This year, despite the odd, warm, sunny day, Japan had a record snowfall in February. My wife, Mandy, and I live in Mori, a traditional mountain village in Matsusaka, Mie Prefecture. At the peak of this rare event, we had seventy centimeters of snow. We had never seen so much snow during our eight years here, or even in our seventeen years in Japan. It averaged out to be about forty-to-fifty centimeters. When we walked outside, the snow was up to our knees!
Being ‘Aussies’, we are not used to such conditions, or such cold temperatures. But it brought out the inner-child in us both, and we had fun playing in the snow, engaging in a snowball fight and making a snowman, which is something we never had the chance to do in our youth in Australia. Luckily the snow melted partially the next day, and a tractor cleared the roads for traffic. Thus we were able to drive to work again without too much trouble.