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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...
Pilgrimage to Demachi Masugata Shotengai for Tamako Market

Pilgrimage to Demachi Masugata Shotengai for Tamako Market

This deep dive analysis combines an anime pilgrimage to real life locations for Kyoto Animation series Tamako Market, a study of the history and place identity of Demachi Masugata Shotengai in Kyoto, and account of how existing community engagement incorporated outreach to anime pilgrims in response to the influx of visitors.
Mackerelgate

Mackerelgate

This is a roundup of photos from when Demachi Masugata Shotengai mascot Waka Saba-chan spent a day cherry blossom viewing at the Kamo River in Kyoto.
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...