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"FREAK MARKET", Ueno, Ameyoko ~Japan | by 路上写真家 [overworked and catching up!]
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"FREAK MARKET", Ueno, Ameyoko ~Japan

"Ameyoko" [アメ横[あめよこ]] is short for the full name of the market which is "Ameya Yokocho" [アメヤ横丁[あめやよこちょう]]


Many moons ago, American soldiers used to come here to sell their bits n pieces to make a few yen on the side.

One of the origins of the name "Ameya" is said to come from "AMEricans" and "YA" meaning "shop" = American shop.


Another explanation of the original meaning of "Ameya" is said to come from many shops in the market that sold sweets. "Ame" meaning "sweets" and "ya" meaning shop. [desc. via @DannyChoo]


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Taken on July 14, 2012