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Shibuya

Shibuya is one of the 23 wards of Tokyo. Its central location near to Harajuku and Shinjuku make it a popular shopping area for young Japanese. Many interesting street fashions can be found in Shibuya, particularly on the weekends.

Tokyo Snow

It was snowing in Tokyo today. I was out this morning and took these shots of Shibuya. The snow kept falling until evening when it became a bit more like rain, but it has not settled yet. Maybe over night we might have more. Tomorrow…

Shibuya Station

These HDR picture were taken over a year ago when I first bought my Nikon camera. I took the picture in RAW and remember being disappointed that the picture was dark. I had expected to see a beautiful looking photo with the new…

Shibuya Mural

There are many statues and art work displays at the stations in Japan. This mural is located in the walkway underneath Meiji dori heading out from the new subway line.

Kiki

I am in Australia at the moment and have been visiting my cat, Kiki. Also, I got time to go the golf range. This is a great place to practice.

Shinjuku skyline

I took some photos from the Excel Hotel in Shibuya and had a go at pasting them together to make a panorama. It's a bit shaky, but you get to see a wide shot of Tokyo from it. Can you see the mountain range in the background from…

Shibuya Tanabata

Team Shibuya CENTER-GAI is helping Shibuya to celebrate the Tanabata Matsuri by decorating the entrance and streets of Center-gai. The festival runs from July 23 to August 08, 2009. It was not that busy today at the Shibuya…

Shibuya Station Live

Around the railway stations at night in Japan, you often see the live street performers take up a position and play for the crowd. Some of these performers are quite good. You are supposed to get permission from the Police before…

Shibuya Streets Vol. 2

It's been a while since we have had a Shibuya Streets series. The weekends are always busy with foot traffic and with a spare hour, I took a walk out to test my a new camera. Some of the shots I was very pleased with, others got to test…

Old Shibuya Photos

The area around Shibuya station is well known to the millions of people who flow through the train station. What is not so well known by all those people is how the area used to look just 50 years ago. There is a photo exhibition on…

Railway Construction

There has been a lot of railway construction going on recently around Shibuya station. The Fukutoshin (副都心線) line construction was completed between Wako and Shibuya linking through Ikebukuro (池袋) and Shinjuku san-chome (新宿三丁目). The…

Shibuya Videos

Three really nice videos here of the Shibuya area from eleven23 http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5139423&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1Shibuya In…

Shibuya Streets, Vol. 1

I saw some interesting transportation on the roads today while out and thought it might be worth sharing. I don't know where this guy normally rides, but the terrain of the Shibuya streets is not that rough. There are always lots of…

Street Interview

Lots of people out again this weekend. I passed by this group conducting street interviews for some tv program. It is surprising how many shows get out into the streets and just start filming interviews with random people. Everyone…

Shibuya afternoon

Great weather today and the crowds were out in Shibuya. As well as the many couples, tourists and others, the Hot Pepper mascot was out and about encouraging people to take a copy of the free restaurant guide. There are many popular…

Danny Choo in Shibuya

There is always something interesting going on in Shibuya. Today, I bumped into Danny Choo from http://dannychoo.com who was in Shibuya to do some filming. Many of you will know Danny from his many great videos on YouTube of the…

What’s GREE?

As you can see by these photos, there is a big advertising campaign at Shibuya station for the service called GREE. It is a Japanese based social networking site that allows online users to share information, games and to look after…

Busy Day in Shibuya for Showa no Hi

It was busy out in town today with shoppers everywhere. The official reason for the day off was to celebrate Showa no Hi, for the previous Emperor. The shoppers might have known that and they might not, but it wasn't stopping them from…

Building Design in Tokyo

This building always makes me think when I go past it. How did the architect convince the building owner this would be a good idea? How did they present this to the city planning organization? How did they get approval? How did they not…

Outdoor Live Jazz

I was walking up the hill at Sakuragaoka-cho when I came across this live jazz festival under the Sakura trees. Of course a Sakura festival is nothing without some treats to go with it. and treats are nothing without some…

Quick Shots of Shibuya

A few quick shots of the area around Shibuya Station on a beautiful Spring morning. Always a lot of people about near the Scramble Crossing, morning and night. Plenty of neon signs and advertising boards. Recently they have…

Sakura in Sakuragaoka-cho

With the cold weather, the Sakura have taken a while to come out. Most years we tend to have one day which is really warm and the Sakura bloom quickly only to be washed away a few days later by the rain. This year, we haven't had a really…

Shibuya’s Nonbei Yokocho

Although Shibuya is one of the major shopping/entertainment districts in Tokyo and the area around the station is fairly well built up, there are always some interesting places you can find that seemed to have got lost in a time warp.…

City Camouflage

I went past this bike cover in Shibuya today. I think it is a bike under there but it could be some sort of animal. It sort of looks like a dog if you pin a tail on it. The camouflage cover really didn't seem to be having the desired…

Pachinko Promotions

Pachinko is popular throughout Japan and while some of the parlors have ultra-modern architecture and look more like Las Vegas casinos, some still are the old variety that employ more "traditional" styles. Here is a street performer…