You know there’s a lot to do in a city when it takes me until Day 10 to just start looking into thrift stores. My first few days in Tokyo were filled with the youzh – visiting the Shinjukus, the Shibuyas, and the Shinagawas – but now it was time for another nearly-unpronounceable “Sh” neighborhood: Shimokitazawa.
Shimokitazawa is the go-to neighborhood for hipsters – and I know a sentence like that either attracts you or makes you want to stay far away – but really, if you like thrift stores, vintage shops, and an industrial, artsy feel for a neighborhood, come through. If you feel like central Tokyo is a bit restricting in terms of street fashion and Harajuku a bit too mainstream, Shimokitazawa is a much-needed getaway for fashion finds. This first picture should be enough to convince you alone.
Here’s my Sunday, at sunset in Shimokitazawa: