Although things looked pretty bad (as in blizzard-y!) at first, I decided that since I should make the most of my being there and, also, that I should actually go and try to see some of the town rather than just hunker down in my cozy hotel room or an inviting izakaya (though trust me when I said that I did do a bit of that too!). Looking back and when looking at the photos I got of an uncommonly snowy Japan, I'm glad I did that; this not least because a thick layer of snow really does seem to make even scenes that might otherwise be rather everyday look pretty special...
Snow-covered bronze statue of Ii Naomasa, once lord of Hikone
Not your usual view of a jinja (Shinto shrine)
So much more snow on the ground (and atop roofs and post boxes)
than cars and people out on the streets in the town center!
Add a bit of blue sky and sunshine and the overall perspective
quickly becomes significantly cheerier! :)
The plants may be snow-covered but some of them
still had their flowers!
Hikone lies on the eastern shore of Biwako,
Japan's largest freshwater lake
I got closer to Lake Biwa on my very first visit to Japan
back in 1982 than this time around but still could
appreciate its beauty on this recent trip :)
Puppet Ponyo adds welcome color to the snowy landscape
(along with the blue portions of sky) :b