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Kaiba Sayaichi Market


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Dates The first Saturday of every month from 10 am (date may change during New Year)
Location Honcho 1 chome area
Access 5 minutes by car from JR Kiryu Station; 15 minutes by car from Tobu Shin Kiryu Station
Management Kaiba Sayaichi Market Executive Organizing Committee
Inquiries Kiryu City Hall Tourism and Exchange Division: Phone 0277-46-1111 ext. 366; Kaibai Sayaichi Executive Organizing Committee Phone 0277-22-2001
  During the Edo Era, a type of silk called "saya" became popular. As a result, the silk market that was established on the compound of Tenmangu Shrine was named the "Saya-ichi" or Saya market. Later, in 1883, a shopping street was established for the sale of local products and became known as "kaiba" or "shopping place, " or the "uptown market," as opposed to the "downtown market" which was situated near the present day Nagasakiya Department Store. These shopping areas sold textiles and goods used in daily life.

The "kaiba sayaichi" was resurrected in March 1996, employing the nostalgic air of the old Honcho area in order to promote local sightseeing and the economy. On market days the street is closed to vehicles and stalls are set up on both sides of the street selling textiles and other goods. The organizers of this market can be seen wearing happi jackets and calling out words of welcome to shoppers.




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