J. Toguri Mercantile and "Tokyo Rose"

J. Toguri Mercantile and "Tokyo Rose"

Heather Blaha
Sep 27, 2006

We just learned (thanks, Gapers Block) that Iva Toguri D'Aquino, once accused of being "Tokyo Rose", (a WWII propaganda-radio hostess) died yesterday at age 90 in Chicago. What makes this relevant to Apartment Therapy, you ask? Anne at Gapers Block wrote, "Often when I'm walking past J. Toguri Mercantile on Belmont, I'm reminded of a story that the only American accused of being 'Tokyo Rose' lives there, above the store owned by her family."

We've worked in the neighborhood for a few years, and have been in this great shop countless times for home decor, candy, paper lanterns, chopsticks, paper, you name it. And, like Anne, every time we are there or just walk by, we think of the same story.

J. Toguri Mercantile, a Japanese-import retail store, was opened before the war by Iva Toguri D'Aquino's father, and has been on our to-blog list since AT:Chicago landed in April. Look for a store post in the coming weeks.

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