Snapshot Sunday: Special Edition – The Shibuya Scramble

Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo is famed for being the world’s busiest street intersection. Giant neon advertisements and video screens entertain pedestrians as they wait for the light to change – when it does, they scatter across streets in every direction. This (creative) time lapse video shows a few cycles of what is known as the “Shibuya Scramble”.

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Snapshot Sunday: Vermillion Gates at Fushimi Inari

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Fushimi Inari Taisha is a shrine that honors Inari, the Shinto spirit (kami) of fertility, rice, sake, and agriculture. Since he’s is also the kami of general prosperity and worldly success, it’s common for Japanese businesses to donate the torii gates that hedge the paths on Mount Inari.

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Snapshot Sunday: Lanterns at the Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine

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It takes some effort to elbow your way through the throngs of shoppers at Kyoto’s Nishiki Market. But if you make it all the way to the end, you’ll be rewarded with the simple beauty of the lanterns that await you at Tenmangu, a shrine dedicated to the god of learning.

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Snapshot Sunday: Origami Cranes at Hiroshima

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An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish or eternal good luck. After being exposed to radiation from the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, a girl named Sadako Sasaki developed leukemia and began folding cranes with the wish of survival. Sadako succumbed to her illness at the age of twelve, but her classmates began folding cranes in her honor. The origami crane has now become an international symbol of peace.

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