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att.JAPAN Issue 51, March 2010

Rokkakubashi Shopping Mall and Kofukuji Matsubara Shopping Mall

Yokohama is Japan's second largest city, with a population of some 3.67 million (as of January 2010). The city has shopping malls that are closely related to the lives of its inhabitants. This time, we will introduce two traditional but lively Yokohama shopping malls.

 Rokkakubashi Shopping Mall

This shopping mall retains the ambience of the good old days in the Showa period (1926-1989) and helps to maintain close relationships between neighbors.

Get off at Hakuraku Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line, join the road on the west side of the station (Old Tsunashima-kaido Street) and head south, and you will arrive at Rokkakubashi Shopping Mall. Adjacent to this shopping mall is a street called "Rokkakubashi Fureai Street," a narrow arcade with various kinds of shops crowded close to one another. Among these are stores that are closely related to daily life, such as fishmongers, butcher shops, grocery shops, clothing stores, ceramics shops, and bag stores.

Here you can enjoy browsing through all manner of shops, including specialists in Hawaiian goods, kimchi (Korean pickles), and miniature train models. When you feel like a rest, just drop in at a cafe along the street. Experience the atmosphere of the Showa era over a cup of coffee should leave you feeling relaxed.

 Kofukuji Matsubara Shopping Mall

Kofukuji Matsubara Shopping Mall sells goods so reasonably priced that the place is dubbed "Yokohama's Ameyoko" - Ameyoko is a famously cheap shopping street in Okachimachi, Tokyo.

This shopping mall can be accessed by walking 5 minutes from Tennocho Station, on the Sotetsu Line. One of the mall's characteristics is that it has multiple shops of the same type, such as those which sell fish and meat. This means you can easily compare prices and quality from store to store when shopping. Shop owners compete with each other in order to offer the best quality and price.

The street is closed to automobile traffic from noon to 6 pm, allowing pedestrians to move about freely. The sidewalks are filled with hawkers pitching their wares, with their goods displayed on the street. Empty cardboard boxes are thrown up on the roof and the shop clerks' loud sales pitches add to the enjoyment. This exciting shopping mall is proud of its reasonable prices, so why not pay it a visit?


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