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Rainbow Icicle Wonderland


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!
Then feast your eyes on the frozen waterfalls, as they glow blue…
…and pink…
…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

And if you’re looking for a fine escapist book to cozy up with…

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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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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