An article from last year Herald Tribute about the new plan of Shimokitazawa which will make one of the most unique area of Tokyo look just like all the others.Nowadays, people like big streets, big shopping malls with many lights. Everything is visible, everything is known. So let’s erase a spontaneous place, the only place where everyday, every night there are people singing in the streets. I think one can easily feel that this happens because it is a free place, not a real estate developer project.
Not many seem to think this way. At least not those who have power, those who show a dazzling ignorance: so let’s all go to Roppongi!
In praise of Shimo