What's going on in Tokyo, Japan now

2011-03-16 32

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 #smile #japan #tokyo

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!~

More Interesting Articles

  • Shaping One's Identity Rumble Winners

    written by Lomography on 2016-08-20 #news
    Shaping One's Identity Rumble Winners

    For this competition, we asked lomographers to ponder on this question: If you had one photo that shows who you are and where your coming from, what would it be? And here are their compelling answers.

    2016-08-20 5
  • Stay Focused: Launching the Newest Lomography Mystery Product

    written by Lomography on 2016-04-02 #news #gear
    Stay Focused: Launching the Newest Lomography Mystery Product

    No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. We are once again preparing for the launch of our newest mystery product! Have a seat, change your perspective, and stay focused because we're going to be dropping a few clues here and there before we let you in on our little secret.

    2016-04-02 10
  • Top Shoutbox Users of October 2015

    written by lomography on 2015-10-30 #news
    Top Shoutbox Users of October 2015

    Aside from the Magazine and your own LomoHome, the shoutbox is another effective platform in the community to voice out your thoughts. And keeping this space brimming with activity are these lomographers who are always armed with interesting things to say!

    2015-10-30 7
  • Shop News

    Get 20% Off on your favorite Lomo Instant Mini camera!

    Get 20% Off on your favorite Lomo Instant Mini camera!

    Start instantly immortalizing every memorable moment in your life with your very own Lomo Instant Mini camera now! Get 20% off on the Lomo Instant Mini edition of your choice! **The Lomo’Instant Milano Edition and all Lomo’Instant Wide editions are exempt from this offer.

  • Newcomer of the Week: Kana Fujisaki (gara0802)

    written by lomography on 2016-04-24
    Newcomer of the Week: Kana Fujisaki (gara0802)

    We're always on the lookout for inspiring content from our community newcomers. This week, Kana Fujisaki grabbed our attention with her evocative photo series featuring young lovers by the sea. In this quick chat, our featured Lomographer from Japan opens up about her humble beginnings and the inspirations behind her intimate imagery.

    2016-04-24 5
  • Lomo’Instant Wide Gets Delivered Around the World

    written by Lomography on 2015-12-15 #news #gear
    Lomo’Instant Wide Gets Delivered Around the World

    Just like a busy Santa, we spent the first week of December delivering the first batch of Lomo’Instant Wide. Our idea of a mini celebration? Keeping tabs on our Lomographer friends from all over the world. They’re as excited for new instant shots as we are.

    2015-12-15
  • Top Shoutbox Users of March 2016

    written by lomography on 2016-03-25 #news
    Top Shoutbox Users of March 2016

    Aside from browsing through beautiful photographs and reading interesting articles, hanging out in the shoutbox is another worthwhile activity to do in the community. Not only will you get updated on the latest in photography, you’ll also have a chance to share ideas, tips, and stories with fellow shutterbugs across the globe. The shoutbox is always brimming with entertaining conversation and it's all because of these Lomographers.

    2016-03-25 3
  • Shop News

    Celebrate summer with the Lomo'Instant San Sebastián

    Celebrate summer with the Lomo'Instant San Sebastián

    Walk along the sandy shore, take a dip and splash around, and celebrate summer with the Lomo'Instant San Sebastián! Inspired by the Spanish surf town, this nifty newest edition of the Lomo'Instant is perfect to capture your colorful instant summer snaps!

  • Landei and her Weapon of Choice: Sprocket Rocket

    written by lomography on 2016-02-06
    Landei and her Weapon of Choice: Sprocket Rocket

    Lomographer Carina, or landei in the community, regards the Sprocket Rocket as a "versatile plastic camera." For her, it doesn't only take great travel snapshots but makes an interesting conversation starter as well. In this interview, Carina expounds more on what makes the Sprocket Rocket her go-to camera.

    2016-02-06 3
  • Top Shoutbox Users of February 2016

    written by lomography on 2016-02-26 #news
    Top Shoutbox Users of February 2016

    Aside from browsing through beautiful photographs and reading interesting articles, hanging out in the shoutbox is another worthwhile activity to do in the community. Not only will you get updated on the the latest news about photography but you’ll also have a chance to share ideas, tips, and stories with fellow shutterbugs across the globe. The shoutbox is always brimming with entertaining conversation and it's all because of these lomographers.

    2016-02-26 7
  • Newcomer of the Week: klemidesigns

    written by lomography on 2016-01-17 #news #videos
    Newcomer of the Week: klemidesigns

    It's no secret that the community is a treasure trove of film photography tips and techniques. And this artistic atmosphere is what exactly piqued Kellie Leming's interest. In this interview, our newcomer of the week from Nashville, Tennesse opens up about how the music community in her hometown inspires her to be positive and creative and what shooting on film means to her.

    2016-01-17 4
  • Shop News

    Category Filters for easy Film Shopping

    Category Filters for easy Film Shopping

    Sure, it takes effort to source films these days, but the Lomography Shop has just made the online part more convenient - under each category, you may now filter by Brand and ISO.

  • Newcomer of the Week: _baunovart_

    written by lomography on 2015-11-15 #videos
    Newcomer of the Week: _baunovart_

    For Patrice Baunov, film photography is an "intimate medium that shows the interaction between the photographer and his surroundings during a specific moment." In this interview, our well-rounded newcomer from Berlin, Germany talks about his wide range of interests and how he applies Lomography's "Don't think just shoot" attitude on his photography and daily life.

    2015-11-15 4
  • Tindersticks: Exclusive Launch of the Video 'How He Entered', Only on Lomography!

    written by lomographyfrance on 2016-02-24 #news #videos #people
    Tindersticks: Exclusive Launch of the Video 'How He Entered', Only on Lomography!

    Last year, the directors and filmmakers Amaury Voslion and Richard Dumas asked us if they could borrow the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control art lens to shoot the Tindersticks’s new video. We were really enthusiastic to participate in this project! Today, we are happy to announce the exclusive launch of the video, right here on Lomography’s website! You’ve read it right: you are the FIRST ones to enjoy this new visual adventure straight from their latest album titled 'The Waiting Room.' Plus, Stuart Staples of Tindersticks, Amaury Voslion and Richard Dumas tell us more about themselves and their work in this exclusive interview.

    2016-02-24 2
  • KONO! Donau 35mm Film: Another Exceptional Film Exclusively Available From Lomography

    written by Lomography on 2015-10-19 #news #gear
    KONO! Donau 35mm Film: Another Exceptional Film Exclusively Available From Lomography

    Lomography is always on the lookout for experimental and creative film, because we want to keep the love for analogue alive! We’re devoted to continually adding new and exciting films to our ever-expanding collection of photography products, both from our own production line and partnering together with likeminded companies. So in our ongoing quest to do so, we have teamed up with our friends at KONO! The Reanimated Film to share a totally new and exciting film with you — KONO! Donau 35mm Film!

    2015-10-19