Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Hachiko Exit, Shibuya Station, Tokyo

This is arguably the busiest intersection for pedestrians in all of Tokyo, if not Japan. First the traffic signals allow vehicles to travel north to south, then east to west. During this time, the sheer mass of people waiting to cross builds like midieval armies standing in formation, thirsting for the battle to begin. Upon the signal, the great throng springs forth, clashing in the center of the crossroads, as they push their way to the other side.

But of course, these modern warriors of the concrete jungle are in fact much more civilized; in fact, they simply slipslide across the opposing ranks as they weave their way through to wherever they happen to be going.

Then the light turns red again, thus beginning the wait anew.


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