TOKYO CLOSE UP
Took time out from the Olympic Games and went fly fishing up
in the beautiful Japanese green mountains. The river runs through Ueno, Gunma Prefecture. On our way back to Tokyo we were sadly reminded that not far away from the river is the mountain where tragically the JAL flight 123 crashed on August 12, almost to the date, 36 years ago. If you remember, the airplane lost all controls and was destined to hit the mountain peak and all onboard had about 20 minutes to write notes to their loved ones. One passenger who died that day was the famous singer Kyu Sakamoto that I meet in Gothenburg, Sweden a few years earlier. His song "Sukiyaki" lives forever,
Ueno, Gunma: me river fishing
Japan Airline flight 123 crash site
Tokyo 2020: Winning Gold and fighting virus
Covid-19 taking a grip over Tokyo but the Japanese challenge the virus
and flock to the Olympic arena just to get a taste of the games. People living in Tokyo did not favor the games at the beginning but now with all the medals for Japan that have changed. They talk about the bubble and that no athletes from the Olympic Village can leave the area with the risk of bringing the virus in and out of the village. Now that is not entirely true.
Many walked out of the Olympic arena and did mix with the citizens.
Today it´s 36c and humid. Another hot day at the games.
Olympic Games Stockholm 2012 vs Tokyo 2020
I saw this Swedish article and had to put it in context with the Olympic games in Tokyo 2021.
Greta Johansson took a few hours off from work. Biked down to the swimming arena. Jumped the trampoline and became the first Swedish woman to receive an Olympic gold medal. The places were the Olympic Games in Stockholm 1912. Those were the days and not like Tokyo 2020 which is guarded more like a war zone.
Japan the land of wonder! But before you can take it all inyou have to check-out at the airport.
Within 72 hours Corona test before flying to Japan,
You need a smartphone and several apps installed.
If you don't have a smartphone you have to rent one at the airport on arrival.
You have to fill out a pledge where you commit yourself to be monitored
for 14 days.
Sit down and wait for your turn (hundreds of seats)
Checkpoint 1: you have to go through all the paperwork.
Checkpoint 2: more paperwork
Checkpoint 3: more paperwork
Checkpoint 4: Going through your smartphone and making sure you have all the apps
Checkpoint 5: Setup your WhatsApp, FaceTime or Skype
Checkpoint 6: Setup the two tracking apps
Checkpoint 7 Overlooking all the documents and apps
Checkpoint 8 Taking a new Corona test (saliva or through the nose)
Checkpoint 9 Sit down and wait for the test result
Checkpoint 10 If negative - go to get your test result
Finally, go to immigration
Then get your baggage and go to a predetermined secluded place or home
You can not use any public transportation
Going through all these checkpoints take anywhere from 3 to 5 hours
In the secluded place or at home (14 days quarantine)
They ask you to respond several times a day. "Click I´m Here!", "Do you
or any in the family have fever?", "Activate your camera and show you're face and
swing the smartphone so we can see your background", "Are you at home?". "Are you at home?". . .