At roughly 1:45pm, a massive cloud of smog from mainland China mixed with sand from the Gobi Desert finally hit the East coast of Japan after traveling across the country causing itchy eyes, clogged air filters and respiratory distress in millions. Within minutes, Tokyo convenient stores, variety kiosks and pharmacies were sold out of face-masks in a last-ditch effort to keep some of the pollution out of the lungs of both adults and children alike. More than 30 minutes on, the fierce winds continue to blow and what could have been a nice Sunday afternoon at 2pm now looks like dusk.
Those lucky enough to be on the ground level are left with a breeze of sand and smoke, while those of in high-rise buildings and apartments scramble to take in laundry and anything else that might be carried off. One look out of the window from our 24th floor photo studio shows clothing, plastic bags and papers flying through the air.
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