Tokyo’s Hipster Neighbourhood – Shimokitazawa

One of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Tokyo is located just one express train stop west of bustling Shibuya Crossing.

New York blog Gothamist calls Shimokitazawa Tokyo’s answer to hipster haven Williamsburg in Brooklyn.  With a quirky mix of shops, bars and restaurants, Shimokita (as the locals call it) is an attractive destination for youth and those looking for an alternative scene.  But with the neighbourhood’s popularity rising, a number of smaller independent shops are giving way to bigger brands setting up to do business.

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Earthquakes in Japan

We’ve been conditioned to be afraid of earthquakes because most of the ones we hear about in North America are very destructive.  But, Japan has made it their mission as a country to be incredibly prepared in the event of a major tremor.  In this video, I explain a little about why this is, and why I feel safe visiting the country.