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On a short walk south of Nishiojima Station past the Ario Kitasuna shopping mall in Tokyo’s Koto Ward you will find Sunamachi Ginza, a traditional shopping street.

A commercial district where people walk or ride their bicycles through a narrow strip of shops looking for cheap deals on daily necessities and local fare, it stands in stark contrast to Ario’s mega shopping center with its multilevel parking and the Ito Yokado supermarket selling everything under the sun.

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