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Shibuya Tanabata

Entrance to the Center-gai decorated for the Tanabata Matsuri
Entrance to the Center-gai decorated for the Tanabata Matsuri

Team Shibuya CENTER-GAI is helping Shibuya to celebrate the Tanabata Matsuri by decorating the entrance and streets of Center-gai. The festival runs from July 23 to August 08, 2009.

A closeup showing the origami cranes prepared as part of the decoration
A closeup showing the origami cranes prepared as part of the decoration
Team Shibuya CENTER-GAI's web site showing the promotion for Tanabata Matsuri
Team Shibuya CENTER-GAI's web site showing the promotion for Tanabata Matsuri

It was not that busy today at the Shibuya crossing. On a weekend it can be really packed. Friday evening with the rain coming down and everyone carrying umbrellas can also be a very different view than shown here today.

A quiet day at the Shibuya scramble crossing
A quiet day at the Shibuya scramble crossing

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10 comments

Kimonobox July 23, 2009 at 9:51 am

When you see the Tanabata displays there is a lovely feeling of Japanese summer 🙂

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shibuya246 July 23, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Yes, it an unusual set of dates to run this. They are going with the old calendar running up to Aug 8 rather than the new calendar which has Tanabata set on 7th July.

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Jesslee July 23, 2009 at 8:40 pm

I have dinner with friends in Shibuya tomorrow night. Should be lovelier when those lanterns are lit.

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Shibuya246 July 23, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Should be great. try and catch some photos

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Haf July 23, 2009 at 11:48 am

Can you tell me from where you took the last photo, which shows the crossing from way up high?
How can you get there, is it open to the public?

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Shibuya246 July 23, 2009 at 12:14 pm

It is from the Tokyu Excel Hotel building. You can go to top floor where they have a restaurant. This hotel is great for staying in Shibuya. I have stayed there many times in the past. You feel like you are staying right on the crossing. brilliant 🙂

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Haf July 23, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Thank you for this information.
I think the hotel will be too expensive for me, but I will check out the restaurant for the view. 🙂

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Shibuya246 July 24, 2009 at 11:42 am

no problems. the view is worth the elevator ride!

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whipcracker July 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm

RT @Shibuya246: Shibuya Tanabata | Japan | Shibuya246 http://bt.io/1xi The lanterns are really colorful.__The origami is really the cool thing on the lantern, must take them a long time to make and put togrther. And the photo of Shibuya crossing makes it feel like a slow down day, maybe just before rush hour. A great view though.

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shibuya246 July 26, 2009 at 11:52 pm

friday night when the umbrellas are out would be a very different view 🙂

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