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Woke up to snow in Nara Japan(10 posts)

Woke up to snow in Nara JapanFattrax
Jan 22, 2004 6:44 PM
Got up this morning to this. It's our first major dump this year. The valley rarely receives snow, so only a few cm can cause every one to go bonkers. I saw several cars driving around with chains. Coming to work wasn't bad. I just had to watch out for the slick areas. The stuff had already melted off by noon. I understand that most of the mountain passes are pretty covered now, so no more trips to Yoshinoyama for a while.
re: Woke up to snow in Nara JapanFattrax
Jan 22, 2004 6:47 PM
The snow caused a lot of traffic delays.
re: Woke up to snow in Nara JapanFattrax
Jan 22, 2004 6:49 PM
MUT on the way to work. You can see the rice fields all plowed and ready for this years planting.
re: Woke up to snow in Nara JapanFattrax
Jan 22, 2004 6:51 PM
A traditional house with a snowy garden.
re: Woke up to snow in Nara JapanFattrax
Jan 22, 2004 6:57 PM
If it looks like a prison, it must be a school. My beloved Koryo Koko (high school). A 30-year tradition of warping fresh young minds. Most the other teachers were delayed due to traffic and about half the students are absent.
about schoolsPeterRider
Jan 22, 2004 10:56 PM
I've seen my girlfriend's university (Chuo-dai), the buildings are indeed ugly and look like a prison. She says they do that to keep students from being distracted and to prevent violence. I rather think that having a nice campus makes people happy and happy people perform better. Here at Caltech there are grants that are dedicated only to flowers and trees, it's incredible to see how much money is spent on those, but the campus looks like an orchard all year.

Pierre
Now there's a juxtaposition!The Walrus
Jan 22, 2004 7:34 PM
Lovely shot of the house and garden, followed by the factory, errr, school. Have you been to Nikko in the winter? With those cryptomeria trees, it must look about like Sequoia Nat'l Park now.
Now there's a juxtaposition!Fattrax
Jan 22, 2004 11:09 PM
It is quite interesting how the Japanese mix their land use. My ride is under two miles, and I go past residential (which include some mighty fine spreads), heavy industry, agriculture, and commercial areas. It is very common to shoehorn houses within active rice fields. Koryo koko is surrounded by rice fields. The first picture is shows a rice field on the right, which is only about fifty yards from my house. This use to be a huge rice producing area, but due to its proximity to Osaka, the town has become more of a bedroom community. Since viable land is at a premium in Japan, farmers find it more profitable to sell their land for development than to continue using it. But instead of selling large tracks of land, they pick and choose the fields (which generally have a standard size) to sell. This creates a patchwork of land uses.
schools prisons in japanzeke
Jan 22, 2004 11:18 PM
schools ARE prisons in japan.
Now there's a juxtaposition!geckotb
Jan 23, 2004 11:24 AM
I was actually in Nikko about 3 weeks ago and it was beautiful with the snow. Only about an inch of snow but lots of cars were using chains. I'll be back there this fall with my bike for sure.