"Tanuki" is a Japanese raccoon. This is a covered street which can be seen in a number of cities in Japan. I am not sure whether this street cover was left in place in the winter as the snow could be quite heavy. This street began right outside our hotel and continued on for five or six blocks. Each block is decorated uniquely. I enjoy these streets due to the variety of little shops and restaurants. One of the more interesting shops is a boy's store near the end of the street away from our e-Hotel. It carried many expensive working knives for the kitchen, wood working tools and a variety of other things at prices only the bank can afford. Many tourists and a variety of languages can be heard on this street.
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