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75 (And then, came winter | ある日、冬到来)

December 14, 2010

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One day there was a big storm, and then came winter.

The end.

That kind of sums up what happened in the last few days.

A friend of mine told me a few months ago, “Around here (up north), you get one serious rainfall and that’s it. Then it turns really cold.”

Every time we’ve been getting rain recently, I’ve wondered if that was indeed the storm. Well, there’s no questioning the storm that swept through this past weekend. First of all it was massive in scale. I mentioned a few posts ago that we got some serious rain, well that was nothing compared to this. Out came the wind, the thunder, the lightning. And the sky really cracked open this time, dropping what felt like buckets, barrels of rain. On Saturday we had a power outage for a few hours, and on the radio they were announcing roads being closed due to flooding. Suddenly everything was wet and none of it was drying. Raindrops seeped through some of our windows and continued well after the rain. The tap water in our bathroom / shower looks a bit muddy in the aftermath.






And just like my friend said, winter arrived with absolutely no warning.

We turned on the heater for the first time. I quickly realized apartments here are built for the hot, scorching summers, and that means hardly no direct sunlight in the apartment. I step out to our front porch area a few times a day just to feel the warmth of the sun.

My body is in a state of shock. I need mittens, boots, and crave thick, creamy soups, a Japanese onsen (hot springs). It is much harder to get myself to go outside, but I know I must force myself. I want to feel this change of season with my skin. (Even if it’s not quite like the changing of seasons in Japan!)

I hope you’re keeping warm as you read this, dear reader!





Much love,

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