Nov 23, 2018
I seem to have developed a fascination with alleyways! I find myself uncontrollably drawn to them. And thankfully the tourist town I live near has dozens of them to relish in. Kawagoe is an edo period town and thanks to the preservation of the buildings from that time, many alleyways have also survived the decades.
Unfortunately, the Google search function on Google photos still isn't finely tuned and a search only brings up a handful of the ones I have photographed. And regrettably I am not a photographer, but these will give you an idea of the alleyways of Kawagoe.
The above alleyway is at Ichibangai, the central area of the tourist store / warehouse district. This one fascinates me not only for its quaintness, but because it seems to be jinxed. The shops that open at the bottom of this alleyway never last long. It will be interesting to see if the Turkish power stone shop will break the spell!
This one is at the Penny Candy Alley and is one of only a handful of manufactured retro alleyways. It replaces one that did exist until a fire destroyed it about five years ago.
You will find many others of different styles and eras in various areas of the tourist town of Kawagoe. Just one other appeal of the many of the great city that is Kawagoe. Do you know any other towns or cities with great alleyways? Please do share in the comments.
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