So far, the winter of 2022-3 has been fairly kind to Tokyo.
Unlike 2022m when the early days of January saw snow and generally gloomy weather, this year has been warm and sunny on the whole.
Kangaeroo got on the bike early today and headed downtown to meet some mates near Tokyo Tower.
It’s Coming of Age Day in Japan, a national holiday, and the first when legal adulthood in Japan is designated as 18 years of age instead of 20, as it had been up until this year.
The holiday is also one of those made flexible a few years ago to give people more time off. While it’s great to have another long weekend, surely it could have been added onto the New Year break to give people a full week instead of forcing them to return to the workplace for one or two days?
Anyway, the rides in and out were both sublime! It’s cold, but not too bad, and there is no strong wind so far, which makes things much easier.
The weather also augurs well for cleaning up the lawn, which Kangaeroo is now gonna get stuck into.
Looks like a tough week ahead, but striving as much as possible to live in the moment and not get too overwhelmed.
It’s unlikely disappointment with the Opera House is connected with the drastic drop in Japanese tourist numbers to Australia, which have more than halved in the decade since 2003, and many critics acknowledge that the symbol of Australia’s biggest city located on Bennelong Point is delightful when viewed from a distance, especially when the view encompasses the Coathanger, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, another icon of the city. Just in case anybody gets their nose out of joint at the “best seen from a distance” complaint about Sydney Opera House from among many Japanese, it’s worth noting that an identical sentiment is almost universal regarding Mount Fuji, a sacred and highly revered site, which should put the view into, er, perspective.