March 27, 2008


Today I decided to get on the Yamanote line and get off at a station in an area I hadn't really visited before. I got off at Ueno and headed out of the station to Ameya-yokocho, a market in a street that runs parallel to the railway tracks. The market dates back to the occupation years following the war, when it was the site of a large black market (the 'Ame' in the name is an abbreviation of America). Nowadays it is host to a number of different shops selling all kinds of fresh and dried, clothes and souvenirs, with stall holders and shopkeepers raucously trying to drum up business. I had lunch at a cheap donburi stall (bottom picture), opting for maguro and ebi (tuna and shrimp), which certainly filled a spot.

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