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Yeah, every dictionary I just checked (three) said "doesn't translate as downtown", but none of them said what it should translate as and one of them said "no equivalent word in English".
'shitamachi' and a footnote would be one option, I suppose.
Please see this:
> Please see this:
Haha, yes, but they cop out with "Shitamachi" in the English translation too. ;-)
I think 'backstreets' would probably be the closest you can get in English for this sentence.
Isn't "backstreets" 裏町 or 裏通り?
> a working-class neighborhood
Meh, it's too long for my tastes.
Hey, here's a nice link. Somebody translates 下町 as both downtown and backstreets in the same article. :-P