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Toyo Murakami Curios and Shirts of Kiangse Road

Posted: February 27th, 2017 | 1 Comment »

I’ve blogged quite a bit about various curio stores in old Shanghai and Peking run by foreigners (Hoggard-Sigler, Jean Lindsay, Western Arts Gallery in Shanghai and The Golden Dragon, and of course The Camel Bell in Peking). Here though, from the 1930s is a Japanese run curio store in Shanghai – at 270 Kiangse Road (now Jiangxi Road) at the corner with Ezra Road (Shashi No.2 Road) – that also sold silk shirts. Most of their curios appear to be Japanese – Satsuma etc – though they also sold Chinese curios. I’m afraid I know very little about the shop except that it was run by  Mr Toyo Murakami. I have no more leads on the store or the owner – sadly I don’t read Japanese and Toyo Murakami appears to be a very common name and so you can’t pin any of the leads down.

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One Comment on “Toyo Murakami Curios and Shirts of Kiangse Road”

  1. 1 lonnie kamphefner said at 1:49 am on March 29th, 2019:

    hello, while trying to research some very vintage mens dress shirts with labels that read: Toyo Murakami Shanghai, i came across this site. so far, i havent found much info, however, i do have quite a few of his shirts, brand new, most in packaging. they look really old as far as the time period but are in new condition. anyway, just thought id share this with you. looking to sell them. thanks

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