(1) Aoba shopping district, Higashimurayama 青葉商店街

There is a quiet shopping street on an outer ring of Tokyo, an hour’s journey by train from Shinjuku station. The area is Higashimurayama 東村山市, a city of Tokyo that borders Saitama prefecture to the north. The shotengai is Aoba shopping district 青葉商店街. There is a nice collection of kanban kenchiku (billboard architecture) in this shopping street. Here are the highlights:

A) Shopping street entrance sign (gate)  商店街の入口看板(ゲート) (map)


B) Glazed brick ‘signboard architecture’ (map)

C) Green / blue fruit store (map)

D) Store with extended vestibule (map)


E) Classic billboard architecture with sloped roof (map)

This street is also home to a building with a double-false front. See: Double-fronted billboard architecture


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