Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Walk in Shibuya

Today, it was such warm and comfortable weather that it was too much of a waste to spend cooped up inside.

I decided to go out with my camera and take a walk in Shibuya.

After being in Tokyo for some time, Shibuya station and its surrounding area are rather familiar to me now, having been there many times. (But I still get lost sometimes.) Along with Tokyo, Ikebukuro, and Shinjuku stations, Shibuya station is one of the largest train stations in the Tokyo area. It's known as a popular place for shopping, tourists, and a central point for meeting up with friends and acquaintances. Speaking of meeting spot...

This is Hachiko, the famous dog statue which is often designated as a meeting point. If you pass by this statue, near Exit 8 of the station and the big intersection in Shibuya, you will usually see many people of all ages and ethnicities waiting for friends, family, coworkers, acquaintances, etc.. to arrive.

Still waiting...

Crossing the intersection.

When I first had to cross this intersection, with huge crowds of people coming from every direction, blending together, then separating toward their own paths... you can imagine how dizzy I got!

I walked around and visited a few stores. The shops were quite crowded since it was a Saturday afternoon. I also mustered the courage to set foot inside Shibuya 109, for the very first time! Actually, I had never thought to go in before, but I got curious and decided to see what it was like in there. Lots of loudly blasting music from the different shops, but I found a few interesting places. It was worth a visit.

This is Center Gai, which is filled with restaurants, clothing stores, and other shops.

Also visited the new shopping building which is connected to Shibuya station, called Hikarie. Just took a quick peek inside, but it seemed like the usual department store, selling food in the bottom floors, cosmetics floors, clothing, lifestyle goods and accessories, and the restaurant floors.

All in all, a good day! Topped off by trying this type of seafood don for the first time. I'm not sure I enjoyed the uni and kani miso as much as I expected... I think I'll stick to the salmon, maguro, etc. :)

Hope you're all having a great weekend! Enjoy the lovely weather ♥