Young schoolgirl asking her way at the police box in Iidabashi, Tokyo (gouache on paper)
       
     
Waiting for a customer buying confectionary in Kagurazaka, Tokyo (gouache on paper)
       
     
Waiter hailing a taxi in Nishi Azabu, Tokyo (gouache on paper)
       
     
Two salarymen ducking into a yakitori place after it started to rain (gouache on paper)
       
     
Praying at Zenkokuji Temple in Kagurazaka (gouache on paper)
       
     
Marunouchi in Tokyo (gouache on paper)
       
     
Big Buddha at Kamakura (gouache on paper)
       
     
Lady without an umbrella hailing a cab in Kagurazaka, Tokyo (gouache on paper)
       
     
Mother and child in the snow (gouache on paper)
       
     
Snowy Iidabashi
       
     
Snowy evening in Kagurazaka (gouache on paper)
       
     
People huddled under umbrellas in Kagurazaka, Tokyo (gouache on paper)
       
     
Young schoolgirl asking her way at the police box in Iidabashi, Tokyo (gouache on paper)
       
     
Young schoolgirl asking her way at the police box in Iidabashi, Tokyo (gouache on paper)
Waiting for a customer buying confectionary in Kagurazaka, Tokyo (gouache on paper)
       
     
Waiting for a customer buying confectionary in Kagurazaka, Tokyo (gouache on paper)
Waiter hailing a taxi in Nishi Azabu, Tokyo (gouache on paper)
       
     
Waiter hailing a taxi in Nishi Azabu, Tokyo (gouache on paper)
Two salarymen ducking into a yakitori place after it started to rain (gouache on paper)
       
     
Two salarymen ducking into a yakitori place after it started to rain (gouache on paper)
Praying at Zenkokuji Temple in Kagurazaka (gouache on paper)
       
     
Praying at Zenkokuji Temple in Kagurazaka (gouache on paper)

I saw this guy praying outside the temple in the snow the other day, taking shelter under his umbrella. Its common to see people stop outside a temple or shrine to pray in Japan. I don't see people stop in the snow or rain much, though.

Marunouchi in Tokyo (gouache on paper)
       
     
Marunouchi in Tokyo (gouache on paper)

This is a painting of the view I used to enjoy on my way home after working in Marunouchi in Tokyo. It's looking north from Hibiya Station, with the Imperial Palace grounds on the left and the light of Marunouchi and beyond on the right. (I tried to show this in the lighter sky on the right.) For those who've never visited, this is a stunning part of Tokyo at any time of day and in just about any weather. Walk left and you have the quiet grace of the Imperial Palace and walk right and you have the shimmering lights of Ginza. (gouache on paper)

Big Buddha at Kamakura (gouache on paper)
       
     
Big Buddha at Kamakura (gouache on paper)
Lady without an umbrella hailing a cab in Kagurazaka, Tokyo (gouache on paper)
       
     
Lady without an umbrella hailing a cab in Kagurazaka, Tokyo (gouache on paper)
Mother and child in the snow (gouache on paper)
       
     
Mother and child in the snow (gouache on paper)

The heaviest snow in four years fluttered down on Tokyo. The kids seems to enjoy the novelty, and it seems like like they prefer to not have to bother with an umbrella. (The mother here was holding both umbrellas.)

Snowy Iidabashi
       
     
Snowy Iidabashi

The heaviest snow in four years fell on Tokyo the other day, and much of Tokyo has been looking like a woodblock print by Hasui Kawase.
This is a scene I noticed on my way back from the supermarket of a bunch of schoolkids (perhaps with their teachers bookending them) going into the subway in Iidabashi.

Snowy evening in Kagurazaka (gouache on paper)
       
     
Snowy evening in Kagurazaka (gouache on paper)
People huddled under umbrellas in Kagurazaka, Tokyo (gouache on paper)
       
     
People huddled under umbrellas in Kagurazaka, Tokyo (gouache on paper)