Winter Sun in Shinjuku Gyoen / 新宿御苑での冬の太陽

This morning as I was transferring trains at Shinjuku station for some reason I ended up coming out the wrong exit. Usually the transfer takes me underground, but since I went up the wrong escalator I ended up out on the street, having to cross the road to the other part of the station. As soon as I left the station gates I was greeted with clear blue skies, and so I decided there and then to catch my train a little bit later and take a walk around Shinjuku Gyoen instead. The weather forecast for tomorrow is snow, with the temperature dropping to -4 during the week. However, today’s weather saw people lying on the grass, enjoying the winter sun. One woman in traditional dress was carrying a sun parasol, getting her photo taken by an amateur photographer, while on the other side of the park old-timers were relaxing, eating their bentos in the sun. It’s hard to believe that the weather is about to take a turn for the worse, but with February being the coldest month in Japan, I’m preparing myself both physically and mentally for the freeze.

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