My commute home: Tokyo Earthquake

My commute home: Tokyo Earthquake

What a day!    I found a video of my office building on YouTube swaying back and fourth.   Mine is Shinjuku Maynds Tower, the one in the middle.     When you watch it swaying remember its a 35 story office building.   With all of the trains where shut down you were left with two choices; stay in the office or walk home.   I opted to walk for the 2-3 hour trip.   You can check out the Twitter tab on the left for more of a minute to minute account of what is happening. JR Yoyogi Station - Closed....

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There were people outside, everywhere.

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A lot of people found refuge in the 24 hour McDonalds.   The 'Big America' Manhattan Burger probably had a good day...

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There were a couple of buses running as I got later into my trip... but completely packed with extremely long lines to board.

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Every police station was mobbed with people asking directions.  I guess I never though of it but most people in Tokyo take the subway from place to place and don't know the streets well to get to one place from the other.    I have the advantage of being a runner and when I was training for my marathons I learnt most of Tokyo on my training runs and can find most places on foot.

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A group of people stop to watch the news and tsunamis hitting shore...

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The police take over traffic control.

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Lawson staff hurry to try to keep their shelfs stocked.

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As most of the mobile networks in Japan were down, there were very long lines for the pay phones...

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Somehow the Apple Store was packed!

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Shibuya which is usually packed was eerie with very few people for 10PM on a Friday Night.

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I stopped off at Starbucks for a little warmth.

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This beautiful young woman was dressed up for an evening out in her Kimono but had her plans side tracked.

Starbucks 2

Starbucks 2

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Roads that had cars were brought to a standstill.

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Ah the road to home...

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.....argh elevators are of course shut down.   Time for more stairs.

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Someone gave me a pocket toilet on my way home...just in case.

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It was nice to get home to give Mayumi and Kai a kiss and make sure all is OK at home.   I hope everyone else was able to get home safely to their families.

The hunt for bread

The hunt for bread

Photos from today: Tokyo Earthquake

Photos from today: Tokyo Earthquake

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