Tokyo, Japan is a layered city; pristine and calming views from its massive skyscrapers and organized chaos at the bottom. While you can capture these layers practically anywhere throughout the city, the separation of energy – the calm from the madness – is best witnessed at Shibuya Crossing. Once the crosswalk symbol turns on, hundred of pedestrians simultaneously make their way left, right, up, down, horizontally and vertically throughout the intersection – all while the bright lights illuminate the way in an unnatural neon rainbow. It’s a dizzying moment where you can catch people moving in all sorts of directions and speeds, and in that experience, get a fleeting sense of what it means to be from Tokyo.
The Pedestrians of Shibuya Crossing at Rush Hour.