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Philip Arneill

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Location: Dublin, Ireland
Nationality: Northern Irish
Biography: Philip Arneill is a long-term Tokyo-based educator and photographer, now living in Dublin.  He is interested in the empowerment of instant publishing, editing and feedback that mobile technology and social media sites such... read on
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Updated: 03/25/20
Location: Shimokitazawa
Shimokitazawa is a small neighbourhood in the south-west of Tokyo, about 5 minutes on the express train from Shibuya station. In 2014 it was placed as No.1 in Vogue's Global Street Style Report: Mapping Out the 15 Coolest Neighborhoods in the World article, hastening the slide into gentrification that had already begun. Traditionally a family-centred neighbourhood with a slew of punk and underground music bars, a handful of famous Off-Broadway-style theatres and hip clothes and record stores, the combination of social media attention, tourist guidebooks and subsequently rising rents have driven out local people and businesses: replacing them with increasing numbers of homogenous chain stores and restaurants targeting the disposable cash of tourists and enthusiastic day trippers. The focus of the developers was always the coveted station area, and since these photos were taken, what was once an atmospheric warren of independent shops, many of which dated to the immediate post-war years, food stalls and standing bars has been completely erased, only to be a replaced with a generic showpiece shopping mall reminiscent of every other station across Japan. These photos hopefully preserve even a little of the ramshackle nature and effortless cool of Shimokitazawa that once made it so attractive, and which have tragically led to its eventual demise.
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