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On Valentine’s day February 14, Sunday, we encountered a protest in Tokyo.

Harajuku is the geographic area spreading from Harajuku JR Station south along Omotesando down to Meiji-dori. It is better known internationlly as a center of youth fashion – especially Takeshita dori (竹下通り).  After we crossed Meiji-dori, Sue and IT stopped at a vintage clothes stand to peruse second hand fur coats and kimonos.

We heard them at first, then we see a column of protesters led by a police van, clearing the streets ahead the crowds.

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“Smash Fascism ! Abe out !”

 

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Rappers doing their thing on trucks were leading the chant.

 

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“Take Back Democacy. Keep Calm and No War.”

 

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“Teens stand up to oppose war.”
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People from all walks of life participated. Not just young people.

 

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Young and old people, men and women – . “This is what democracy looks like …”.

 

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The protest was very organized and people were behaving. But it created a huge traffic jam on Omotesando all the way back to Aoyama dori.

 

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We saw the protesters again just outside the Harajuku JR station.

 

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“No nukes. No war.”

 

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“Make some noise, Tokyo”

 

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They certain did make a lot of noise. A peaceful successful protest indeed.

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