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Kichijoji in Tokyo: great for fashion, relaxing and a lovely park

Kichijoji in Tokyo: great for fashion, relaxing and a lovely park

Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

Kichijoji is a very desirable place to reside in Tokyo and just like Jiyugaoka, Shimo-Kitazawa and Nakano each place attracts many people because of the trendy feel to each area.  Fashion is more independent and you have smaller companies to search out and many places to relax for coffee, wine or a nice meal. 

These places are outside of the main central Tokyo hub and the more famous places like Ebisu, Ginza, Ikebukuro, Harajuku, Omotesando, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ueno and other parts of Tokyo may hog the limelight; however, Kichijoji, Jiyugaoka, Nakano, and Shimo-Kitazawa have their own special feel and they add to the power of Tokyo which is awash with fashionable places to visit.

Therefore, when you visit places like Kichijoji and Shimo-Kitazawa you can walk around many shopping streets and alleyways and often you will find somewhere new which attracts your eye. 

The boutiques and other shopping stores have a more independent feel and this attracts the younger generation and this is the beauty of places like Kichijoji. After all, it is nice to have exquisite fashion, fancy restaurants, coffee shops and a lovely park to relax in.

Also, the pace of life is more soothing than the high octane nature of Shinjuku and other main areas in Tokyo which are all fantastic places to visit but in Kichijoji you can find that extra breathing space within minutes of leaving the main area.  Therefore, the younger generation and all generations can make the most of this ambient part of Tokyo and Kichijoji is a very desirable place to move to and relocate if you reside in Tokyo.  

Inokashira Koen (park) adds to the quaint alleyways and independent stores which sell unique products and trendy clothing.  This park is a lovely place to visit and unwind from the stresses of life and it adds to your visit to Kichijoji. 

Another appealing nature of this part of Tokyo is live house, blues bars, jazz kissa (jazz coffee shops) and many a young band began in this environment.  Therefore, the musical nature of Kichijoji appeals to the younger generation and avid music fan.

Therefore, if you want to experience another part of Tokyo then Kichijoji is a great place to visit and relax and the stunning park means that you can have a most enjoyable day.

All in all, Kichijoji is great for fashion because of department stores and more importantly, elegant and independent boutiques can be found in abundance.  The area is very busy in the central location but the streets and alleyways enable you to relax. Therefore, the environment changes quickly and the park and architecture comes together and expands the richness of this upmarket and trendy part of Tokyo.

The music scene is also vibrant and you can feel the energy of the next generation and this aspect means that it is a magnet for the younger generation.

Kichijoji is a lovely part of Tokyo! 



Shoujo Jidai (SNSD) is a South Korean female group which is big in Japan

Shoujo Jidai (SNSD) is a South Korean female group which is big in Japan  

Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

Shoujo Jidai

The South Korean girl group, Shoujo Jidai (SNSD), continue to produce quality and catchy dance tunes which are a big hit in Japan.  All members have style, movement, beauty, and of course, voices to match all their other attributes.

Shoujo Jidai consist of nine members and Taeyeon, Tiffany, Yuri, Jessica, Hyoyeon, Sunny, Sooyoung, Seohyun and Yoona all appear to be not only in love with their trade but more important, it appears that they are genuinely close and this adds to the energy of their performances and videos.

It is great to see South Korean culture and influence growing in Japan and the same applies to the growing influence of Japanese culture in South Korea. 

The younger generation and modern technology is breaking down old barriers which have hindered the region for too long.  Therefore, groups like Shoujo Jidai are achieving what politicians failed to do.

Turning back to their music style then clearly they have “a buzz” and “natural energy” and if you listen to “Mr. Taxi” and are lucky enough to see the video; then it is abundantly clear to why they are so popular in Japan.

Shoujo Jidai have an energy which is rare in such large groups but they can pull it off because of stylish movements, nice vocals which relate to the lyrics, get up and go energy and all pocketed into ladies with energy and features that would melt the hearts of many.

Mr. Taxi, Genie and Run Devil Run are three tunes which appeal to the ear quickly and with the high octane nature of life in mega cities like Busan, Osaka, Tokyo, and Seoul, respectively; then this group can relate to their captive market and throughout South Korea and Japan they are very popular.

Shoujo Jidai will start The 1st Japan Arena Tour on May 31 and it will end on July 17 this year.  They will perform ten times and visit Osaka, Saitama, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagoya and Fukuoka. 

Their fans clearly can’t wait and this tour will add to their growing popularity in Japan and long may it continue.

Mr. Taxi  

Gee Dance

Run Devil Run (please visit)


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