A record-high 55 "antenna shops" aimed at promoting speciality products from other regions of Japan are now operating in Tokyo, including several new ones in shitamachi traditional areas.
According to the Japan Center for Regional Development, antenna shops had been concentrated in prestigious locations such as the Ginza district, but many have recently opened in shitamachi areas in the wake of the opening of Tokyo Skytree.
An official of the foundation said, "Because rent in prime locations in central Tokyo is high, shitamachi areas may start attracting more attention."
The antenna shop sells more than 1,000 kinds of local products, including Utsunomiya gyoza dumplings, Tochiotome strawberries and dairy products from Nasu Kogen highland.
The shop also provides many pamphlets for potential tourists to the region. Since its opening, the shop has received about 1.74 million visitors.
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