While the temperatures have cooled down a bit, its still rather hot n muggy back here in Tokyo ;-;
Today we take a look at Shibuya - home to the worlds most busiest pedestrian crossing. We visit Center-gai street, Tsutaya, Starbucks, Labi, Sega Game Center, Maruhan Pachinko, Mandarake, Village Vanguard, Dougen-zaka Street, Chiyoda Inari Shrine, Bunkamura and a few other places in the area.
To get to Shibuya, all you need to do is get off at Shibuya station.
First photo - Shibuya 109 scramble crossing where the Tokyo Dance Trooper once used to dance ^^
Shibuya station Hachko entrance - notice the mural by the station entrance...
...and here you see the same mural back in 1996-ish. Here I sat to record the sounds of Shibuya on my mini disc recorder - I would listen to the recording which served as a motivation to help me to continue to study Japanese.
The view from the West exit.
View of the Shibuya Crossing from the 2nd floor of Starbucks.
The Hachiko statue is a popular meeting spot in the Shibuya area and loads of folks come here to wait for their friends, loved ones, "loved ones" (hanky panky partners) and business clients.
Tokyu's green retro train carriage is open to visitors so that you can rest inside on a rainy day too.
Life-size AKB48 cut outs at the Tsutaya CD/video store.
Costumes worn by the AKB members also on display.
The latest volume of Naruto - How many of you are following the story?
I prefer electronic dictionaries like these rather than an app in my smart phone - will talk about why in a separate post.
Shingeki guidebook spotted.
The entrance to Shibuya Center-gai.
The Center-gai area is packed with restaurants and fashion stores - looks particularly nice at night with all the neon signs.
Fashion retailer Forever 21.
If you're looking for something more traditional, the small apparel stores in the area have got you covered.
Shisa from Okinawa.
Baskin Robbins 31 Ice Cream chain store.
ABC Mart shoe shop chain.
Club Sega game center.
Madoka Magica goodies.
The upper floors of the Club Sega game center is occupied by the Maruhan chain of Pachinko parlors.
Village Vanguard is another interesting variety store that has all sorts of otaku goodies.
Takara Tomy's Miku Licca doll...
Some retro nostalgic Doraemon manga.
FC Mobile - a portable retro gaming device containing 30 Famicon games. The screen is tiny but you can also hook it up to a TV.
Mega Takoyaki Maker - it says you can make Takoyaki the size of Dragon Balls ^^;
Ghost in the Shell: ARISE manga.
The Sailor Moon boom starting to rev up again.
Nyuyoku Kareshi - a moe-bath salt for the ladies or lads depending on your tastes.
Which of these lads would you like to have a bath with?
Glossary of Terms for Fujoshi.
Mini 4WD model kits and T-shirts.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Shibuya Cine Tower branch.
Limited summer donut menus.
Adjacent to Krispy Kream is Toho Cinemas where you can catch up with the latest flicks.
Tokyu Hands Shibuya branch.
Taking a stroll around the Dougen-zaka area.
Hiyakake (cold) odon.
A few minutes walk from the bustling streets of Shibuya will bring you to the Chiyoda Inari Shrine .
Much of Japan's fast Internet speeds are thanks to these telecommunication poles above ground - meaning that we don't need to dig to install the latest optics. Some think they are messy - I love them.
Wild One - Store for hanky panky goodies.
Don Quijote Shibuya branch - filled with everything I guess ^^
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu joins the colonel.
Use "Mogu Mogu" when you want to say "Om nom."
Sword Art Online Light Novels.
Live action Kuroshitsuji.
Shibuya PARCO building.
Dont forget to check out all the alleys that lead off Center-gai.
Kana Nishino's new album "Love Collection ~mint~".
The Shibuya Moai statue is another popular meeting place located at the Shibuya station South exit.
Hachiko crossing by night.
Snapped from the bridge at the South exit overlooking the bus terminal.
More places to visit listed up in the Places to Visit in Japan post and below.
if you are visiting Tokyo in the Summer then check out the following photo posts.
And if you are visiting during the Winter then check out the following photo posts.