Panic at Tokyo Station 100 Years Anniversary
Panic occurred at Tokyo Station Marunouchi Exit on 20 December, 2014.
Suica is an IC card which you charge some money into and can take JR trains and subways with. Tokyo Station prepared special design Suicas to celebrate its 100-Year Anniversary. 15,000 cards were going to be on sale at South Exit from 8:00.
However, they underestimated the number of people coming.
Too many people waited in a line of hundreds of meters, from Marunouchi South Exit, through Tokyo Station Hotel, to North Exit and underground floors. The line was completely out of control. It seemed that nobody, including station officers, knew the entire of what was going on.
JR Railway stopped selling it for safety and security at 9:40. But some people were so angry that they caused some conflicts with others and station officers, which is very rarely seen in Japan.
I have seen some crazily crowded situations in Tokyo and written about some of them on Crowded Tokyo section of my blog with humors. But for the first time in my life, it was beyond humors, so I left there quickly. Without the Suica.
Explore other photos on my photostream or Calm Tokyo section to calm down.