shibuya crossing at night

Shibuya is one of Tokyo’s busiest and most colorful districts, with a focus on those two hippest of concerns: fashion and music. Birthplace to many of Japan’s fashion and entertainment trends, Shibuya is home to indie boutiques and big department stores alike. The pedestrian crossing in front of Shibuya Station, nicknamed “the scramble,” is said to be the busiest in the world. Shibuya was once a wonderland for vinyl-lovers. With many of the most charming smaller stores now long dead, and anchor chain Cisco suddenly dropping out just last month, the local vinyl scene is undergoing a painful contraction, but there’s still no better place for obscure records.