You may have seen news about Prime Minister Abe declaring a state of emergency for 7 prefectures on April 7. Today that declaration was extended to include the entire country.
Life in Kyoto
Life here in Kyoto is going on. The kids are out of school and some non-essential businesses have started to close their doors. Restaurants are not as full as usual and some places are starting to offer takeout.
Fewer People Out
My daughter and I are going out less and less. We did venture to the Shijo Kawaramachi area on Tuesday. There were definitely fewer people out and about than I am used to seeing in that area.
After living here for just over three years, it actually feels strange to walk around the city and not be surrounded by people.
While on the search for a stationery store, we happened to come across Kyoto Ebisu Shrine. We dropped in to pray for a quick end to the virus and to get an official shrine seal. Stay tuned for an article on collecting shrine and temple seals in the future. I asked the man who filled my seal book in for me if it is always so quiet around there. As expected, he said the quiet was due to the coronavirus.
Along with people allover the world we are praying for an end to all of the quarantine and sickness. Wherever you are reading from, we hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. We will share more from Kyoto periodically. We are also updating our Instagram page every few days to share pictures from Kyoto since many people have had to cancel their plans for traveling here this year. Wherever you are, please take care!