TOKYO - DECEMBER 31:  A fishmonger sells seafood at a fish stall in the Ameya Yokocho street market on December 31, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. People shop around in preparation to celebrate the New Year holidays at the market featuring over 500 stalls, which sell various products such as fresh fish, dried food, vegetables, fruits, spices, clothes, bags and cosmetics on the narrow street.  (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

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Ueno & Yanesen

One of Tokyo's few remaining open-air markets, Ameya-yokochō got its start as a black market, post-WWII, when American goods (which included ameya – candy and chocolates) were sold here. These days, vendors sell everything from fresh seafood to vintage jeans and bargain sneakers. There are also lots of cheap eateries in and around the market that stay open later than the shops.

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