America, Big & Tall 大きいサイズの服

Near the Kobe 神戸 waterfront is a grand stone building. A weathered plaque bears the following inscription:

On this site in July 1868
was established the first
American consulate in Kobe

Original American Consulate Kobe

The American consulate can be seen in this map of Kobe from 1929:

And in detail:

It is no longer an American consulate. The yellow awnings above the windows read “Grand-Back 大きいサイズの紳士服専門店”. It is a clothing store for large people:

Original American Consulate Kobe at night

Am I alone in finding this amusing?

Grand Back logo

For a list of all of Grand-Back’s store locations, see their website. For stores in Tokyo, 東京大きいサイズの店, two of the more popular Tokyo locations are:

Yurakucho Grand-Back
  • 1-7-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 〒 100-0006
  • グランバック有楽町店
  • 東京〒100-0006都千代田区有楽町1-7-1
  • Google map
  • TEL.03-5222-5700

Aoyama Grand-Back

  • 1-2-3 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 〒 107-0061
  • グランバック青山店
  • 東京〒107-0061都港区北青山1-2-3
  • Google map
  • TEL.03-3478-6941

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