JAPAN (日本): SHIBUYA CROSSING + MEETING HACHIKO

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Outfit: Bomber Jacket (Forever 21 Men), Shirt (Topman), Trousers (H&M), Beanie (New Era), Bag (Forever 21 Men), Sneakers (Adidas NMD)

After spending almost the whole day at Tokyo Disney Sea, Camie and I decided to make the most of our Japan trip and head to Shibuya. Yes, even if our hands and feet were already numb from the cold. Our Airlite Int’l Travels and Tours guide Kenny told us that Shibuya is only 5 train stations away from our hotel. Camie and I ended up going to the wrong side of the station. We asked a couple of locals to help us get to the right platform. Upon exiting Shibuya Station, there it was, the scramble. Shibuya Crossing is the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing–the traffic lights at the crossing have a 2 minute cycle. Thousands of pedestrians all cross at the same time from five directions. When the crowds meet in the middle, it’s complete chaos. Camie and I stayed there to watch (and take these photos of course) the spectacle. We can finally say that we’re in Japan!

You’ll find tourists shooting it from every imaginable angle each evening. The Starbucks has a pretty amazing view of the crossing–if you’re lucky enough to score a seat by the window that is.

This time, I got an even more amazing perspective of the Shibuya crossing. Camie met up with her friend and she took us to the hotel where she’s staying (well, technically we just went on the hotel elevator several times to get a couple of shots haha).

Another highlight of my trip was seeing the Hachiko statue in Shibuya Station! Ugh, I know, I’m such a tourist. Haha! But I’m a sucker for dogs and the story is really heartwarming. In case you don’t know the story, Hachiko was a dog back in the 1920s who came each day to meet his owner after work at Shibuya Station. The dog owner, a professor, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to the train station where Hachikō was waiting. Each day for the next nine years, nine months and fifteen days, Hachikō awaited his owner’s return, appearing precisely when the train was due at the station. I feel like I’m about to shed a tear while typing this. Haha (I’m not kidding). Scroll down below to see some of the photos we took and please do comment below, I’d like to hear from you guys!

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A big thank you to Airlite Int’l Travels and Tours for organizing this trip! | Photos taken using my Fujifilm X-T10 (35mm lens)
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