Shopping streets

A meander down some winding little shopping streets now as we head to our next destination.

The man tries out his first vending machine – a ubiquitous sight on literally every street corner in Japan.

Masks face a huge part in Japanese culture and can be found for sale everywhere. Above are examples including Hyottoko – a lucky spirit with a funny face and Okame his female counterpart.

There’s also a Kitsune (fox) mask. a According to Japanese traditions, foxes are thought to be the messengers of the goddess Inari.

Zany packaging creates eye popping displays and cartoon mascots are a common sight.

We don’t have a clue what’s on offer but the shops are so inviting, especially the gorgeous traditional wooden shack below.

I am an avid lover of Kanji, it’s so beautiful and elevates even the most mundane of adverts into mysterious looking works of art for the casual observer.

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Next up is kitchen town! Prepare for plastic food picture galore!!

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