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Japan's Hardy Snow Country Now Faces a Test of Time
New York Times ^ | 1/9/06 | Norimitsu Onishi

Posted on 01/08/2006 7:28:52 PM PST by saquin

TSUNAN, Japan, Jan. 7 - After clambering out a second-story window on Saturday, Kimie Kuwahara, 80, stood atop the 10-foot-high wall of snow surrounding her house. She surveyed this region called the snow country - the starkly white mountain range that spread out in the distance behind her, the record snowfall that had blanketed all but the triangle-shaped roofs in her neighborhood.

Pushing a plowlike shovel with both hands, Ms. Kuwahara was busy clearing the fresh powder to a recessed pile several feet away under which, she swore, lay a pond with carp. Her husband, Naoji, also 80, had climbed a ladder onto the roof, where he deftly plied his shovel to send chunks tumbling down.

"It's a never-ending job!" said Ms. Kuwahara, who had left a "village on the other side of the mountain" to come to this town as a bride a half-century ago. "After you've cleared the snow, the place is covered with snow again two days later."

Smiling from ear to ear, Ms. Kuwahara, who maintained that snow-clearing had kept her the "fittest person in the neighborhood," said cheerfully: "Ah! The snow country! What can you do?"

The snow country, ensconced between the Sea of Japan and the Japanese Alps, is one of the world's snowiest regions and typically lies under a dozen feet of snow for several months a year. But the coldest winter in decades has brought record snowfalls to the region in recent weeks.


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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: japan; omg; snow; snowupthewazoo; thatsalotofsnow

A local resident clears the snow for a passage at Tsunan in northern Japan, on Saturday January 7, 2006.


A resident, climbing on the roof, clears the snow from his house at Iiyama, northern Japan, on Saturday January 7, 2006.


A Japanese woman removes snow to keep the passage Friday morning, Jan. 6, 2006 in Tsunam, about 300 kilometers (180 miles) north of Tokyo.

Yikes, that's a lot of snow! I will never complain about winter again. :-)

1 posted on 01/08/2006 7:28:55 PM PST by saquin
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To: saquin

Bushs fault.


2 posted on 01/08/2006 7:30:17 PM PST by BipolarBob (Yes I backed over the vampire, but I swear I looked in my rearview mirror.)
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To: saquin

I'm thinking the Global Warming ain't working


3 posted on 01/08/2006 7:33:26 PM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: saquin

amazing


4 posted on 01/08/2006 7:34:17 PM PST by Flavius (Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: BipolarBob

Yep. If Bush had gotten the Kyoto Treaty ratified this would not be Happening!


5 posted on 01/08/2006 7:34:49 PM PST by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis)
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To: saquin

Wow, interesting thread, saquin! Thanks.


6 posted on 01/08/2006 7:37:19 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: DTogo

Japan Ping :)


7 posted on 01/08/2006 7:41:22 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: saquin
Yikes, that's a lot of snow! I will never complain about winter again. :-)

I'm in Minnesota, and I'm impressed.

More proof of global warming, I guess.

8 posted on 01/08/2006 8:01:36 PM PST by cryptical
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To: saquin

Look at that last picture, the ground isn't frozen, the street is wet, not frozen.


9 posted on 01/08/2006 8:30:17 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans with political enemies who have dementia.)
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To: saquin

Maybe if they STAY snowed in, they'll start having babies.


10 posted on 01/08/2006 8:30:37 PM PST by gaijin
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To: saquin; maikeru; Dr. Marten; Eric in the Ozarks; Al Gator; snowsislander; sushiman; ...
Wow, some place that actually puts Buffalo, NY to shame! (How would Tom Jolls have reported that?)

Japan * ping * (kono risuto ni hairitai ka detai wo shirasete kudasai : let me know if you want on or off this list)

11 posted on 01/08/2006 9:49:02 PM PST by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: DTogo

Commander Tom would say
"its 11 oclock ,do you know where your 13 ft of snow is?"


12 posted on 01/08/2006 9:59:01 PM PST by singletrack (..................................................................)
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To: Balding_Eagle

" Look at that last picture, the ground isn't frozen, the street is wet, not frozen."

Daytime temps above freezing , so with some sun the snow melts a bit ...+6C where I am in Japan today ...Tomorrow morning supposed to be -6C ...


13 posted on 01/08/2006 10:28:51 PM PST by sushiman
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To: sushiman

I'm also guessing that they might have put down some salt or other deicer.


14 posted on 01/08/2006 10:39:36 PM PST by elmer fudd
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To: singletrack

HA!HA! Irv and Rick would then make him go dig their cars out!


15 posted on 01/08/2006 10:44:36 PM PST by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: gaijin
Maybe if they STAY snowed in, they'll start having babies.

Not at 80 years old they won't. (At least if their names are not Sarah and Abraham, they won't.)
16 posted on 01/08/2006 10:49:57 PM PST by Talking_Mouse (Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just... Thomas Jefferson)
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To: DTogo

Please add me to your list


17 posted on 01/08/2006 10:50:23 PM PST by Talking_Mouse (Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just... Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Talking_Mouse
Hanaseru_Nezumi , you're on the list!
18 posted on 01/08/2006 10:56:06 PM PST by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: gaijin

"Maybe if they STAY snowed in, they'll start having babies."

That's one of their biggest problems.

There's hardly anyone young and hardy enough to dig them out.

The children they had, and slaved to educate, moved to where the jobs are.


19 posted on 01/09/2006 12:21:27 AM PST by dsc (Islamic sexual violence against women should be treated as the repressive epidemic it is.)
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To: saquin

I used to live in Churchill Manitoba, (Polar Bear Country)

THe place was an artic desert with less than an inch of precip per year. When the snow came it was drift snow off Hudson's Bay and buried everything.

Me and my friends used to walk to school over snowdrifts that buried our houses. Up one side past your bedroom window and down the otherside.

It was a hoot. We used to joke that it was faster to go over a house than around it.


20 posted on 01/09/2006 12:32:36 AM PST by beaver fever
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To: beaver fever
We used to joke that it was faster to go over a house than around it.

ha! ha! ...depending how old you are (skilled in) skiing and/or ski-doo (jump-over.)

21 posted on 01/09/2006 4:11:58 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: elmer fudd
I spent a winter in Sakata on the Sea of Japan, 1977-78. No, the snow wasn't quite this extreme, but take a train 30 km or so inland and you could see the piles heaped up perhaps half the size of those shown in the pictures.

Part of the reason the snow piles up is the pattern of thawing and freezing continuously recyles moisture into the atmosphere. On some of the main streets of Sakata, nozzles at periodic intervals sprayed water to keep the roads cleared. They stopped when the weather was well below freezing, but the timing wasn't always perfect. There would be nights we would go home on sheets of ice.

22 posted on 01/09/2006 4:15:12 AM PST by Vigilanteman (crime would drop like a sprung trapdoor if we brought back good old-fashioned hangings)
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To: Talking_Mouse

maybe the young ones now won't so easily be able to get to the local pachinko-ya san. For awhile, I guess...


23 posted on 01/09/2006 4:16:40 AM PST by gaijin
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To: gaijin

We owned an eight horsepower two-stage snowblower when we lived in Minnesota. It was powerful enough to throw the snow on my next door neighbor's roof.


24 posted on 01/09/2006 6:21:10 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Don't buy Bose. Their warranty is no good.)
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