Posted by on 2011/03/26

I went out for a ride after dark (around 21:00) to see what Tokyo looks like when it is making an effort to conserve energy.

I have never seen or heard Shinjuku and Shibuya so dark and quiet at this time of night.

Shibuya crossing energy conservation at night. Shibuya, Tokyo 26th March.

To see what Shibuya looks like in full electric glory click here

It may not look like much of an effort is being made at all in Shinjuku and it seems like business as usual at a casual glance but looking closely you can see that all of the major signage along the tops of the buildings and all outdoor flat screen TVs are switched off.

Kabukicho dims down, a bit. Shinjuku. Tokyo 26th March

To see what Shinjuku looks like in full electric glory click here


  1. Gish Ferriere

    What a shame! I remember emerging from the subway at Shibuya at dusk and being visually assaulted by all the lights. One has to admire the calmness and dignity of the Japanese people in the face of such a disaster. The rest of the world should learn from them.

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