Monday, 14 January 2013

Sun and snow

Yesterday was a beautifully sunny day and typical of the Japanese winters where it is cold, but dry and bright - perfect for a hike. We headed off to the hills around Okutama with our friend Sanna and her dog Ethel. We like this walk as there is a pretty waterfall about halfway along it where you can stop and have a cup of tea.

Parts of the waterfall were frozen.

There were also lots of icicles.

While we were being terribly English, sipping our tea and eating cheese and pickle sandwiches, a bunch of friendly Japanese hikers traipsed past, all wearing suits!

Today, this is the view out of our apartment window - heavy snow! It couldn't be more different to yesterday's weather. Funnily enough, I've decided to hibernate in the warm today....

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