2009 Kitajima Shoten Visit

I visited 4-time Olympic gold medal winner Kitajima Kousuke’s family shop in Nishi-Nippori one rainy day in January 2009 to try the now famous menchi-katsu.  I met his father and mother at the shop.  They were very gracious in allowing me to take pictures of them and their shop and were really impressed that I had come all the way from California to try their menchi-katsu (it was delicious!).  I told them that I live near the Santa Clara Swim Center and saw their son swim at a meet last year along with Michael Phelps (they don’t swim the same events).  I could really sense the pride that this father has for his son.  Here, you have parents who have worked very hard running a small, successful family business in Shitamachi and their son goes off and sets world records, wins four Olympic golds and meets with world leaders.  How cool is that?

Kitajima Shoten in Nishi-Nippori

Kitajima Shoten in Nishi-Nippori

Mr. and Mrs. (center, back) Kitajima

Mr. and Mrs. (center, back) Kitajima

Right side of the shop with many pictures of their son

Right side of the shop with many pictures of their son

Left side of the shop with more pictures

Left side of the shop with more pictures

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