日本での一年間

January 11, 2011

Yamanote Line Project (Part 18)-Shibuya Station

Filed under: Domestic, Tokyo places, Trips, Yamanote-Sen — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 12:01 am

Shibuya is the next stop on our tour of the JR Tokyo Yamanote line. Like Harajuku, it is well known as a fashion capital. It is also a major station with many other lines available to transfer to and a nightlife hotspot.

Shibuya station

Shibuya Station sign.

Moyai

This Moyai statue was a gift for the people of Niijimi island, off the coast of Shizuoka prefecture, not too far from Tokyo. It is a copy of a Moyai statue on Niijimi island, which itself is based on the statues on Easter Island.

boy bands

Boy Band Billboards

Hachiko

Statue of the dog Hachiko, the most popular place for people to meet near Shibuya station.

Hachiko was the dog of a professor who lived near Shibuya station and took the train from there to get to work everyday. Every afternoon, the dog would go to the station to wait for his owner. Even after his owner’s sudden death, the dog continued to wait for him outside the station everyday. Hachiko has therefore become a symbol of faithfulness. Apparently when the dog died, they stuffed him and he’s on display to this day in a Tokyo museum. In 1987 they made a movie about Hachiko and in 2009 they made an English language remake with Richard Gere.

waiting

People waiting next to Hachiko's statue

scramble

The Shibuya scramble crossing is allegedly the busiest intersection in the world.

Better pictures of the scramble crossing here.


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5 Comments »

  1. Hachiko! ❤ Awesome!

    Comment by reccaphoenix — January 13, 2011 @ 7:55 pm


    • The way Richard Gere shouts “Hachi!” is so funny.

      Comment by myyearinjapan — January 14, 2011 @ 11:05 am

  2. It is. I thought that movie was a stupid idea from the beginning, esp. since they set it in America.

    Comment by reccaphoenix — January 14, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

  3. I also love that the trailer pretty much gives away the entire plot of the movie in a minute. Now I don’t have to see this crappy film 😄

    Comment by reccaphoenix — January 22, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

  4. […] the other half of the Yamanote line going counter clockwise from Shinjuku to Yoyogi, Harajuku, Shibuya, Ebisu, Meguro, Gotanda, Osaki, Shinagawa, Tamachi, Hamamatsucho, Shinbashi, Yurakucho, Tokyo, and […]

    Pingback by Yamanote Line Project (Part 29) – Kanda Station « 日本での一年間 — January 26, 2011 @ 12:21 am


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