Snow Magic in Sapporo

Sapporo, the city of the north… Despite it’s harsh winter weather and average annual snowfall of about 6 metres, it’s surprisingly Japan’s 5th largest city. It’s not constantly dark and gloomy, though. Just think, endless chances to have snowball fights, make snow angels, go skiing, eat fresh seafood, slurp down miso ramen – there’s a lot to love! And there’s one more…

The Life of a Plum Blossom

Plums, called ume in Japanese, are arguably more a part of Japanese culture than the cherry blossoms. The sakura are so short-lived that I feel like if you blink you’ll miss them, and then it’s all over for another year. Whereas the plum blossoms stick around for a good month or more. But not only is the flower…

Snowy Tokyo

I love having Fridays off work, but today is extra exciting!! I’m sitting here in a café 26 floors up. Looking out of these giant glass windows, all I can see is a vast sea of ‘white’! It’s bizarre but very cool seeing snowy roof tops in Tokyo. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was snow country, but it actually…

City of Lights: Tokyo in Winter

My Top 6 Winter Illumination Spots in Tokyo No. 6 – Yebisu Garden Place In the trendy district of Ebisu lies a shopping complex by the name of Yebisu Garden Place. Yebisu is a popular Japanese beer, and there used to be a brewery here about 25 years ago. The winter illuminations aren’t too extensive, but…

Tokamachi Snow Festival

After showing a few pics from the Tokamachi Snow Festival in my previous post, I thought I’d stay on the same topic and share a few more that I thought were pretty impressive. The Tokamachi Snow Festival is not particularly well known. Most of my Japanese friends have never heard of it. But, each year…

Tokyo’s Snowpocalypse

What a weekend! I prayed for snow and got a blizzard! It started coming down at about 3:00am Saturday morning (I know, because I was still up from the night before!). After a few hours sleep, I woke up at about 7:30am, jumped out of bed and threw the curtains open, wild with excitement! What…

The Big Snow

Tomorrow’s the big day! The weather forecasters predict 大雪 (heavy snow) which means work has been cancelled. Wohoo! I’ve been waiting all winter for the snow to arrive. We had a short preview on Tuesday. It was just for a few hours and didn’t stay on the ground but it was enough to be excited…

Merry Christmas!

I’m currently back home in Australia, enjoying the beautiful warm weather. It’s so great to be here after almost three years away! I was filled with nostalgia as I drove through the streets, noticing things I’d long forgotten about. But, more than anything, it is just awesome to be surrounded by my family again. Christmas…