Tokyo Snow

27 01 2016

This past weekend, many cities in Japan where they normally never see snow (first time ever in Okinawa in weather observation history) were covered with snow (as were many parts of the east coast, United States).

A little more than a week ago, on Monday, January 18, 2016, Tokyo was not quite covered all over but was trying to cope with the first snowfall of the season.


It was snowy white when I woke up and looked outside my window.

The interesting thing about the above picture is that the roof of the Buddhist temple in the back is completely snowless while it must have accumulated some snow over time like the roof in the front.

Searches came up with many posts saying that temples in Japan often build their roofs steep and without “snow stoppers” so that any accumulated snow would naturally fall whereas most houses would have “snow stoppers” on roofs so as not to cause danger to people and cars on streets or to prevent the snow from sliding into neighbor’s property (as most houses do not have enough space around them for extra snow, or for anything really as you can see from the proximity of the next house to my building.)

So it took me 1.5 hours to get to work instead of the usual 45 minutes on the Monday morning.  But I was lucky as some people waited for hours for trains and buses to come but once they came, they came packed with passengers and no one could get on…



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