Tourist Spots in Japan Struggle with Eating while Walking

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Kyoto, April 25 (Jiji Press)--Tourist spots in Japan are groping for ways to resolve issues linked to eating while walking, an act that is popular among visitors from abroad but may cause problems, without undermining their appeal to such travelers.

One of the examples is in the Nishiki market, which has a history of more than 400 years as the kitchen of Kyoto. Some 30 pct of foreigners who traveled to the western Japan city in 2017 visited the market, according to the municipal government.

In the market, over 120 stores selling "kyo-yasai" heirloom vegetables, fresh fish or pickled vegetables, line a street measuring some 390 meters in length and 3.5 meters in width.

In recent years, many stores have started to sell foods that are easy to eat while walking, such as fried items on sticks and packed prepared meals, in line with an increase in the number of foreign travelers, according to the Nishiki market promotion association.

Following the move, however, the market has started to find garbage scattered on the street. In addition, concerns have been raised over the risk of walkers getting hurt by pointed sticks held by others.

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