Well, anyone reading this post from Japan would know I’m posting this rather late, but I still wanted to get it up before it was spring and completely irrelevant.
So far this winter, there has been about 6 inches of snow, which as a native to lake effect ridden Michigan, is absolutely nothing. However, it is a big deal in this area of Japan, I heard its the most we’ve seen in some 25 years. Anyway, the people here seem to be terrified of the snow, or are at least exceptionally cautious. Everyone buys snow tires, every year, despite the cost/benefit ratio being horridly skewed. All of my teachers have asked me if I bought my snow tires yet. My confident “no” always left them shocked, and seemingly questioning my sanity or my regard for the safety of others. So aside from that sort of caution, there is also a major hesitation to drive if the precipitation coming down is something other than rain. I had a Taiko practice canceled out of that it might snow, something we head only received a little bit of earlier that day. Another instance was when I was having that dinner party at my house, the people were worried and wanted me to pick them up if it were to start snowing. I’m not necessarily scoffing at their sense of caution, or lack of exposure to a Midwest winter, but more so to their utter lack of resilience. I do find myself missing the big snowstorms at home, thought I guess they are just a little more special here.
Anyway, the plus side of living in the mountains, and the occasional snow is a breathtaking display icing the hills.
The other snow related thing worth mentioning is the lazy way in which the Japanese (and all of Asia I think) make snowmen. They only use 2 balls in the construction, and I had to insist on fixing a students to make it comply with my specifications.