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Oba-chan [お婆ちゃん]: Tsukiji, Tokyo

Oba-chan [お婆ちゃん] is the Japanese equivalent of "grandma". The 'a' is long [obaachan]. A short 'a' obachan is an aunty. Not one to get mixed up! :-) This graceful dame was standing at the side of the road in Tsukiji, just down by the Sumida River.