Monday in Tokyo
Monday in Tokyo after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake rocked Tokyo a lot of people were understandably hesitant to return to their offices. Today some people began returning to work in Tokyo. Trains were running at minimal capacity with some at 20-30% which caused pockets of extreme crowded and pockets of emptiness. A lot of people were understandably hesitant to return to their offices.
Starbucks operating in darkness to conserve electricity.
Signs were taped on all of the windows on my 26th floor office saying 'Don't Touch'...a little unnerving.
One of the first things I did when I got to my desk was repack my earthquake kit. At 10.02am another earthquake struck in Ibaraki which was around magnitude 6.2. No damage but it was unnerving after only being in the office for an hour. A few companies closed as the staff was visibly shaken.
We also worked without lights at my company today to conserve power.
The busy streets of Shinjuku's business district were virtually empty.
McDonald's was missing it normal long lines. Sorry Manhattan Burger...
The crossing at Shinjuku's South Exit is virtually empty.
A family collects donations for families up north.
Police patrol around the station.
The ticket lines that are typically 5-10 people deep are virtually empty.
News Teams cover the 'action' at the station.
The station is much more crowded on the platform with trains running at 20% capacity...
Ebisu Station was much less crowded...
Krispy Kreme was missing it signature long lines...
Today is 'White Day' in Japan where it is man's turn to reciprocate the Valentines Day gifts so I stopped off at Chococro to get my wife and her mother some chocolate filled croissants for White Day. If you don't know the Valentine's Day tradition in Japan you can read about it here but what you need to know men is you need to buy a gift for your wife today.
Thanks for stopping by today...