As the number of costume-clad revelers parading the streets of Shibuya on Halloween increases each year, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has decided to make a temporary pedestrian zone in front of JR Shibuya Station each night from Oct 28 to Oct 31 to regulate traffic. The pedestrian zone will occupy only a section near the station.
In recent years, massive numbers of people have gathered in Shibuya at the famous scramble crossing, impacting traffic, pedestrians and businesses. Last year, thousands of Halloween revelers who weren't going anywhere in particular blocked the area and police had their hands full trying to control the crowds. The sidewalks were so jammed with people that it was almost impossible to move between 10 p.m. and midnight.
Given these reasons, the police will turn Bunkamura-dori and Dogenzaka Avenue, situated between the iconic shopping mall Shibuya 109, into a pedestrian zone for the first time during evening hours to enable the crowds to spread out. The scramble crossing outside Shibuya Station will continue to allow passenger vehicles to freely pass through the junctions.
The "DJ" police officer, who has become famous for his handling of crowds in previous years, will also be on hand. The officer, who urges revelers not to get carried away, became a “star” on YouTube because of his eloquent and humorous speaking style.© Japan Today