LIVING INFORMATION

Living Information
Living Information
Akasaka
Akihabara
Aoyama
Asakusa
Harajuku
Ginza
Ikebukuro
Koenji
Minami Senju
Nakano
Nishi Kasai
Roppongi
Shibuya
Shinbashi
Shimokitazawa
Shinjuku
Takadanobaba
Tsukishima
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Akasaka


Some famous, high-class clubs thrived in Akasaka after the war, where businessmen often liked to come and entertain themselves. The remnants of this exciting time still exist and workers from big corperate businesses like to gather and have drinks in the area after work. Everything may seem a bit overpriced, but the service and the quality are guaranteed.

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Akihabara


Starting out as a town selling parts for radios in the post-war period the city grew as the demand for electronics such as washing machines and TVs increased. It transformed itself into electric town selling electronics to computers in the 80s and is now the home of the otaku. The futuristic world seen in the movie Blade Runner can be seen here.

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Aoyama


Aoyama is known as the area where Omotesando and route 246 meet. Wealthy, middle-aged Japanese people prefer to live and hangout in this area and naturally many high-class boutiques and restaurants can be found there. It is not crowded like Shibuya or Harajuku, so it is recommended for people who want to take their time shopping and dining.

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Asakusa


Some famous, high-class clubs thrived in Akasaka after the war, where businessmen often liked to come and entertain themselves. The remnants of this exciting time still exist and workers from big corperate businesses like to gather and have drinks in the area after work. Everything may seem a bit overpriced, but the service and the quality are guaranteed.

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Harajuku


Harajuku transformed itself from a town where nothing existed to one of the biggest and most popular shopping districts after the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Take for instance Takeshita Dori; always filled with young girls bargain hunting at shops that sell cute clothes and accessories. Unique and original shops located in Ura- Harajuku, such as Bathing Ape, are responsible for creating new fashion movements in Tokyo. Every well-known designer brand shop can be found in the Omotesando area, sure to satisfy the rich and famous. Furthermore, you can often see girls dressed up in gothic lolita costumes by Meiji Jingu and rockabillies dancing in front of Yoyogi Park. Also the area from Shibuya to Harajuku is renowned for sneaker shops. If you want to see whatfs hot in Tokyo, you must go to Harajuku.

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Ginza


Since major newspaper companies and publishers have been in Ginza for years, the area is a favourite of many writers and artists. Ginza has the highest market value of all the commercial districts in Japan and the city itself has a high status among Japanese people. In other words, shopping and having drinks in Ginza reflects peoplefs financial and social security. For that reason, it is still very expensive to shop and dine in Ginza.

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Ikebukuro


The Tobu-Tojo and Seibu-Ikebukuro lines bring many commuters from Northern Tokyo and Saitama to Ikebukuro every day. As the famous karate master, Mas Oyama opened his first dojo in Ikebukuro, many places for combat sports can still be found here. The park near the west exit of the station is a common place for high school and university students to hangout, as it was once known as the best place to pick up a date. Nowadays, Ikebukuro is also famous for its abundant electronics shops.

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Koenji


An interesting town where live music shows can be enjoyed every night. Music lovers migrate here to enjoy a wide variety of music. In fact, this trend started in the 70s when young people moved to Tokyo from their hometown with dreams of being professional singers. Many shops can be found on its shotengai (shopping districts) and it is very popular place to live for students. The town is filled with Okinawan and Thai restaurants full of Asian and ethnic flavor. It is also famous for the Awaodori festival held every year at the end of August.

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Minami Senju


The Hibiya line and Tsukuba Express mean people in Minami Senju can visit central Tokyo faster and easier. A five-minute walk from the station can take you to Sanya, a region of crowded, cheap rooming houses where day laborers live. The town flourished once as the place for placing day laborers and there were around 20,000 people living in the area at its peak. Recently, it has become popular for foreign tourists looking for cheap accommodation.

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Nakano


A number of small bars found near the North exit still provide atmosphere of the good and the old. Also Nakano Broadway, a multi- purpose facility located near the station, is known to have many shops that sell toys and action figures. It is often referred as the second Akihabara, where many Japanese geeks like to hang out. Even though it is close to Shinjuku, it offers a down-to-earth experience where you can eat and drink cheaply.

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Nishi Kasai


As the demand for IT engineers increased, the number of Indian people living here has also gone up since the year 2000. At the moment, around 2,300 Indian people live in this area. It is becoming popular since it is a newly developed neighborhood with reasonable rent and most major cities in central Tokyo can be accessed within half an hour. A number of Indian restaurants and grocery stores can be found here to meet the needs of Indian residents. Moreover, the annual festival of Diwali is regularly held in Nishi Kasai.

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Nishi Kasai


As the demand for IT engineers increased, the number of Indian people living here has also gone up since the year 2000. At the moment, around 2,300 Indian people live in this area. It is becoming popular since it is a newly developed neighborhood with reasonable rent and most major cities in central Tokyo can be accessed within half an hour. A number of Indian restaurants and grocery stores can be found here to meet the needs of Indian residents. Moreover, the annual festival of Diwali is regularly held in Nishi Kasai.

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Roppongi


After the war ended in 1945, military facilities in this area were used by Allies including the U.S. Soon, many different countries chose the area to host their embassies making Roppongi into Tokyofs most international town. Though Roppongi has been famous as a trendy nightspot with many bars and clubs, the recent development of the buildings Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown has given the town a new reputation of being an upscale area. Moreover, only in Roppongi can you experience the chaotic and energetic mixture of cultures on the weekend.

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Shibuya


Shibuya is the center of Tokyofs youth culture and home to the most famous crossing in the world, where approximately 24 million people come and go every month. A wide variety of people gather in Shibuya at places like the 109 building, (Mecca for the so-called ekoakumaf [mini devil] Shibuya gals) love hotels, CD and record shops, where musicians from all over the world come to look for rare records and sounds. Every corner of Shibuya reveals something new, and the area is easily accessible from neighboring suburbs.

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Shinbashi


This area is known as the top hangout for Japanese businessmen. Stereotypical Japanese salarymen with glasses and suits whose faces are bright red from drinking can still be found here, as many small bars exist under the train tracks. The lottery stand in front of the station is also famous as it has already sold a number of million-yen willing tickets. If you are thinking about a buying lottery ticket, you must go here!

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Shimokitazawa


Many young people live in the area as it is very close to Shibuya. Small and narrow streets are filled with a variety of shops and hipsters. Since it has avoided any urban development in the past, it is rare to find buildings that are more than three-story high. Aspiring young artists, musicians and actors always hangout in Shimokitazawa talking about their dreams and the future. Though not many places have English-speaking staff, it is the center of Tokyo street culture and very popular among foreigners living in Japan.

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Shinjuku


Shinjuku, especially Kabukicho is known as the city that does not sleep and is filled with bars and places that offer especialf services. The bright neon signs here are great to photograph and show the most cinematic side of Tokyo. Shinjuku is very popular for tourists from Asia. In addition, there is an area called Golden Gai, just a short walk from the station where around 100 ten-square-meter bars sit next to each other. Famous writers and cartoonists often came to Golden Gai in the Showa era to drink their nights away.

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Takadanobaba


This is Tokyofs biggest student town, where a number of educational facilities such as Waseda University are found. Thus, many restaurants offer a lot of delicious food at student-friendly prices. As there are quite a few Japanese language schools in Takadanobaba, international students are often seen hanging out in the area.

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Tsukishima


This is a hotspot for monjyayaki, Japanese pancakes made with cabbage and pork cooked on a hot iron plate and served with Japanese sauce. Monjyayaki used to be eaten by children as a snack, but became popular and is now a Tokyo favorite. Nowadays, there are around 70 shops here that offer a variety of monjyayaki on Tsukishimafs monjya street. If you are getting tired of sushi and tempura, you should try monjyayaki!

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