Aoyama is one of Tokyos most hyped neighbourhoods. Along with Harajuku and Shibuya it serves as a major and quite popular entertainment and shopping district, accommodating major brands like Prada, Louis Vuitton and Comme des Garçons, as well as the ‘young and hip’ designers. But once you leave Omotesandō, the most famous shopping street of Tokyo, you’ll find a different world there. And although there’s no talk at all about poverty in Japan, you can still see it everywhere. Tokyo actually faces a growing number of working poor, which is a topic not covered too often. But if you are interested, there is an excellent documentary about this topic, called Japan: A Story of Love and Hate (2008), which is worth seeing.

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