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.