1,2,3 Snowstorms!


As we were preparing for our move to Japan over Christmas and reading book after book about snow, EJ would ask if she would see any snow this winter. I'd respond that she might see some in PA but probably wouldn't see any Japan until we made a trip up to Nagano. Boy was I wrong!

When the first snowstorm hit three weeks ago we were pretty excited.


The kids ran around with their tongues stuck out trying to catch the flakes.

 
 

Enough fell for there to be a dusting for the kids to play in the next morning.


A week later there were forecasts for a bigger one. This hit on a Saturday morning and we were lodge bound all day.


A fitting day to watch the Sochi Olympics.


DaddyO tried to get DaddyO out to build a snowman but we had to wait till the next day when the snow was stickier.



Then they built a big Atsugi Snowman!


The second storm dumped at least 10 inches on us, an unheard of amount for this part of Japan, but the weather wasn't finished. Five days later another storm hit on Valentines Day and this would be the biggest of all.


Fortunately we had just moved in to our house two days before so we were planning on being home-bound for the weekend unpacking anyway. The howling of the wind and the pounding of the sleet made our first night sleeping in our place interesting. The porches were covered with snow and it was white as far as we could see from our balconies.



I didn't venture out till two days later and what I saw was unbelievable. Plows had barely been through our base.



And while the snow was melting from the warmer weather there was still a foot and a half on the ground. It just meant there might be a lake underneath when you stepped.


People took shoveling into their own hands, that is if they were lucky enough to have/find a shovel.


Japanese firemen shoveling out their engines and police using their riot shields to clear the snow.


The roads are tight and narrow to begin with here, and sidewalks are so important for the bikes and pedestrians that there really wasn't anywhere for the snow to go even if they did have plows.


Driving off base was slow and we just waited for the sun to melt it.

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