Even with the country’s wonderfully relaxed licensing laws, a kick-off time of 10am for Japan’s first game of the 2014 World Cup seemed to suggest a huge police presence really wasn’t necessary. But a huge police presence was exactly what Shibuya got.
A funnelling of fans and shoppers that admittedly seemed like a good idea at first.
But it was an idea that quickly turned into semi-organised chaos.
The fun of which at least helped to ease the pain of Japan’s opening loss.