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story.lead_photo.caption Artist Allan West works in his studio in the Yanaka neighborhood of Tokyo. Only nine stores remain in Japan that sell the traditional pigments West paints with, four of which are in Yanaka. - Photo by AP / LINDA LOMBARDI

The typical visitor to Tokyo envisions a futuristic city of skyscraper canyons and electronic gadgets, but in the eastern part of the city, an older way of life persists.

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Travel, Pages 52 on 01/19/2014

Print Headline: Tokyo neighborhood preserves history

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