Shibuya's scramble crossing to go vehicle-free for New Year's Eve

Dec 3, 2016

Shibuya's scramble crossing to go vehicle-free for New Year's Eve

The famous scramble crossing in Tokyo’s Shibuya’s district will go vehicle-free on New Year’s Eve, informed sources said Saturday. The move is aimed at preventing turmoil from the massive crowds that have been forming at the iconic intersection in front of Shibuya Station to ...

An eerie calm on the dark side of Shibuya

| Nov 19, 2016

An eerie calm on the dark side of Shibuya

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There are many versions of Shibuya. There is one that you see in tourist guides of crowded streets, and another that’s less photographed: for every 10,000 photos of the Shibuya’s famous scramble there are only a handful showing someone walking empty streets. I remember ...

Tokyo's volunteer spirit aids Halloween cleanup

Nov 1, 2016

Tokyo's volunteer spirit aids Halloween cleanup

Hundreds of garbage bags decorated like jack-o’-lanterns piled up Tuesday morning on the streets around Shibuya Station in Tokyo as volunteers filled them with rubbish left by thousands of costumed partygoers who swarmed the area just hours earlier. By 8 a.m., Shibuya Ward officials ...

Shibuya readies for Halloween party throngs

Oct 27, 2016

Shibuya readies for Halloween party throngs

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To avoid turmoil near JR Shibuya Station when it is flooded with partygoers over Halloween, the Metropolitan Police Department will for the first time dedicate two nearby streets to pedestrians only from Friday through Monday, depending on traffic conditions. Roughly 90 events will be ...

2017 Putin calendar proving a hit in Japan

Oct 21, 2016

2017 Putin calendar proving a hit in Japan

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The personality cult surrounding Russian President Vladimir Putin is reaching new heights, and a growing number of Japanese are becoming curious about the details of his daily life. A newly published 2017 calendar featuring the Russian leader, who is famous for shirtless horse riding, ...

English-language services debut at two key police boxes in Tokyo

Oct 1, 2016

English-language services debut at two key police boxes in Tokyo

The Metropolitan Police Department on Friday launched English-language services at two police boxes in the capital to help deal with the tourism surge in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics. The foreigner-friendly police boxes are in the Kabukicho entertainment district in Shinjuku Ward and ...