My Proposal - Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya Crossing - Photo by  Luca Florio

Shibuya Crossing - Photo by Luca Florio

Roughly eight years ago, I met a girl from Japan who was visiting Vancouver for the summer. Unfortunately for me, she was about to head back home less than 24 hours later. Even though our time together was brief and but a few hours, I just couldn’t seem to get her out of my head. Around 12 months later I found myself on a plane with little to no plan, except to chase down this girl and see where life would take us.

Fast forward a year later and I knew she was the one that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I wanted my proposal to be memorable and special but due to limited budget, few friends, and literally zero Japanese language ability I was scrambling for a creative way to ask for her hand. Since we lived in Tokyo, I decided that I wanted to propose in a location that represented the city and where a message could be displayed from a distance… Shibuya crossing! With the help of friend I was able to book dinner at a restaurant with a clear view of the crossing as well as get permission to record video. After a couple weeks of preparing umbrellas and gathering up some friends to help me, the day finally arrived.

I got to the crossing a couple hours before the dinner reservation to run through the plan with those that would be helping me with the proposal. Once I was sure that everyone and everything was in place, I went to the restaurant and waited for her to arrive…