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Tableware Shop with Maneki-Neko

I found an interesting tableware shop run by old couple. The shop has been at the same place since Showa-era run by a same family, having witnessed all rise and fall of Japanese economy. This spacious shop is full of dead stocks from 1960s to 1970s, including a big figure of an “beckoning cat” (maneki-neko), which business owners in Showa era often bought and displayed as a symbol of inviting luck or money.

Recently some young people find a fresh value in those Showa-style design and even replicas are created and sold as “fashionable” goods. This shop could be a gold mine for those young generation. The owner of the shop seems indifferent to new trends like this one nor has interest in making money.

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