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September 13, 2017

Kichijoji: The No. 1 Place to Live in Tokyo

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This popular neighborhood has cool cafes, bars and eateries, great shopping, and one of Tokyo's best public parks. This time, we'll find out what makes Kichijoji so appealing.

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Inokashira Park This large public park in Kichijoji celebrates its centennial in 2017. With its famous pond, historical shrine and zoo, the park is an important part of Kichijoji life. On weekends, it holds regular festivals with arts, crafts and live performers.

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Kooriya Peace A popular shop dedicated to kakigori, Japanese shaved ice. Its special syrups, which use in-season fruit, and light, fluffy ice, make it so popular it requires reservations.

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Hammock Cafe Mahika Mano A cafe that doubles as a hammock showroom. Guests can literally hang out on five different styles of hammock while enjoying desserts and drinks.

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Majerca A shop full of cute, colorful odds and ends found on Nakamichi Dori. All of the items are created by people from around Japan with mental or physical disabilities, who display unique design sensibilities.

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Tsukemono Bar 4328 (Shimizuya) This Japanese pickle (tsukemono) purveyor dates back to 1945, and now also serves as a bar. By day, it sells tsukemono, and by night, it transforms into a small standing bar, where guests can chomp on tsukemono while having a drink.

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Hamoniku A standing grilled meat (yakiniku) eatery that opened in 2017, where pork and beef slices can be ordered by the slice, making it easy to visit in small groups or even alone. Carries over 25 different cuts of beef meat.

Further Info

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1) Inokashira Park
Address: 1-18-31 Gotenyama, Musashino-shi
2) Kooriya Peace
Address: Jizou Building 1F, 1-9-9 Kichijoji-minamicho, Musashino-shi
3) Hammock Cafe Mahika Mano
Address: Sun Palace 1F, 2-8-1 Kichijoji-minamicho, Musashino-shi
4) Majerca
Address: Nakata Building 1F, 3-3-11 Kichijoji-honcho, Musashino-shi
5) Tsukemono Bar 4328 (Shimizuya)
Address: 1-1-8 Kichijoji-honcho, Musashino-shi (inside Harmonica Yokocho)
6) Hamoniku
Address: 1-1-8 Kichijoji-honcho, Musashino-shi (inside Harmonica Yokocho)

Others

Kichijoji Pukupuku Nakamichi-Dori shop
Address: MT Building 1F, 2-26-2 Kichijoji-Honcho, Musashino-shi
Aladdin Shisha & Bar
Address: 1-1-8 Kichijoji-honcho, Musashino-shi (inside Harmonica Yokocho)

Reporters

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Daum Kim

Nationality:
Republic of Korea
Occupation:
Student in Keio University
When did you first come to Japan?:
September 2015
Reason for coming to Japan:
Being Korean girl raised in China for 10 years, I desire to broaden my horizons and develop myself into an expert of Asia. Japan is one of the most developed countries in Asia, thus I exhibited a strong desire to discover more about Japan. Currently studying in Keio University, I've been enjoying learning about unique Japanese cultures and discovering the hidden gems in Tokyo. Now being Korean, Chinese and Japanese, I dream to bridge these three nations together.
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Tatsuki Andreas Nishio

Nationality:
Swedish/Japanese
Occupation:
English teacher
When did you first come to Japan?:
2009. When I was small I came to Japan on my summer holidays. I loved how it seemed like I stepped into the future. Everything's so high tech and clean.
Reason for coming to Japan:
I lived in several countries in Europe, so I thought it was time to try something new, and live in Asia. I came to Japan and loved it so much I never left.