米国カリフォルニア州オークランド >>>> 玉川田園調布 世田谷区 東京都 2020年3月
Oakland, CA  USA >>>> Setagaya, Tokyo, JP
March, 2020

The now all too familiar language of COVID-19, coronavirus, and shelter-in-place, was just beginning to creep in when marksearch (Sue Mark & Bruce Douglas, with their son Roli), left Oakland for Japan.  Just days before, ‘SIP’ orders were put into motion in the Bay Area, shutting down businesses, schools and public sites.  Streets, transit and the airport were eerily quiet.  

あの3月の時点では、この地球規模のパンデミックが、どこまで深く影響を及ぼすことになるか予想していませんでした。コロナ流行前までは当たり前だった生活習慣の、様々な部分が失われていきました。手指消毒液、マスク、米・パスタなど保存のきく食品も入手困難となり、トイレットペーパーが、どの店頭からも姿を消した時期もありました。4月に入ってからは緊急事態宣言が発令され、日本全体がその対象となりました 。


That March, none of us could have predicted the far-reaching impacts of this global pandemic. So many aspects of what had been normal, pre-COVID daily life came to a complete halt. It was impossible to find hand sanitizer, masks and dry goods. Japan was experiencing intense toilet paper shortages. By the beginning of April, all of Japan entered into a state of emergency.

Each week, new restrictions were implemented and weekly we shifted our paradigms. We began to see how much of our research, working process, and final project needed to change. New terminology, like ‘social distancing’ and ‘essential workers’ became part of everyone’s vocabulary.  Aside from daily public loudspeaker announcements encouraging residents to remain at home, all was quiet.  Streets were devoid of traffic, the sky was clear of planes.



Our spheres of interaction continued to shrink: from working in-person while masked, we converted all of our meetings online; no research travel to Fukushima; no interactions with local institutions; a complete reconfiguration of our community engagement plans.

And while previously unfathomable, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed until the summer of 2021. 

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