If I tried to explain to you why I love Shimokitazawa so, I don’t think I could. It just feels like home.
It reminds me a bit of Newtown, with alternative types and hippies and students and vintage lovers and artists and rockers and some older people, and restaurants, cafes, bars, gig places, recording studios, dollar (100yen) shops, fruit and veg shops, supermarkets, cool labels, secondhand clothing shops galore, hat stores, florists…just stuff you need to live, without all the neon and showiness of Shinjuku (that I also like, but in a different way)
Shimo is where I’d actually live, if I lived here. The paved, car-free streets where you’re free to wander, are a godsend. Perhaps I should just shut up and post the pictures.
So I started off in Banana Fish, where I bought a great black dress with a crest on it adorned with deer antlers, bats, a crown, chains etc, with assymetric shoulders and a spiky pointed hem. Banana Fish do punk stuff and they do cute - usually together – but they now have a new cutesy/gyaru section full of sweet stuff, aside from the more punk gear.