Tokyo Stroll Supplement: Shibuya Station Area
This page indexes, contains corrections and has additions to the Shibuya Station Area chapter of Tokyo Stroll.
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Aldgate, The: Tokyo Stroll page 368
Aoyama Technical College / Aoyama Seizu Semmon Gakkō Inchigōkan (青山製図専門学校)
Designed by Makoto Sei Watanabe, his first work, and completed in 1990 for the Aoyama Technical College which trains architects and interior designers. This building has been described variously as "a cross between an insect and a motorcycle," "combat robot from science fiction," and a "bizarre apparition" among others. Unusual as the building is each part has a purpose such as the globular water tank on top and the twin red lightning rods. As with most schools the interior closed to the public so enjoy the exterior.
Center Gai: Tokyo Stroll page 359
Dōgenzaka: Tokyo Stroll page 366
Drunkard’s Alley / Nonbei Yokochō: Tokyo Stroll page 358
Hachikō Memorial Statue: Tokyo Stroll page 357
Humax Pavilion: Tokyo Stroll page 359
Konnō Hachimangū: Tokyo Stroll page 370
Love Hotel Hill / Rabu Hoteru Zaka: Tokyo Stroll page 366
Love Letter Alley Site / Koibumi Yokochō Ato: Tokyo Stroll page 366
Mandarake: Tokyo Stroll page 369
MEGA Donki: Tokyo Stroll page 368
Memorial of the 2.26 Incident / Ni Ni Roku Jiken Ireihi (二･二六事件 慰霊碑)
In February 26, 1936 a group of junior officers and about 1,000 troops took part in a coup attempt. They killed several government officials, took command of a portion of the area near the Imperial Palace. On orders from the Emperor, who usually left business to the government, the rebellion was suppressed. The court martial that followed sentenced many of the leaders to death. At that time there was a military prison in Shibuya and in the summer of 1937 nineteen rebels were executed there. This statue of Kannon on a tall black stone base is the spot where the executions took place. This should not be seen as a monument glorifying their deeds, rather Japan has a long-established tradition of memorials intended to pacify angry spirits least they cause harm to the living. Urban legend has it that spirits of the soldiers are sometimes seen at the nearby NHK offices.
Miyamasu Mitake Jinja: Tokyo Stroll page 358
Moyai Statue / Moyaizō: Tokyo Stroll page 356
Myth of Tomorrow / Asu no Shinwa: Tokyo Stroll page 369
Shibuya Sky: Tokyo Stroll page 356
Shibuyagawa: Tokyo Stroll page 356
Spain Slope / Spainzaka: Tokyo Stroll page 369
Tansuya (たんす屋) is a famous chain selling new and used kimono and yukata. They describe themselves as a kimono recycle store. Frankly looking at the recycled kimono they are in great shape, not surprising as the Japanese tend to take good care of their stuff. There are many shops in Tokyo, I am adding them to these supplement pages the boomarks [NNN] when I have a page for the area they are in.
Tower Records Shibuya: Tokyo Stroll page 359
Udagawa Kōban: Tokyo Stroll page 368
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Created July 10, 2019 | Content last updated January 31, 2023