About shibuya246

Welcome to Shibuya246.com, bringing you the latest news on products and trends from Japan.

Living and working in Shibuya for 20 years this city within the city of Tokyo is always surprising me with shops, trends and new places to visit. I hope to introduce you to many of those new and some of the old great places in Shibuya as well as touching on other Japanese related topics.

Interests
As well I am interested in traveling around Jappan so you should find plenty of chance to see some of the countryside. Temples are a feature on these trips and normally make the visit more memorable. I will try to include some of the local delicacies in photos along the way.

Conbini Monday

Conbini Monday

Shibuya Streets

Shibuya Streets

Japan Photo Articles

Japan Photo Articles

Mt Fuji, Boys Day

Mt Fuji, Boys Day

Rilakkuma Breakfast

Rilakkuma Breakfast

My nephew the Ninja

My nephew the Ninja

Experience
I have worked and lived in Japan for over 20 years. I started out with a publishing company where I established and managed their office in Japan. I also was editor for a publication at that time. Later, I ran my own consultancy business before branching out into web businesses about 10 years ago.

Who is shibuya246?
My name is Alan. I was originally born in England and spent my high school years in Australia. I have been living and working in Japan for over 20 years, mainly in the Shibuya area.

With Ryo Ishikawa cutout at Koga Links

With Ryo Ishikawa cutout at Koga Links

Playing golf at Mt Fuji

Playing golf at Mt Fuji

In Shibuya Center gai

In Shibuya Center gai

Why the Shibuya246 name?

I chose the name Shibuya246.com because for one I have lived and worked in Shibuya for over 20 years and feel very much at home in Shibuya. Secondly I chose the 246 number because passing through Shibuya stretching up through Omotesando is Route 246, one of the main roads in Tokyo. Most people have heard of Route 246 and associate it with Shibuya.

Route 246, Aoyama dori

Route 246, Aoyama dori

Scramble Crossing outside Shibuya Station

Scramble Crossing outside Shibuya Station

Featured on
The photos and articles from Shibuya246 have been featured on a number of well known Sites, including:

  • Yahoo Sports – Golfing at Mt Fuji
  • BoingBoing – Gundam Wedding and Battle Underwear
  • CNNGO – Gundam Wedding
  • Yahoo Star Wars – Maid Cafes in Akiba with Danny Choo
  • Flickr Daily Blog – Gundam at Odaiba
  • Dannychoo.com – Akiba with Danny Choo
  • Aujourd’hui (France) – le prix des cigarettes au Japon
boingboing

boingboing

Yahoo Star Wars

Yahoo Star Wars

Devil Ball Golf - Yahoo Sports

Devil Ball Golf - Yahoo Sports

CNNGO

CNNGO

boingboing

boingboing

Flickr Blog - Daily Edition (Chinese)

Flickr Blog - Daily Edition (Chinese)

I am grateful for all of these sites and the many other blogs / news sites that have picked up articles written here on shibuya246 and helped to share with them with others.

Recently, through the use of social networking sites like Twitter, Friendfeed, Reddit (Japan), JapanSoc and Facebook sharing links to interesting sites has become much easier and quicker. It is great to see the number of people who take the time to click on a link and view the content. Thank you all.

Regular Series, Features

Conbini Monday

Conbini Monday

Shibuya Streets

Shibuya Streets

Japan Photo Articles

Japan Photo Articles

Camera Equipment

A lot of the blog posts I write have photos which I have taken in Japan. I started out the blog using a Canon G10 Powershot camera and changed up to a Nikon D700 recently. I have tried out a few lenses and seem to be turning into a lens collector at the moment.

I also use an iPhone for a number of quick snap shots.

You will probably see a mixture of different types of photos on the site ranging from the iPhone point, shoot and hope up to the D700. Sometimes the iPhone can really surprise me with a great shot, but normally the Nikon will win out.

Nikon Camera

Nikon Camera and lenses, Sigma 50mm f1.4, Nikkor 60mm f2.8, Nikkor 24-120mm, Nikkor 70-300m f4.5

Use of Photos on Shibuya246 site
You are welcome to reblog and use any of the photos on the Shibuya246 site or from my flickr account. All I ask is that you place a link on or near the photo so that readers can find a way back the original. If you want to remove the “© shibuya246.com” notice on the photos, please ask me first.

I am happy for photos to be reproduced in print media. If you contact me by mail I can provide higher resolution images. Most images I take are over 4,000 pixels. Images on the site are normally shown at 960px or less. A number of images can also be licensed from Getty Images.

Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu

Tokyo Tower on a Honda

Tokyo Tower on a Honda

Moe fashion in Harajuku

Moe fashion in Harajuku

Promotions
I am available for guest blogging, photo requests or consulting on Social Networking, Consumer Generated Marketing and web programming. I have been working with a number of different Sites including

  • dannychoo.com (Tokyo Live Blogging team)
  • Tokyo2016Today.com site to help promote Tokyo’s Bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • Flutterscape.com
  • JapanProbe.com
  • GaijinPot.com

Business Rule

Take a look 5-10 years into the future and work out what things are going to be like. Then plan to get there now.

Many people viewed my pictures of Gundam and the wedding. Thank you.

Many people viewed my pictures of Gundam and the wedding. Thank you.

Follow Me
You can find me on a number of different social networks and blog sites. Some of the more common and well known sites are

  • Shibuya246.com – You can find my profile here
  • RSS Feed – You can subscribe to the RSS feed for shibuya246.com and get updates directly to your reader or mailbox
  • Twitter – great place to find out what I am doing through the day
  • Flickr – you can keep up with my latest photos here sometimes before I publish them on shibuya246.com
  • stumbleupon – see what websites I have found interesting
  • bloglinkjapan – over 300 Japan blogs gathered in 1 place. Shibuya246 has a page here
  • Facebook – I am not a power facebook user, but you can follow me here if you wish
  • youtube – haven’t produced many great videos yet, but if I start this is the place
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O-mikoshi

O-mikoshi

Rilakkuma

Rilakkuma

Hachiko, Shibuya

Hachiko, Shibuya

Kyoto

Kyoto

Cosplay in Harajuku

Cosplay in Harajuku

Pokemon Shinkansen

Pokemon Shinkansen

What’s Next?
I hope this gives you a taste and quick overview of shibuya246.com. I will be continuing to take pictures of everyday life in Japan, particularly in the Shibuya, Tokyo area. When I travel I will definitely take cameras with me as well.

The Conbini Monday series has proven very popular and I am exploring some ideas on how to build on this further.

I hope you continue to be a reader of shibuya246 and consider joining as a member as well. As a member you can leave comments, create your own profile and register your Japan related blog for listing on BlogLinkJapan.com

If you have any ideas or suggestions, please use the form below or email me on blog @ shibuya246.com

Shinkansen

Shinkansen

We Are One Japan says:

How are you doing?
This is Tong from We Are One Japan.
We Are One Japan is a voluntary, event-organizing group that connects internationally-minded individuals in the Kansai area through a wide range of smoke-free events and activities.

I have read your blog and I really like it as it shares interesting information about Japan. We are starting a new website recently and I wonder if you will like to share your blog entries on our website. We will certainly give an acknowledgement and include a link to your blog, so that our members can read more of your blog entries.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,
Tong

email: we.are.one.japan@gmail.com
Blog: http://www.weareonejapan.blogspot.com
Website: http://www.weareonejapan.com

Mark E says:

I love your site, esp. your pix look very professional and for anybody who has ever been there they really make you feel you are back there.

Was wondering if you might consider some other topics – how about those right wingers in the loud trucks or soapland spruikers?

Yeimy Love says:

I’ve always been a big fan of the Japanese culture so it is great to be able to experience it from afar.

ChelslaRae says:

What wonderful blog you have here! I am a long-time follower but I have a question: What is the Japanese take on Gay and Lesbian relationships? Are they frowned upon there as much as in other places?

goglplx says:

Hi Alan,

I ran across your site while researching a Tokyo trip next year. My sons and I are planning on a visit to Akihabara at some point and I was trying to find some good resources on the web regarding places to stay in the Akihabara district. I realize part of the tourist experience in Tokyo is getting lost, but due to our short time there, I want to plan as much as I can before we get there to maximize our experience.

Do you have some suggestions for the following (Or direct me to a site or two?).

– Hotel/hostel for three people (I am 6′, my oldest is 6’4″ and youngest is 6′) in/close to Akihabara. $150/night or less if possible.
– An English-speaking tour-guide we could hire the second day there to give us a good overview of the district.
– Suggestions to off-the-beaten-path places to see and eat in/around Akihabara.
– Bet way to get to district from airport (Narita). Since we will be in a foggy frame of mind when we get there!

Any other suggestions/resources are appreciated!

goglplx (Chuck)

perdomot says:

Question: No more Combini Mondays?

shibuya246 says:

sorry, I have been slack. Conbini Monday will be on tomorrow for sure. Thanks for reminder :)

newguyjin says:

Perhaps you should also give credit to the website that you copied this design from?

Neksus says:

Got a Canon 550D. Now I need to learn how to use it :)

fukafukap says:

Hi. I came here through dannychoo.com. I am Japanese, so I am interested in what other foreigners like in Japan. I am glad you seems to like a lot of thing in Japan very much. And Rilakkuma too. I will enjoy your article from now.

shibuya246 says:

Nice to hear from you. dannychoo.com is a great place to check out as well. Look forward to hearing more from you soon. :)

HiEdCOACH says:

Hello Alan!

I’ve just found ‘ya! I’m an educator who first hit the bricks in Shibuya (Omotesando) in June ’84 – then 7 years later I moved to a mansion behind what is now (or was a couple years ago) the then new Denny’s a third of the way down Meiji-dori from the corner of Omotesando going towards Shibuya Eki…

After my 1991-1992 Shibuya stint I taught college in Los Angeles for a decade – now I live and work in Asia based in Thailand…but I’m due back in Tokyo in September and thought I’d strike up a conversation! I have a colleague who’s asked I source a Japanese distributor for his line of pet toys and equestrian gear. It’s top-notch stuff selling well in the UK and elsewhere, but currently he has zero Japanese or Korean contacts…

Well, I can see form the volume of posts/page-visits you get you may not have a chance to reply, but if you do, please appreciate my appreciation of your time and efforts! Great snaps!

Best wishes!
Geo!
Q: How can I send you a June 1984 snap of Omotesando Dori looking towards Harajuku? Boy, that town NEVER stops morphing does it! CHEERS!

shibuya246 says:

Thanks for your mail. Great to hear from you. My email address is blog@shibuya246.com
I think they closed the Dennys down a while back as well as the Royal Host that was there. Meiji dori is undergoing quite significant construction for the subway line below. :)
Enjoy your trip in September.

Mali says:

haha after months of watching ur site and following u on twitter I read your “About”. I always thought you’re a women!! o.O i’m shocked haha. I guess because Rilakkuma is more popular among girls..?! but so funny, i hope u’r not angry with me now ^.^’ Still love your site and everything, its great!

shibuya246 says:

Thanks. A few people have said that. Maybe I write like a women :) Anyway, great to have more readers like yourself who enjoy the content. Much appreciated :)

Valrath says:

Love your site. Been wishing for years for the chance to spend some time in Japan, and finally got a chance to go. I’ll be in Japan for 3 years and look forward to seeing all the cool sites and festivals. Seeing pics of the Shibuya crossing, and actually walking across it, it truly is an experience. Must say my favorite place was Akihabara, being an anime/computer geek. There’s something about those maid cafes that are just wonderful. There were these guys sitting next to me that spoke some English and talked for a bit. They called me “Mr. Nice Guy”, and bought me some drinks. Wished I had something to give them, felt kinda bad that I couldn’t give them a gift of my own. People here were so friendly. Definitely gonna follow you a lot closer now to help plan out future trips when I get time off from work. Who knows, maybe we’ll run into each other.

shibuya246 says:

Hope you enjoy your time in Japan. Should be great. :) Thanks

tsuh says:

hello shibuya246, congrats for this blog, amazing, really really really amazing, you get the details of japan lifestyle, love it. I was in Japan 2 weeks ago, saw your blog is totally nostalgic for me, miss japan a lot! I hope one day live in Japan forever; Love this country. I bought an SLR camera (Canon Kiss X3) in Japan and your photos makes me more motivated to get more clicks! Congrats again for this blog, I’m a big fan and I’ll show your blog for my friends. Fantastic job, fantastic dedication, fantastic everything. Thank You. greetings from Brazil, São Paulo. (sorry for some english mistakes). Domo, arigatou gozaimasu!!

shibuya246 says:

Brilliant. Great to hear from you. Look forward to seeing some of your photos too :)

avanlooij says:

Came across your website about 3 weeks ago via stumbleupon.

I had the opportunity to travel in Japan for 2 months back in 2002
and it was fantastic.

Wandering around in Tokyo and Yokohama, visiting shrines, meet
interesting people, eating sushi in the early morning at the fishmarket,
seeing the beautiful japanese gardens at the imperial palace and
snowboarding on the mountains of Hokkaido I had the best
time of my life.

Fantastic website with even more fantastic photo’s. Keep it up!

avanlooij
Amsterdam-The Netherlands

golpedeluz says:

hi there from colombia . . .. a really love your pictures . ..I love japan and I hope visit some day .. . .
your pictures make me think that I have to go to Japan .. .
I live in Medellin, I like to do the same thing you have done with your pictures, in Medellin. . .
Congrats Alan.
I’ll be following your pictures ..

Jorge.

Latrice says:

Hi Alan,
First I want to say this site is great! I lived in Tokyo for three years and seeing the images are making me nostalgic. :( But I have another reason I’m emailing.

Currently I’m an art student studying graphic design. I’m working on a project in which I have to make a book about an international destination. I decided to do Shibuya since I spent a lot of time hanging out there. The book will cover fashion, museums, music, nightlife and a mini section Harajuku/Yoyogi Park. The book is pretty short. I wanted to know if I could use some of your images for my book? It’s not a book that will be published, it’s just going to be added to my portfolio for class. I would credit your site as I’m doing with other sites I’m using (eg Mixi, Japan-guide, Wiki, etc.) The camera I had in Japan were crappy and I want to get a good grade on my project. :) I don’t know if I’d be able to send you a copy of the book once it’s completed (I have to bind it myself), but I’d be glad to send you a PDF file of it once it’s done. :) Thanks!

shibuya246 says:

sure, you may all the pictures with a credit line to shibuya246. My Site is about sharing so go for it. You can get most pictures of my flickr account http://www.flickr.com/photos/shibuya246 (most pixs are 960px wide which should give you decent quality for printing.) Look forward to seeing your pdf some time when you finish. maybe I can feature it on the Site :)

jplrosman says:

Hi Alan, I was wondering if you could e-mail me, I have an offer for you.
Hoping to hear more from you.
Love you website, keep up the good work.
thanks

shibuya246 says:

I emailed back. Look forward to hearing from you. If you didnt get it my email is blog@shibuya246.com

hmmm… I have seen you at the crosswalk before methinks ;)

shibuya246 says:

That is quite possible :)

tuneintokyo says:

Your site is totally rocking! I love the photo of the Tokyo Tower in the Honda window. That’s brilliant!

shibuya246 says:

Thank you. so glad you like it. I was just checking out http://tune-in-tokyo.com via http://bloglinkjapan.com as well. I have been keeping an eye on your discussion of camera lenses. very good info. :)

Crysta says:

Hi Alan,

Thanks for your concerns in December, they seemed to have straightened themselves out, and I have learned allot more since then. Good to see your activity, in time I will have more time to follow closer. A lady that comes into help me has a teenage daughter that really enjoys your site and learning about Japan. She goes to school with Japanese children which encourages the interest.

I use Opera browsers almost exclusively, though I do have an up to date IE8 all running on Windows 7 Ultimate OS or my SE cellpone. That should answer your questions from December. If you want to dialog PM send me an Email, I would be more that happy to go further.

See ya,

Crysta

Alfons says:

your pictures are great.
very inspiring,
thanks

munkhjapan says:

I was following you on twitter and now I’m on your site. I’m currently in japan now as an exchange student very happy. Looking forward to connecting with you more. will you follow me on twitter so you can also look at my tweets. ~_~

shibuya246 says:

No problems, just found you on twitter and am following.

munkhjapan says:

roger and thanks. will be more active

rob7138 says:

Happy New Year Alan…Been lurking around and finally made the jump and joined the site. Love the pics and keep them coming. You are my only connection to Japan until I get get there. Lol!

shibuya246 says:

Great to have you join us. Hope your travel plans to Japan can get you here quickly :)

david says:

great blog and good job Alan… i hope we can colaborate with golf thems Spain&Japan along 2010 with http://www.mikebelindo.com and other spanish websites, our profesional profiles are realy similar… thnks !!

shibuya246 says:

Thanks David, sounds great. More golf is definitely on my agenda for 2010. I have a good friend (golf professional) in Australia who is just starting a golf blog Site. Let me know what you have in mind. You can email me at blog@shibuya246.com anytime.

vancitylove says:

Great blog.
Are you the same person who used to run konbini life?

shibuya246 says:

I haven’t heard of konbini life, but it sounds interesting :)

Crysta says:

Hi Alan,

@shibuya246 Hay all of you at Shibuya, have a wonderful Christmas and have a very Happy New Year. Thanks for the Christmas Email it help me get my account straightened out and now I can get into it for the first time …. Crysta

I was trying to put this to put this on twitter for you but it would not take. I tryed installing the current WordPress software and it caused my laptop to go a little buggy, the curser started jumpimp into process mode with no explaination and the install was less then satisfactory and successful. The only reason I am telling you this is when I clicked on my name to try to sort out Twitter comments “above”, the very same thing started happening until I got back here, then it stopped. Is anything I should be a where with the WordPress sites or WordPress it self? Software?

Thank You from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Crysta

shibuya246 says:

Thanks and Merry Xmas. Nice to see your comments. Looks like your Twitter profile is connected ok. Were you installing WordPress for your own blog? You don’t need install anything (apart from an internet browser) to read the blogs. Let me know if I can help you out if you have problems with your blog install. What Browser are you using? Internet Explorer? Firefox? Do you know the version number? IE6 can be very difficult.

kelea says:

I really like your blog. I found it through Japanesepod101 website. I went to Japan for 2 weeks in October this year and liked it so much that I have booked to go back in April 2010 with my son. It isn’t the cheapest place to go to from New Zealand but I am obsessed with Japan now. Everyone is teasing me. It’s great to see your photos. Regards Kelea

hana_dake says:

Hajimemashite Alan-san. I like your site. But sorry, my english not too good.
yoroshiku onegai shimasu.

shibuya246 says:

thank you. こちらこそ宜しくお願いします。:)

whipcracker says:

I like the added info on your page.Gives added value to your ever increasing audience. how I came across your site I can’t remember, but I sure am glad that I have stayed. You really give an insite to Shibuya like no one else. :) and being passionate about it also. You know I’ve become a HUGE fan of Rilakkuma in my time here. :)
Just gotta make my way there somehow.
Domo Arigatou.

shibuya246 says:

Thanks. Rilakkuma is waiting for your arrival :)

HELLOSHEENA says:

I hope someday I can end up in Japan working. I would love to live there!

http://hellokittylimited.blogspot.com

al says:

A wonderful site and I think your photos are fantastic, they satisfy my torment of not being there :D, thank you

shibuya246 says:

Thanks. Hope you get the chance to visit soon :)

micky2be says:

Really nice website.
Already 20 years in Shibuya, wow! Is the “irashaimase” still get your attention? ;)

If you hire I will send you my resume, I’ll be available from December.

shibuya246 says:

thanks. let me know what your specialty is

sengoma says:

the site are so nice and looking good , how can you contact you when am out side japan?
Your promptly and immidiately reply is highly appreciated.
Regards,
Sengoma.

sengoma says:

do you offer jobs?

Shibuya246 says:

you can contact me best on twitter at http://twitter.com/shibuya246 . If you follow me, I can DM you back anytime. Thanks

floaton says:

I’m uchino3shimai on twitter and I’m following you there as well. Love your blog and will look forward to reading more interesting stuff from you.

Great clean blog layout. Amazing, keep posting.

Shibuya246 says:

Thanks. Appreciate your comments. I'll keep at it :)

whipcracker says:

So sorry to hear about Japan Soc. And now you have taken on a new job to help them out. I don't have much experience but will help out. Let me know if i can help.
Leo

Shibuya246 says:

Thanks. appreciate your support. :)

Ragnar says:

Love your story… it's nice to read how people go through the years, constantly searching and finally finding something they really like. One of the reasons why I ended up reading your blog is that I really liked your story. 20 years – that's a long time. I hope the day I end up in Japan would come sooner ^^

Shibuya246 says:

Thanks Ragnar. Great to hear from you. I hope you keep reading and eventually make it to Japan. Good luck.

kimonobox says:

I know that the girls day ceremony is coming up soon in Japan. Can I put in a request to see some photos of the girls day ceremony – the dolls or the food that is eaten in Japan around this time? What kind of price are you looking at to purchase these dolls in Aussie dollars? How long should they be displayed?

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