All of us were in a happy mood, having had a satisfying day of gluttony. Although we were quite tired, decided to take the train to Shibuya, 2 stops away from Shinjuku, since it was our last night in Tokyo before heading out for Kamakura/Enoshima. We wanted to see the busy Shibuya intersection, made famous in a scene from Lost in Translation with Bill Murray. The 3rd instalment of Fast and Furious also features this intersection.
From Wiki: "Shibuya is famous for its scramble crossing. It is located in front of the Shibuya Station Hachiko exit and stops vehicles in all directions to allow pedestrians to inundate the entire intersection. Three large TV screens mounted on nearby buildings overlook the crossing."
See the green words on the 2nd floor of the building in the middle? That's Starbucks, and this outlet is said to be the busiest in the world.
Red light for all cars.
And vroooooom, human stampede. It was so much fun to watch! We stayed here just watching, enthralled by the electrifying atmosphere. Love this place. So much energy.
Youtube video of Shibuya intersection.
A photo to say I was there. Bad photographer, look at the unfortunate traffic-light-post head-gear I have!
We were there too, say the boys! Though it was rather late and we weren't really doing anything here, the boys didn't complain and actually enjoyed just 'hanging around'. It was a breezy cool night, so that helped.
9pm and it was time to head back to Shinjuku to catch the hotel bus shuttle (last bus 940pm). Just outside Shibuya station, yikes, it's the Free Hugs Brigade! I had spotted a couple of these free huggers (not from this group of course) in Harajuku some days earlier.
Sean heads to the girl for his free hug.
Chap on the right feigns getting his heart broken.
So Sean gives him a free hug.
PEACE!! Free hugs do brighten up our lives! Go on, hug a stranger y'all!