Yesterday from morning to midnight we had a second big snowfall over Tokyo. It is said that we got about 10cm but looking out of my window the morning after I think it was a lot more in some places. I was out and about in the early evening around Aoyama and Omotesando and luckily I had my camera. Both me and my camera were thoroughly soaked after a few minutes in the snow and I had to stop in doorways every few meters just to wipe of the lens as it got covered in snow within seconds. As usual though the subways were doing well but hundreds of flights were cancelled, the shinkansen trains ran on reduced speeds and several highways were closed. It seems that we will be blessed with interesting weather this year!
The AO Building in Aoyama looked great in the snow (here are some photos of it in daylight and here are some at night), whereas Omotseando came out even rougher in the storm (compare with these photos from last December). The Taro Okamoto statue outside of the Kodomo no Shiro building in Aoyama looked regal, I have blogged about one of his paintings before, The Myth of Tomorrow which was featured in a very good Internet hoax).
This is the strangely shaped Ao Building in Tokyo’s Aoyama district. I have blogged about this building before, but in the daytime. It looks equally stunning at night. A must visit for fans of modern architecture visiting Tokyo, and you also get pretty nice views from the garden on the backside, but I’m not sure you are allowed to take photos there!
I’m not a big fan of most modern architecture, but there are few cities in the world where it fits better than in Tokyo! Most of the city was fire bombed to oblivion during the war so there isn’t much tradition to look back to when it comes to putting up new buildings or even whole new neighborhoods. This is one of my favorite, splendidly curved sky scrapers in Aoyama, just between Omotesando and Shibuya in downtown Tokyo. There’s a few good places to eat inside, as well as nice terrace offering some great views (I still haven’t posted this one…). This building is called the Ao Building (AOビル). Enjoy!