Love letters to Hong Kong, from Shibuya

Amazing footage from Mainichi Shimbun of a heartwarming and impromptu rally at Shibuya’s Hachiko square in support of people in Hong Kong who have been protesting throughout this week for their freedoms. Apparently over 2,000 people gathered tonight and made speeches in Japanese, Cantonese, English, and Mandarin.

This city lives in precarious and extraordinary times—I’ve have quite a few Japanese friends express their concern by direct message in the past few days. And I’m elated—and devastated—that many cities around the world had protests calling to protecting our freedoms, as people have done in the past with Tibet or Xinjiang.

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Mainichi Shimbun

Japan is watching. The world is watching.

Update: A Huffington Post Japan article calling for Japan to support the Hong Kong protests has gone viral on 14 June, and #tokyoantielab is the hashtag to follow on reactions on Japanese Twitter.