Animal Heads of Welcome

Nothing says “Come on in and have a splendid meal!” like an animal head outside the front door. I had to stop to admire this stuffed wild boar noggin at a nice restaurant in Ebisu because it’s so unusual to find mammals doing the honors. Usually here, it’s fish heads.

This venerable dude was soliciting customers outside a restaurant featuring grilled bonito heads on the menu.

This trio of toothsome lovelies are chorusing, “Fish of Welcome!” “Come in!”

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