Please allow us to share our current obsession: retro Japanese rounded-corner windows. We occasionally come across these on our walks around Japan. They can be spotted on storefronts but also older apartments or office buildings. But wherever they are, there’s something endearing and nostalgic about their softness and hues.

photo by hikarudon12

The windows themselves have so much character but the interplay between window and facade is also enjoyable. Some are so unique that they almost seem to tell a story.

If you share in this obsession, there are a couple places you can browse for more on Instagram. Try the hashtag #レトロ窓 (retro window) or #角の丸い窓 (literally, rounded corner windows). The Instagram accounts claudia_on_thursday and kadonomaruikado are also good resources. And if you like these windows there’s a good chance you’ll like Kyoto’s Showa-Kataitagarasu windows as well!

photo by hikarudon12

photo by kadonomaruimado

photo by kadonomaruimado

photo by kadonomaruimado (ironically, the name of this kissaten is Corona)

photo by po_polka

photo by kadonomaruimado

photo by po_polka