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Things Seen in Tokyo


Today’s poem and photos come to you from a city cold and grey and drear – it’s winter here. But there’s Christmas cheer, and the Buddha, and Shinto shrines too. The lights that glow in the Christmas trees and the gingko trees with their yellow leaves made me want to share some of Tokyo with you.


Leaves in Tokyo

The gingko trees sing bright yellow songs

While Tiffany works in her window of blue.

The pond beckons softly – come rest here, my darlings –

While Buddha sits patiently waiting for you.

Girls with pale faces dream of fine dresses,

The black and white head neither wanders nor weeps.

The buildings show off –

The lights dance –

The trees glisten –

The leaf sighs with wonder – 

Then gently she sleeps.


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Thank you so much, Bill and Chrissy Hagerty, for the warm hospitality!

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Reading on the plane: 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami.

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Bonus photos:

Neighborhood Shinto shrine

A new friend, Rie Kotari

Amazing things done with root vegetables

Look at the floor of this subway car. It’s cleaner than the floor in my kitchen.


  1. Oh, I was hoping we’d get a post from Tokyo! You’re an excellent foreign correspondent! These pictures are beautiful. Safe travels home!

  2. Fabulous photojournalism! What a gorgeous post about an incredible trip. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Oh so good! We are sorely missing the Hagertys, especially this time of year. Thank you for the postcard and poem. Happy holidays!

  4. Beautiful photos! Enjoy your trip and thank you for sharing!

  5. Wonderful share! Thank you!

  6. These are just amazing. I wanna go!

  7. So calm and welcome in this rushed season.
    Arigatogozaimashita, Jennifer.

  8. What did you think of 1Q84? Slow read for me – but maybe I was not in the same frame of mind you were flying east.

    • It felt good to me to get immersed in it on a long plane flight, but I think I would feel differently if I were trying to read it at home. I’m only about halfway through the 1000+pages. Let’s chat for sure when I finish! Xo

  9. Stunning photos and luminous prose, Jen! ❤️❤️

  10. Loved the post — happy to see photos of your travels. And I think your readers would always be happy to have a little mini feature on what you are reading during your travels.

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