Shimokitazawa: In Pictures
The Town of Art and Artists
Shimokitazawa, affectionately known as “Shimokita” by Tokyoites is a small, but very popular town only 5 minutes from Shibuya, and a few more minutes to Shinjuku by train.
Like Harajuku, Shimokitazawa is known for it’s fashion and youth culture, though if Harajuku represents the sometimes bizarre fashion of the Japanese High School girl, Shimokita represents her big brother or sister, who have real tattoos, drink hard liquor and sleep in their leather jackets.
Also known as “Theatre Town” due to it’s many live music venues and small theatres, Shimokitazawa is one of the best places to check out some of those zany Japanese bands you have heard about, but don’t know where to find.
With it’s small unorganized roads not quite wide enough for cars in many areas, it is the perfect place for walking. The abundance of unique and second-hand stores, cool cafes, bars, old style Japanese pubs and eateries in a village type atmosphere is a refreshing change from the densely crowded areas of Tokyo, only a few minutes train ride away.
Prices are generally cheaper than in busier parts of the city in Shimokitazawa which is another reason this area should be on the must visit list. Many university sudents live and socialize in the area, and the retailers are aware that prices have to be low to get the thrifty punters entering their doors.
Here is a bunch of pictures taken randomly in Shimokitazwa.
About the Author
Mat Buc is a long term Tokyo expat of Tokyo's Shimokitazawa. He has lived and worked closely with the Japanese and foreign community for almost 2 decades and is currently involved in tourism & Japanese antiques.