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June 23, 2015

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Shibuya and Shinjuku

by swebackpacker
The worlds busiest zebra crossing

I stayed in Tokyo for six days, first stop Shinjuku. One stop by subway with the Yamanote line is Shibuya. My goal for the evening was Starbucks Café and the view of the world famous zebra crossings. As usual with the big subway stations or train station in Tokyo you turn up in a shopping Centre. At last back on the street again heading towards the Shibuya zebras a man asked. What cameras are you carrying?

The worlds busiest zebra crossing

The worlds busiest zebra crossing

This was the beginning of one and a half hour very interesting chat! Ofcourse we decided to go to Starbucks Café for a cup of coffee! A big crowed and a long que appeared at the entrance to Starbucks. My newly won Japanese friend found a way around the que up to the second floor. We were lucky finding an empty table and two chairs with a great view of the famous zebra crossings. My Japanese friend turned up to be a skilled photographer and showed his work on a tablet. He had great interests in what kind of photos I took and what I looked for in pictures? Particularly what kind of pictures westerners were looking for in Japan? I said most western tourist do not plan their photographs they just snap photographs by chances. Luckily I had some photographs from my own town and of course some from Japan in my cameras.

Time for the four wheeled vehicles

Time for the four wheeled vehicles

Pedestrians have to stop when the traffic light turned to read and it’s time for the four wheeled vehicles. One of these vehicles is a skateboard a brave move in this heavy traffic crossing!

Two wheeled vehicle

Two wheeled vehicle

Of course where are two wheeled vehicles as well…….

Three wheeled vehicle

Three wheeled vehicle

….and even three wheeled vehicles!

Are they connected or disconnected?

Are they connected or disconnected?

The mobile phone has changed the world for most people but one is wondering in which world people are present? Are we disconnected from the real world and connected into a cyber-world? At least at the zebra crossings then pedestrians are forced to stop for red light many slip into the mobile phone world for a short while.

 

Connected to the real world and the cyber-world

Connected to the real world and the cyber-world

Although this man is busy with his mobile phone he did see me taking this photo. This is something most people didn´t notice.

Japanese girls

Japanese girls

However these girls did notice and a smile appeared as it usually does when taking pictures of Japanese people.

Using a selfie pod on the zebra crossing

Using a selfie pod on the zebra crossing

The man prepares a walk on the world busiest zebra crossing. He has I tripod and a camera in his hand for bird eye view from the street!

Walking on the zebra crossing!

Walking on the zebra crossing!

This is last picture from Shibuya before returning by subway to Shinjuku. You will newer now when it´s rush hour in Yamanote subway line. The photos bellow is from Saturday evening at about 9:30 in the evening.

Rush hour

Rush hour

Smiles in the subway

Smiles in the subway

Shinjuki Station

Shinjuki Station

Shinjuku station is regarded as the world´s busiest rail station almost 3.7 million people pass through the station each day. There are more than 200 exits and 36 platforms and an underground arcade. This is together with Tokyo station the most complicated rail way station to navigate so it pays off to now where one is heading. One can walk several kilometers underground; it is possible walk all the way to Tokyo Metropolitan building, it´s easier to find the way underground than on the streets. More than 13 000 people work in Tokyo Metropolitan building the tallest building in Shinjuku. I do recommend a visit for the view from the 243 meter high building. There is no entrance fee so the view is free of charge and of great value compared to more famous Tokyo Skytree!

 

View from Tokyo Metrpolitan Building

View from Tokyo Metrpolitan Building

Kabukichõ are world famous for neon light during the night. This is the entertainment area of Shinuku.

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Amusement arcades are really big business in Japan and they make a lot of money! This one is in Shunjuku.

 

Gambling hall

Gambling hall

 

Gyoen are surprising park in the middle of all the concrete in Shinjuku!

Gyoen Park

Gyoen Park

Gyoen Park

Gyoen Park

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1 Comment Post a comment
  1. Magnus Björkman
    Jun 24 2015

    Great pictures Jan-Olof!

    Hope there is more to come.

    /magnus

    Reply

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