While strolling around my mother’s home town in Kyushu, I went down to an area called “Mameda” district, where in recent years people are making efforts to revive an old shopping strip into a historic tourist spot.
It often astounded me during this trip how everything looks old and rustic in remote areas, including mid-sized cities like Nagasaki.  In Tokyo, especially where I live, there are some old-looking things, but they are usually made to look old.  In my mom’s hometown, things are really actually old.