Pictures from Shimo Kitazawa

Today we explored Shimo Kitazawa, a little area a bit northwest ( I think?) of Shibuya, where Bruce works.  It’s an awesome neighborhood, filled with little stores and restaurants. The girls got tired of exploring before B and I did, so we’ll have to go back again at another time. Here are some of the things we found.

For those who like New Order:

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For those who like comics:

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For those who aren’t terrified of life sized, bunny headed manikins. (Tiny calls them bunnykins.)

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For those of you wondering if the youth of Japan ever dress like Russians.

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A cute little lunch place.

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A tiny shrine in front of a restaurant.

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I’m strongly tempted to get my hair done the dark blue in that second photo on the top…

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A little taste of Santa Cruz in Tokyo.

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I do not think that word means what you think it means. This is a clothes store.

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The Doctor could shop here.

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Cute girl dressed up to go shopping.

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Two crazy girls.

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This hair salon is called Dude. That makes me happy. 

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This hair salon has Spider-man in front of it. And naked babies. I don’t know why. But it also makes me happy.

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And this one has a welcoming alien.

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I am completely enraptured with this shrine, and it’s because that altar is crooked.  The imperfection is perfection.

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This huge tengu mask was inside a building on the same lot as the shrine.  (I took the picture through a window, hence the reflection.) We think it’s a mikoshi, or moveable shrine, that is paraded through the streets during festivals, but we’re not sure. Either way, it’s awesome.

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This is possibly my favorite piece of Tokyo graffiti, and I will probably use it as the cover for the book about our experience in Japan that I eventually write.

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Although this one is pretty awesome too.

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