When I moved to Tokyo, more than 3 years ago I was really surprised that upon my walks I encountered so many shops still in business in really old buildings. Differently to Kobe, where the earthquake wiped out a lot of these old downtown houses and shops,
Tokyo Storefront series (Kitchen Kuku) A new piece in my “Tokyo Storefront” watercolour illustration series. This shop is a lot newer and a lot shabbier than most on the pictures that I did in the series but I find this kind of shops all around.
Eight piece in my “Tokyo Storefront” watercolour illustration series. This alcohol shop is located in Tokyo’s Mejiro district and even though it doesn’t look like this from the outside it was build before the World War in Of course the vending
The name of Japanese illustrator Shinji Tsuchimochi’s series of drawings, Views of Tokyo“, is of course a reference to the well known series of century woodblock prints by Utagawa Hiroshige, “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”