While collecting old things, he made connections with new people. Of course, as he continues to meet people, there are happy encounters, but there are also sad ones. A lady came to the store and said she was looking for red plum caramels. She said that her husband, who was hospitalized for an illness, wanted some. But unfortunately, they don’t make them anymore, and my store didn’t have any. It was a little sad and frustrating.
The goods and candy lined up in the store are too many and varied to count. When you visit, you must be prepared to spend half a day on this side street.
It has been 15 years since the store opened. I asked Mr. Han what he plans to do in the future. For example, there are very few suppliers of guns for target practice, and even if there were, many of them are elderly. It would be good if we could maintain what we have, but I am worried that if they break down, there will be no one left to fix them. After all, they are old. My feeling is to make it last as long as possible. At the moment, I don’t have many plans to do anything new.
The store is located on the road leading to Teishakuten from Shibamata Station on the Keisei Kanamachi Line. The exterior of the shop seems to draw you in. Inside the store, there is a space where one forgets about time.
As long as there are people like Mr. Han, we will never give up hope that the good old things of Japan will live on and be handed down from generation to generation.
On the way home from the interview, the background music was Julie’s song. Casablanca Dandy.
Shibamata Haikara Yokocho
7-3-12 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Closed: Tuesdays (Museum is open only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays)
Text: Hiroyuki Imamura Photo: Takashi Yanagida