Nishiki Market or
is a famous market street in central Kyōto.
It's also known by the name of the covered street
on which it's located,
with –dōri meaning "street".
The Karasuma and Kawaramachi subway stations are close to either end of the market. I had been to Nijō Castle and exploring other parts of central Kyōto, and so I approached Nishiki Koji-dōri from the west.
Here is the west entrance to Nishiki Koji-dōri. The street narrows and goes under cover for about 400 meters.
Let's go in!
That's an tanuki or raccoon-dog figure at right, above. The たぬき or tanuki is a peculiar looking close relative of the foxes.
O-tanuki-sama or Sir Holy Raccoon Dog is also known as Chingo-do. He is the deity of protection against fire and theft and a protector of businesses. You often see these statues outside restaurants.
After some time in the murky yellow light under the panels covering the street, a brightly lit store is almost blinding.
Let's get one of those fried whatever-they-are.
The market is focused on food, but there are other goods. Here's a shoe shop in the middle of it.
A placenta essence mask could give you that stylish white kabuki style face.
This place offers several seafood-based skewers. That's fish and crab on the right.
We eventually reach the east end of Nishiki Koju-dōri. There's a Shintō shrine across the way. We can turn to the left or right for more covered shopping arcades.
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