Many people who visit Japan say that they want to visit Tokyo. In reality, Tokyo is a city which has an area of nearly 2,200 square kilometers (nearly 850 square miles). As a city, it is half the size of the US state of Rhode Island. In reality, although it is called a city by foreigners, it is more like a state. Just like Londoners refer to parts of London as though they are different cities, the different parts of Tokyo are very far apart.
Although I lived in Tokyo for around 10 years before moving to Kobe, there are parts of Tokyo which I am more familiar than others. One of those locations is Shibuya.
Even “Shibuya” is not a specific name of where I went. Most Japanese people will explain where they went in relation to a major train station. However, Shibuya Ward includes not only Shibuya station, but also Harajuku, Omotesando, Daikanyama, Ebisu, and Yoyogi, just to name the major areas.
Shibuya was the place where I hung out when I was in high school and college. It is fairly close to the schools I went to, and the place where I lived. I’m pretty sure this is where I went on my first “real” date.
It has been at least 5 years since I last went to Shibuya. Some of the stores have changed, but there are still quite a few that I used to frequent a lot. Overall though, it seems that I have grown up – I felt that Shibuya was almost “too young” for me! I guess it is time that I step away from the glaring lights, and into the back streets of Shibuya, where there is still a lot of things for me to see. Maybe I should venture further away from Shibuya station, and toward places like Omotesando, which is considered more upscale.
Going to Shibuya brought back a lot of memories. I hope that next time, I’ll get to see more places I used to go to, as well as some new places!