Un/wrapping Shibuya: The changing texture of place

Morris, B 2006, 'Un/wrapping Shibuya: The changing texture of place', in Asia Reconstructed: Proceedings of the 16th Biennial Conference of the ASAA, 2006, Wollongong, 2006.

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Title Un/wrapping Shibuya: The changing texture of place
Author(s) Morris, B
Year 2006
Conference name Asia Reconstructed: 16th Biennial Conference of the ASAA
Conference location Wollongong
Conference dates 2006
Proceedings title Asia Reconstructed: Proceedings of the 16th Biennial Conference of the ASAA, 2006
Publisher Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Inc. and Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Place of publication Canberra
Abstract In his ambitious portrait of fragmented Tokyo, Roman Cybriwsky (1998) describes the Shibuya district as representing the 'youth and vigour of the city, as well as its considerable material wealth and proclivity for fun'(149). Indeed Shibuya is locally, nationally, and to some degree globally renowned as a site distinguished by its trend-setting Japanese youth cultures and its opportunities for conspicuous consumption oriented around a massive agglomeration of retail outlets and range of nightlife activities such as clubs. While Shibuya is by no means unique in Japan as an example of large scale and hyper-concentrated urban consumption, it does seem to raise the bar in terms of the intensity of desire for goods and different city-based leisure activities that is expressed there. These consumption activities can be witnessed at iconic shopping sites that range from famous youth oriented department stores such as the Tokyu-owned `109' (Ichimarukyu) to the specialist boutique stores lining the compact 'Spain-zaka'.
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