Hello from Japan

Hello from Japan.

I was wondering what I’d encounter here after the devastation of a month ago.  Arriving at Narita left me with little doubt that Japan is hurting.

Narita International Airport was a virtual ghost town – only a handful of workers, only 2 Customs & Immigration lines open and very few passengers on the flight arriving the same time as mine.  My flight only had 62 passengers on a plane that holds nearly 300!  Out of respect I did’t take any pictures.

Getting into the city I further saw how the Japanese are handling their recovery efforts.  Lights out all over the city and nobody (compared to my past experiences) out in the evenings and traffic looked like Moab, Utah in the winter not Tokyo in April.

We did venture out to shoot “Piss Alley” which is a group of narrow alleys that house small food stalls – some in the group were looking forward to this.  They were not busy at all.  The folks that were there seemed focused on their futures (from the small talk I overheard) and what was next.  Here are a couple shots from Piss Alley:

f/5.6 1/60 ISO 2500 Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @ 128mm

f/8 1/60 ISO 3200 Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @ 70mm

As we wandered a little further we ended up in Kabuki-cho – a red light district.  Again, nobody was out and about and business did not seem as usual.  We did run across this sign that in short reads “The water we are using in the store was brought in from Osaka.  You can enjoy our tea and other drinks without worry.”  A somber message addressing the radiation fears of the water supply in Tokyo.

f/10 1/60 ISO 2500 Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @ 70mm

Stay tuned for more.

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