Shibuya   渋谷

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The crossroads of Shibuya (Tokyo) is one of the emblematic places of the district.

The crossroads of Shibuya is one of the emblematic places of the district.

The status of the dog Hachikō in Shibuya is a place of major event.

The statue of the dog Hachikō in Shibuya is a place of major event.

Shibuya 109, paradise for those who love fashion.

Shibuya 109, paradise for those who love fashion.

Flashy, sexy or trashy?

Frequented by young adults looking for new fashion trends, Shibuya is no exception to the rule. Impress!

Uninhibited fashion victims walk the streets in a procession that designers and sociologists study very seriously. It is in this area in the late 1980s, that Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, the famous ready-to-wear brand dedicated to fashion for Lolitas and other baby dolls, launched a clothing and accessories line not recommended for adults and the hard up. The Shibuya 109, a temple of trendiness for the Japanese youth, concentrates a hundred fashion boutiques on eight floors. The Shibuyites always on the lookout for something good, revisit the canons of beauty. They reshape the boundaries before breaking them, they twist styles as quickly as they abandon them. Plugged in to 10 000 volts, they marvel at the second-hand clothes with vintage patterns, wearing exuberant outfits. Here, second-hand stores flourish like cherry blossoms in the spring. Tastes and colors are not discussed in Shibuya. They lived for those who dare.

Dress in kimono and take pictures at the Shibuya crossing with Voyagin.
Book a table to taste Kobe beef in Shibuya.

A hub

From Shibuya Station, the view on the intersection, which features choreography punctuated to the nearest second by the traffic lights, captivates visitors to Tokyo. Here, thousands of passers-by, walk past each other under the light of giant screens and in front of the car waiting patiently for their turn to go. But before this show, take the time to look at a mural by Taro Okamoto (1911-1996), an icon of contemporary art. The gigantic artwork, called Myth of Tomorrow, after thirty years on the wall of a hotel in Mexico, was hung in Tokyo to denounce the horror of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The Hachikô dog

To arrange to meet in Shibuya, there is only one place: in front of the statue of Hachikô dog. At the foot of the station, the animal, an Akita (Japanese breed), had come to look for his master, a professor at the University of Tokyo, who returned home each evening by train. Faithful and punctual, he waited for years for the man who had died. Local residents, moved by the story, decided to pay homage to this dear companion. They erect a bronze statue in his honor. Every year, on March 7th, a party is organized there in his memory.

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