Before the Onslaught

Crowds gathering just before the madness begins.

Tokyo’s busiest station is called Shibuya. I like the sound of it. Whenever I think of Shibuya, I think of “Shazam!” Bolts of electric light in Shibuya’s on-going onslaught of ad campaigns have the magical ability to transport you into the future, just like the bolts of lightening in Captain Marvel comic books transform the young Billy Batson into an adult superhero.


Transformation is complete once you get anywhere within the vicinity of this super space-age, futuristic way station located deep in the heart Tokyo City, Japan. It’s like stepping into an alternate world. You can’t help feeling the pulse and deep rhythms of humanity as you are swept along in the tide of people.

The area is proliferated with entertainment, business and shopping venues. Flashing neon contrasts with black-suited businessmen. You’ll find pachinko parlors, amusement arcades, skyscrapers, giant TV’s, noodle stations, strip bars, love hotels, massage parlors and bars of every sort. There’s a little something for everyone here.

Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian expat who has been living abroad in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. My husband and I have owned our own business in Taiwan since 2012. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. Follow Carrie on on Twitter @globetrotteri or on Instagram at

3 thoughts on “Shibuya!

    Juan Carlos

    (November 5, 2007 - 9:11 am)

    I really enjoy visiting this blog

    Todd Alperovitz

    (November 5, 2007 - 11:34 am)

    I’ve been enjoying your posts from your trip Carrie… I look forward to more.


    (November 9, 2007 - 2:04 pm)

    This looks amazing Carrie. I’ve heard about it in the movies but still have a hard time imagining all those people crossing the street at once.

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