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Typhoon Neoguri

Nothing like an early typhoon to start the summer.  While it was one of the strongest typhoons in years, it fizzled out as it passed over Japan.  Here in the Tokyo area, it was very weak.  I saw only light rain and winds that weren’t very impressive.  However, I did make a video to chronicle what was happening.  Enjoy.

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Typhoon Neoguri is Coming!

This is a big typhoon.  It’s the biggest typhoon to hit Okinawa in 15 years, and it’s headed straight for mainland Japan, and should be in the Tokyo area by Friday.  Check out my video about the typhoon.

In case you’re wondering what Neoguri is, it’s actually the Korean word for raccoon dog, or tanuki as they are known in Japan.  It’s a kind of wild dog that looks like a mix between a raccoon and a dog.

I’ll have a couple more videos coming later this week, most likely.

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Japanese Seasons

This is a bit of a summary of what I’ve already talked about in the past on here, but now it’s in video form! Take a look at what I think of Japan’s seasons and the attitude that Japan’s uniqueness is partly because it has four distinct seasons.

Sorry about the sound in he beginning.  It seems that the mic doesn’t work very well when I direct the screen away from me.

One thing that I find annoying to myself is that I speak far too slowly.  I have to thank more than 9 years of teaching English in Japan for that.  When I speak with other native English speakers, I’m quite normal, but for some reason, I slow down for the video.  I need to fix that.

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Still icy 3 days later

It’s been 3 days since the big snowstorm in the Tokyo area, and we still have snow and ice on the ground.  Usually it’s gone within 2 or 3 days, but it’s been quite cold this week.

The day after the snow, some of it was melting, resulting in another messy day.  I took these pictures Tuesday morning.

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Snowy sidewalks and a wet street.

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In my building’s parking lot.

All of this wet snow and melt water froze in the evening, and it was quite dangerous just walking on the sidewalk.  The melting and freezing cycle makes it difficult for people to walk, as well as drive.  It’s much better now, with just a bit of ice and snow in the shadowy areas.  It’s warming up this weekend, so it should be all gone soon.

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Snowy day in Yokohama

When I experienced my first snow in Yokohama, I couldn’t believe how everyone used umbrellas.  I quickly realised why.  This isn’t your typical Canadian snow.  This stuff is wet.  It sticks to you and melts right away.  It’s just as bad as walking in the rain, and it’s often mixed with rain.  Also, the snowflakes clump together to create massive supersized floating snow structures.

Today, it snowed.  It snowed a lot.  This was probably one of the biggest snowfalls I’ve seen in Yokohama.  While it may not seem like much, it’s a big deal here.

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This morning, before the snow started to accumulate.

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This afternoon, the snow was coming down pretty heavily.

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Early evening, on my way home.

That last picture shows why snow here is such a nuisance.  It’s extremely wet.  It may look like snow, but it’s really snow coating slush.  As I was crossing the street, I stepped in what appeared to be pretty solid snow, but ended up being a 10 cm deep slushy puddle with white snow on top.  I completely soaked my feet, and had to endure a 30 minute train ride, a wait for the bus, and a 10 minute bus ride.  When I got home, my feet were so cold, I took a quick shower to warm me and my feet up.

I’m looking forward to several days of sunny weather.

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2012 Picture of the Week (51/52) – Frosty

My previous post was about the cold winter we’re about to have here in Japan.  Well, this morning, I saw something I’ve never seen in December here, frost.  It’s usually not this cold in December.  Frost and snow is usually around in January and February, not December.  Also, it’s expected to be -3°C in the morning.  Many people I’ve talked to in Japan have never felt a temperature colder than -10°C.  I’ve experienced -42°C.

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Frosty ground!

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