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“Setagaya Daita Monocoto Matsuri” saves ghost shopping street.

Greenz Global

Have you ever visited ‘shoten-gai’ in Japan? It is a shopping street mostly located in small local towns. In Japan, central place of local communities was called ‘Shoten-gai.’ However, as large supermarkets became popular among people, local shops closed down their businesses and ‘shoten-gai’ disappeared.

Syuji Minami moved to Daita years ago. Then he had a lot of support from people in the area. He organized an event to save the shuttered shopping street.

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  • Greenz Global

    Thank you for the comment. Shuttered shopping street is one of the major social challenge in Japan, we'll be keep posting more cases.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I love this. What a great way to occupy a vacant space and remind people to take pride in their city.