Last Week for Shibuya PARCO

Shibuya PARCO has been a symbol of Shibuya fashion and Shibuya culture since it was opened in 1973.  But it’s going to close next Sunday, August 7th because of the reconstruction.  They are now having a final big sale this week so don’t miss the last chance grab Shibuya PARCO fashion.

If you are a fan of Japanese anime, there is one more reason to go to PARCO this week. They have a pop-up store of anime on the 6th floor of PARCO Part 1.  (Note:  There are PARCO Part 1 and Part 3.  Part 2 was already closed some years ago.)

I am not an expert of anime, but I notice a shop of One Piece, Kuroko’s Basketball and Yowamushi Pedal.

Address: 15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 10am – 9pm (some shops open and close at different times)

PARCO will reopen in three years.  We will miss this familiar sight.  Spain-zaka (Spain Slope) which is close from PARCO has also been a symbol of Shibuya culture.  Small shops gather in both sides of the narrow street and the slope is always packed with people.  Once I took a friend from Chicago to Spain Slope.  She loved this area because the narrow winding street was so different from grid roads of Chicago.  I hope this atmosphere will remain even after PARCO is gone.

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Spain Slope

There are many shops coming from the US and Europe and they are all part of Shibuya culture.  But apart from such large-scale chain stores, small-sized independent shops are the source of energy of Shibuya and its culture.

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