Liou's quiet little life...or is it?

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Snow in Japan

Apparently I underestimated the amount of snow falling this winter in Japan; this became clear after looking at the following pictures from the BBC. Here is my own picture, although not as dramatic, from my grandparents' house:

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Snowy Japan

I have been for 6 days at my grandparents' house now, and I am glad to find an internet-cafe. They are very sweet, but with the great amount of snow there is not much to do around here. I guess it works fine as a rest therapy before I start working again. I am at the west-coast of Japan and regions here and more to the north have been hit by major snow, halting trains and transportation in general. In this town, there is about 70 cm of snow I guess, but there are regions with more than 3m!

New Year's Eve was very quiet, and I ate some traditional Japanese food, such as lotus root (renkon), which is said to bring good luck for the new year. The next day my grandparents and I paid a visit to the local Shinto shrine (see right).

Japanese have to write a great amount of postcards for New Year, between 200 and 300. These are for family, friends, business contacts, etc. So my uncle spent two or three days of his holidays writing those... I think this indicates how important it is to maintain your social network in this country. I guess that failing to send someone card amight have some negative repercussion in later dealings, no matter the relationship.

Well, anyway, wish you the best for 2006.