Grannies’ Harajuku

2 04 2011

I live close by Sugamo, two stops on the subway or about half an hour walk away, where it’s otherwise known as “Grannies’ Harajuku”, the favorite shopping spot for ladies over, um, a certain age.

Returned to the shopping street today for the first time in several years.

The main gate at the Sugamo Jizodori Shopping Street

Inside the shopping street which gets closed for pedestrians during certain hours. It gets busier on the 4th, 14th, and the 24th of each month with more stalls along the road.


The street is filled with sweets and rice cracker shops, dried fish and other marine produce shops, as well as the "boutiques".

Jizo-shaped rice crackers. Love the old-fashioned ribbon they used to tie the bag.

Koganji Temple, known as the temple for Togenuki Jizo

Loads of fun guaranteed just walking and watching the people and the shops.

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