About

Hello, my name is Kurt Bell (aka softypapa) and I’d like to thank you for visiting our eBay store listing blog.  The purpose of this blog is to provide an archive of the many unique and interesting items which pass through our shop.  The Old Tokaido is a family-run business located in the city of Shizuoka, Japan very near the foot of beautiful Mt. Fuji.  My wife Yumiko is Japanese while I am an American and our young daughter Emily is a citizen of both countries. Yumiko grew up in Shizuoka and studied abroad in the United States where we met more than 20 years ago. I’m a California boy who fell in love with the culture, art and history of Japan while in my teens and have spent much of my life pursuing these interests. And I’m now delighted and honored to have the chance to live and work in my adopted home country.

If you are interested in Japan then we hope that you will consider visiting our Japan Video Blog where we feature many videos which capture a bit of what life is like in our part of the world. To visit the blog please see the URL below:

http://softypapa.wordpress.com/

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