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.
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.