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Ameya-Yokocho is an open-air market in the Taito Ward of Tokyo, Japan, located next to Ueno Station.The name "Ameyoko" is a short form for "Ameya Yokocho" (candy store alley), as candies were traditionally sold there. Alternatively, "Ame" also stands for "America", because a lot of American products used to be available there when the street was the site of a black market in the years following World War Two.One of Tokyos black markets during post World War II, Ameya-Yokocho Market has since legitimized and instead of contraband it now sells fish, shoes, watches, snacks and other delights. It is also known as the Candy Market but that is misleading as there is very little candy to find in present day. But if you had come to the market Pre-WW II youd be as happy as a kid in a candy store.The market consists of two main streets or alleys, both of them running parallel to the JR train line, the first street closest to the train is solely street vendors and is the core of the market whereas the next street are mostly permanent shops and more upscale shopping.
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