State of emergency ends, Torch relay begins

The state of emergency for the Tokyo capital area was lifted on the 22nd, ending more than two months of restrictions that focused mostly in the dining sector.

Restaurants in Tokyo will continue to close early at 9pm, and spectators at sporting events will be limited to 10,000 fans.


The timing coincided with the cherry blossoms reaching full bloom (photo: Ueno park, 24 Mar) and while the viewing is not restricted, almost all parks prohibit eating/drinking and encourage visitors to quietly enjoy the blossoms, then quickly move on.


Finally, there are more signs the Tokyo Olympics will go on as planned with the 121 day Torch Relay starting at Fukushima on the 25th. This comes just days after a decision became official that overseas spectators will not be allowed not to watch the games.