Exploring Tokyo: Shimokitazawa

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To continue our adventures through Tokyo, we visit one of the city’s hippest fashion-forward neighborhoods. Shimokitazawa has plenty of music venues, vintage clothing stores, and quaint food joints to make it one of the more popular areas for students and laid-back young crowds.

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Most known for its used clothing stores, Shimokitazawa has dozens of little worlds to find great, cheap clothes and oddities.

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The streets are lined with bins of discounted clothes; everything in this was only 100 yen (about $1)!

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One of the more popular used clothing stores is Don Don Down on Wednesday (www.dondondown.com/), offering very cool re-used finds from Tokyo’s closets.

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An exciting difference from the high prices of other shopping neighborhoods, these stores are great for the wallet, especially the stores that offer every item for 990 yen or less!

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Shimokitazawa is not just a hub of great used clothing, but also for those who are looking for interesting trinkets for their collections. For example, these vintage pins are from across Europe and America.

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With the impressive amount of second-hand stores, there’s something for everyone.

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It was nice to have a change of scene from the sometimes overwhelming atmosphere of the bustling city center of Tokyo. Of course, we had to stop to get some sweets.

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The Japanese love their delicious pastries and confections, and waffles are no exception.

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We ordered a green tea waffle, complete with delicious green tea ice cream. The waffle itself was unexpectedly crunchy, a very pleasant surprise!

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My fellow TUJ semester abroad friends Erica and Carolyn were excited to say the least.

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As for me, a crepe from the street was precisely what my sweet tooth wanted.

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