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80th Anniversary of Shibuya, A Clip of the Historic City

80th Anniversary of Shibuya, A Clip of the Historic City

Translated by Michiyo Nakashima

Written by Yuu Matsunaga

Tokyo 2014.08.18 Bookmark

When you think of Shibuya, it’s a city for young people. However, Shibuya actually has its long history and many people don’t know about it. The city has changed its face through a time period of eighty years experiencing the war, reconstruction, Tokyo Olympics, economic growth, Tokyo International Exposition, and etc. In 2012, they celebrated 80th anniversary of Shibuya hoping to carry on the happiness and culture of the city to the future.


A film for the 80th anniversary of Shibuya

The film, “SHIBUYA 80th ANNIVERSARY Ceremony Opening Movie” was made by augment5 Inc. at the request of Shibuya city. The movie starts form black and white photography of Shibuya public office and goes on showing the scars of the war. The number on the screen tells the age of the city at that time. Towards the end, local people appear and you can see how the city vibrant with life today.


Meiji jingu shrine, Omotesando, Daikanyama, and Ebisu are all in Shibuya Ward. It is also internationally recognized city from the world.

Within the period of eighty years, countless events happened in Shibuya; and the city has embraced all those events to become the city it is today with its people living through its history. Now 109 and Parco have become the symbol of Shibuya and young people gather to enjoy shopping.


Shibuya is a gorgeous city but has depth in its history and people at the same time. (Businessman)
(From "SHIBUYA 80th ANNIVERSARY Ceremony Opening Movie")

The city now has the image of bustling streets, but when you see the movie, you will notice that there are more intimate touches as well.


The synonym of “CEO in Shibuya” has finally become established now. I’m hoping to gather the next generation of this vibrant city. (Cyber Agent, Inc. CEO, Shin Fujita)
(From "SHIBUYA 80th ANNIVERSARY Ceremony Opening Movie")


I want to send out Japanese pop fashion and culture to the world form Shibuya and Harajyuku. (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu)
(From "SHIBUYA 80th ANNIVERSARY Ceremony Opening Movie")


The next eighty years would be Shibuya’s another period as a historic place at the center of Tokyo.

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