We got another nice batch of snow yesterday starting yesterday afternoon so I was out and about getting lots of pictures. I usually pass by a nearby temple around 5pm every day where someone dutifully rings the temple's bell. I usually just think "Wow, Japan's cool." when I hear the bell and keep walking, but yesterday I stopped and started wandering around the small temple's grounds, ackwardly bowing to the bell ringer when he looked to see who was down below.
There's something about snow on Japanese temples, shrines and in gardens that makes them look so magical to me.
Iida City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
EDIT: More pictures from this day here: [link]