Conveniently scheduled for a national holiday so hundreds of thousands of commuters wouldn’t be inconvenienced by trains that occasionally had to pause while snow and/or ice and/or tree limbs could be cleared from the tracks, this year’s 24 hours of winter did not disappoint!
Snow bucketed down from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as the special guest season of the day posed for photos, played pranks on delivery trucks without snow tires, and gave everybody new stories to tell later while quaffing fortifying quantities of beer.
This year, I started at the Meiji Shrine, where tree limbs were cracking off and falling with video-game-like regularity, perilously close to Mario and Luigi as they ogled the maidens in their coming-of-age kimonos.
Next stop, Nakameguro, to see what the cherry trees look like in the nude.
Finally, one of the most gorgeous spots in Tokyo, in any season. The Rikugi-en garden.
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!