Even as the Location Changes, 4 Sisters Continue for 35 Years: Kikuichi Croquette
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In the Watari Furusato Recovery Shōtengai is a beloved shop selling fried treats run by four sisters.
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The Furusato Recovery Shōtengai in Watari, on the coast south of Sendai, is a collection of 30 shops run out of temporary storefronts. The town saw many of its buildings destroyed in the 2011 earthquake and, especially, tsunami.
The Kikuichi Shop did business for over 3 decades in the Arahama district by the harbor as a butcher shop. On the side they also made fried foods, and their croquettes and fried mutton cutlets were quite popular.
On the day of the disaster, March 11, it just so happens that they closed the shop early and were on the way home. After the earthquake, they were able to escape the tsunami without injury.
Their shop, and their home, however, were destroyed.
Without homes or jobs, they were one of the multitudes who moved into temporary housing.
Stuck at home with little to do, they decided to give running a shop another shot, and last February they took up the storefront they’re in now making their fried food again.
Namiko, one of the sisters, explains that having work helped lift them out of depression.