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Shinsaibashisuji Shotengai is an arcade shopping center ,centering on Shinsaibashi- bridge, in Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Japan and the city's main shopping area.
During the Edo period , there were nearly 200 bridges called Machi-bashi in Naniwa(Osaka).
Machi-bashi were built and managed by the local merchants.
The Shinsaibashi- bridge, that spanned the Nagahori-gawa canal, was one of them.
Shinsai Okada, a merchants, built the bridge in 1622 (Genna 8).
That is why the bridge is called Shinsai-bashi .
The original wooden bridge was 35 meter long and 4 meter wide.
. According to an old book, there were various kinds of stores dealing with lacquer-ware, books, antique, instruments, paperhangers, and ornaments at Shinsaibashisuji .
As the residents of Naniwa in the Edo period., Shinsaibashisuji was already a place for shopping .