Chinatown or Japantown?

While waiting for Mamak to open B and I wandered around Chinatown yesterday evening. There is something fundamentally ugly about Sydney's Chinatown. It looks rundown, but not in that evocative Asian style. I guess that many of the buildings are just plain ugly, as are many of the shop signs. It's a pity, because there are some great restaurants and shops in the area.

One thing we noticed was how many Japanese style clothing boutiques there are in the area, selling cutesy clothes. Hairdressers advertise Japanese hair styles and treatments, though the staff may be Korean or from Hong Kong. B had a hair cut at one in World Square while I admired Sony's Panel PC's in the Sony Shop. Not quite Yodobashi in Shinjuku, but I wouldn't mind having one!