Youth culture is always a pretty accurate reflection of the place of a city in the global sphere…the kids go there first!
Just compare the left side of the photo with the right.
And then think- how much of traditional Japan remains on either side?
Incidentally, this street is dedicated to shopping, and street food. The kids seem to come over after school all dolled up, just to hang- as I am sure you did in some self-appropriated corner of your city in your youthful days…