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Shibuya (渋谷) is one of the 23 wards in Tokyo. It houses both Shinjuku and Shibuya stations, as well as the famous Shibuya 109.

History[edit | edit source]

Shibuya has become a staple of fashion neighborhoods in Japan. The famous shopping district is home to Shibuya 109, a 10-floor department store catering to all lovers of fashion. [1] The building was founded in 1979 by the Tokyu Company. It was designed architect Minoru Takeyama to be not just a department store, but a "fashion community." [2]

Shibuya was once home to the boom of Gyaru fashion. Other avant-guard fashions were popular from time to time in the area as well. However, nowadays, the area sees more mainstream fashion and trends based fashion than anything else. [1][2][3] However, a number of various fashion styles have shops in the building, like Swankiss (a Lolita brand). [2]

Shibuya Today[edit | edit source]

Currently, the Shibuya area is under major development that won't be finished until 2027. [4] The building is also temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 crisis. [5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Shopping in Shibuya." Shibuya Station. N.d. Retrieved November 15, 2020 from https://www.shibuyastation.com/shopping-in-shibuya/
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "A Guide to Shibuya 109 – Home of Tokyo’s Youth Fashion Scene." TOKYO CHEAPO. August 12, 2019. Retrieved November 15, 2020 from https://tokyocheapo.com/shopping-2/shibuya-109/
  3. Information discerned from street snaps of current fashion trends in Shibuya from Shibuya - Style Arena JP
  4. "Shibuya." Japan Guide. N.d. Retrieved November 15, 2020 from https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3007.html
  5. "Tokyo’s iconic Shibuya 109 building closes temporarily to prevent spread of coronavirus." Sora News 24. May 27, 2020. Retrieved November 15, 2020 from https://soranews24.com/2020/03/27/tokyos-iconic-shibuya-109-building-closes-temporarily-to-prevent-spread-of-coronavirus/
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