Senses on the Move: Multisensory Encounters with Street Vendors in the Japanese Urban Alleyway <I>Roji</I>

  • Imai H
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Cities in Asia express much of their daily life in the streets. Walking, for example, in the streets of Kyoto, Japan, one can come across many scenes that are deeply rooted in the local and spiritual traditions of that city. The purpose of this review is to present personal experiences and refiections when walking the streets of the city in order to describe how the pedestrian activity allows various forms of social interaction. Following the review will introduce three walks with street traders in different urban settings in Kyoto, which offer various snapshots and forms of inhabitations. This should allow us to understand how the Individual perceives the direct environment of the urban alleyway, including descriptions about the most lively impressions and sensory experiences. Drawing on such direct and diverse encounters the review hopes to encourage the reader to go out, start walking and engage actively in public space, to get a sense of the place and to discover different urban settings.

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