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July 16, 2006
From journal Scratching the Surface of Tokyo
November 13, 2004
Starting from the JR station, you could easily find Ameyoko through the signboard (in red fonts and white background, lit in the evening). Ameyoko is formed mainly by four main parallel streets (or almost parallel) and many small little links between them.
Jancy went into action right away. There was a big shoe store having a big sale right across the street from the train station. The shop was so packed, but she just wouldn’t give up. In the end, she bought four pairs of shoes for my two little girls, Rochelle and Xanessta at ¥500 each. That was really a bargain!
Immediately, we turned into the small streets and headed to the market streets. The market offers many things, ranging from perishable products to children's and ladies' apparel. It was another eye-opener to us. Bags and handbags, clothes, jeans, cute little umbrellas, hats, satin dolls, belts, perfume, watches, cosmetics, stationery, clocks, sports shoes, Swiss Army knives, souvenirs, Levi's jeans and jackets, suitcases and haversacks, rings and jewellery, swimsuits, etc, etc, etc, were on sale!
I particulary liked the shop that sells Levi’s apparel. I bought a pair of 533 at only ¥5500! While I was quite happy with my find, Jancy had a field day. She loved almost everything she saw (just take a look at the pic below -- I was lucky I brought the stroller along, as I could hang all the shopping bags on it).
Food was also a major highlight in Ameyoko: seaweeds, salmon, quails’ eggs, fish eggs, crab legs, octopus, tuna, and even sea urchin is on sale. Other traditional Japanese dried food was also available.
I was particularly adventurous that day, when I tasted many things in Ameyoko. One particular one was from a street hawker; it was a pan-fried "cake". I think it was made up of flour and vegetables and lots of mayonnaise and soya sauce toppings. It was not bad.
Ameyoko was one of the best places we visited in Tokyo. If I were to return Tokyo, Ameyoko surely will be on our list again!
From journal Unbelievable Tokyo