Saturday, February 23, 2008

How cold IS it?

It's SO cold, that the town of Shimokowa makes thousands of ice candles and has a festival. Who says fire and water don't mix?
Feeling sad I didn't get a night-time shot of all these lit up. Next year, I promise.

Ice candle valentine for you! My little Mongolian snow bunny. No reason for this photo except that I still love yurts and hope to have one of my own someday.
It's SO cold that when I woke up this morning to take Bunta for a walk I wondered if I was going to be able to get out the door.
I'll take snowy and sunny over grey and rainy any day. Missing Juneau but loving Hokkaido's winter weather.
'Ryuya no otosan' to the rescue! Gotta love neighbors with back hoes.
Taniguchi family shoveling their roof.It's SO cold that these giant icicles fell off our neighbor's roof in one piece, landing upside-down, creating a nifty burglar deterrent.Cold enough to keep your dried fish outside.
Cold enough to enjoy the free ski hill. Here's the rules if you're curious. Let us know what they say when you figure it out.
My early a.m. view of the village from the top of the ski hill. Bunta and I enjoy this daily hike to reflect on our places on this great planet of ours. Well, that's what I'm doing. Bunta's down there in the right hand corner sniffing out a dead field mouse.

It's SO cold that Sachi has the right idea staying inside by the toyo stove on a Sunday afternoon.