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January 23rd, 2012

Tonight is the second day we’ve had snow this year, and it’s coming down. What you see here may not look like much, but had been falling only a little over an hour by the time I took this photo. It was falling heavily at the time, but this is a time exposure and so the falling snow is not visible. (Click for a larger image.)


It should be quite a blanket on the ground by the time it stops, probably around of just after midnight.

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  1. Tim Kane
    January 24th, 2012 at 03:41 | #1

    Everything looks nice and tranquil.

    BTW, what kind of scooter do you motor around on?

    I have a 150cc Taiwonese make, E-Ton, that was cheap, but has been just wonderful. So curious about what you have.

  2. Luis
    January 24th, 2012 at 08:10 | #2

    I have a Suzuki Address 125G. In Japan, 125cc is the top limit of the smallest motorcycle license, the one I got many years back. The Suzuki Address is a popular model as it is one of the cheapest in the market here, but is pretty good quality. Naturally, since I take the train to work and have a car now, I don’t use it nearly as much as I used to (I would commute with it all the time when I lived in Ikebukuro), but I still use it for certain things.

  3. January 24th, 2012 at 12:48 | #3

    The snow is visible in whitening and fogging of farther objects. The house looks pristine. How old is it?

  4. Tim Kane
    January 25th, 2012 at 01:12 | #4

    Leszek Cyfer makes a good point about the photograph. The lighting in your picture seems subtly extraordinary. It makes the picture quite nice to look at.

    In Korea 125cc were about as big as most bikes and scooters seemed to get. I don’t think I ever saw one that was bigger and I was always looking. There was one Suzuki model that I would see that seemed quite popular – it was very sporty looking. Unfortunately Suzuki only sells the massive Bergman scooters in the U.S. (barka loungers on wheels).

    Howabout the car, is that a Nissan? I don’t believe they sell that particular model here. I spent only about 24 hours in Japan because of a missed flight, in Narita. But I left the hotel and walked into the local town. The most interesting thing to me, was that there was a series of car dealerships, and there were tons of models that are sold in Japan, of interesting and brilliant designs, that we don’t see in the U.S.. As I recall, lots of box designs to maximize interior space, and some interesting retro designs with soft lines (kind of following the Mini theme). There was a Diahatsu (spell?) dealership with interesting stuff. It seemed to me Japan only exports the tip of the iceberg of what they make. A lot of the good stuff never leaves Japan. The strength, diversity and vitality of Japan’s auto industry has been a constant interest of mine all of my adult life.

  5. Luis
    January 25th, 2012 at 08:12 | #5

    The car is a Toyota Vitz, actually, the same as the Yaris (Echo) in the U.S. We bought it used last November.

  6. Jim
    January 25th, 2012 at 10:59 | #6

    I think Sachi’s bike could use a little cover.

  7. Luis
    January 25th, 2012 at 16:43 | #7

    By the way, this photo was taken late at night. It was a 6-second exposure taken at 9:50 p.m.

    If you want to see Ponta in the snow the next morning, check out the latest post in Shiba Me.

  8. Troy
    January 28th, 2012 at 11:04 | #8

    I love how you can just leave your stuff outside in Japan and not have to worry about it too much.

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