Although it was not the end of the year, Ameyoko was not so crowded, but there were still a good number of people walking around. As I walked along looking at the stores lined up, I noticed that there were some stores selling snacks and other foods mixed in with the stores selling fish and other foodstuffs. I thought that most people came here to buy food, so I was a little surprised to see a restaurant.
However, when I thought about it more, I realized that it is the same as in the past, where there are stores selling food, there are restaurants. When I was traveling in Central Asia (Uzbekistan, for example), where there were not many restaurants or cafeterias in town, I remember going to the market whenever I felt hungry, even though I was not going to cook. It was not easy to find a restaurant in the city, so I would go to the market where there was a good chance of finding a quick meal.
It's the same in Tokyo. Unlike in Central Asia, it is not difficult to find a place to eat, but there are still cafeterias and restaurants in the markets that deal in foodstuffs. Even Tsukiji, which has now been relocated, was probably perceived by most ordinary people not as a place to buy food, but rather as a place to eat good food at a reasonable price.
In every country, near the stores that sell foodstuffs, there are also cafeterias and restaurants that serve food. Looking at all the foodstuffs, many people might get hungry.
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