I had thought that the railroad underpass near the Yurakucho station would be overhauled and the austere bars and pubs would disappear. In fact, the railroad underpass near Shimbashi station has been renovated and transformed into a commercial facility called Hibiya OKUROJI, which utilizes the brick arches from the Meiji era.
I was expecting the railroad underpass near Yurakucho Station to be just as stylish, but after the construction work was completed, the drinking area in the railroad underpass appeared to be the same as before. It seems that the concept of the area has not changed much, just that the railroad underpass was undergoing earthquake-resistant construction.
Even the name of the area has changed, with the railroad underpass near Shimbashi station having a more stylish feel, while the ones closer to Yurakucho have no urban flair whatsoever. The name, Yurakucho Sanchoku Yokocho (有楽町産直横丁), is made up entirely of Chinese characters, giving it an honest impression.
While the name Hibiya has an air of sophistication about it, Yurakucho doesn't seem to have such a sophisticated image. It's strange that Hibiya is also part of the Yurakucho area. It's as if it is the only one in the family with a different hair color. As I looked at the illustration of a chicken on the glass window, it seemed to strongly agree with my thoughts.
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