As always, loads of people scrambling across the Shibuya Crossing. Many heading for the warm comfort of Starbucks.
After the weather changing from very cold, to pleasantly warm (at least when not in the shade), I took a quick walk in Shibuya to see what was happening. After a few shots around the crossing area and a lunch at Royal Host, I was heading over to Shinagawa on the Yamanote Line when the trains stopped. It gave me an opportunity to take some photos on the platform and then also take a walk from Osaki to Shinagawa.
Susan Boyle gets in some advertising time for her new album. After being on the end of year, Kohaku program they are probably expecting some sales in Japan.
This truck suddenly came in front of me and obscured everything. Very "in your face" type of advertising.
A few stragglers running across the street as the lights change.
A different look at Hachiko showing some bamboo plants. Can't remember when they arrived. I remember years ago there were bushes here and rats used to run back and forward in them. They needed a few cats to chase the mice and then Hachiko to chase the cats.
As soon as I headed to the Station they started to announce the trains had stopped.
Many people hear the announcement that the trains are stopped and decide either to leave the station or not bother coming in. Normally the station runs so smoothly, but when the trains stop, everyone wants to ask questions and get directions. It can become a very busy place in no time.
Yamanote train headed for Shinagawa, Tokyo is stopped at the platform due to a problem at Tokyo Station. Sounds like a passenger may have fallen on the rails. I hope they are ok.
When waiting for the trains to start there is nothing to do but check your mail or maybe catch up on the news about the train stoppage. With Internet on mobiles it is faster to do a quick search than waiting for the station announcements.
No trains rolling in from the direction of Harajuku, Shinjuku. It is strange to see things so quiet.
The train driver takes a peek out of his cab to see what is going on.
It was starting to get crowded and I was running short of time, so I decided to catch a different line that would take me to Osaki, close by to Shinagawa.
The Shonan Shinjuku Line and Saikyo Line were still running so suddenly everyone decided to make the walk to the new platforms for these lines. It is still called Shibuya Station, but it seems a long way away.
So many people trying to find there way to or from the station. Normally this area of the concourse is not crowded at all. Today is a different story as normal Yamanote Line passengers look for alternate ways to travel.
The day ended up fairly good. It took me longer to walk from Osaki to Shinagawa than I thought, but apart from arriving late it was a nice walk. I have a few pictures I took on the walk, around the Gotenyama, Yatsuyama and old Tokaido route area, which I might load up tomorrow. I also took a walk at New Year around the Takanawa area which I haven’t uploaded yet. Must get busy ^^.
What do you do if the trains stop? Do you find an alternative route or wait around until they start again?