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Busy Day in Shibuya for Showa no Hi

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The main crossing in Shibuya. Always busy. Particularly so today
The main crossing in Shibuya. Always busy. Particularly so today

It was busy out in town today with shoppers everywhere. The official reason for the day off was to celebrate Showa no Hi, for the previous Emperor. The shoppers might have known that and they might not, but it wasn’t stopping them from their objective.

The last few days the weather has been changing rapidly from cold to warm back to cold again. Today was perfect weather and combined with the mid-week holiday the crowds took to the streets in force, at least they did in Shibuya.

I took some quick shots of the crossing in Shibuya and the center-gai area to show the crowds, and also captured a few advertising spots as well.

The Hinomaru Japanese flag always makes an appearance on National Holidays
The Hinomaru Japanese flag always makes an appearance on National Holidays
Shibuya Center-gai, hard to navigate for the crowds
Shibuya Center-gai, hard to navigate for the crowds
Tokyu Department Store ad billboard for new Soy Banana snack
Tokyu Department Store ad billboard for new Soy Banana snack

How were the crowds in your part of Tokyo today? How do you plan to spend your Golden Week holiday? Do you have any plans to come to Japan in the near future? I would be interested to hear from everyone on what they are doing. Why not drop a quick line in the comment section and let me know.

  1. Finn says

    Out in Chiba seemed less traffic than normal on the roads, V surprised, as GW usually means choca-block! Personally I’m off to small Chinese island called Hainan Sun-Thurs. Escape the city for brief sojourn!

    1. Shibuya246 says

      Good to hear from your Finn. Enjoy Hainan. I havent heard of the island. It would be great to hear from you how it was later. Thanks

  2. Onineko says

    hmm…i'm planning to go to jp for further studies 1 day..bt den according to my jp sensei..its very expensive…worrying bout whether or nt i can get scholarships..><

    where i'm from the weather is also changing everyday..XD

    1. Shibuya246 says

      Thanks Onineko. Japan can be a little expensive but there are some good ways to save money too. One site with some tips for saving money in Japan is http://frugalistajapan.com/ Thxs

  3. Altair says

    I’m planning to take a year as exchange student in Japan in the near future, then later maybe find work and a home there as well.

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