Tokyo Snow

27 01 2016

This past weekend, many cities in Japan where they normally never see snow (first time ever in Okinawa in weather observation history) were covered with snow (as were many parts of the east coast, United States).

A little more than a week ago, on Monday, January 18, 2016, Tokyo was not quite covered all over but was trying to cope with the first snowfall of the season.

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It was snowy white when I woke up and looked outside my window.

The interesting thing about the above picture is that the roof of the Buddhist temple in the back is completely snowless while it must have accumulated some snow over time like the roof in the front.

Searches came up with many posts saying that temples in Japan often build their roofs steep and without “snow stoppers” so that any accumulated snow would naturally fall whereas most houses would have “snow stoppers” on roofs so as not to cause danger to people and cars on streets or to prevent the snow from sliding into neighbor’s property (as most houses do not have enough space around them for extra snow, or for anything really as you can see from the proximity of the next house to my building.)

So it took me 1.5 hours to get to work instead of the usual 45 minutes on the Monday morning.  But I was lucky as some people waited for hours for trains and buses to come but once they came, they came packed with passengers and no one could get on…





The Basel Cathedral

8 09 2013

My first thought when I saw the cathedral in Basel from afar was, does it have anything to do with Hungary as I had seen something very similar on my trip to Budapest a few years ago as shown here.

And in Basel, here is how it looked.

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Art Nouveau in Moscow

10 06 2013

Last August I travelled through the Baltic states where I saw some interesting Art Nouveau architecture.

Art Nouveau in Riga, Latvia

Art Nouveau in Tallin, Estonia

Here is a small collection from Moscow.

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Onion Domes

9 06 2013

The St. Basil’s Cathedral still looks to me like a prop but the onion domes of the Russian Orthodox Church are quite cute.

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Tranquility in the City Center

5 12 2011
The one fabulous thing about Tokyo is that right in the very center of the city sits the Imperial Palace with its abundance of green and nature – not that we get to go in – but it still makes the busy city seem very peaceful and calm especially because on Sundays and national holidays the boulevard between the outer moat and the inner moat is closed to cyclists and pedestrians (though it’s only the cyclists that get to ride on the road and pedestrians still have to use the sidewalk).
From yesterday.

The outer moat of the Imperial Palace. Love the reflection of the buildings.

A sole swan (and another bird) in the inner moat of the Imperial Palace. It kept bobbing its head in the water presumably trying to catch something.

The swan.

Some of the buildings on the palace premises. The "palace" is hidden inside far away from anyone's view.

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