Wednesday, August 04, 2010
A friend of mine in the US asked me to try and get her a certain Japanese CD not available online, so I thought it would be a good excuse to visit Shibuya and go record shopping. I emerged out of the labyrinth of the Shibuya metro/JR station into one of the most famous street crossings in the world. So I made my way into the Shibuya Starbucks (my Japanese teacher says it's the busiest in the world) and lined up next to all the other tourists for an elevated view of the pedestrian movements. (They filmed the crossing scene in Lost in Translation from this very spot.) Somehow the crosswalks seem smaller in real life, or maybe it just wasn't mobbed enough to really feel impressive.