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Snowy Fukuoka

by - 8:57 PM

This weekend to the delight (or not) of its inhabitants, Fukuoka has been covered with an elegant white coat. The temperatures were the coldest for 40 years and the biggest snowfall for more than a century in some places, the Kyushu region has turned into a giant kakigori (shaved ice).

Every year in Fukuoka we have one or two snowing days but nothing remain in the city so when I saw that the weather provided a storm, I didn't take it too seriousely while my colleagues were almost panic ( I exaggerate only a bit) . Japanese people are always overacting when it comes to snow. TV news even adviced people to buy enough food for 3 days and people listened that ! By going to the supermarket on Saturday night there was no meat, eggs and vegetables left. I understand that it is very important to prepare in countryside but in the city...

It has snowed all Saturday long but as I thought it was too hot for it to remain on the ground.But when we woke up on Sunday morning , we zould discover a white landscape. In my neighborhood there were 5cm or more, well at least enough for the snow to remain even after the passage of the few cars that ventured out. When it snows , I literally falls back to childhood : I run around, make snowmen, send snowballs and so on. But I didn't could really get to enjoy it that time because Daisuke and I visited apartments all the day. I will talk about that again later but we  finally have found an almost perfect place to live.

Snow fell continuously throughout the day with big gusts : it was a real storm. As we could not use the real estates' car, we went to visit homes by subway and train, and we spent a good part of the day outside : I've never been so cold in my life. Japanese cold is really different from French winter. In Fukuoka, it is the wind which is quite violent and really cold.
Here a few pictures which I took when I could step my hands out of my pockets.

snowy Fukuoka

snowy Fukuoka

snowy Fukuoka

Bad weather = almost nobody outside. Even in Tenjin and Hakata , usually crowded on Sunday, there were very few people. I had never seen that ! After taking Daisuke to the station in the evening, I came back home by foot and as snow had stopped falling I took the opportunity to walk around and take some pictures. Despite the late hour , people were just starting to go out and I met many families with children building snowmen on sidewalks. It must be said that schools were closed the next day.

snowy Fukuoka

snowy Fukuoka

snowy Fukuoka

snowy Fukuoka

snowy Fukuoka

snowy Fukuoka

snowy Fukuoka

Yesterday (Monday) , it snowed all the day but temperatures have risen a bit so all the snow melted quickly. In the morning there was still this special atmosphere : almost no cars, even on the large road that cuts Tenjin in two parts . Most people were walking and some unwary took their bicycles, it was really quiet, unusual for a Monday morning. Besides, no one was really focused at work.

This article may have not be a real interest for people accustomed to snow but the situation was so exceptional that I wanted to share it. The snow episode is now over in Fukuoka but I 'm leaving in three weeks in a place where there is plenty. Can you guess where ? A little hint : it starts with a S.

snowy Fukuoka
Tenjin, inhabituellement désert
snowy Fukuoka
South of Tenjin
snowy Fukuoka

snowy Fukuoka
River frozen too

useful words

Snow : yuki (雪)
cold : samui (寒い)
Snowman : yuki daruma (雪だるま)
To Slip : suberu (滑る)
Rare : mezurashii (珍しい)

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