Shibuya is one of Tokyo's many wards, known for shopping and nightlife. Right when you get off the subway, you’re welcomed with Shibuya crossing. Cars and pedestrians alternate turns, and when the 90 seconds start for pedestrians it can seem like a somewhat overwhelming crowd. No one is pushing or rude, but it's still quite a sight for someone who is used to different crosswalks.
There are lots of really cool shops in Shibuya, and the experience in it of itself is worth it even if you don't purchase anything. I spent a lot of time hitting up cool shops like Tokyu Hands and Daiso, and didn't break the bank while doing so.
For lunch, I had looked up what to do on TimeOut the evening before, and headed to Zuicho Katsudon. It was a hole in the wall restaurant, and a very traditional Japanese experience where dining out is viewed as quite a utilitarian experience. You wait in line, go in, and eat; it would be quite an operational inefficiency if you expected the staff to chitchat with you.
My anxiety over what to order mounted as I waited in line, but I quickly realized that they only served one thing (katsudon, lol, duh) and I wouldn’t need to test my limited Japanese.
While waiting at Zuicho, I met another American who I grabbed a drink with at Fulgen. Their intimidatingly trendy **mixologist** (I feel like bartender doesn't quite capture his suave) made me an incredibly smooth negroni, complete with lemon zest on the rim of the glass.
It was definitely a nice vacation moment to have a Thursday afternoon cocktail without having to think twice about it.