Shotengai

A shotengai is a commercial street (or series of streets) often located near a train station. There are a variety of sizes of shotengais, with some that are covered and blocked to traffic.

A recent article from Japan Today titled Forget the glitz and find the real Tokyo in its shopping streets describes that “a shotengai is not just a street of intimate one- and two-story shops selling all the necessities of life; it’s a portal through the aloof crust of the city into the warmth of social acceptance and interaction, where the mammoth sprawl can be dealt with on a more human scale.”

This article gave me the idea for this blog post! Below are a few pictures of shotengais in and around the Tokyo area which I have taken during the past few years.

Asakusa

Shotengai_Asakusa

Ueno (Ameyoko)

Shotengai_Ueno_Ameyoko

Kawasaki (during the 2009 Kawasaki Halloween event)

Shotengai_Kawasaki 

Yokohama (Motomachi)

Shotengai_Yokohama_Motomachi

Koenji (during the 2009 Koenji Daidogei event)

Shotengai_Koenji

Kichijoji (during the 2008 Omikoshi Togyo Autumn Festival)

Shotengai_Kichijoji2

Shotengai_Kichijoji1

Kamakura

Shotengai_Kamakura

This last picture a covered shotengai in Kyoto.

Shotengai_Kyoto

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