4 December 2014 – Japan’s shotengais (partly enclosed markets)

There is an interesting article in City Fix, written by Chelsea Zhou, about how Japanese shotengais – partly enclosed markets – remain an important feature of urban life. Chelsea Zhou’s article has some great photographs and she talks about how shotengais, that tend to be located near transport hubs and commuter corridors, remain popular because they house locally owned shops that reflect the culture and needs of the local community, including their need to buy fresh food on a daily basis. In addition, their long opening hours and the ability to ride your bike or walk through the covered walkways adds not only to their accessibility and sense of community, but, she argues, also encourages a healthier lifestyle. You can read the article and see the photos here

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