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After all the questions from lomographers around the world about how the lomographers in japan are doing, we asked our staff in Japan to show us their perspective of things. If you are interested in what’s going on in Tokyo, keep an eye on this blog post for the latest information from our Lomography team.

March 18, 2011 15:23 Tokyo, Japan

In Tokyo Shibuya, there are still some aftershocks happening and we are afraid of radioactivity, but we are all fine.

Thank you so much for the warm messages from lomographers in all over the world. We are happy to see your great photos in the Help Japan - A Hug Goes a Long Way competition.

Yesterday the Japanese government announced Tokyo might have huge blackouts. If it happens, the metro will be shut down. Now, Tokyo citizens are struggling to save electricity to avoid blackouts. So many stores turned off their neon billboards, as did the Lomography Gallery Store.

Around the Gallery Store neighborhood, many stores are closed because of the blackouts, but some stores are open for short periods of time. Compared to the time before disaster, Shibuya is getting darker because stores avoid using electricity. Still some people hang around, but not as many people as before the disasters.

We are gradually returning to our normal situation.

We are praying for those who have difficult times these days and we hope everyone will have peaceful days soon.

March 16, 2011 21:18 Tokyo, Japan

First of all, out thoughts are with the people who have suffered damage from the major earthquake.
We are praying for you in this time of loss.

Lomography Japan truly believes that we can recover someday in the near future. A day when everyone in Japan can take pictures with big smiles will come again very soon.

Today was the first day I could bring my favorite Lomo LC-A with me after the huge earthquake. There is no rice, bread, noodles, etc available at supermarkets or convenience stores, but smiles are coming back on people’s faces. A restaurant that usually opens only for dinner time opened for lunch to sell bread to their neighbors.

At the same time, there are not so many people walking around town and almost all stores and restaurants are saving on electricity, so it’s a little bit darker than usual. The government and electric power company have decided to implement a rolling blackout everyday. We are still experiencing frequent aftershocks, but are lucky to be able to eat hot meals everyday in Tokyo.

We will continue our efforts toward recovery! Meanwhile we will open Lomography Gallery Store Tokyo. We want our store to become a place where everyone can relax, recover, and come together. Thanks again for your concern and for nice words.

written by takuji on 2011-03-16 #news #tokyo #smile #japan

32 Comments

  1. dakadev_pui
    dakadev_pui ·

    yes, I want to support japanese to stay strong!

  2. grazie
    grazie ·

    I'm glad to hear that smiles are coming back on people's faces. The Japanese are very resilient people ( and very nice too) and I know they will rise up from this. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  3. cherryland
    cherryland ·

    as a student of japanese, i'm a great lover of japan. you have my biggest support! stay the way you have always been. people of serbia is praying for japan, and is trying to help in as many ways as possible :)

  4. panchoballard
    panchoballard ·

    I 'liked' this article, although 'like' is probably the wrong word. My thoughts are with you at what must be a very difficult time for Japan and it's people.

  5. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    I'm with you Japan! Give us news regularly!

  6. budkee
    budkee ·

    nice sharing takuji, it's great to see smiling faces in japan

  7. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    forza japan...go japan go!

  8. pizzicato
    pizzicato ·

    good to see your smile

  9. troch
    troch ·

    Thanks for the news. We are all thinking of Japan.

  10. deng
    deng ·

    All the best to Japan :)

  11. lola_moon
    lola_moon ·

    ♥ ♥ ♥

  12. takuji
    takuji ·

    Thanks everyone for your concern and nice words.

  13. fash_on
    fash_on ·

    thinking of you Japan, hope things can be better every day :)

  14. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    :)

  15. lakandula
    lakandula ·

    Hoping that things will be much better soon in Japan. Take care.

  16. kaho152
    kaho152 ·

    All the best!

  17. cruzron
    cruzron ·

    stay safe @takuji!

  18. masako
    masako ·

    頑張れ~日本!負けない!

  19. mean19
    mean19 ·

    Best wishes to japan. take care! がんばって!

  20. pussylove
    pussylove ·

    Thanks for this very nice and positive report.
    Helps me to cope with stress here...

  21. pussylove
    pussylove ·

    Thanks for this very nice and positive report.
    Helps me to cope with stress here...

  22. ake
    ake ·

    my heart goes to our japanese friends! stay positive :)

  23. r1c4rd0zk
    r1c4rd0zk ·

    頑張れ日本!!!!!

  24. lereile
    lereile ·

    so nice to read so positive words in such a situation, you are strong people!!!!! i'm crying-smiling!!! i send tones of energy, just in case, although i see you have enough ;)

  25. shean
    shean ·

    stay strong japan! :DD

  26. hankerkizia
    hankerkizia ·

    all my support to japanese people

  27. pomps
    pomps ·

    glad to hear some positive news! we are all with Japan friends and hoping that you soon get better! let's keep praying for those who are still suffering and for those who has lost friends and family.

  28. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    Wishing you guys lots of love and lots of courage ~

  29. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    I wish all the best for everybody in Japan. Try to stay strong....

  30. zezefan
    zezefan ·

    Oh Thats why I love Lomographers! ロモが大好きです!

  31. ashrafkuma
    ashrafkuma ·

    stay strong japan

  32. scorbe
    scorbe ·

    Be strong Japan!~

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