New Year’s Eve in Shibuya

A non-fiction travel narrative about an encounter on New Year’s Eve in Shibuya, Japan.


The Kabukicho Encounter

As I traipsed the paved pedestrian area of Kabukicho, Tokyo’s red-light district, there weren’t a lot of other people around, apart from girl-bar touts. Pumped up with the bravado of bottom-level gangsters, they loitered in the pedestrian mall, invariably dressed in black, chewing gum or smoking, most of them appearing angry, bored, or a combination […]