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....