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24 2012

Freezing Cold Tokyo

snowy Tokyo
The grounds of a temple nearby, the morning of January 24th

Most parts of Japan have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. While Tokyo is extremely humid in summer, it’s cold in winter. The snow fell in Tokyo last night, and it’s a very cold day today.

The Japanese climates in winter differ between the area along the Sea of Japan and that on the Pacific Ocean side. This is because the mountains in the central part of main island block the cold, wet wind blowing from the northwest. That causes heavy snow to fall on the former and sends cold, dry air to the latter.

My grandparent came from a mountain area of Niigata prefecture on the Japan Sea side that’s one of the snowiest regions on earth. For example, annual snowfalls of 4 to 5 meters (13 to 16 feet) are not unusual.

My relatives in Niigata really love the news about snowing in Tokyo. Since the metropolitan area that’s plain region has snow just several times a year, it isn’t prepared for snow. So, once we get it, even if it’s only 3 centimeters (about 1.3 inches), the cities fall into chaos: the train arrives late or stops, automobiles without chains or winter tires come to a standstill, and city-slickers slip and fall in the street. People accustomed to heavy snow enjoy watching miserable urbanites on TV. I had the closeup view of their happy faces when I stayed at my relative’s home in winter for skiing and watched news about snow in Tokyo together. They pointed and laughed at those urbanites.

Tokyo fell into light chaos yesterday and this morning.
I can easily imagine those who in the snowy region were so delighted to hear about us.

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