Holo in Shibuya
Continuing from where we left off. After our interesting visit to Ikebukuro, like I mentioned before It was now time to journey down to the lively Shibuya for our final Holo adventure, I have to say Its a shame that we couldnt manage to bring her to Akiba but suddenly our time was at its limits and thats one thing I dislike about Japan, time flies because in Japan your always having fun! Anyway Shibuya is everything but boring, no matter which time of the day you visit. It could be Amazing, buzzing, crazy, overwhelming, loud, stressful but yet extraordinary again. A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station’s Hachiko Exit. I remember the first time I took Wibi and Kelsey there, they loved it and the amount of time we crossed its a nice experience and It would be a shame to come to Tokyo and not take a walk across the Shibuya crossing.
The intersection is heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant video screens and gets flooded by pedestrians each time the crossing light turns green, making it a popular photo and movie filming spot. If you want a good view, grab a coffee on the second floor of the Starbucks. Its a great vintage point if a seat is open overlooking the crossing. By saying all that the 3 of us had a plan to best feature that crossing into our Project catalog. Just as crazy as our experience in Ikebukuro it was time to emulate that. First I unfolded Holo near the Hachiko train, this time I needed the help of glue as she wasnt staying up by herself with her original sticky tape at the back and then we headed for the crossing, Wibi stayed with me with one camera while Kelsey with the other camera headed up to the second floor of the Starbucks and managed to find a decent spot to shoot, Its true It really looks like chaos and is quite a sight but anyway the point was that Wibi would take pictures on the ground while Kelsey will try and take the overall crossing with us in it. Oh boy that was crazy, we did in total 2 rounds of the crossing trying to be as much composed as we could. We had so many curious passerby (obvious) and at one stage there was this group of salarymen who read out the name of Holo and the series written at the bottom of the cardboard which was funny because some of them actually said “I know her, I read the novel!” I think you can see them if im not mistaken in one of the pictures when Im standing (thats rights standing!) in the middle of the crossing lol making sure to admire the surroundings while Wibi took the pictures with the many curious folks stopping by wondering what this whole circus was about.
Although nerve wracking It was still fun now that a look back at it, Im surprised or glad in a way that some people recognised her or paid attention to what she was, who knows maybe they looked it up on the internet or book store which is another good thing in terms of marketing but who knows. The night was long and we finished at around 10pm exhausted from all the walking, doing two big sub cities in Tokyo sure isnt easy. This is the end and I do hope you enjoyed our adventures with Holo in Japan, taking note the beautiful landmarks that were featured, There are many of them in Japan and it was hard to choose but I hope you get a somewhat overall picture into what Japan has to offer. Anyway as for Shibuya get into the atmosphere and cross the busiest intersection in the world! At least the wise wolf Holo did that!
We will see you next time in Europe where Kelsey and I will continue our holiday travels in the South of France. As for Wibi this is the end for him, We spent 4 wonderful weeks with him in his hometown of Bali, Singapore and Japan, Its a shame he has to go back to Bali and not continue with us but there is always next time and he played a pivotal role for Project Holo which I thank him very much! – head over here for more in-depth information about Project Holo for those new here.
Shibuya is one of the twenty-three city wards of Tokyo which is a center for shopping, youth fashion and culture, and its streets are the birthplace to many of Japan’s fashion and entertainment trends. Over a dozen major department store branches can be found around the area catering to all types of shoppers.
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