Ueno Ameyoko Center Building : Chaotic Underground Food Market

Ueno Ameya-yokocho shopping street (Ameyoko for short) is famous and popular. There is Ameyoko Center Building (アメ横センタービル) in the middle of Ameyoko (アメ横) and a food market in this basement is like nothing else in Japan.

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Ueno is full of foreigners from the old days. There are not only tourists, but also many foreigner residents in Ueno. There are also Chinese grocery stores in Ameyoko.

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When you go downstairs in Ameyoko Center Building, there are large photographs of the Thai water market in the landing. On the basement floor, there is a food market that includes about ten stores.

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If you look carefully, you may notice that most of these groceries are from South East Asia or China. There are unique ingredients, like balot (balut, fertilized duck egg) from Philippines, tom yam soup (Thai sour soup) from Thailand, or rice noodles from Vietnam.

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There are also shops for meat, fish, and vegetables. The shop staff speaks Chinese and the signs are written in Chinese.

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In the butchers they sell internal organs which are not sold at a Japanese normal butchers.

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Most visitors are people from South East Asia or China. You can hear them speaking not in Japanese. This area is not like Japan, it’s like more a South East Asian market.

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The shop sells various kinds of seasonings. There are many ingredients from Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and China.

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When you want to cook South Asian food, it is good to buy ingredients there.

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There are many tourists in Ameyoko, but if you step into the underground of Ameyoko Center Building, you can see such a chaotic scene.

[How to go]  Near Okachimachi Station (御徒町駅) on JR Yamanote Line (山の手線) or Keihin-Tohoku Line (京浜東北線)

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