This 35-Year-Old Antique Shop in Japan Is a Collector’s Haven

Time to go treasure hunting!

Susukino Antique Shop Route No. 36

3-9 Higashi 5, Minami, Chuo Ward, Sapporo City, Hokkaido
Contact: +81-11-521-5391
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. except Wednesdays

For locals who have been living in Sapporo for a long time, the sight of this old building with a signboard that says ROUTE36, located just at the corner of Japan National Route No. 36 in the downtown area of Susukino, is not new. But while it is a common sight to locals, not many know that there is a 35-year-old Japanese antique shop inside called Susukino Antique Shop Route No. 36.

The shop is overflowing with antique items from eras Meiji, Taisho, and early Showa. Opened in 1982, Susukino Antique Shop Route No. 36 started with old furniture from government offices. In 2000, the shop was handed over to Satoru Ueda by his uncle. Now, apart from the old furniture, the shop also sells various antiques and artworks. The shop also sells various items from different Japanese eras, like old ceramics, tea wares, sculptures, glassware, drawers, lighting furniture, old watches, railway parts, and novelty items, among others.

Interestingly, some of the antiques still appear to be in fashion today. The kettle above, for instance, once became popular among foreign travelers some years ago.

Recently, some old tools related to the Ainu people (an indigenous ethnic group in Hokkaido) are getting a lot of attention from different parts of Japan. Other items of interest include kibori-kuma or carved wooden bears, iconic Hokkaido souvenirs from the carvers’ town of origin, Yakumo.

Check this place out, and perhaps even start a new collection!

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Provided by Japan Walker™ and Hokkaido Walker™ (29 November 2017)

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