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Ifull Street



Ifull Street

Just up the way from the station takes you to a cobbled shotengai, one of the shop-lined arcades that thread their way through Japan’s cities and towns. In Tokyo and Osaka, the shotengai are becoming shutter streets as shoppers choose to buy their sundries at metro stop-adjacent developments, but there is still life on Ifull Street, with some shops along the arcade’s roof-lined sidewalk looking recently opened. Past the shotengai, on flatlands reclaimed from the ocean and occupied by salt makers, the city takes on the appearance of—hence the nickname—a Kyoto backstreet, old homes and shops coexisting with more recent, sturdier construction.

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