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In English when a language is undecipherable one says, "It's all Greek to me." here of course it's all Japanese to me and all the other tourists who do not know the language. I wanted to show you through this photo how difficult it is for a foreigner to find one's way in Japan.Traveling by train can be a harrowing experience for there is little that is written in Roman letters.If it wasn't for my friend Yoshi, I would still be there trying to get the right train connections to get to the airport.

The photo was taken along or near Ameyoko Street.
Ameyoko is a busy market street along the Yamanote line tracks between Okachimachi and Ueno Station, the site of a black market after World War Two.
The name "Ameyoko" is a short form for "Ameya Yokocho" (candy store alley), as candies were traditionally sold there. Alternatively, "Ame" also stands for "America", because a lot of American products used to be available on the black market.
Today, various products such as clothes, bags, cosmetics, fresh fish, dried food and spices are sold along Ameyoko.
While much of Tokyo is turning into new landscapes of luxury malls and glossy condominiums, there are a few places that still offer the sights and smells of Asia. One of the best is still the Ameyoko market at Ueno, with its noisy jumble of stalls and stacks of merchandise, its distinctively voiced barkers and hawkers, and its teeming crowds of international shoppers.

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