Supermarkets pretty much stock everything you could ever want; all under one roof. And convenience stores are exactly what their name suggests — a blessing on so many occasions. But neither of them can come anywhere close to offering the conversation and companionship that a traditional corner shop does.

old Tokyo shopper conversations


  1. Martin says

    That’s great! They look like they would be happy to talk your ear off and sell you a product they take pride in.

  2. says

    I love seeing the smile on old people’s face. It gives me a soothing feeling of ‘everything is going to be alright’ when I grow up.

    • says

      That’s an interesting way of looking at it. Never really though about it like that. But yeah, you are right. Definitely reassuring.

  3. says

    Great shot, good to see the many facets of Japanese society so well documented.
    I always imagine a person just having done the Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka-Tokyo trip on a JR Rail Pass visiting this blog and not recognizing any of the bars, restaurants or shops you photograph :-)

    • says

      Thanks! It was a lovely moment. Both very comfortable spending time together.

      Quite possibly! I guess having lived here a while I have the advantage of having visited many of the famous tourist spots. That said, many of the places in Tokyo I visit are in the guide books, but being familiar with them, my eyes are drawn to different aspects.

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