YANAKA, TOKYO: Near the large Yanaka cemerery (background). Yanaka is one of the few districts in Tokyo where the shitamachi atmosphere, an old town ambience reminiscent of Tokyo from past decades, still survives. Different trades line the streets, starkly contrasting each other: the butcher's beside the barber's, the confectionery beside the watch dealer. Prices are relatively cheap as well; little snacks and finger food sold from below 50 yen can be found in some stalls. Yanaka remains a residential district where many locals live, and through Yanaka Ginza, visitors can observe the ongoing daily activities and trades carried out in the district market (photo Gilles Mingasson).