Sunday, January 21, 2007

snow

The fact that I grew up in Manitoba (and have wonderful childhood memories of tobogganing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, digging out caves in giant snowbanks...) probably explains why even many years later, every winter I still miss snow! So I'm quite looking forward to seeing some ice and snow in two weeks when a friend and I go north to Sapporo, Hokkaido, for the Yuki Matsuri (Snow Festival).
Due to my friend's schedule, and ticket availability, we're actually arriving a couple of days before the festival starts, but I've heard it's also interesting to see them making the snow sculptures, and they should be at the finishing-up stage by then. Woohoo!

*picture taken one year ago today, January 21st, 2006, on our ONE snow day last winter!

11 comments:

  1. A beautiful snow day it was!! I look forward to your pictures of the upcoming snow festival!!

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  2. The Sapporo Ice Festival is amazing- but we are er acking in the snow department currently!

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  3. We've had snow on three separate occasions this month. About 6" fell on Saturday night and while it looks very pretty, it was a heavy, wet snow and a lot of work for my husband to shovel. I'm almost ready for spring!

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  4. Thanks Heather. I was so excited last year when we had snow that one day. I dragged H out to take pictures at the nearby shrine.

    Brit - I heard it's not the best year for the festival, snow-wise, but I'm still looking forward to it.

    Les - Ok. For you I wish warmer weather, for me, colder! While I like the plum and cherry blossoms of spring, spring also means hayfever, and the fact that another hot, sticky, uncomfortable summer is on the way! :P

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  5. I just spent two weeks in Naples, Florida with my parents as the final stage of my recovery from surgery. While everyone there loves the sun, I was longing for snow. Like you said, being raised in Manitoba (which my mother was, as well) it almost seems to be a part of you. I'll always be a Northern girl. I'll always want four seasons. Your picture is beautiful.

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  6. Thank you Bellezza, and welcome back! I don't really do sun/beach vacations, but you're right I do love that Japan has 4 distinct seasons. I just wish the summer wasn't so hot and sticky here! Spring and Fall though are lovely.

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  7. A snow festival sounds wonderful, Nat, I so look forward to the pictures! I know what you mean about missing the snow - we got snow so late in Ontario this year and by the time mid January rolled along I was feeling quite disorientated without the white stuff!

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  8. Hey, at least you had one snow day, last year! I can't remember the last time we even had flurries that hit the ground and melted - at least 3 or 4 years, I'd say. I really miss snow. Hope you have fun at the snow festival!

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  9. Lotus - well at least you did get some snow eventually! It's been a crazy winter for Victoria/Vancouver.

    Bookfool - Thanks. I'd send you some if I could!! :P

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  10. As a fellow expat Canadian, I miss the snow, too! I've looked longingly at weather reports from up north, wishing we could just have a bit of the white stuff down here ...

    Hope you have a wonderful time at the festival!

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  11. Thanks Lesley. Must be something in our Canadian blood! :P

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