I have fond memories of going to Nihonmachi every weekend to visit my grandmother. She lived in the hotel a couple of doors East of your grandfather’s store. We visited Asahi shoes to see my father’s friend as well as the other stores. My Bachan was a faithful member of Nishi Honwanji Church and insisted on living on First Street. We ate every weekend at Far East Cafe.
I am so happy to continue purchasing goods from Anzen Hardware.
In fact I am going to go back and see what else to add to my crop tshirt with crane logo!
Charli Kato Kimura
Y’all are “Angels in disguise” for making this collaboration happen. We rarely make it to J-town these days, but when we do, we always stop by Anzen to support Takatanisan’s business. He has a little bit of this ‘n that and we leave with a bag full of stuff we had no intention of buying. Quick story, on one of our visits, my 12 year old son (now 16) was curious about the black rotary phone sitting on the counter. Takatanisan showed him how to insert your finger in the corresponding number and turn the dial. He had him call my cell and my son was so fascinated! Although it’s not my Daddy’s J-town, stores like Anzen, Fugetsudo, Bunkado, Rafu Bussan, and Mitsuru Cafe take me back to when I was a child. Thanks for doing this…
I hope this finds you well. My name is Kaelyn Maehara, Tsutomu Maehara was my grandfather. I have grown up with Anzen as a major fixture in my family’s life and legacy. I visit every time I am in LT and makes me happy everyday that it is still open and serving its community. It is so cool to hear of how the rest of the community also values my grandfather’s store. I think Grandpa would have been really pleased with this collab, and I am so excited to get to own an Anzen t-shirt. I live in England, and I was wondering if it was possible to ship internationally? If not, or if it is too expensive I can ship it to my folks in LA and work something else out- just thought I’d try to see if it was possible.
Thanks so much