Shimokitazawa, aka Shimokita, is called a bohemian town in Tokyo. As a center of subculture, it is a town of vintage clothes, theater, and music. The area was ranked second in “The 50 Coolest Neighborhoods in the World” by Time Out, selected from more than 100 countries.
As artistic youth come to this area to avoid Japan’s culture of peer pressure, the area has a lot of unique restaurants. A signature food of this town is curry.
Shimokitazawa Curry Festival is held every October and almost 150 restaurants participate to serve their curry.
Curry became a symbol of Shimokitazawa, since its ethnic ambience of Asia matches the bohemian image of the town. In addition, a distinct soup curry restaurant called Magic Spice started the curry boom and appealed to young people.
The nearest station: Shimokitazawa Station on the Inokashira Line or the Odakyu Line