This major intersection in West Shinjuku pretty much exemplifies what crowded Tokyo is all about. Next to the intersection run the tracks to the Japan Rail trains going to Shinjuku station. Beyond them is a massive shopping and social district, as well as the famed Kabuki-cho...full of bars and hostess clubs run by the Yakuza. Each time the crosswalk turns green a mob of people hurriedly cross the street to rush off somewhere, often while messaging on their phones (the crowds can be seen to the left of the intersection here). And cars haphazardly zip down the streets to rush through the next light, taxis stopping wherever they please.
Tokyo is mesmerizing in so many ways.