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Fujimi Shoten (富士見商店) from 1970s Tokyo in Sadaharu Oh Museum

Sadaharu Oh museum fujimishoten 1970s tokyo candy kids shop stall

Shop with stuff for kids in Tokyo in the 1970s (from the Sadaharu Oh Museum in Fukuoka, Japan)

The Tokyo Giants are poised to win another Japan Series in 2013. Yawn. (OK, so the series is tied at 1-1. If Masahiro Tanaka (24-0 in regular season, 2-0 in the postseason, and 1-0 in the Japan Series) could pitch every day then the Golden Eagles could win, but he can’t so…)

Today’s photo is from my visit to the Oh Sadaharu Baseball Museum (王貞治ベースボールミュージアム) inside the Fukuoka Dome this past summer. This exhibit may have been my favorite part of the museum as it reminded me of some of the similar stands I frequented in the 1980s when I first lived in Japan. These kinds of shops haven’t completely disappeared, even in 21st Century Japan, but they are harder to find. They have everything a kid could possibly want to spend their limited funds on–baseball caps, candy, comics, baseball cards, action figures, etc. I spent the vast majority of my early childhood funds on baseball cards at somewhat similar, American versions of the same.

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