Shimokitazawa has an atmosphere that welcomes young people who have spent long time on Khaosan Road in Bangkok or Sudder Street in Kolkata, India, and do not fit into a 9-to-5 working culture in Japan.
If you like the atmosphere of Williamsburg or East Village in Manhattan, New York, you will definitely like this town. There are shops of vintage clothing or old records, live houses, and theaters everywhere, which make a comfortable place to live for young people who dream of succeeding as a musician, actor, or artist.
As you walk through this town, you can smell Asian incense here and there. The atmosphere of this town suits the curry loved by the youth who would hole up in a budget inn in Asia.