The streets of Tokyo, one of the world’s most densely-inhabited cities, are known for an unrelenting press of bodies from dawn till dusk. The energy of human activity is tangible, but not since the government politely requested everyone to stay home to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Both tourist spots and local neighborhoods were left deserted with the cacophony of everyday life comparatively silenced.
These photos capture the not-quite-a-lockdown purgatory of pandemic life in Tokyo over the past few months.
Tourist ghost towns
Life must go on
Japan’s State of Emergency has come to an end (for now), but let’s be smart about continuing social distancing. The predicted second wave of COVID-19 infections could be around the corner, so let’s be prudent before we go and pub crawl/ stumble around Kabukicho.