This is a shopping arcade named "Shop Mate" over Taito-ku and Arakawa-ku in Tokyo. It is in the distance for about 20 minutes on foot from the shopping quarter in Asakusa in which tourists gather. Many stores are old and tired when comparing with urban shopping quarter. And, the whole arcade becomes desolate and looks like sad. When I walk along a passage of arcade, I found about the half stores which a shutter is closed and people who are walking along the passage also were elderly. Moreover, there are some nursing homes for elderly person in a passage stood out besides commercial stores as I feel strangely. Historically, this district was a place at which a day laborer stays at the high-growth era (1955-1964, 1966-1974), and there were many institutions of a cheap lodging this whole place. When rapid economic growth came, it corresponded to the rise of demand for labor, and it developed as a place, about 300 simple hotels were built and located in a line, and it became a place of residence in which about 20,000 workers gather. This arcade would also be made at that time. However, it went into the low-growth term age, the demand of construction sites also decreased, and workers also decreased in number rapidly. This shopping center also declined so that the background of such a era might be reflected. Many curtains of "Tomorrow's Joe" of comics were placed on the arcade. Probably, it is stretched in the sense of promotion of a shopping arcade.
1. Tomorrow's Joe:
They are the comics series which made San-ya the stage and which the one boy lived and were drawn on the theme of boxing in appearance.
2. Another angle: workshop
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lousat (79984) 2014-03-07 12:19
Hi Kato,a very original and interesting post,the place is not a magic spectacle but show us this old market with a long history in an excellente way and perfect quality,this is world too,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
batalay (36157) 2014-03-07 12:26
Your fine note puts the photo into context. I like very much the slice of everyday life shots from Tokyo that you provide for us on TE. Incidentally, I am scheduled to give a talk at the end of July in Kanazawa, Japan. How far is Kanazawa from Tokyo and from Mt. Fuji?
pajaran (53757) 2014-03-07 12:32
Interesantan i dobar tekst o ,, Shop Mate ,, sa opisom ...
Lep pogled na mesto i trenutak sa posetiocima ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazana trznica i detalji, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija i rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici.
Sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Interesting and good article about, Shop Mate, with a description ...
Nice view of the place and the moment with the visitors ...
Good time recording, sharpness, contrast and perspective, well demonstrated marketplaces and details, beautiful colors.
Good composition and working with beautiful photography workshop.
All the best for the weekend, good luck.
daddo (25160) 2014-03-07 14:33
Hi dear Mikio. Fascinating information about the history of this quarter and a lesson in how fortunes change in a world of supply and demand. Personally I like your workshop photo more for its composition and a closer look at the type of person that comes to the arcade. Now I know who Joe is but who is the character with the eye patch? Regards. Klaudio.
mirosu (15102) 2014-03-07 16:54
Great indoor photo, excellent vertical arrangement wit many interesting details. The light and colors are very good. I like how you arranged the things in the frame, with the posters on top, walking people in the centre and the bikes at the bottom.
Very well done.
ikeharel (60521) 2014-03-08 1:11
Taken well the view along the roof-covered street, Mikio.
A shoping archade with bikes parking, and colorful signs of the stores indoor's.
Depth and clarity well collected. maybe a wider and horizontal format would show more elements within.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
saxo042 (37596) 2014-03-08 3:17
Always interesting to a normal street scene from somewhere far away, a glimps of daily life from a place I am not very likely to ever visit myself. Here I can still enjoy all details and colours. Thanks for sharing.
mcmtanyel (15037) 2014-03-20 12:12
An excellent photo that documents the demise of a once-busy shopping area. I was just reading an article on the increase of shopping malls in Turkey, I guess this is the destiny that awaits them!
- Copyright: mikio kato (kato) (11630)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-02-13
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax K10 D, Pentax DA 50-200 f4-5.6 ED
- Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-07 12:07