“Altars and good-luck symbols in Frankfurt businesses”

Videos from the exhibition WORLDS IN MOTION

What do a Portuguese bakery, a Thai massage studio and a Japanese restaurant have in common in Frankfurt? 

Their proprietors come from various countries, and offer services and products from other parts of the world to their Frankfurt customers. 

In addition to their products and services, all three business owners integrate individually designed altars and good-luck symbols into their business premises. These highly symbolic objects possess a deep meaning for their owners, while also making a statement about their beliefs and culture. 

The proprietors share their personal stories with their Frankfurt customers, who are notable for their heterogeneity and diversity. At the same time, altars and good-luck symbols help their owners to establish roots for themselves and their businesses in Frankfurt, thereby ensuring their long-term success. 

In the videos, the three interviewees present their own personal points of view. 

Altar dedicated to Buddha and the ‘father of medicine’, Luna Buh Chivok, who developed the Thai massage
Interview with Ms Fahsai Wiparat Sukatorn, managing director; Bai Boon Thai massage studio, Bockenheim, Frankfurt, Germany

The massage provided by Ms Wiparat Sukatorn in the Bai Boon massage studio, located in the district of Bockenheim, boasts a tradition stretching back 2,500 years in Thailand, its country of origin. 

Watch the interview with Wiparat Sukatorn

Madonnas and saints – An altar from Portugal
Interview with Mr José Oliveira, managing director, baker and confectioner; Bäckerei Bela, Preungesheim, Frankfurt, Germany

In Bäckerei Bela, in the district of Preungesheim, José Oliveira is doing a roaring trade in German baked goods while also producing pastries from Portuguese recipes. 

Watch the interview with José Oliveira

Morijio – good-luck symbols from Japan
Interview with Mr Takayuki Tamura, managing director and sushi master; Sakura restaurant, Frankfurt city centre, Germany

Sushi master Takayuki Tamura runs a team that serves a select range of freshly prepared Japanese dishes to guests in the restaurant Sakura, which is situated in downtown Frankfurt.

Watch the interview with Takayuki Tamura

Videos: Mona Suhrbier and Felix Schwarz 2019