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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Scenes from Suzaka City

Suzaka City is where my friend Reno lives and teaches. This is where I stayed while I was in Japan--more accurately, this was our base camp for all the traveling we did, because we were hardly ever home while I was there.

Most of the time I was there, it was very cold in Suzaka City. It was basically still winter, although they were expecting spring to come very shortly. As it turns out, it was the coldest it had been in Suzaka City in twenty years.

One morning, on day four of my adventures in Japan, I woke up very early. It was so cold in Reno's house that I could see my breath. I got up, opened the door and looked outside. It was snowing. There was a few inches of snow covering everything. I picked up my camera and shot a photo of Reno's bike:

I went back inside and quicky jumped under the nice, warm Kotatsu. (A small heated coffee table with a quilt that you sit cross-legged under. Every Japanese household has one.)

Reno got up a little later and we had some riceballs and coffee for breakfast.

A little while after that, we ventured outside. I thought it would be a good day for photos with the fresh new snow on the ground.

It was sunny for a little while, but still very cold, and a new storm system was also blowing in, with more snow coming.

Garyuu Park