Lurking Foreign Mannequins


What’s that suspicious foreign mannequin doing, slouching around behind the trashcans in this Kappabashi store? You can tell by his mustache he’s up to no good.

And what about the scarily cheerful auntie behind the counter at the kitchenware store? Escaped from the loonie bin halfway house, no doubt.


If you’d like to visit Kappabashi Street the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions & a map are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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