Rare snow in Tokyo blankets shrines, cancels flights
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Residents held umbrellas and pushed their bicycles as large snowflakes began to settle, with the Japan Meteorological Agency saying up to 10 centimetres (four inches) could fall over a 12-hour period.
The snow caused the cancellation of 66 departing and 53 arriving domestic flights at the Japanese capital's main airport Haneda, an airport official told AFP, but no international flights were cancelled.
"Heavy snow warnings are being issued... The affected areas might be expanded. Please check the latest weather and traffic information!"
At Sensoji Temple in central Tokyo, a popular tourist destination, some visitors dressed in traditional kimono and "geta" wooden sandals with split-toe socks walked past the landmark's red columns and golden bells as snowflakes fell.
The scene was more prosaic for commuters stuck navigating the rare weather event in the Ginza shopping and business district.
"I need to be careful not to slip as I walk."
But others in the area were taking the time to soak up the unusual snowfall, including Tokyo resident Shigeko Nagahama, 73, who was taking pictures of the iconic Kabukiza Theatre.
She stood alongside others enjoying the snow settling on the traditional architecture of the building that hosts kabuki performances.
"It's a beautiful sight. The snow lends a quaint aura to it, I think," she said.