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  • This video is brought to you by SquareSpace. This is life in Tokyo now that everything is opening up

  • So I'm finally back after a short break and I just wanted to get back and show you what's really going on in Tokyo

  • As many of you know, my son was recently born on May 25th

  • And that's actually the time that Tokyo lifted its state of emergency

  • So things here in Tokyo are starting to open back up and I wanted to take this time in this video

  • to kind of show you what's actually

  • happening here in Tokyo. It's mid July right now and you can see behind me that stores are starting to open up

  • In fact, I'll be taking you all throughout Tokyo showing you all the popular tourist destinations

  • And we'll be ending up in Shinjuku in the evening to show you what it's really like there

  • But before we start if you want to see what I'm doing on the daily check out my Instagram account and if you want to

  • Help support our channel, check out the Tokyo merch. All right, let me begin this tour of Tokyo

  • Tsukiji fish market. The Tsukiji outer fish market is one of the most popular tourist destinations in

  • Tokyo early on a summer Saturday morning

  • This place is usually brimming with tourists and locals wanting to experience all the delectable treats

  • but since Japan has international travel entry bans for more than

  • 120 countries these days, you'll only find domestic tourists and locals.

  • Let me ask one of the local shop owners business is doing these days.

  • As you can see a lot of the stores are open, but in fact eating here on a Saturday at 9:00 a.m

  • This place should be packed

  • Trains have operated this entire time in Tokyo

  • But during the state of emergency

  • Many businesses shut down while others had employees work from home drastically reducing train usage

  • But with many people going back to the office these days and trains being the only viable form of transportation

  • Rush hour times are again seeing packed train carts, which I decided to avoid for this video

  • But during the middle of the day on weekdays and on weekends when people are less

  • Obligated to ride the train you'll see less commuters

  • Asakusa

  • Since many flights from overseas these days have been canceled or banned,

  • what you'll find is that many of the tourists here are all here locally.

  • Another prime destination, Asakusa is a place for many tourists and locals come to experience Japanese culture, food and even an amusement park.

  • Many of the shops are open, but some locals are still being careful of unnecessary travel.

  • In fact throughout this entire time, Japan has never forced a lockdown of its citizens but have only strongly recommended it.

  • How does this compare with your country?

  • And do you think these new policies are justified? Let me know in the comments.

  • So we're in Asakusa's Hoppy Street

  • and many people come here on a Saturday to drink.

  • As you can see is that there's a lot of tables set out, but not a lot of customers.

  • In fact many of the customers who come here on a Saturday and a Sunday come here to drink and gamble on the horses.

  • So just behind me is Hanayashiki amusement park. The last time that we were here, it was closed

  • But as you can see, now it's open. But it's just not a lot of people.

  • Akihabara

  • Akihabara is famous for its electronic retail shops,

  • its beloved anime and manga culture, as well as its maid cafes.

  • Although many tourists previously frequented this area,

  • these days, it's filled with locals taking advantage of the slightly less populated streets

  • I would say this is one area where life in Tokyo seems have returned to normal,

  • except for the fact that a majority of the people are walking around wearing masks.

  • So we're in Akihabara right now.

  • And if you just look around you'll notice that a lot of people are still wearing masks.

  • In fact a lot of people in Japan are wearing masks.

  • There's no real law or rule where you're supposed to wear masks

  • But people still do it just because of courtesy.

  • During Tokyo's state of emergency,

  • many local businesses, schools and restaurants temporarily closed down.

  • But these days it seems that most places are back open, even if some services are limited.

  • Most businesses and shops are taking precautions

  • such as setting out hand sanitizers at the entrance,

  • all staff wearing masks,

  • setting up plastic dividers between the customers

  • and even establishing a cleaning routine during business hours.

  • Even this suit company has started making masks -- check that out!

  • Ginza

  • So we're here in Ginza, Tokyo's luxury shopping district.

  • And although it rained just a little bit ago,

  • you can see that there's still people out here shopping and enjoying the area.

  • Ginza is a popular high-end shopping area among many tourists and especially loved by Chinese

  • In fact, I would normally see large groups of Chinese tourists

  • and their tour buses parked on the sidewalk here and there.

  • But I didn't see any on this day.

  • The drop in tourists have definitely impacted businesses in this area,

  • as well as tourist-heavy parts of Japan

  • But since the apartment stores in Ginza are mostly international brands with flagship stores here,

  • you'll still see locals shopping the streets.

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  • Let's continue on with this tour

  • Tokyo Tower, so we're just in front of Tokyo Tower and just like a lot of amusement areas and landmarks

  • They've actually opened back up here in Tokyo and a lot of places throughout Japan.

  • Although a lot of them have opened up,

  • they still have far less customers visiting than they would normally during this time

  • Some of the people who have actually told me that the customer base has reduced up to 50%,

  • in some places even more.

  • How does that compare to your country with people visiting landmarks and tourist locations?

  • Although Tokyo has reopened many museums and theme parks like Tokyo Disneyland

  • and even places like Tokyo Skytree,

  • there's been a recent increase in reported cases from the month of July

  • reaching to more than 200 cases per day, which hasn't happened since April 17th.

  • Look we're both wearing masks!

  • Harajuku Takeshita Dori

  • So I quickly wanted to take you to Harajuku Takeshita Dori Street

  • The last time we were here there was not a lot of people on the street.

  • But as you can see from just looking around, there's more and more people.

  • Let me show you around.

  • Harajuku is known for its youthful fashion,

  • colorful streets with many junior high and high school students hanging out in this area.

  • During Tokyo's state of emergency, the streets nearly emptied out.

  • But since Tokyo slowly started to reopen, in the last several weeks, numbers have been increasing.

  • Harajuku station was recently renovated for the 2020 Olympics

  • and a new shopping area was developed around it.

  • Many places such as this were gearing up to complete construction

  • But now many of these businesses are struggling as their anticipated customers never made it to Japan,

  • or are deciding to stay home instead.

  • Yoyogi Park

  • So I also wanted to show you all around the local park

  • Right now we're in Yoyogi Park which is just right between Harajuku and Shibuya station

  • As you can see there are people out here

  • but a lot of them are social distancing

  • All the groups are kind of in their own little spot and they're not too close to each other

  • Shibuya. So we're finally back to Shibuya, one of the places that's closest and dear to my heart.

  • As you can see it's getting a little bit dark outside, but there's still quite a lot of people out here right now.

  • This is just in front of Shibuya station where people usually meet friends.

  • Usually during this time there'd be no space to walk straight through

  • as it's pretty much chaos on the weekends, but it's not a problem now.

  • It's a good indicator overall of how many people are out and about in Tokyo these days

  • And this is how it looks at Center Gai.

  • So walking around it feels like a little bit less people, but personally

  • It feels like a little bit more than it should be. Let me show you exactly how it feels at the crossing

  • This is definitely not your Saturday Night scramble crossing numbers

  • as it's easy and enough to cross the street without bumping into anyone

  • But maybe a challenge to properly social distance

  • Shinjuku, another major transportation hub in Tokyo just north of Shibuya where many locals and tourists gather

  • Shinjuku though has a special nightlife area where I'm taking you tonight

  • So it's been such a long day

  • We finally made it to Shinjuku

  • It's just after 7:30 and we're in the Kabukicho area, the heart of Shinjuku

  • Also known as a red-light district

  • let's look around a little bit and let me show you what the nightlife is really like right now

  • A recent trend in Tokyo showed that a majority of the reported cases were people in their 20s and 30s

  • And the Kabukicho red-light district becoming a major source of these cases

  • Clusters have been found among Kabukicho's host and hostess clubs

  • So although Tokyo is officially reopened, only time will tell if reopening Tokyo was the right move.

  • We should see in the next month if Tokyo residents will be able to reverse the recent surge on its own,

  • or if the Tokyo Government will again step in and strongly request its residents

  • to close down businesses and stay inside.

  • Omoide Yokocho

  • Omoide Yokocho is another ultra-popular eating and drinking street in Shinjuku where many locals frequent.

  • On a Saturday this place would be packed,

  • but these days it appears that many customers are avoiding going out unnecessarily in the evenings,

  • especially to confined spaces such as bars and restaurants despite businesses reopening.

  • All right, so that concludes our tour of Tokyo. Let me know how it compares to your country?

  • How you guys are dealing with the pandemic -- are stores opening? Are restaurants opening?

  • Let me know all of that in the comments below.

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