Tokyo Snow Storm

Tokyo Snow Storm

Finally my first Tokyo snow storm!  Tokyo and snow to not go together.    This city has no idea how to deal with snow when it comes.  There are no plows, sanding or salting capabilities.   Most people, including me do not own snow shovels, window scrapers and the standard tools I had to survive my winter growing up in New England.

This morning I woke up to a winter wonderland…

Today’s configuration: Ricoh GR Digital IV

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

It doesn’t look too bad and snow typically doesn’t accumulate in Tokyo…the roads looked OK so we headed out.    Tokyo never gets snow so has no capacity to handle it.   No plowing, sanding, salting capabilities.    I have even seen store owners using a hose and pouring water on the snow trying to melt it away.

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

A snow covered ShootTokyo mobile…   I don’t even have a snow brush or a shovel.   These are things I grew up with as a kid in New England.

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

My neighbors building a snowman…

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

The weather turned nasty quickly.   I do love how everyone uses umbrellas in the snow in Tokyo…

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

I started to see a lot of accidents.    The issue in cities like Tokyo is when you side ‘off the road’ it is typically into the side of a parked car, building, pole or fence.  There isn’t really a ‘side of the road’ in Tokyo.

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

This photo I love.  In Jiyugaoka they close the roads on the weekends and holidays to allow shoppers to walk the streets free of cars to do their shopping.   I think someone didn’t bother to tell the staff of Jiyugaoka that we were in the middle of a storm.   As they blocked the road just like they always do and stood in the street welcoming shopping.  You can even see the guy in the white outfit in the middle of the street.

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

Jiyugaoka is a very hilly area and the hills became very hard to drive up.    Japanese drivers also have no experience with driving in the snow so when their tires spin they floor the gas peddle in hopes the car will go forward.

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

I ended up helping push many cars up the hill…

A few photos from Mrs ShootTokyo

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

…and explaining a lot to stop pushing the gas peddle to the floor.

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

Of course good karma didn’t go my way…  as after I got going someone chut me off and I got stuck for a little while but after some time I got going again.

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

The snow ended up being a little too heavy on my street and I couldn’t turn into my driveway so I ended up parking in the street blocking my neighbor’s driveway.

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

but I think that is OK as I don’t think anyone is coming…

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

Tokyo Snow Storm, January 14th 2013

Thanks for stopping by today…

 

13 Comments

  1. Blizzard ! I always walk around here. I am surprised such a snowy scenery, today in Tokyo.

  2. Haha! Today is actually my first snow experience my whole life (Sorry, I live in a tropical country)… and I loved it! :) hope to see you Dave somewhere in Tokyo :D

  3. Nature put it there..Nature will take it away. Is that pink house yours? looks neat.

  4. I’ve been waiting, nay, _begging_ for it snow like that in Kentucky. We did get one snow this year, but it happened in the middle of the night. :(

    Hope you get to enjoy the snow and no one is caught by it!

  5. That’s not my house Jim. Just where my car choose to stop for the day…

  6. Ah ok now I understand why on the news last night it was about Tokyo, I’m thinking hang on its been snowing heaps up here in Nagano-ken. We had somewhere around 20 to 30cm of snow yesterday!!!

  7. It was a heavy day of snow yesterday… Interesting driving in Tokyo! I think I am going to start a driving in the snow course.

  8. Thank you for these photo reports from Tokyo! I appreciate them a lot since I miss this city so much!

  9. Looks like they made the best of it anyway (building a snowman :-))

  10. Dave,
    I remember how much of a tourist I felt like when I was in Tokyo and was watching people with garden hoses squirting hot water on the ground with big floor squeegees to clean up the snow. If you did that in the US you would have a skating rink.

  11. Mark – I know. the first time you see it you are like – WHAT?

  12. Crazy wasn’t it? What was funniest was the little trucks with 3cm wide tires trying to get through the now. And it still isn’t gone

  13. Great shots. I enjoyed the snow from inside my own houses last week. The next few days weren’t pleasant walking over the ice though, which I thoroughly hate. And it looks like we have more coming this week.

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