Okubo Koreatown 大久 コリアタウン
Unable to go to Okubo and avoid the phenomenon K-pop, Korean pop.
Korean barbecue, kimbap, bulgogi or bibimbap, all the stars of Korean cuisine can be found in Shin-Okubo (Tokyo).
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Of the 80 000 Koreans in the capital, more than 12 000 have taken up residence in the Shin-Okubo district. Right out of the metro of the same name you cannot be mistaken: exit the kanji, here everything is written in Hangeul (the Korean alphabet).
DiasporasUnlike its cousin Osaka, Tsuruhashi, Tokyo Koreatown was formed in the 1980s, a period when Japan opened its doors to many students on academic exchanges.
The area soon saw the appearance of peninsular restaurants and grocery stores. Kimbap, bulgogi as well as bibimbap, here you will find here all the wonders offered by Korean cuisine. In Shin-Okubo, the Korean barbecue is the key featured in the restaurants: Tomato, Hankuh, Pungumu... You will be spoiled for choice.
K-Pop TempleFrom the 2000s, the growing Japanese interest in Korean pop culture - reflected by the increase in the export of drama and K-pop (Korean pop) - has certainly contributed to the development of the district. A haunt for K-pop fans, the long Shin-Okubo dori street is invaded by huge posters of the most popular idoru (Japanese cinema or TV idols).
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I wondered well and truly down the rabbit hole in this place.