The snow in Tokyo on January 21st, 2006 was pretty incredible.

When we flew into Japan the day before, it was clear, with no trace of snow anywhere.

But when we woke up the next morning and looked outside, it felt first like “Snow Day! No School!”

But then I remembered we were just starting our extended vacation in Asia…so we got up and had at it.

Here are some pictures and video from our stop at Meiji Shrine that day, hacked together just to illustrate “Lots of Snow.” (It’s too long, but sorry, I’m not going to take the time to redo it.) My favorite part, though: to clear the snow off the walkways, they were using firehoses. New snow, you can get some traction with that. Frozen firehose water, not so much….