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Japan Trends

Tokyo's Shin-Okubo district offers a taste of the world

Middle Eastern and Tex-Mex are adding new flavors to an old Koreatown

Restaurants serving halal food are springing up northwest of Shin-Okubo Station, one stop from Shinjuku, helping the area earn the moniker "Muslim Town."

TOKYO -- Tokyo's Shin-Okubo district, best known as the center of Japan's infatuation with all things Korean, is becoming more multicultural, with Middle Eastern, Mexican and Asian restaurants and stores springing up.

Northwest of Shin-Okubo Station, there is an area called "Muslim Town" that is dotted with restaurants touting halal food and people wearing Islamic headgear.

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