The only time I’ve been to Tokyo in winter was in 1976 – so I was a little too young to remember. After that I’ve been only there in summer when it’s very hot and humid. So I’ve been really excited to see what it would be like. Now that I know I can only recommend it. As I was told it’s mostly sunny in Tokyo (we had a clear blue sunny sky almost every day) in December. It’s not too cold, the whole city is decorated xmassy and you can even sit outside everywhere because all the cafes had put heaters.
The view from our apartment in Tokyo.
On the cemetery. My grandpa’s urn is buried here. I was told that they don’t have public cemeteries in Japan. We had to ring the bell and were let in. It’s not been the first time I was there, but now in the winter sun it’s been one of the most beautiful places I can imagine.
It’s common that you bring food and beverages – the things your beloved loved in life – to the cemetery. We put a glass of Sake and beer and smoked a cigarette. My grandma used to bring a bowl of rice and dumplings sometimes. This place is in the middle of Tokyo. You can’t imagine that all the hustle and bustle is just outside the front gate of the cemetery.