"Tokyo Storefront" series by Mateusz Urbanowicz

One could literally feel the retro vibe of old Tokyo when seeing these intricate watercolor paintings by Mateusz Urbanowicz.  Enjoy !

 

Yamane meat shop from Nippori district and Tsuruya (former) tailors, now retro variety shop from Jinbocho district

 Yamane meat shop from Nippori district and Tsuruya (former) tailors, now retro variety shop from Jinbocho district
 

Kobayashi hair salon from Sanbanchyo district

 Kobayashi hair salon from Sanbanchyo district
 
 
 

Chinese food restaurant from around the Takadanobaba district and Miyake bicycle shop based on shops from Kagurazaka and Kichijyouji

 Chinese food restaurant from around the Takadanobaba district and Miyake bicycle shop based on shops from Kagurazaka and Kichijyouji
 

Isetatsu traditional color woodblock print store from Yanaka district and Ootoya meat shop from Koujimachi district

 Isetatsu traditional color woodblock print store from Yanaka district and Ootoya meat shop from Koujimachi district
 

Nakashimaya Japanese sake shop from Mejiro district and Kitchen Kuku restaurant from Kichijyouji district

 Nakashimaya Japanese sake shop from Mejiro district and Kitchen Kuku restaurant from Kichijyouji district
 

Noike sushi restaurant from Yanaka district

 Noike sushi restaurant from Yanaka district
 
 
 

“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,” Urbanowicz explains. “Differently to Kobe, where the earthquake wiped out a lot of these old downtown houses and shops, in Tokyo they still survive.”  (Images © Mateusz Urbanowicz)

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