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JR Sugamo Station on the Yamanote Line. 巣鴨駅
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In front of JR Sugamo Station
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Main road in front of JR Sugamo Station
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Cherry blossoms near JR Sugamo Station
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Entrance to Sugamo Jizo-dori shopping street 巣鴨地蔵通り商店街
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Sugamo Jizo-dori shopping street 巣鴨地蔵通り商店街「おばあちゃんの原宿」
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The clothing shops are geared for elderly women. Sugamo is the fashion capital for elderly women. 「おばあちゃんの原宿」
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Nakasendo road marker.
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Most of the clothing items are price low, around 1,000 yen which might be affordable by people living on social security.
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Hat shop
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Sugamo Jizo-dori shopping street 巣鴨地蔵通り商店街
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Kōgan-ji Temple (高岩寺)
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Gate to Koganji temple, a famous spot along the shopping street.
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Koganji temple. The temple's popular name is "Togenuki Jizo-son." It sells magic paper called osugata which supposed to remove a thorn or splinter from your skin. Affix it to the thorn and it will be extracted. とげぬき地蔵尊
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Togenuki means thorn-extracting. Koganji temple incense burner
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Koganji temple Hondo hall. This is a Zen temple belonging to the Soto-shu school. The temple was founded in 1596 and moved to Sugamo in 1891.
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Inside Koganji temple Hondo. The temple houses the Togenuki Jizo statue which is not visible to the public.
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Grounds of Koganji temple as seen from the Hondo hall.
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People line up to wash the famous Kannon statue. The line gets longer on weekends.
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People in line for the Arai (Washable) Kannon statue. Anybody can line up and scrub the statue. No charge.
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Arai Kannon statue. Wash the part of the body to cure the corresponding part of your own body. 洗い観音
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They used to have a tawashi brush to wash the statue, but that wore out the statue. So the replacement statue is now washed/rubbed with a towel instead.
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Jizo statue
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Jizo statue
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People relax in front of the temple.
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The shopping street is quite long, going all the way to Nishi-Sugamo on the Mita subway line.
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The famous red underwear. Supposed to keep you warmer. For men and women.
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Umbrella shop
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Tokyo Toden streetcar, Koshin-zuka Station.
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My lunch. Ball-shaped gyoza. The skin is slightly crunchy.
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Inside the gyoza restaurant are placards written by past customers boasting the number of gyoza they ate (or couldn't finish).
   
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