Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Snowy Tokyo

The first Tuesday of our trip, Mark and I were totally surprised to wake up to snow snow snow! I think snow is very rare in the big city of Tokyo, so we were both very excited to get to experience it. It was such beautiful snow, too - big and fluffy flakes, but it was very wet and cold, too.

Snow in Harajuku
Takeshita Dori in the Snow

Tokyo, like I said, doesn't get much snow, so they also don't have much in the way of snow removal. As in, the snow wasn't shoveled or plowed or anything, so the sidewalks were awful mush and the curbs into the crosswalks had huuuuge puddles of melted slush. But, I didn't mind. I didn't mind even when I was walking home with arms full of bags from Harajuku and my 100Y umbrella flipped inside out like the movies.

Harajuku Blizzard
Looking back on Takeshita Dori in Harajuku from the Bodyline Balcony

Mark and I decided to go up to the Metropolitan Government Center to see what the city looked like in the snow. Uh, it looked like a big white nothing. The snow was so thick and windy 45 floors up that you could barely even see the other tower in the building. It was so cosy up there, though - like we were in a big cloud - and we ended up eating lunch at the cafe up there. Markie tried their curry & I had the spaghetti with a red sauce and miso.

Here are some photos from Nishi Shinjuku before we split up -- Markie went video game shopping in Nakano and I went to Harajuku, as you can see in the pictures from above.

Snow in Shinjuku

Snowy Tokyo

Tokyo Snow Storm

Shinjuku Snow

Snowy Shinjuku


  1. Inside out umbrellas are hilarous when they happen to someone else but I get SO ANGRY when it happens to me. Awesome snow photos! And cool clear umbrellas too!

    1. Thanks! Mine was clear with blue & pink dots -- I got it at the 100Y shop down the road! But then it broke and I splurged 200Y for a pink one <3

  2. Love these!! Isn't it amazing how things that would normally bug you are just a novel experience on vacation? ;) These are magical. <3


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