As I mentioned previously, my family lives in the Snow Country with a capital S, well depicted in the novel with the same name, written by Kawabata Yasunari.
This is what Bokushi Street looked like on December 21, when it snowed heavily.
Ten-Chi-Jin Naoe "Kanetsugu" Go Bus, parking in front of the wholesaler's:
Gangi (covered alley), providing a snow-free path:
When my family visited my wife's father's house on New Year's Eve to stay one night, I parked my wife's car in a free parking area of the ski resort nearby in the evening, and here is a photo of the car on the morning of New Year's Day.
January 2, 2010
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Hi, I just wanted to say thanks for posting these photos of your Snow Country. I read the book decades ago, and then followed it up with A Thousand Cranes. Unfortunately, I don't remember the plot of either one, but I do remember how evocative his writing was. Your snow photos pretty much are as I imagined the area from his spare but lyrical descriptions. FYI, I've had a lifelong fascination with all things Japanese because of my father, who lived in Japan post-WWII. I've learned a lot from you, Hiroyuki, on your blog here and at eGullet and I thank you!
susie: Thanks for your comment. Living in a snowy area like mine is tough and COSTLY. Snow is destructive and can sometimes be deadly!
I have been following your blog for a few months, and I just opened up my newsfeed reader for the first time since coming to Japan, and I saw your cool snow pictures so I thought I'd comment!
I just picked up Snow Country from a friend! I still have a book to finish before I start, but I read some Kawabata in college so I am interested in checking it out!
I am up faaaar north in Aomori-ken, this is some REAL snow country, my first winter in Japan! I want to read some local literature too, my little town is next to Dazai Osamu's hometown, but I've heard his works are a little ... darker.. than Kawabata.
へば、あけましておめでとうございます！ (Oh no, I am picking up Tsugaru-ben!)
Zenichi: You seem to be fluent in Tsugaru-ben (laugh)!
I've been to Aomori in the winter, so I know how cold it can be in your area.
Here in my area, we have lots of snow, but the temperature seldom falls below -5C. Here, ground water (about +14C) is often used to melt snow, which is unthinkable in your area.
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