A bicycle crossed the street in front of a sign that said Ameyoko

Bicycle running street
Shot in Okachimachi, Tokyo ©Tetsu Ozawa
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I was waiting for a traffic light at a crosswalk in front of Okachimachi station. The light was red, so there was no one crossing the street. On the other side of the street, I could see people waiting at the traffic light just like me, and I could also see the sign of Ameyoko above their heads. The other side of the street was the entrance to Ameyoko. As I stood there in a daze, a bicycle crossed the street in front of me.

I was told that this area used to be a residential area in the downtown. The name of the area is said to have originated from the fact that many samurai, who were not allowed to ride a horse, lived here. During World War II, the area was bombed and turned into scorched earth, and a black market was set up here, which is said to be the origin of Ameyoko. If you were to ask me, I would say that there are remnants of the black market in the messy atmosphere, but if you didn't ask me, I wouldn't think that it was originally a black market. In the first place, it may be difficult to realize that there is such a thing as a black market in today's Japan.

日本語
Aug 2017 TOKYO VEHICLE

Where is Okachimachi?

PHOTO DATA

No

10260

Shooting Date

Apr 2017

Posted On

August 26, 2017

Modified On

September 10, 2021

Place

Okachimachi, Tokyo

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

EF24MM F1.4L USM

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