Tokyo’s streets and temples were covered in snow on Thursday, a very rare event in recent years, with more than 100 domestic flights canceled.
The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued its first warning of heavy snowfall in the Tokyo region since 2018, warning of up to 10 centimeters of snow in 12 hours.
An official at Haneda Airport, one of the two airports in the Japanese capital, told AFP that 118 domestic flights – 66 departures and 53 arrivals – had been canceled, without specifying the total number of passengers affected.
Another official said no international flights had been canceled so far.
JR East Railway has announced on its website that some passenger trains in Tokyo will also be delayed.
In Jinza’s business and luxury shopping district, most passers-by did not stay outside, protected themselves with their umbrellas and were especially careful not to slip.
But some took the time to appreciate this extraordinary scene, as 73-year-old Chicago Nakama was photographed on the facade of the kapukiza theater passed by an AFP journalist, the snow-covered arches with the roof of the traditional Japanese kapuki theater. .
“It’s a beautiful show. The snow gives a beautiful side, I think,” he commented.