January 2, 2010

Snow Country/雪国

(Food-unrelated post)
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.

Doctor's office:

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.


Unknown said...

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!

Hiroyuki said...

susie: Thanks for your comment. Living in a snowy area like mine is tough and COSTLY. Snow is destructive and can sometimes be deadly!

Zenichi said...

hajimemashite hiro!
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!)

Hiroyuki said...

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.