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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Ginza's "Pedestrian Paradise" Reopens

Above, the Wako department store at Ginza Crossing. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

This is something I hadn't heard of until now.

Prior to its closure three months ago, a main street in the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo had been closed to vehicle traffic. When the pandemic struck, the "pedestrian paradise" (as it is called) was closed. I hadn't heard of this before.

Now, it has been reopened.

According to NHK:
For the first time in nearly three months, a street in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district has been reopened to pedestrian traffic only. 
On Saturday morning, police officers set up fences along the street in central Ginza to block vehicle traffic. 
The car-free zone, known as "Ginza Pedestrian Paradise", reopened at noon with a clock tower chiming a special tune to pay tribute to medical workers who are at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. 
The bell will ring again on Sunday.

To read more (which also includes a video), go here.

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