Woke up to more rain and cold weather. Decided to tour some of the art museums, hoping to learn some more about the background on Japanese wood block prints. Headed for Ueno Park, just north of my hotel. Passed by a local shrine on the way; interesting to see how people appear to leave wooden blocks or paper messages, presumably for whatever they are looking for help on.
No luck at the National Museum, which has a second floor dedicated to Japanese art, because that floor was closed to set up a new exhibit. Took a quick look at the exhibits in the rest of the museum, and then braved the rain and cold to take a subway to the other side of town to see a small museum which is dedicated to wood block prints. That museum did have a small show of prints, focused on prints linked to theatre and poetry.
Walked through a shopping area on my way back to the hotel. The Tokyo shoppers are so restrained compared to their Southern Asian counterparts; less crowds, less buzz and less hussle. Not just outside — where it was cold and rainy, but inside the malls too.