Friday, 20 April 2012

Shibuya and Harajuku


For me there is no better place that captures the energy of modern Japan than Shibuya crossing. 

I was pleased to track down the statue of Hachikō, a dog who waited on his late master at Shibuya Station every day from 1923 to 1935, eventually becoming a national celebrity for his loyalty.  Here’s a pic of me giving Hachikō a big hug!

Shibuya Kaikan Monaco Arcade is a short walk away from the intersection.

The arcade may seem a little run down and decrepit, don’t let that put you off.  This is truly a gamer’s arcade, featuring rows of New Astro City’s with a nice mixture of classics and the latest Cave offerings.  And the best bit of all – games are set to 50 Yen per credit!  Sadly my camera battery died so I wasn’t able to take any pics inside the arcade.


I took the Mrs to Harajuku as it is considered a fashion capital of the world, renowned for its street fashion.  The shopping district features many clothing brands, both international brands and its own.  Somewhat bizarrely and unexpectedly, the Mrs seemed to enjoy spending time in the arcades more than looking round the clothes shops!

The new OutRun game is shaping up nicely!

Meiji Shrine

Here are some pics of Meiji Shrine.  Tokyo’s most famous Shinto Shrine, it is dedicated to the late 19th century emperor who opened Japan to the West.  We visited the shrine on a Sunday morning, and were lucky to catch a traditional Japanese wedding in progress.  The lush greenery and serene atmosphere is a striking contrast to the modern Japan outside.

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