Photographer Kenta Minaka decided that, amongst the confusion and insecurity, there was something he could do. And that was to document his surroundings. Presented below, and on his blog, are before and after shots – taken at the exact same time – of Shibuya, one of the busiest and most crowded stations in Tokyo. The photos illustrate the intent by many to voluntarily conserve electricity in the wake of the 2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami.

Before: March 12, 2011 | 6:00pm

click images to enlarge | courtesy Kenta Minaka

After: March 13, 2011 | 6:00pm