Businesses continue to struggle to regain their footing following the Noto Peninsula earthquake on New Year's Day. Damage from the disaster has forced a long-standing maker of a traditional food to call it quits after about 90 years in operation.
83-year-old Nakamura Kazunari has been producing steamed kamaboko fish paste for over 60 years for his store in Toyama Prefecture's Himi City.
His father established the shop in the 1930s. It became a popular tourist spot.
The quake badly damaged Nakamura's store, shattering the entrance door glass and creating cracks in the floor.
The special kamaboko products he made for New Year's are still sitting in the shop, with their best-by dates long expired.
Nakamura struggled to raise funds for repairs. Given his advanced age, he decided to make this the end of the store's long run.
"I'm now done," he says. "I wanted to make kamaboko for the rest of my life. I got a lot of joy from it, and from running the business."
He added if he were 10 years younger, he would have rebuilt the store. He said it will now be demolished.