Japan, Travel

His Master’s Voice

One thing that did rather surprise us in Kurashiki was this small museum on the edge of the old part of town, for some reason, models of the iconic HMV dog, Nipper covered the roof outside! It was rather surreal to see them all with their heads tipped at the same angle without the gramophone…

Next door was a slightly crazy-looking fish shop with hand-written notices pasted throughout the interior (in-store graphics we’d call these in the design world I suppose). The messages were are a bit bizarre, including the one marking the smoked fish, ‘these all sold-out earlier so we’ve just made these fresh’. Hmmm, fishy… There were also a lot more signs than necessary leading the customer to the bell outside for service. We didn’t dare press it.

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3 thoughts on “His Master’s Voice

  1. Hilarious!! What a collection. The museum must have bought or was given those Nippers from mom-and-pop record shops as every Victor Records account used to have one in the store front in the same was as a KFC shop would have a Colonel Sanders statue. You can buy porcelain (Imariyaki) ones in different sizes today (though only available in Japan.)

    • Brilliant, I was wondering how this place had accumulated so many! At least now you know what happened to all your Nippers! : ) They are safe in Okayama!

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