Sunday, January 12, 2014

Some Winter Inconveniences

Some people consider the mountains of snow we get in Hokkaido to be inconvenient.  The snow makes travel difficult and no one likes yukikaki (shoveling the snow).  It's been snowing non-stop for several days now.  Ted had to dig out the car yesterday. Sometimes I help, but I stayed in yesterday.


There are some indoor inconveniences too.  We heat with toyu.  It gets delivered to our front door, but then we have to carry these big heavy jugs from the first floor to our apartment on the third floor.

We don’t have clothes dryers in Hokkaido, we air dry our clothes.  That’s fine in the summer because we have a nice balcony outside.  In the winter, we hang the clothes inside.  Sometimes, it gets kind of crowded.

The inconveniences are minor.  I wouldn’t trade living here for anything.


  1. I come from snowy Sweden and like LOOKING at snow, but boy can it be inconvenient!
    Now I live in Tokyo where we have the perfect winter: cold, bright and sunny, and maybe a day or two of light snowfall. The air is VERY dry and laundry air drying indoors is a good humidifier.
    I am glad you like your life in Hokkaido.

  2. I am glad you like living in Japan. I loved it too. We have a series on our TV at the moment about foods in Japan - mainly the eastern coast though. I am homesick!!

  3. "Trixie Belden and The Mystery of the Missing Hokkaido"
    Trixie Belden was browsing googlemaps only to find she could not find Hokkaido. She shook her sandy blond curls in wonder- all she could see was a big pile of snow! Immediately, she texted her bestie Honey Wheeler, her sun browned fingers whirring over her smartphone..."Honey, the bob-whites need to take a trip to Japan...Junbiwa mara desuka?"