Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Car Plows Into Tokyo New Year's Crowd [Photos]
The incident occurred on the well-known Takeshita Street in the shopping and tourist district of Harajuku, which runs parallel to the famous Meiji shrine.
The narrow, iconic street is known worldwide as a hub of Japanese youth culture and fashion, and the area famous for its "Harajuku girls," who dress in outlandish, striking costumes.
The road was closed to traffic over the New Year, largely because of its proximity to the Meiji Shrine, which is a popular destination for people on New Year's Eve -- many Japanese visit local or famous shrines over the new year period to pray for good fortune in the coming year.
The car barreled down the narrow street, which was packed with pedestrians, at around 12.10 a.m., on New Year's day, police said. One of the injured was reportedly attacked by the suspect after he had exited the vehicle after it had come to a stop.