Shinjuku Station leaves Broadway in shadow

Postcard From Tokyo

March 22, 2007|By CANDUS THOMSON

When it comes to candlepower, Times Square and "Neon" Deion Sanders have nothing on Shinjuku Station, which seems to be the center of the universe no matter what the hour.

Bright tubes of colored light, proclaiming a destination or a product, pierce the night sky at this transportation and commercial hub and make darkness disappear. Business people, shoppers and tourists all hustle under the rainbow of advertising, a light so bright that they barely cast a shadow. Sunglasses would not be out of place, and coming off a 14-hour flight, are the only line of defense.

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway, but Shinjuku positively shines.

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