The Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo is one of modern day commuting’s most famous and fascinating spectacles. On fine days and evenings (where the surrounding areas buildings are lit up with neon advertising boards resembling a scene from the film Blade Runner) the area is packed with shoppers, tourists, students, young couples and commuters. When the lights turn red at this busy junction they all turn red at the same time in every direction.
Traffic stops completely and pedestrians surge into the intersection from all sides creating a scene that is nothing short of organised chaos. This modern day spectacle can be viewed from a wide array of restaurants and coffee shops in the vicinity. The shopping here is fantastic with a huge mall (Shibuya 109) very close by that has more than 100 boutiques offering the latest in disposable fashion. Or stroll back into Shibuya Station and down to the bustling Tokyu Food Show for an elegant array of gourmet eats and an education in local tastes: grilled eel, fried pork, tiny fish salad, octopus on a stick, seafood-and-rice seaweed wraps and much more.
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