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Dispatch from Tokyo: "The Only People Out and About Are Tourists"

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Racked's Tokyo correspondent Misha Janette on the earthquake's aftermath.

Photo: Toppled products in the Aesop store on Omotesando

It has been over 24 hours since northern Japan was rocked by a 8.8 earthquake, and the effects were felt in Tokyo then and still are now. Though buildings here came out relatively unscathed save for the odd crack in the sheetrock or broken brick wall, the metropolis has come to a standstill. It is Saturday afternoon, and it appears that Harajuku and Omotesando—two of the busiest shopping areas in the world—are completely closed down. Most department stores are closed, and others are open merely to help those who are stranded from stopped trains.The only people out and about are tourists. We are supposed to have blackouts later this evening to conserve energy, and aftershocks continue to rumble through the city. To support please see the Red Cross, or perhaps even consider purchasing that awesome Japanese-brand fashion item you've had your eye on?
· Red Cross [Official Site]
· All Japan earthquake coverage [Google News]