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Quick melt

Daylight, and all the snow is gone.  As I predicted, it didn’t last very long.  It would have been nice to experience going to work in the snow.   (more…)

Shibuya in the snow

Shibuya (and no doubt the rest of Tokyo) has been covered with a layer of snow tonight.  As I was writing my previous post, it was really bucketing down outside and coating everything with a layer of white.  In as little as 20 minutes, the road outside was covered with an untouched, even white surface – apart from the wheel marks of the first car to drive through the middle of it. (more…)

Snowing in Tokyo

It’s snowing in Tokyo!!  Tonight, about 3cm (so far, at 11:30pm) has fallen, and things have turned white.  I took some photos on my way home from my language class (around 10pm), but it’s become a lot more white since then.  (more…)

Winter hike to Kawanori-san

On those crisp and clear winter days that Tokyo puts on so well, there’s no better place to be than up a mountain.  I was keen to head out and get some snow on my hiking boots and experience the cold fresh air.  My day took me out to Kawanori-san, a 1,363 mountain in the Okutama area (fast becoming one of my favourite areas). (more…)

Hakuba

I’m on the slopes at Hakuba Cortina resort, taking a ski lesson with some elementary school kids. (more…)

Through the snow to the Falcon’s Nest

Ever wanted a falcon’s view of Mt Fuji and the surrounding ranges?  Takanosu-yama (鷹ノ巣山) – translated as Falcon’s Nest Mountain – offers just a commanding view, good enough for a falcon.  On an unseasonably cold, but clear and crisp autumn day, the contrast between snow, bright coloured foliage, clear blue skies and the vista beyond was a perfect way to spend a public holiday. (more…)

Hakodate

Hakodate is a city on the southern coast of Hokkaido, which used to be a 19th century trading port.  There remain foreign influences throughout the city, most visibly in the way of of colonial era buildings.   When Commodore Perry succeeded in opening up some trading ports in Japan, Hakodate was one of them.  It’s also a very scenic city, so the setting of old western-style buildings overlooking the harbour is a key city feature.

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Snow in Tokyo

It’s snowing in Tokyo. Those white specks on the umbrella are unmelted snow flakes! It’s not cold enough to stick, but it’s the first time this season.

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Tanzawa Traverse

Last weekend, I hoped to go up a mountain and see some snow.  Tanzawa-san is around halfway between Tokyo and Mt Fuji, and it seemed to be a prospect to have a bit of white stuff on top of it without needing too much winter hiking equipment. (more…)

Sapporo Snow Festival 1997

This week is the start of the Sapporo Snow Festival, and there have already been stories on the TV news of the giant snow sculptures ready for all the visitors. 12 years ago this week, I was there as a member of Team Australia, building a 3 metre high pair of gumnut babies in the International Competition.  It was during the year I was a university student in Chiba, and it was an amazing opportunity.

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