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This photograph is taken in the Jūjō shopping mall in front of the Jūjō station of Tokyo, Kita-ku. This shopping mall began to be built and the second half of the Meiji 30s by maintenance of an army relation institution. After that, here also overcame war, and has developed. There has jostled about member's store 200 store in both sides, and the full length of a shopping mall has a length of about 800 m, now. The store which forms a shopping mall is a small individual store basically. A type of shop is also variegated and are miscellaneous daily goods, food, medicine, restaurant, shop dealing in Western-style apparel, accessories/stationery, clock/glasses, household appliance, real estate, barbershop, etc.
It has all goods required for everyday life. Because of advance of large-scale retail stores such as supermarket, or 24-hour convenience store, the management of the so-called local individual store is forced hard-fight in the point of sales or profits over the past tens of years. It seems that reality is severe although customers think that a quota of coexistence and co-prosperity is just performed. The store did business vigorously today also and it was still being crowded with the local-residents visitor as lunchtime.

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