Shotengai are the narrow shopping streets found immediately around railway stations in Japan.

For the intrepid tourist, shotengai offer a fascinating range of commerce that is diametrically opposed to the regular mega department stores that typically characterise the Japanese retail experience.

In the average shotengai, one will find a sushi train offering cheap and cheerful sushi, miso, and beer, a discount store selling inexpensive household goods, a pharmacy, a convenience store, perhaps a soapland, a video game arcade, a pachinko parlour, and several old ladies selling fresh produce.

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