With its opulent department stores and mass of shopping malls, Tokyo is undoubtedly a shoppers’ paradise, and the visiting of such sites is a very popular pastime indeed.
But despite the predominance of these modern emporiums, some parts of the capital still retain their old, character-filled and often covered shotengai.
Small enclaves that may not boast the brands of their bigger and brasher cousins, but at the same time still offer enough choice to keep a variety of regular customers coming back.
People of all walks of life.
And of all ages.
But mostly, especially in this neighbourhood, the elderly.