The other day, I was looking at the timetable of the Narita Express train service between Tokyo and Narita Airport. There were quite a few trains that were canceled, which surprised me. Thinking about it, this is not surprising. The number of flights to and from Narita Airport has been decreasing, and so has the number of passengers using Narita Airport. This is the result of fewer people traveling to Narita Airport.
I have not been outside of Japan since I visited Indonesia in early 2020, and I have no plans to do so in the near future. It is a pity. Although restrictions on entry into Japan are gradually loosening, it is still a hurdle to go abroad, and there are still many countries that restrict entry from Japan. The only relatively nearby countries that allow entry without any restrictions, including vaccination certificates, are Mongolia, Uzbekistan, and Australia (as of July 15, 2022). Even in countries that allow unrestricted travel, there is nothing that can be done if a person is infected with Corona while visiting there. Given this, it may be difficult to go abroad until a cure is available.
If it is difficult to travel abroad, it would mean traveling domestically, but I have not traveled domestically. In short, I have not traveled that much since I became a COVID-19 pandemic. I have only been hanging around in the neighborhoods, and have not ventured too far from home. So when I see people getting on the express train at Shinjuku station, I feel very envious even though I don't know where they are going.
|Jul 2022 TOKYO VEHICLE|
|PASSENGER SHINJUKU SILHOUETTE STATION TRAIN|
July 31, 2022
August 11, 2023
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS LOXIA 2/35