On a cold, snowy day… when sane people stay indoors and don’t venture out… I decided to go for a walk to Meiji Jingu Shrine.  It was eery and peaceful because there were basically no people, but that has a certain charm about it too.  

Not being a particularly religious or spiritual person, I didn’t make an ema myself, but I read through some of the others that people hung up. Some were cute, some were silly, most were exactly what you’d expect: good luck in school, work, love…

Before I went home, I went to a ramen shop because hot noodles on a cold day is the best.  A group of Japanese guys were sitting behind me, discussing English and how to pronounce it properly.  They got stuck for fifteen minutes on how to say “shorts.”  I tried really hard not to laugh every time.  

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