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This Japanese noodle shop sign, kanban, is assumed to be from the mid Showa era (1926-1989). The kanban is made from beautiful keyaki zelkova wood and has well used patina. One side of the sign says 'teuchi-udon', which means home-made udon noodle, and the reverse side also shows the same phrase with a curved design of a bowl of noodles being lifted up by a pair of chopsticks.
We found this piece in Osaka and assumed to be from a neighbor area of the Kansai region, which is famous for udon noodle. The sign, despite of the simple appearance, has its own entertaining aspect and it certainly makes you smile. The sign is approximately 12"wide x 35"tall x