Celebrating a true canine hero
Animal lovers continue to flock to the bronze statue of Hachiko, a dog famed for his loyalty. The Akita dog would greet his master at Shibuya Station every evening and continued to wait for him for ten years after the university professor died.
“If it has been invented, it’ll be here”. That’s the philosophy of Shibuya. And surely the philosophy of neighborhood’s main streets, namely Bunkamura-dori and Dogenzaka, is “the bigger, the better!” Here, you will find dozens of shopping malls packed with the biggest chains and brands, among them Japanese favourites like Loft, Tokyu Hands, Marui and Seibu. Meanwhile, other zones have different specialities: Ginza is the place to go for luxury brands, while a more extravagant level of luxury can be found in Ormotesand Street, right by the Zelkova trees. This is also where you will find the huge Omotesando Hills plus it’s close to Shibuya 109 arguably the area’s most famous department store, offering ten floors of temptations and located in a prime position right on the Shibuya crossing. In Shinjuku, meanwhile, it’s all about the latest technology, while Sugamo is the place to go to find small boutiques. And these are not the only dividing lines in this part of the city, as a stroll around the different areas will show.
Take a walk along Takeshita Street, for instance, and you’ll see it’s a big favourite with teenagers and young adults, especially those who have adopted the Harajuku trend, a mix of fashions now synonymous with this pedestrianized thoroughfare. The lolitas can be seen there, sporting their eye-catching mix of Victorian and Edwardian clothing like big skirts and petticoats, and, then there are the ganguro girls, suntanned blondes who would look more at home in California), and, of course, the cosplay enthusiasts, both male and female, dressed up as their manga idols.