Higobashi shopping street in Osaka took down its arcade roof and also removed the sign of “ Shortest Shopping Street in Japan”
Higobashi shopping street, known as “ Shortest Shopping Street in Japan”, is currently carrying out construction work to take down its arcade roof.
Higobashi shopping street before taking down the arcade roof
The shopping street is located one street west of Yotsubashi Boulevard lined with many buildings, and it is also near the Higobashi Station of the Osaka city subway. With only 79 meters in length, it takes less than 1 minute on foot to pass through this shopping street. In order to appeal this unique feature, it had raised a sign that said “Shortest Shopping Street in Japan”.
In recent years, the number of member shops had continued to decrease. There were over 20 shops before, but now there are only nine. The demolition work that started on December 1 included removing the sign of “Shortest Shopping Street in Japan” to eliminate the maintenance cost of 3.5 million yen per year, covering the electricity bill and insurance fee.
“There are many shops that closed because of the lack of successors. In the beginning, this construction was not going smoothly for the adjustment with various stakeholders and I had much trouble,” says Mr.Yuji Hagiwara, who runs the diner “Fukusuke” and also serves as the Chairman of the Promotion Association of the shopping street. “The roof is already gone. I feel happy that there’s more sunlight,” he also states.
The construction work will be finished at the end of January.