Hello everyone! Just last Monday we had a snow storm sweep through our region of Japan. Here in Tatebayashi, snow is pretty rare; the temperature rarely dips below -3C/26F, and it’s very dry. About once every ten years or so a big snow storm hits; the most recent was four years ago, our first winter here – there was so much snow that the schools had two snow days. Tatebayashi was so unused to that much snow that the roads didn’t clear for days! I remember seeing our poor neighbours shovel a path for their car in the driveway using dust pans.
This snowfall merited a half-day off for elementary school students – they left right after lunch, before the snow even started falling. It started lightly just as the last stragglers were heading out, but it picked up the pace pretty rapidly! I was let out a little bit earlier than usual. I ride a bike, so it was a wet ride home, but I love snow, so it was an adventure!
We awoke to a misty, snow-bound Tuesday morning. There were only a few inches of snow on the ground, so it was all right for cars; but our bikes were a no-go, so Paul and I had to walk to school.
As cold as it was, it was a beautiful experience. Snow has that wonderful ability to dampen all sound, and it was a quiet, ghostly walk from the apartment to my school.
The snow lasted long enough for the kids to have snowball fights and make snowmen during first recess, but the playground turned into a soupy mess when the sun came out around noon, so alas, the fun was short-lived.
It was beautiful while it lasted!
Til next time! またね！