Last December, I finally made a dream come true by getting to spend two weeks in Tokyo, Japan. Most of our day trips remained in that huge city, and this is the 2nd Lomo location in a series of me documenting every place I visited.
Shibuya was one of the areas we went back to most often during our 2 weeks in Japan. Maishuu, Shibuya ni kaerimashita. A popular city famous for both a giant coffee shop and a devoted dog, Shibuya was easily one of our favorite places in Tokyo!
One thing that drew us there was the famous crosswalk located outside of a totemo ookii Starbucks. With all 4 crosswalk lights turning green at once – including the diagonals that take you to the opposite corner of the block – this spot is known for it’s great people-watching opportunities. All cars come to a stop, and people flood in from all directions like rivers intersecting. If you order a latte or a chai and take it upstairs to one of the higher seating areas within Starbucks, you can sit at the huge window and watch people on their way to work, to shopping, hanging out with friend, etc. It was a pleasant spot where we’d often pull out some manga or a journal and relax, contemplating where our next adventure would be.
Shibuya ni Yuumeina ko-hi- ga arimasu. Soshite, yuumeina inu ga imasu. Hachiko is the famous dog that has a statue dedicated to him at one of the train exits in Shibuya. Back in the 1920s & 30s, Hachiko was an Akita dog who met his owner at the train exit everyday once his owner was off to work. Hachiko’s loyalty was so strong, that he continued showing up at the train exit at approximately the same time his owner used to arrive, even after his owner passed away – for 9 more years in fact! Hachiko’s love and loyalty is remembered and honored yearly in Shibuya.
Shibuya was a big, beautiful, exciting place in Tokyo, where we first met Takuji -my Lomo pen pal – and ate with a group of friends at an izayaka. There was a Taito game station we frequented, and we spent many evenings wandering the city, getting bubble teas or noodle dishes, and just enjoying ourselves in Japan. When I’m feeling the most nostalgic and anxious to go back, it is often this city that I picture.
You can read about our first evening with Takuji here: http://thingsareimplied.blogspot.com/2010/12/izakaya-no-bangohan.html