One in a Million in Shibuya
When you go to a place like Shibuya, you will notice just how small and insignificant you are. Coming from a small tropical island of Bali and having to live in a small city of Perth for all my life, it was a shock to me as my train arrives at the Shibuya Station. While I was at the station, I could see a glimpse of the famous crossing. A feeling came up, the same butterflies you would have in your stomach before going on a rollercoaster. The place was loud and full of people, something I was never accustomed to.
As I exited the train station and into the actual Shibuya, I was… speechless. It was a visual orgasm. The amount of lights, music from stores, the variety of people and the billboards in every corner of your eyes, it then hit me, I just fell in love with Japan even more.
The main attraction of the area is none other than their famous crossing, where the major roads connects. Once the stop sign went green, we walked past it as if its a war movie and the two sides collide harmoniously (except this time, no one dies). It was awesome.
I had my first taste of being in a big metropolis then. When I was little, I had the privileged of traveling to New York, but it was a long time ago and I barely had much memories of it. Tokyo has many faces, this is one that I will never forget. A shopaholic dream, but for me, it was just a dream of feeling and being at a major city fulfilled.
Above: This boy band ‘Sexy Zone’ billboard was everywhere! Not just in Shibuya, but all across Tokyo. It’s no surprise that their album ended being no.1 on the charts and selling 200,000+ more copies after its release.
Below: There was an artist performing trying to get public exposure infront of Starbucks. There are many of these performers around Tokyo. Hoping their dreams in the big city are fulfilled.
Find your way there
Its not very hard to find the place, just take a train to Shibuya Station and the crossing is right there on the exit. Make sure when you are in Ginza, you don’t just stick to the main road but go through the alleyways as there are many nice restaurants and clothing stores that you will miss.
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