High School Boys Stopping At A Connecting Passage

High school boys stopping at a connecting passage in Shibuya
Shot in Shibuya Station, Tokyo ©Tetsu Ozawa
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The high school boys who were standing in the connecting corridor were all looking towards the scramble intersection

Since the ticket gates of Shibuya station on the Ginza and Yamanote lines have changed, the passageway where Taro Okamoto's mural "Myth of Tomorrow" is displayed seems to have changed a bit. Perhaps because of the change in the line of sight, fewer people seem to stop in the middle of the corridor to look at the scramble crossing of Shibuya through the large windows.

The scramble intersection in front of Shibuya station is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, and it is quite interesting to watch from above as pedestrians start crossing from all directions to the other side of the road as soon as the light turns green, and to me, it looks as if a battle has started at the scramble intersection every time the light changes. The people who took the lead were moving quickly from one place to another toward the center of the intersection. They would then form a tight group in the center of the intersection, and the battle would begin. In reality, however, this never happens, and passersby pass each other by without bumping into each other.

When I came to the passageway, only five high school boys were standing by the window looking out. They were high school boys on their way home from school, their bags slung over their shoulders, their eyes fixed on the intersection. I wondered what the scramble intersection looked like a battlefield to me, looked like to the high school boys.


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Shooting Date

Jan 2021

Posted On

August 2, 2021

Modified On

August 3, 2021


Shibuya, Tokyo


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