(Music by Forrest Lewinger)
Nestled in the heart of Tokyo’s chic Omote Sando shopping district, Pass the Baton is a boutique that puts a new spin on old things. The shop, founded by the disarmingly stylish Masamichi Tohyama, is at its core a consignment store, but with a much more personal touch. Each item sold at Pass the Baton has a backstory – a brief history of the item written right alongside its price – so that customers can have a better understanding of the journey each individual item has traveled and, in turn, feel more connected to the past. In a time when we’re so “inundated with things,” Masamichi Tohyama asks us to slow down and cherish the things we already have. Through these stories, Tohyama breathes new life into antique treasures that may have otherwise been forgotten. How do we value, what we value, after all?
Takeshi Fukunaga is a NY-based filmmaker, specializing in directing and editing. His works have been featured in diverse venues ranging from Anthology Film Archives and The National Arts Club to Tokyo Fashion Week.