Waiting for the Bus – Tokyo March 11th
As all rail lines were down, a lot of people relied on the bus network of Tokyo to get home, but it wasn’t as easy as it could have been. Buses were quickly filled to the brim of people. I could have used a bus to get home but chose to walk as I didn’t want to take the place of someone who could have really used a seat. I saw some young people on the buses but I am not judging them as there is no way for me to tell if they had special reasons to use the bus service rather than walk, like the vast majority of people. Some of my friends in their 70s reported walking until well past midnight to get home, and commentators on this blog tells of people walking from Tokyo to Yokohama, a distance of over 30km. These photos of buses and crowded bus stops were taken in Ikebukuro at night, by then buses had been stuck in traffic for hours already, more and more people lining up for the very few places available.
As people in Tokyo are not usually relying on buses, many people were unsure about routes and bus stops. I think many people were actually using buses for the first time. Space in front of bus maps were crowded.
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