Crossing Shibuya4:37 AM
I mentioned several times already on my social media how excited I was when I visited the Shibuya Crossing, the world's one and only pedestrian crossing that became a tourist spot.
After 8 weeks since we arrived in Manila from Japan, I am finally blogging about it. All this time, I was obsessed with providing you the perfect photos for what I consider one of the most important trips in my life so far. That obsession has finally died down. And now, here they are. *Fingers-crossed*
The Shibuya Crossing is located in one of the busiest areas in Tokyo. We arrived in Shibuya via the Yamanote Line from our hotel in Kanda District. We passed by the busiest train stations in Tokyo to arrive safe and not lost in Shibuya. But the word busy is an understatement when we came out from the train station to see thousands of people gathered in one area. I easily recalled how Manila students converge at the Araneta Colesium for the UAAP cheerdance contest. But that happens once a year. The situation in Shibuya happens every day.
I don't want to scare you since Japanese have the best mass transportation system in place. Not to mention, people here are polite and they try their best to not cause you any inconvenience.
I've first known about the Shibuya Crossing in the movie "Lost in Translation" by Sofia Coppola. And I saw it again in Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Why is it a special place? About 6,000 people cross the three pedestrian lanes from different directions in a single change of traffic light. I repeat, 6,000 people cross in ONE change of traffic light. And for them to maintain this place still organized is a beauty.
Why so busy? The Shibuya district is known to be one of the fashion centers in Japan and a major nightlife area. It is also a center for sports with several sporting venues around the area, a host of several schools and universities, and the home of several performing arts theaters. In total, 14 train lines pass by the Shibuya Station. That's massive!
Despite the business, the Japanese are aware that it has grown to be a tourist spot so they were extra understanding when we started taking photos of ourselves while crossing the street! Talk about buwis-buhay. So I'm sharing that wonderful moment here.
Will I come back? Definitely. For a much longer stay perhaps.
This is not an OOTD post. I don't know how to do those so I'd rather call this a "moment post".
Neither is this a sponsored post but for those asking, I got a huge help from these brands in my first appearance in the world's busiest pedestrian area. LOL! :p
Shirt: Cotton On - Joggers: Forever 21 - Shoes: Adidas
Orange Bag (not advisable to be used in Manila): Oxygen
(See? I told you I don't know how to do OOTD posts.)