Coronavirus Pandemic: Unsettled Tokyo in Black & White

World | Associated Press | March 19, 2020, 8:25 am
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 The notoriously crowded Tokyo morning rush-hour trains are sparsely populated. Classrooms are eerily empty. Store shelves are bare.People with gas masks pop up throughout a city overwhelmed by fear of the spread of the new coronavirus, which is altering daily life and casting doubt over the Summer Olympic Games. Struck by the contrast of the white protective masks against the stark cityscape, AP photographer Jae. C. Hong captured the unsettling new norm in black and white. Take a look... <br /> <br /> A beam of light falls on a man at a train station in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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The notoriously crowded Tokyo morning rush-hour trains are sparsely populated. Classrooms are eerily empty. Store shelves are bare.People with gas masks pop up throughout a city overwhelmed by fear of the spread of the new coronavirus, which is altering daily life and casting doubt over the Summer Olympic Games. Struck by the contrast of the white protective masks against the stark cityscape, AP photographer Jae. C. Hong captured the unsettling new norm in black and white. Take a look...

A beam of light falls on a man at a train station in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 Commuters ride escalators at a train station in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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Commuters ride escalators at a train station in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 A couple embrace while waiting at a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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A couple embrace while waiting at a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 A commuter reads a book while waiting for a train to arrive at a station in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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A commuter reads a book while waiting for a train to arrive at a station in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 A station attendant walks out of an empty car of a train decorated with a sign promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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A station attendant walks out of an empty car of a train decorated with a sign promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 An employee works in a luxury store in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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An employee works in a luxury store in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 Commuters are reflected on the window of a packed train during morning rush hours in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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Commuters are reflected on the window of a packed train during morning rush hours in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 A woman plays with a boy at a park near the temporarily closed Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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A woman plays with a boy at a park near the temporarily closed Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 A commuter wearing a gas mask pauses for photos outside a train station in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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A commuter wearing a gas mask pauses for photos outside a train station in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 A pedestrian waits to cross the street in the Harajuku section of Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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A pedestrian waits to cross the street in the Harajuku section of Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 A woman in a kimono walks past gift shops in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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A woman in a kimono walks past gift shops in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 A man walks through the Meiji Shrine gardens as the shrine's torii gate stands in the distance in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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A man walks through the Meiji Shrine gardens as the shrine's torii gate stands in the distance in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 A commuter wearing a plastic glove holds a mask in a train in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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A commuter wearing a plastic glove holds a mask in a train in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 Illuminated Olympic rings float in the water in the Odaiba section of Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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Illuminated Olympic rings float in the water in the Odaiba section of Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 A group of elderly women play gate ball at a park in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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A group of elderly women play gate ball at a park in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 A mannequin wears a mask at a souvenir shop near Sensoji Temple in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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A mannequin wears a mask at a souvenir shop near Sensoji Temple in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 A man falls asleep in a train passing the Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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A man falls asleep in a train passing the Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 A caricature artist wears a mask jokingly layered with a drawing of exaggerated lips while working in her shop in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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A caricature artist wears a mask jokingly layered with a drawing of exaggerated lips while working in her shop in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 Two men walk along a sidewalk in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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Two men walk along a sidewalk in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 A woman is reflected on a temporary closure notice outside the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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A woman is reflected on a temporary closure notice outside the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 A man exits Shinjuku Station in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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A man exits Shinjuku Station in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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