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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
27 Jun 2015

French director Eric Lartigau and French actress and singer Louane Emera attend stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall on June 26 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French director Eric Lartigau and french actress and singer Louane Emera attend stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall on June 26 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French director Eric Lartigau attends stage greeting for "La Famille BŽlier" (during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall on June 26 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French director Eric Lartigau and french actress and singer Louane Emera attend stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall on June 26 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French director Eric Lartigau and french actress and singer Louane Emera attend stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall on June 26 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French director Eric Lartigau attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall on June 26 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French director Eric Lartigau attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall on June 26 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French director Eric Lartigau attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall on June 26 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera speaks with sign language at stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera speaks with sign language at stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French director Eric Lartigau and french actress and singer Louane Emera attend stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall on June 26 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo, Japan
By hiroko tanaka
26 Jun 2015

French singer and actress Louane Emera attends stage greeting during Film Festival 2015 at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Japan on June 26 2015.

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Shibuya: An Icon of Japanese Modernity
Tokyo
By Michael Penn
27 Sep 2014

Shibuya Station and its surrounding neighbourhoods is undoubtedly one of the most famous areas in Tokyo, known especially as a centre for fashion and youth culture. The crowds traversing Shibuya Crossing, right in front of the train station, is an iconic image of modern Japan, often used to represent the nation’s transformation from the ashes of defeat in 1945 to the economic superpower of the 1980s.

Indeed, you can find all kinds of people here in Shibuya. Equally well known is the statue of the loyal dog Hachiko, who waited in vain for his dead master for many years at this very spot, tugging at the heartstrings of a nation. Nowadays, the area around the statue is Japan’s most appropriate location to await ones friends before going shopping or eating or whatever in Shibuya’s extensive commercial district.

While there are very few parts of Japan that are active 24 hours a day, Shibuya Crossing comes pretty close. As impressive as it is by day, the night view can be even more spectacular. At different seasons and at different times, it is a district of change. Even many of the shops along its streets go out business, face renewal, or introduce the completely original.

Center Gai is at the heart of the shopping district, and is thankfully a pedestrian zone. This a place where people — mostly young people — buy clothes, jewelry, or else go for entertainment or a bite to eat. Here it runs from highbrow to lowbrow… there’s just no telling what you might discover.

Nearby is Supein Zaka, which is supposedly similar in appearance to a traditional Spanish street.

Behind the trendy Shibuya Ichi Maru Kyu shopping complex is a zone that probably could exist in few places other than Japan. This is Love Hotel Hill where couples go for rooms available for two or three hour periods. There is not much of a “rest” happening in these hotel rooms.

Although the word “Shibuya” is most closely associated with the Shibuya Station area and its surrounding commercial district, it is also part of a larger Shibuya City, which is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, making up the core of this megacity. Shibuya City has a resident population of over 210,000 people, and its own city government and its own flag. Harajuku, Yoyogi, Ebisu, and Hiroo are neighbourhoods well known in their own right that also belong to Shibuya City. On its northern border, Shibuya City runs right up to Shinjuku Station, meaning that such a major shopping complexes as Takashimaya Times Square is actually part of Shibuya City, not Shinjuku City as one might naturally assume.

But be that as it may, for most visitors to Japan — as for most Japanese themselves — Shibuya is that youthful, ever-changing zone where the crowds spill out at the change of a signal and where the faithful dog Hachiko watches over his waiting friends.

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The Salaryman
Tokyo
By Biel Calderon
23 Feb 2012

A 'salaryman' waits to cross the street in downtown Tokyo.

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The Salaryman
Tokyo
By Biel Calderon
23 Feb 2012

A 'salaryman' in the subway. Tokyo is well-known as a commuter city, as many people commute in and out of the city mainly for work.

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The Salaryman
Tokyo
By Biel Calderon
23 Feb 2012

A white-collar worker smokes in downtown Tokyo.

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The Salaryman
Tokyo
By Biel Calderon
23 Feb 2012

A 'salaryman' in a train station in Tokyo. Tokyo is well-known as a commuter city, as many people commute in and out of the city mainly for work.

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The Salaryman
Tokyo
By Biel Calderon
23 Feb 2012

A 'salaryman' in the subway. Tokyo is well-known as a commuter city, as many people commute in and out of the city mainly for work.

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The Salaryman
Tokyo
By Biel Calderon
23 Feb 2012

Three white-collar workers during a break at work. Mainly ‘middle-class’ freshman employees and general managers, this group of the japanese working population work extra hard and stay until late at the office.

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The Salaryman
Tokyo
By Biel Calderon
23 Feb 2012

Three white-collar workers leaving a business building.

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The Salaryman
Tokyo
By Biel Calderon
23 Feb 2012

Akihabara district in Tokyo. Also known as Akihabara Electronic Town, this area concentrates dozens of electronic goods based shops, mainly computer goods, video games, anime, and manga.

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The Salaryman
Tokyo
By Biel Calderon
23 Feb 2012

A white-collar worker ties his shoe at downtown in Tokyo.

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The Salaryman
Tokyo
By Biel Calderon
23 Feb 2012

Skyline of the city of Tokyo. With a population of about 13,000,000 (2013) Tokyo is considered for many as a ‘working city’ due its huge working population.

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The Salaryman
Tokyo
By Biel Calderon
23 Feb 2012

A 'salaryman' in the subway. Tokyo is well-known as a commuter city, as many people commute in and out of the city mainly for work.

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The Salaryman
Tokyo
By Biel Calderon
23 Feb 2012

A 'salaryman' in the subway. Tokyo is well-known as a commuter city, as many people commute in and out of the city mainly for work.

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The Salaryman
Tokyo
By Biel Calderon
23 Feb 2012

A white-collar worker checks his mobile phone in downtown Tokyo. The life of the 'salaryman' mainly revolves around their work at the office.

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The Salaryman
Tokyo
By Biel Calderon
16 Jun 2011

A 'salaryman' sleeps in the subway. Heart attacks and strokes related to stress, lack of sleep and bad eating habits are the main medical reasons of deaths from overwork (known in Japan as Karoshi).

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Tokyo Residents React to Earthquake a...
Tokyo
By Michael Penn
11 Mar 2011

Footage of the March 11, 2011, earthquake as experienced in central Tokyo and footage from about a week later in the tsunami devastation zone of Natori City.