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TOKYO TALK

ALENA O' / SALES
I'm here to shop and sightsee. No single store has caught my eye, but I'm impressed by the abundance of small boutiques. This is my first visit and in comparison to places like Shibuya, Jiyugaoka is definitely a stress-free shopping experience.
TOMOMI AND BOB / BANKERS
Why else, for shopping.
T: The Muji store is a standout because it stocks everything you could ever need. B: Sanrio is fun to see since Hello Kitty is no longer popular or freely available in America. T: I come here a lot and enjoy the diversity of people and stores. B: This is my first time and I like the fact that it's friendly and not too crowded.
 
YUMI / DENTAL NURSE
I'm here to shop of course. My favorite store is Haivanz, which sells great Italian and French imported goods. I come here every day since I work here. I think the area is unique because of the relaxed atmosphere.
Easy street
Photos by Beezer

Jiyugaoka might be lesser known among Tokyo's ardent shopaholics, but those in the know are flocking to this relaxed and user-friendly shopping alternative. TC headed to "Freedom Hill" to find out why people are coming to Jiyugaoka, which stores they like to visit, and why the area is unique from other neighborhoods?

NICKY O'BRIEN / STUDENT
I've come to Jiyugaoka for a bit of window-shopping. I particularly like CenoZoic, which has lots of cute Japanese-style knickknacks that don't cost the earth. I come here most weekends and like it because it's large enough to be interesting but small enough to be enjoyable.

 

MICHELLE GRAY / TRAINEE CHEF
I've come to enjoy culinary delights from the pastry shops and the Maruyo fruit markets. Shinseido bookshop is my favorite store. This is my first time, and I'm taken by the diversity of the neighborhood, particularly compared to other areas of Tokyo. It feels more like Haight Ashbury or parts of New York.

TOKYO TALK:
381: Diving for pearls
Pearl Harbor opens up in Japan
380: Kitschy Land
Is Odaiba tacky or kawaii?
379: Alfresco adventure
Favored locations for feasting alfresco
378: Down pour
It's raining, it's pouring!
377: Survivor
This summer's star-studded outdoor music festivals
376: Cooling off
Leading up to beach season
375: Pick and mix
The city's hottest dining spots!
374: Wasted
World Environment Day worries
373: Easy street
What makes Jiyugaoka unique?
372: On the record
Hit the streets to find the latest sounds
371: Extra dry?
The cocktail of the masses, the martini
370: Gold rush
Are you realizing your dream vacation for Golden Week?
369: Hanami
Hanami hotspots revisted
368: Do you DSL?
Dare to upgrade your connection
367: Good sports
It's summer - play ball!
366: Curry power
Yokohama's new curry museum is hot!
365: Knock out
Nagurareya, the human punching bag
364: Green day
Celebrate the luck of the Irish
363: The seven year twist
Tokyo Classified's seventh birthday bash!
362: Center Stage
How does live theater compare with the movies?
361: Birthday boys
A day for candles, cake, and...
360: You bet!
Put your money where your mouth is at the track
359: Heart land
What makes the perfect Valentine's date?
358: Father figure
What makes a good dad?
357: Booked up
Tech-savvy book buying habits
356: Wheel of life
Relaxing, romatic ferris wheels
355: Break the ice
Ice-skating
354: As good as your word
Resolutions, written in stone
352/3: Past and future
Famous peoples' perspectives
351: Yuletide Shopping
Rewards for being naughty or nice
350: Don't touch that dial
Get your fix through cable?

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