Hi, Jess in Tokyo here. Sorry I have no photos to post here, but I just wanted to share some observations from Tokyo after Friday’s earthquake. I actually just got back to my place today after spending two nights at my friend’s (newer, swankier, and more shock absorbent) place (we could barely feel the aftershocks there).
Well, for one, I learned a lesson; always ride your bike. I had decided to take the train on Friday which left me with a considerable hike in order to get home as all the trains had stopped and I was over 10km away. Luckily the weather was nice and I kind of enjoyed trekking with the masses of suited business people.
Although the quake was terrifying, and the aftermath is pretty gruesome, watching the news on Friday, I learned that the event sparked a huge surge in bike sales as people just really wanted to get home and some people around Tokyo commute up to 100km by train, so they bought bikes.
An even neater thing that my girlfriend told me was that as she was heading home, it was the cyclists that were helping people find their way. Since most people take trains, they are not familiar with navigating the streets. She said that she came across cyclists giving very detailed directions to people heading all over the place.
Anyways, things feel pretty normal here in Tokyo and hopefully things will get fixed up up north soon too.