From the places I’ve seen in Tokyo, this neighborhood made me think most of a “Kiez”, which in Berlin doesn’t only mean the area where you live, but the places and corners where you feel at home.
Laid-back atmospheres are contagious. If the cozy dinner chitchat in episode 12 made me think I should come back to Japan, Shimokita helped me to figure out where I’d first search for a place to stay. (tbc)
*For German-speaking readers: the SPIEGEL article that called my attention in 2010 points out some more parallels between Shimokitazawa and similar areas in Berlin.*