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Guide to Shibuya: Scramble, Shopping, Hachiko

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Published on 04.27.2016 Downtown Shibuya in western Tokyo is one of the busiest districts of Tokyo and it’s famous for three main things.
First is the iconic Shibuya scramble, which a pedestrian crossing just outside Shibuya station. During peak traffic hours, as many as three thousand people cross during one signal change, and as many as 500,000 people cross the scramble in one day. This scramble is surrounded by buildings with big LED screens. Among those buildings, QFrout has two kinds of LED displays, and it is one of the landmark buildings in Shibuya.
Next, just before Shibuya scramble, there is a statue of a dog named Hachiko. A couple of movies. And several million dollars have been made out of the story of this noble dog. His story can be summarized in Haiku:
Hachiko waited
His master never arrives
Years pass, still waiting

Hachiko was a faithful companion of a professor, and he waited for that professor every day at Shibuya station even years after his master’s death. Hachiko had actually waited for his master for seven years after the master’s death believing that his master would come out of the Shibuya station again. That incident was reported in newspapers, which made Hachiko famous and popular among people at that time. People of that time were moved by Hachiko’s faith, and many of them donated money to build the statue of Hachiko. The statue was built in 1934, a year before Hachiko’s death. When Hachiko died, many people offered flowers around his statue, praising him for his loyalty towards his master.
Third and last, people go to Shibuya because it is one of the Tokyo’s most proponent shopping districts. One of the trendier department stores is Shibuya 109, or Tokyu. Shibuya 109 opened in 1979 and it has been ahead of the curve in Japan in regards to fashion, and it is now drawing people’s attention of foreign countries as one of the symbols of Japanese fashion.
In addition to fashion, Shibuya is also filled with attractive gadgets as well. Tokyu-Hands Shibuya is one of the most interesting stores to visit for checking miscellaneous goods. Tokyu-Hands has many branches, but one in Shibuya is one of the biggest stores with nine floors. It has various stationaries, cosmetics, kitchen gadgets, furniture, and many other things that attract consumers. The best part of Tokyu-Hands Shibuya is the interesting and useful things that can be found there, which one wouldn’t see at other stores. There is also “Hands Café” on its 7th floor. Tokyu-Hands Shibuya is very large, it is possible to spend an entire day exploring it.

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