When the “Streets of Nuremberg” visited the Streets of Tokyo a week ago, I finished a long day of sightseeing in Shibuya, one of the prime shopping zones of Tokyo, enjoying high popularity especially among young people. There are several famous fashion department stores in the zone around Shibuya Station, like well known Shibuya 109. Brightly lit up after dark, Shibuya is the “Times Square” of Tokyo. For more photos of this exiting place as well as a short time lapse video (must see) continue after the jump….
Shibuya is famous for its scramble pedestrian crossing. It is located in front of the Hachiko exit of Shibuya Station and stops vehicles in all directions at once to allow pedestrians to inundate the entire intersection. One of the best observation places is the Starbucks store overlooking the crossing, one of the busiest in the world. But getting in line to grab a coffee, go upstairs and watch the happenings on the crossing is a must see on any Tokyo visit. From here I took the photos from above the crossing as well as the time lapse video you can watch by clicking the embedded youtube video that I took with my iPhone.
Observing the happenings down on the crossing was something I could have done for hours.
Shibuya Crossing has been featured in movies which take place in Tokyo, such as Lost in Translation, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and Resident Evil: Afterlife . Popular during the day, it really explodes with life at night, with shoppers, tourists and all kind of “crazy” performers. A fun place to enjoy and explore.
All photos were taken with my Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 12mm F/2 prime lens. This is a great piece of glass for this kind of situations, with a very wide angle and letting in a lot of light. I set the cam to 1/60 sec shutter speed and f/2 aperture, knowing this great lens would still give me sharpness across the image even shooting wide open. Auto ISO pretty much handled the rest. The RAW files where all processed in Lightroom CC.
I hope you enjoyed that small trip to Tokyo’s Shibuya crossing and its abundant nightlife, that I visited during my recent business trip around the word in twelve days.
Have a good week!