Daisaku & Takae have run their local grocery store in the hills of Hiroshima together for the last 53 years. In that time they have seen huge changes in their neighbourhood, and profound changes in the way local people shop for essentials. From humble beginnings selling cigarettes from a window in their family home to a bustling grocery store that served their community, they have seen and felt the rise of supermarkets and convenience stores and the impact that has had on their livelihood.
Here they tell their story of how it started, what keeps them working, and what they will do when they finally retire.
Direction/DOP/Sound/Edit/Grade by John Kung
Translation and Interview by Iku Motonaga
Very special thanks to Daisaku and Takae for their generous telling of their story.