Tokyo, Japan

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….

And more backtracking….

Again probably more interesting to just our friends and relatives, here are a few more pictures from our time in Tokyo, January 20-24. (Well, except for the clouds; those were taken somewhere between Tokyo and Xiamen at an altitude of 28,000 feet or so).

Backtracking a bit….

On our first morning in Tokyo, January 20th, we woke to find the city “enjoying” its first major snowfall of the year.

Here are some pictures we took out and about sightseeing in the city that day. The first one is looking down from our hotel room at the Hotel New Otani, and I _think_ the next four are at Meiji Temple and Shrine, but don’t quote me on that. I’ll have to dig the tour brochure out to be sure.

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