Japan crossing

I actually wanted to say something about this video but I don’t even know what to say! From around 0:35 watch. The zebra crossing is bigger than any I have seen and lets 1000’s of people cross roads- that are all linked together- at once. I think it is really impressive that the crossing can control the way the majority of people cross, using the black and white lines painted on the road. I just think something so simple can control so many people. They choose to use it to get from A to B safely however they don’t have to use it but they do.

It would be a shame to come to Tokyo and not take a walk across the famous intersection outside Shibuya Station. On sunny afternoons or clear evenings, the surrounding area is packed with shoppers, students, young couples and commuters. When the lights turn red at this busy junction, they all turn red at the same time in every direction. Traffic stops completely and pedestrians surge into the intersection from all sides, like marbles spilling out of a box. You can observe this moment of organized chaos from the second-story window of the Starbucks in the Tsutaya building on the crossing’s north side.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/travel/cityguide/article/0,31489,1897812_1897772_1897742,00.html#ixzz2DuXz4gL5

 

A google map image of this area in Japan

shibuya google maps

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