Residents of the area include families (who've held land here for many generations), hipsters and young professionals. There are also a fair number of foreign residents in the area.
Most of the shops, cafes, restaurants and bars in the area have hipster feel. There are many used clothing shops in Koenji.
Koenji also features two shopping arcades. Many shops in the area have been open for decades.
Koenji is home to the Koenji Awa Odori — a large traditional dance festival held in the summer.
Several smaller festivals and events are held in Koenji throughout the year.
Koenji is known for its music scene with numerous small concern venues and recording studios.
Koenji nightlife also features dozens of small bars and izakaya.
The area has also been the site of numerous protests over the years including a large anti-nuclear protest in 2011. Protests are rare in Japan.
There's almost a hippie feel to Koenji.
For the most part Koenji is quiet — narrow old streets of houses dotted with temples, schools and parks.
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