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Shibuya Streets Vol6

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Jimmy Choo with H&M at the Shibuya store
Jimmy Choo with H&M at the Shibuya store

I started my Sunday walk in Shibuya having a look at Yamada Denki and then checking out the H&M Store that opened recently.

Looking out of the Tokyu Honten elevator back down towards Shibuya Station
Looking out of the Tokyu Honten elevator back down towards Shibuya Station

mmmm, looks like there is more than one Choo in town making news this week.

I had heard about the new NIKE store opening thanks to TokyoFashion.com and decided to go and check it out. Since Harajuku is just one stop away on the Yamanote line, I set off on foot. It takes about 5-10 minutes to walk down and on the weekend there are plenty of people out.

On the way I passed plenty of brand stores and took a few snaps of some.

ZARA are about to open a store near Shibuya Station right next to Marui
ZARA are about to open a new store near Shibuya Station right next to Marui
Marui currently have nike, adidas in their store, but with concept stores popping up, how do these small stores in store keep going?
Marui currently have nike, adidas in their store, but with concept stores popping up, how do these small stores in store keep going?
Marui City also has many small and large designer brands in store
Marui City also has many small and large designer brands in store

There were plenty of people around, but too close to snap really. My zoom lens would probably have hit someone in the face if I pointed it at them. Never a good thing to happen when you want to get a photo taken. ^_^

Decided to show this picture in black and white, sort of sepia, just to change things up
Decided to show this picture in black and white, sort of sepia, just to change things up
Crossing the road using the overpass. This is the view looking down towards Harajuku.
Crossing the road using the overpass. This is the view looking down towards Harajuku.
The Cerulean Tower stands out nicely against the tree in the foreground. Autumn and its changing colors can be very nice
Looking back towards Shibuya, the Cerulean Tower stands out nicely against the tree in the foreground. Autumn and its changing colors can be very nice

A few more stores to see

Mountain HARD WEAR for all your winter clothing needs
Mountain HARD WEAR for all your winter clothing needs
The Audi Forum Tokyo is quite an interestingly designed building
The Audi Forum Tokyo is quite an interestingly designed building
J!NS
J!NS
collectpoint
collectpoint

Do you know any / all of the stores above? Some names were new to me.

These 2 girls were wearing exactly the same outfit. Not sure what the outfit was for
These 2 girls were wearing exactly the same outfit. Not sure what the outfit was for
This looked like a Uniqlo UT store with lots of New York style jazz
This looked like a Uniqlo UT store with lots of New York style jazz
Everyone was taking a good look at this car. Nice set of wheels on this Lexus convertible
Everyone was taking a good look at this car. Nice set of wheels on this Lexus convertible
GAP, Plaza and food stores. The main crossing at Harajuku, Omotesandori
GAP, Plaza and food stores. The main crossing at Harajuku, Omotesandori

It was so crowded today, there must have been some events on, or maybe everyone was fed up of being kept indoors with the flu and decided to make a break for it to Harajuku.

The streets were packed out today. It was hard just to find a place to stand never mind walk. No chance of getting down to KIDDY LAND
The streets were packed out today. It was hard just to find a place to stand never mind walk. No chance of getting down to KIDDY LAND
Takeshita-dori was just as bad if not worse
Takeshita-dori was just as bad if not worse

The new NIKE store which had been my original place to visit was close to Harajuku station. Unfortunately they were guarding the store closely and didn’t want any photos taken. Looks like they want to write their own copy rather than have social media getting in on the act. Sorry, no photos to show you.

Instead here is some more Tokyo scenery to view ^__^.

The DoCoMo building at Yoyogi Station always stands out brightly
The DoCoMo building at Yoyogi Station always stands out brightly
Harajuku Station was so busy they had to close the ticket gates every 5 minutes or so and stop people from entering
Harajuku Station was so busy they had to close the ticket gates every 5 minutes or so and stop people from entering
Since the Harajuku Station was packed out I decided to come home via the new Fukutoshin-sen
Since Harajuku Station was packed out I decided to come home via the new Fukutoshin-sen

With NIKE not wanting any free publicity, I thought I would take some photos of adidas.

The adidas store at Shibuya has had a bit of a facelift or wrapper lift
The adidas store at Shibuya has had a bit of a facelift or wrapper lift

Do you normally take a walk on the weekend? What area do you normally go to see? What sites are there to view along the way?

  1. lithiumangel says

    Aside from the regular greasers & Rockabillies + Bands in Yoyogi, there was actually an event going down in Harajuku. Well , Yoyogi park to be exact.
    The Tokyo Dance Music Festival. Had some great artists and mixed music (Drum and Bass, Techno etc.)
    Here are two of the many pictures i;ve shot there today.

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1328096/Japan/_DSC9381.jpg
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1328096/Japan/_DSC9346.jpg

    Dropbox for a change; I need to stop being lazy and get my Flickr back up to speed, have about 400 photos from Japan from the last week to upload still and alot of borugging to do . *cries*

    1. shibuya246 says

      very nice. I havent used dropbox.com before. Is it any good?

      1. lithiumangel says

        Dropbox is very good. It creates a dropbox folder in your home directory (wether that is windows or mac) and the folders are synchronised with others you chose. If I Share a folder with you everything I drag/drop or copy in there will inmeadetly be on your computer as well to open,edit or even delete.

        It is a very good way to collaborate on with projects as everybody has the same version.
        Dropbox will automatically backup several versions of your file and you can restore them if needed.

        It also has a public folder, where if you put something in there you can get a public link to quickly share an image or file with somebody as is the case above.

        Highly recommended app !

        1. shibuya246 says

          wow! sounds good. I am going to give that a go. thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Renechong says

    I really like the contrast in the sepia picture and the colourful picture of the crowd. Very nice ^_^

    1. shibuya246 says

      Thanks. The weather was perfect today. maybe that is the reason it was so busy ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Maz says

    Those are lovely photographs. It looks very crowded! I have never been in the area when it has been that crowded.

    1. shibuya246 says

      Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Neksus says

    Hey, today ‘s been a great day for pics…
    We want more!!!!!

    1. Neksus says

      Forgot to mention, I saw an ad for J. Choo hnm in Milan, Italy.

    2. shibuya246 says

      more pictures. ok, good idea. next time i will try and include a map as well.

  5. Trunks says

    Thanks for keeping us updated on what’s happening in the streets of Tokyo ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. whipcracker says

    RT @Shibuya246: Shibuya Streets Vol6, Japan shibuya streets | Shibuya246 http://bt.io/AMZs
    Where did all these people come from? The only stores I reconized were the Jimmy Choo and McDoanalds. The rest I have never heard of. Don’t keep up to much w/that many fancy fashion names. But if you got the money or CC, just head to Shibuya and Harajuku, shop till you drop! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Strange name for a clothing store “Mountain Hard Wear” a play on the word Hardware over here means to me a store to go to if you have to fix something. Over here we have one called “Ace” the helpful hardware store. I can see that it helps to have an overhead walk way there to get across the street. Comes in handy doesn’t it?
    The train station building, looks likes it’s from another country not Japan. And I also wonder what kind of uniform those 2 girlrs were wearing
    Well have a great week.
    And another Conbini monday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. salvidali says

    sepia tone foto has tha “vintage” look ! Excellent!

    1. shibuya246 says

      Thanks. I liked the color of the raw steel bridge in sepia

  8. TheJoyFactor says

    Awesome photos. I love random crowd shots ๐Ÿ™‚

    They show that life can be beautiful as is.

    1. shibuya246 says

      Thanks.

  9. Lilian Goh says

    Hi,
    I found your website by chance as I wanted to have a live photoes of the clothings that people in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo are wearing today so that I can plan what jackets clothes to bring when I visit your beautiful country next week. Can you give me an idea? Do I bring a light jacket – no padding with fibre/down feather like those thick winter jackets? I am really at loss! Please help.
    Thank you.
    Lilian

    1. shibuya246 says

      These photos were taken on a really warm autumn day when the temp was probably over 20c. Right now, the temp varies greatly depending on the day. Today there is a slight rain and the air is cool. I get cold so would wear a scarf and thick down jacket. Most people on the street are not wearing scarf and hat yet, but some sort of jacket is required.

      Many places you would probably visit in Kyoto, temples etc, can be in the shaded areas and you would be better off with warmer clothing. Kyoto is normally very cold in winter and hot in summer due to its bonchi (basin style) shape.

      It could turn warm again tomorrow but I would still want a light jacket or sweater.

      If you are coming in 2-3 weeks time, it is only going to get colder. I would bring a scarf, hat and decent coat, but also have some lighter clothes packed in case we have a beautiful warm day. Even if its warm in the day, you will find night time has a chill about it. Some warm underwear would be worth bringing as well.

      Expect to be out and about walking and catching public transport a lot on your trip so plan light but warm.

      Hope you enjoy.

      1. Lilian Goh says

        Thank you for your advise, I think I will bring 2 coats one with down feathers and one light jacket.
        Your photoes are beautiful and very eye catching…
        Thank you for sharing them.
        Lilian from Malaysia

  10. yonasu says

    The Jimmy Choo ads aren’t as big here but they’re still on every bus stop^^ You should do a few sets of sepia photos, they look really cool ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. shibuya246 says

      Thanks. I’ll take some sepia ones and post them. With the air being cool at the moment, there should be some nice contrasts. thanks for suggesting ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. paiki says

    Jimmy Choo will be the Darth Vader again and get back his armor from Danny <_<

    So that was DoCoMo building, I took some photos but I didn't have any idea about it….

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