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A shōtengai (商店街) is a style of Japanese commercial district running along a certain street. Shōtengai often connect to the nearest train station.[1] Most suburbs and towns of Japan have shōtengai of varying size, and larger shōtengai may take the form of covered arcades that are blocked off to traffic.[2] A typical shōtengai includes most of these:

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  1. ^ Imai, Heide (2017). Tokyo Roji: The Diversity and Versatility of Alleys in a City in Transition. Routledge. p. 62. ISBN 9781317363644.
  2. ^ Anderson, Collin (2012). Evolution of a Retail Streetscape: DP Architects on Orchard Road. Images Publishing. p. 42. ISBN 9781864704624.