Right now, Tokyo is well into its third State of Emergency – one that started at the end of April and will run right through to the end of May. But what does State of Emergency actually mean? Well, karaoke parlors have been ordered to shut, and restaurants have been asked to close early and cut out alcohol – but beyond that, the restaurants themselves are all still open, and of course the trains are all still running, ferrying millions in and out of the city each day.
People have been asked to avoid non-essential outings, but to be honest – in Tokyo at least – things don’t look much different pre- or post-pandemic. As I have said before, if I was to walk down my street right now, besides the abundance of masks, it’s business as usual. The government’s wishy-washy approach to combatting the virus means that those who live here are afforded a pretty much normal life. The downside? Well, the numbers aren’t really going down, and vaccinations are still nowhere to be seen. It’s therefore up to all of us to make our own decisions on what we feel is safe behaviour.
The photos in this post were all taken before the State of Emergency was announced, but realistically my life hasn’t changed much in the interim, besides going to restaurants. I miss my gym, that’s for sure. But I’m still able to enjoy walking around the neighbourhoods I love, and sit in the sun.
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