Thursday, June 26, 2014

Shibuya Intersection

After the disappointing lack of outrageous fashion in Takeshite-dori, we headed to Shibuya to see the famous intersection:

The traffic signals colectively go red here at each cycle to allow people to cross from every which way.  It's a gold mine for people-watching, and we stuck around for several rounds.

Spot the bride?

Thi woman in a white shirt with her back to the camera stopped us after we crossed the street and asked if we could do a short interview.  

We agreed, and were soon put on camera with a microphone in front of our faces.  The woman held up and iPad with a series of questions and photos on it and asked us, "How popular is CSI in your culture?"

I was really not expecting an interview about an American crime drama.  "It's pretty popular," I responded.

She nodded.  "Which CSI show is the most famous?"

She asked several questions but failed to ask the key one:  Do we watch the show ourselves?  Around the time that she asked us to identify our favorite character, we pointed out that neither of us had watched an episode.  The interview wrapped up quickly after that.

Our possible moment in the Japanese culture spotlight shattered, we went to Starbucks.  The guidebooks had promised a good view from the second floor.  They did not mention the baracade of baristas that prevented any non-customers from going up there.  We each grabbed a juicebox, paid, and were admitted upstairs:

Mine was raspberry banana.  Not bad!

From there, we had a great view of the crossing.  It was not the busiest time of day, but it was still a sight to behold:

No comments:

Post a Comment