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Rainbow Icicle Wonderland

 

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On the way to the Werewolf Shrine in remote Chichibu, locals have enterprisingly turned the frozen waterfalls that spangle the cliffs and caves alongside the Arakawa River into a winter wonderland!

First of all, before the sun goes down and the lights go up, check out the tiny photographer to get a sense of the size of these puppies!
First of all, before the sun goes down and the lights go up, check out the tiny photographer to get a sense of the size of these puppies!
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Then feast your eyes on the frozen waterfalls, as they glow blue…
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…and pink…
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…and, well, you get the idea, but I’m going to show you more because I’m a total slut for sparkly and rainbowlike things

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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!

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    • You’d get your wish! They actually cycle through a plain white light version too, it’s just that my pictures didn’t do it justice. (><;;) Walking up and down the river in the daytime was amazing – gigantic icicles, as far as the eye could see!

  1. Damn, that looks super cool. But probably a bit far for my normal one-day train adventures.

    Like last night, I was gushing to the GF about Musashi (we watched the first film in the Samurai Trilogy and I’m a Musashi fanboy; one of his names is Bennosuke, even) and realized you can totally visit Ganryu island, AND there’s even a pair of statues commemorating his famous duel with Kojiro! But then I saw how freaking far it is from here: twice the distance of Osaka.

    For a small country, it covers a lot of ground. 😦

    • Yeah, I know what you mean. Plus, it’s always: get on a train, then another train, then another train, then a bus, then you walk and FOUR HOURS LATER you’re finally there. (When we came back to Tokyo from the igloo festival in Akita last year, in order to make a one hour detour to Fox Village along the way, we rode ELEVEN different pieces of transportation in twelve hours O_O eek, now that I write that, I realize I’ve probably crossed some kind of been-here-too-long threshold that that plan seemed NORMAL. heh.)

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