Roomates with different tastes

Koenji and Asagaya are adjoining and adjacent neighbourhoods in Tokyo’s Suginami-ku. To borrow a bit of Thai street vernacular, the two hoods are same same but different. Kind of like Dr. Pepper and Coca-Cola. They both have a subcultural bohemianesque atmosphere, more akin to New York’s Greenwich Village than the stock footage neon-lit fast-paced robots and Hello Kitty impression most people have of Tokyo.

Koenji is punk and hippy. Asagaya is jazz. Cafes and great restaurants abound.

This is their story.

dr pepper cola

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