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Japan Tokyo Shimokitazawa Ramen

18 October 2016

Used and Organic

Exploring the trendy streets of Shimokitazawa

This evening despite my tired legs, I went on the hunt for Japanese curry and failed.
A place I have not been to before, Shimokitazawa is very popular with the curated facial hair and lumberjack shirt types.
Just last week they had the biggest curry festival in Japan, with over 200 stores participating. I could find none of these. I found a coco curry but they are everywhere, so I didnt want that.
Not to worry, I remembered the awesome tomato soup ramen thing back near my hotel, so I had that as an excellent late dinner.

Wandering around looking for curry gave me plenty of time to add another layer to my blisters and to check out the used clothing and organic produce scene.
This is what Shimokitazawa is famous for. I sure did see a lot of white girls wandering about buying old stuff that used to belong to yellow girls.
To get to Shimokitazawa I had to go through Shibuya, and change to a line that is not actually attached to the station. This was quite hard, the whole area is under reconstruction for the olympics and the signage is pointing you to dead ends and the wrong exit.
There are currently temporary exits, new exits, new new exits and not an exit but leave through here anyway exits. I was directed in a big circle to nowhere, which was frustrating.

On return to my hotel, I discovered that tomorrow night is the premiere of the new star trek movie thats already old in the rest of the world. They have set up a mini stadium blocking the door to my hotel.
I can go see the replacement Shatner hold a minutes silence for that young Russian guy who is the new Chekov (was! hes dead) who was killed when his own Jeep ran him over in his driveway.

Japan-Tokyo-Shimokitazawa-Ramen - The sign, I took this photo so I did not have to go look on google maps to remember where I was.

The sign, I took this photo so I did not have to go look on google maps to remember where I was.


Japan-Tokyo-Shimokitazawa-Ramen - One of at least 100 used clothing shops. I should sell them my old clothes, they are all very used. I buy new clothes once a decade. I recently sewed

One of at least 100 used clothing shops. I should sell them my old clothes, they are all very used. I buy new clothes once a decade. I recently sewed up the pockets in a pair of pants that had been worn through.


Japan-Tokyo-Shimokitazawa-Ramen - More used clothing, redundant.

More used clothing, redundant.


Japan-Tokyo-Shimokitazawa-Ramen - This is a store out the back of a van. There is not a lot of neon here but there are a huge number of little stores like this.

This is a store out the back of a van. There is not a lot of neon here but there are a huge number of little stores like this.


Japan-Tokyo-Shimokitazawa-Ramen - And of course, there are expensive organic food stores, because if you cant afford new clothes you probably need to be buying spelt and single origin

And of course, there are expensive organic food stores, because if you cant afford new clothes you probably need to be buying spelt and single origin lettuce.


Japan-Tokyo-Shimokitazawa-Ramen - There is still however some neon around.

There is still however some neon around.


Japan-Tokyo-Shimokitazawa-Ramen - And also a shop selling neon lights.

And also a shop selling neon lights.


Japan-Tokyo-Shimokitazawa-Ramen - Back in Shibuya and I took only one photo.

Back in Shibuya and I took only one photo.


Japan-Tokyo-Shimokitazawa-Ramen - My fantastic dinner. I had this before years ago, I was very happy its still here. It has gorgonzola, potatoes, garlic bread and noodles in a tomato s

My fantastic dinner. I had this before years ago, I was very happy its still here.
It has gorgonzola, potatoes, garlic bread and noodles in a tomato soup boiled to be as thick as a stew.


Japan-Tokyo-Shimokitazawa-Ramen - Presumably a full sized USS Enterprise is going to be inflated inside that stadium the pretend police are guarding. The movie was absolutely terrible,

Presumably a full sized USS Enterprise is going to be inflated inside that stadium the pretend police are guarding. The movie was absolutely terrible, so the Japanese will love it!


Japan-Tokyo-Shimokitazawa-Ramen - Yeah, just 43,030 steps for today.

Yeah, just 43,030 steps for today.


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