Urbanism
Togoshi Ginza Shotengai, Session 3

Togoshi Ginza Shotengai, Session 3

As with the preceding walk through the Musashikoyama Palm Shōtengai, this return visit to the Togoshi Ginza Shōtengai (戸越銀座商店街) was an unplanned addition to this volume of The Tokyo Project. Because they’re so close to each other, I’ve always put Palm and Togoshi Ginza together as a pair. The balmy summer evening has brought everyone...
Musashikoyama Palm Shotengai, Session 3

Musashikoyama Palm Shotengai, Session 3

This post wasn’t supposed to be a post. I had taken photowalks of the Musashikoyama Palm Shōtengai (武蔵小山商店街パルム) in 2012 (Palm Shotengai in Musashikoyama) and 2013 (Musashikoyama Palm Shotengai, Session 2). In 2014 August, on one of the last days in Tokyo of our first trip to Japan as a family of three, I brought...
Jujo Fujimi Ginza Shotengai

Jujo Fujimi Ginza Shotengai

Jūjō Fujimi Ginza Shōtengai (十条富士見銀座商店街) is a quiet, 190 meter open air shopping street that picks up the residual foot traffic spilling out of the north end of much larger Jūjō Ginza Shōtengai, passing through residential Jūjō Nakahara 2-chōme and ending at arterial Kannana-dōri in Kita Ward. This visit was the coda to a day...
Jujo Ginza Shotengai

Jujo Ginza Shotengai

Jūjō Ginza Shōtengai (十条銀座商店街) is a serpentine, covered shopping street that begins at Jūjō Station and runs north, parallel to the JR Saikyō Line in Kita Ward. The main arcade is approximately 380 meters, but connected side streets, both covered and open air, create a large, branching tree of walkable space that is home to...
Demachi Masugata Shotengai, Session 3

Demachi Masugata Shotengai, Session 3

Over the past three years, I’ve researched, photographed and written extensively about the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai (出町桝形商店街) in Kyoto and its fictional alter ego, the Usagiyama Shōtengai from the Kyoto Animation series Tamako Market and film Tamako Love Story. I’ve used the real shopping arcade to explain urbanism and machizukuri (街づくり town making) concepts, and...
Hongkou Zhabei Walk

Hongkou Zhabei Walk

This past October during China’s “golden week”, the mandated national holiday that annually floods every tourist site several times over capacity and brings transit arteries to a crashing halt, my family and I did what we usually do, stay close to home and enjoy the quiet. When we want to go out, we look for...
Akabane Suzuran-dori Shotengai

Akabane Suzuran-dori Shotengai

Akabane Suzuran-dōri Shōtengai (赤羽スズラン通り商店街), which also goes by the nickname La La Garden (ラ・ラ・ガーデン), is a 330 meter covered shopping street in Akabane, Kita Ward. The west entrance to the arcade is about 200 meters to the east of Akabane Station, a very active hub served by the Tōhoku Main Line, Takasaki Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line,...
The Tokyo Project, Volume 3

The Tokyo Project, Volume 3

It’s that time again! Over the next few months I will be publishing the third installment of The Tokyo Project, a deep look at the city’s extensive transit oriented development and culture of urban commons. Volume 1 used transit as a framework to highlight interesting development. Volume 2 focused more on the business considerations of...
Eizan Electric Railway K-On! Walk

Eizan Electric Railway K-On! Walk

For my last day on a stay in Kyoto, I had wanted to get away from the city center and have a good, meditative walk. The original plan was to follow the full length of the Eizan Electric Railway (叡山電鉄) Kurama Line, from Demachiyanagi all the way up through the hills to Kurama-dera. In the...
Sichuan Bei Lu Jiedao

Sichuan Bei Lu Jiedao

On this particular trip, I made a short walk around a neighborhood in Hongkou District (虹口区) while out on an errand. The route goes from Ha'erbin Lu through Hailun Lu and Siping Lu returning to the metro Hailun Road Station. The area appears to be in Sichuan Bei Lu Jiedao (四川北路街道), along the border with...
Ryoma-dori Shotengai

Ryoma-dori Shotengai

Ryōma-dōri Shōtengai (竜馬通り商店街) is a 130 meter open air pedestrian shopping street in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto. Originally, my walk plan for this area of the city just included Fushimi Ōtesuji Shōtengai and Nayamachi Shōtengai, the two covered shopping streets around Fushimi-Momoyama Station. When I emerged from the end of Nayamachi I saw this photogenic street...
Nayamachi Shotengai

Nayamachi Shotengai

Nayamachi Shōtengai (納屋町商店街), alternatively known as Passage Nayamachi 5-bangai (パッサージュなやまち5番街), is a 170 meter covered pedestrian shopping street in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto. Together with Fushimi Ōtesuji Shōtengai, it forms an ‘L’ shaped continuous covered pedestrian route from Fushimi-Momoyama Station into the surrounding districts to the west. Like Ōtesuji, the street traces its roots as a...