A Sea of Humanity

A look at the pedestrian scramble in the Shibuya District of Tokyo, Japan.
May 23, 2011, 10am PDT | Jason Van Patten
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At rush hour, the scrambled crosswalk which intersects ten lanes of traffic, can see upwards of 2,500 pedestrians moving at one time.

"the Scramble captures the contradiction of modern Japan: Although so many young people seek to stand out in the crowd with the latest, zaniest fashion, their upbringing still demands civility: They may look counterculture, but they're still bound to step back and offer a stranger the right of way."

"Shibuya's Scramble has become a symbol of the habitability of a metropolis of 35 million. In recent years, the crossing has become a mainstay in tourist guidebooks."

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Published on Monday, May 23, 2011 in LA Times
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