The “Shibuya countdown executive committee” has completed the first “YOU MAKE SHIBUYA” COUNTDOWN ” which took place at midnight on December 31, 2016.
Approximately 67,000 people participated in celebrating the first New Year’s Eve countdown in the scramble intersection in Shibuya.
The street was closed to traffic at 10PM on December 31 and the road was opened to pedestrians at 1030PM. Soon people began to enter the district. Decorated in face paint and signs which said “2017” or “Rooster” which is the Zodiac sign for 2017. They gathered to count down the New Year in Shibuya even though the tempature was only 37 degrees.
Actress Haruka Ayase, the swimmer, Kosuke Kitajima, pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and actor Hiroshi Abe among others appeared on the digital billboard screen to join the countdown to the New Year.
As the countdown for the old year neared zero and the New Year was about to begin 67,000 people called out the final seconds “3, 2, 1, Happy New Year !!”, and the intersection was bathed in red lights up and down the street., The celebration of 2017 had begun with the end of the year 2016.
On the digital billboard, “2017” “SHIBUYA” appeared, and the many visitors took pictures with a camera of the sign.
The crowd was very excited and many people commented that “It was fun to count down at the scrambled intersection which represents Tokyo, and how wonderful it was to be able to welcome in the New Year with so many people.”