Kansai
Teramachi Shotengai

Teramachi Shotengai

Teramachi-dōri (寺町通) is a north-south running street that cuts through the heart of Kyoto’s downtown commercial district. Its name, meaning “temple town”, refers to the dense concentration of temples on its east side, the result of significant reorganization of the city by daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi during the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1603). As modern Kyoto grew up...
Nishiki Ichiba

Nishiki Ichiba

Nishiki Ichiba (錦市場)—the Kitchen of Kyoto (京の台所 Kyō no daidokoro)—is a marketplace featuring fish and other foodstuffs in a 400 meter covered pedestrian arcade running one block to the north and parallel to Shijō-dōri, between Termachi-dōri and Takakura-dōri, in the city’s primary commercial shopping district. The ends of the east-west running street are within a...
Demachi Masugata Shotengai

Demachi Masugata Shotengai

On one of the last evenings of 2012, a man wanders into Demachi Masugata Shōtengai (出町桝形商店街), a 164 meter covered pedestrian shopping arcade in Demachi, a predominately residential area just beyond the Kyoto Imperial Palace, where the city’s urban core begins turning over to suburban outskirts. The man’s footing is unsteady, having spent the better...
Mackerelgate

Mackerelgate

さはわはいまここ pic.twitter.com/LicZcXUMMo — 京都出町・桝形商店街 (@masugatakun) April 13, 2014 Someone at the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai (出町桝形商店街) seemed to think the large mackerel—officially dubbed Waka Saba-chan (若さばちゃん)—that hangs from the arcade roof ought to have the chance to enjoy hanami before the last cherry blossoms fall this spring. I’d really like to know how that came up...
Kuromon Ichiba

Kuromon Ichiba

My last stop on this walk around Osaka was Kuromon Ichiba (黒門市場), the city’s venerable food market in Nipponbashi, Naniwa Ward. Kuromon is situated in a covered shōtengai with its north and west entrances opening right above Nipponbashi Station on the municipal subway Sakaisuji Line and Sennichimae Line, as well as Kintetsu-Nipponbashi Station on the...
Shotengai in Namba

Shotengai in Namba

Namba (難波) is Osaka’s unapologetically raucous manifestation of its residents’ ardor for things that make life colorful. It is the heart of the southern nexus of activity in the city, the counterweight to Umeda in the north. It is a dense web of establishments for eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment, including and reaching far beyond...
Shinsaibashisuji Shotengai

Shinsaibashisuji Shotengai

Shinsaibashi (心斎橋) is one of Osaka’s most well-known shopping districts, covering a fairly large area on the west side of Chūō Ward. Its spine is Shinsaibashisuji (心斎橋筋), a north south street one block to the east of Midōsuji, the primary boulevard in the central part of the city. For much of its length, Shinsaibashisuji is a covered shōtengai,...
Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai

Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai

After a few months’ break while relocating from the US to China, like a fish in water has resumed documenting and sharing unique neighborhoods and places through exploratory photo walks. While I will continue to use many examples of transit-oriented and walkable development from Japan, I will also be exploring my new stomping grounds of...