When I moved to Tokyo, in 2014 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, in Tokyo they still survive.
I chose the best reference pictures from the ones I took during my explorations and decided to make an illustration series of old Tokyo storefronts.

This illustration series became the starting point for my art book of the same title published in Japan in 2018.

see the “Tokyo Storefronts” book »


01 Yamane meat shop from Nippori district making-of video…
02 Tsuruya (former) tailors, now retro variety shop from Jinbōchō district making-of video…
04 Houbirou Chinese food restaurant from around the Takadanobaba district making-of video…


03 Kobayashi hair salon from Sanbanchyo district making-of video…


05 Miyake bicycle shop based on shops from Kagurazaka and Kichijyouji making-of video…
06 Isetatsu traditional color woodblock print store from Yanaka district making-of video…
07 Ootoya meat shop from Koujimachi district making-of video…


08 Nakashimaya Japanese sake shop from Mejiro district making-of video…
09 Kitchen Kuku restaurant from Kichijyouji district making-of video…
10 Noike sushi restaurant from Yanaka district making-of video…

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Technical details:

  • Medium: HOLBEIN Waterford white 300g/m cotton paper
  • Lines: COPIC Multiliner SP 0.7mm
  • Colours: Winsor and Newton, Schmincke custom watercolours set



  • 紙: ウォーターフォード水彩紙、ホワイト、300g
  • 線: COPIC マルチライナーSP 0.7mm
  • 色: ウィンザーアンドニュートン、シュミンケ 水彩