Ginza's Chuo-dori Avenue, usually crowded with shoppers and tourists, was sparsely populated. I took this photo in May 2020, when the first state of emergency was being declared in Tokyo as a result of the spread of the new coronavirus.
Unlike the lockdowns in other countries, the state of emergency in Japan is not a legal ban on going out, but rather a strange request to refrain from going out. Nevertheless, at that time, many people still followed the request, and the crowd in Ginza was still small. It has already been a year since then. The new coronavirus is still raging, but people are tired of refraining from doing anything about it. Self-restraint is to stop doing something, so in short, we are doing nothing, but that is tiring in itself.
There are more people in Ginza now than there were in this photo. Even though the number of people infected with the new coronavirus is much higher than it was a year ago, people have gotten used to the number of people infected. The ability of human beings to adapt to anything is a little scary.
|May 2021 IN THE CITY TOKYO|
|GINZA LEG PEDESTRIAN SIDEWALK|
May 7, 2021
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF