Photographer's Note

This photograph is taken in Ameya-Yokocho in Tokyo Ueno. Ameya-Yokocho is the shopping center extended about 400 m along the bottom of elevated and the elevated bridge west side in Yamanote Line, JR East between Okachimachi Station and Ueno Station in Taito-ku, Tokyo. Historically, it began as the black market and the stall in 1946 just behind the end of the war. There were many candy seller shops those days, this name was born by its reason. So, ame means candy. Then, the time changes and the candy seller shop became the confectionery wholesale store, the cosmetics store and treated high-class imports, such as the fountain pen, the perfume, clothes/shoes and a clock. And then, it came to treat, such as the fresh fish, fruit and marine products as dried seaweed. It is the unique shopping center also in the Tokyo downtown area which has left a crowded atmosphere after the end of the war even now. So, there are the small store of about 400 in this narrow alley. Here looks like shopping center where it is popular and a life breath is strong in all. It could be said that these features differ greatly compared with the Ginza shopping mall. The oysters of the product from Miyagi, Hokkaido and Hyogo were sold to the store.

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