One thing I have to say about the seasons in Japan is that they’re relentlessly picturesque. And convenient!
When I woke up Wednesday morning, I looked out the window and was delighted to see it had been snowing since 3:00 a.m. – even my ho-hum neighborhood had a charming blanket of white. There was enough snow to make me want to take pictures of the little puffs on top of the vending machines, but not so much that it was a chore to slog to the train station. It snowed and snowed all morning while I was in class, so I made like a road runner for my favorite Japanese garden the minute the bell rang. For an hour, I walked around, while the temperature climbed and the snowflakes became bigger and wetter. By the time I left, everything was melting. Next day: snow was gone. No shoveling. No devilishly slippery black ice. No grimy lumps lingering on for months like unwelcome houseguests.
Here’s what the garden looked like, during our one day of winter…
Koraku-en garden is gorgeous in any season. If you want to visit Korakuen or another one of Tokyo’s gorgeous Japanese gardens the next time you’re in Tokyo, visit my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.
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