The morning after the earthquake, everyone who didn’t make it home found themselves still waiting for the next train – or bus, or other mode of transportation.  The train stations were packed all night with people camped out on newspapers, trying to keep warm, with what little nourishment they could obtain from convenience store food.  When the train station finally opened in Shinjuku Saturday morning, hoards of people rushed to get tickets or inquire about when the next train would be – which for many would still be quite sometime.

The subways were already opened, so for many if it was possible to use them to get wherever they needed to they had one method – but for those who lived on the outskirts of town, the JR railway is the only way home.  Unfortunately, the screens were to stay blank for sometime yet, with only a few trains actually running – limited trains, on limited lines, on a limited schedule.  I decided to hop on the subway and head back to Ginza where I hoped for better luck finding a hotel.

The earthquake and subsequent nuclear reactor radiation worries have created shortages of supplies for the typical Tokyo resident.  Whether any of this can be attributed to supply lines being affected or not would require further investigation.  But what is clear, is that hoarding is absolutely happening, and with the ongoing reactor concerns it doesn’t appear to be letting up – items are sold as fast as stores can get shipments in.

Apparently this is affecting grocery stores as well, however from what I could tell the fruits and vegtables were still available for the most part – some shelves were empty, which I would attribute to their supplier/farm being unable to get goods to them.

No such issue appears to exist in Hiroshima at least – when I really want that bag of chips, I have no problem finding them.