The name is a mouthful isn’t it – locals call this neighbourhood ‘Shimokita’. I decided to check out this area in Setagaya-ku after reading about it on japan-talk which described it as “what Japan would be like if it was run by hipsters.” It is really close to Shinjuku station – only 2 stops away on the Odakyu line. It’s not a huge place at all but still boasts a good number of quirky stalls, second-hand/vintage clothing and record shops, little cafes/restaurants as well as a relatively quiet residential area. The streets are all very narrow which is a good thing – no cars! and not that many bikes either though I see a lot parked everywhere, and they are all really cool looking bikes too! The area is also known for its music and theatre scene however we left just before dinner time so many of the bars were not yet open.
As mentioned there are many very aesthetically pleasing bikes parked everywhere! I have noticed there are lots of bikes with small wheels in Japan, yes you do pedal more but they are more light and portable, and cute of course.
Another thing I love about Japan is discovering great architecture, especially residential dwellings. They are not loud or fancy and many sit on tight plots of land. But there is just something about them that appeal and make them look so natural in their surroundings.
And as usual for Japan, many kawaii (cute) things can be found bringing a smile to your face 🙂
It was also discovered today that the green tea lattes at MOS burger are by no means worse off than the ones at Starbucks (where I have been getting one a day during lunch breaks), except that they are half the price at 280 yen. Totally in love with this drink!