Imagine streets flooded with foreigners bending their heads down as they enter winding stores filled with bookshelves overstocked from floor to ceiling. The crowds that would dig through piles of toppling bookshelves or poster bins have now vanished from the streets of Tokyo, Chiba, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagano, and Okayama.
The prefectures listed above are only a few of the many locations needed to visit to replenish the stocks at the Japan Poster Shop. The brand has grown to being the largest Vintage Original Japanese Movie Poster Shop thanks to the invaluable friendship developed between the directors with the small shopowners, and humble poster collectors who have been in the industry since 1927.
It takes a brave soul to speak the right Japanese to these shopowners and poster collectors as they are overprotective over their prized posters that have come to be one-of-a-kind. More and more stores cease to exist as cinemas are taken over by the digital mediums, and the appreciation for the poster designs are only for the exquisite connoisseur.
With the hit of the COVID-19 Pandemic, it puts the owners in a state of shock as they grow unsure of how to support and keep their stores alive. Fortunately, the Japan Poster Shop can be your representative, mediating to help you find your favourite film in their Japanese counterpart. In the process, the shopowners and collectors’ livelihoods are supported.
This symbiotic relationship is the definition of community. We keep each other alive during these tough times. I am sure by seeing your favourite film titles hung on your walls must take the weight off the focus on COVID-19, making your day more uplifting and joyful.