Winter in Japan is not exactly wonderful, with the vast majority of Tokyo’s homes being far from toasty; the idea of central heating or insulation seemingly seen as rather silly — surplus to requirements even.
That said, the season’s clearer skies do bring a little colour as well as the cold, particularly in the guise of Japan’s famous and fantastically formed Fuji. Which, with its almost perfect conical appearance, can warm at least the cockles of even the most cold-hearted of curmudgeons.
For maybe a minute or two.
(click image for full-sized Fuji)