Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Weird Weather

For the past week or so I have been staying in Utsunomiya, about 45 minutes north of Tokyo by bullet train. This past Friday, I went with a couple of friends for dinner and after finishing exited the restaurant into a snow storm. Kind of crazy for mid-April. Being north of Tokyo, it is fun to travel on the weekends, because more north of Tokyo is difficult to get to from Nagoya. This past Saturday morning, I decided to go to Sendai again, traveling north on the bullet train.You can see above, this is a few minutes from Utsunomiya, there is some snow but the sky is staring to clear, not to bad. And this was about it for the next 30 minutes, rice fields and mountains. This was it till the train passed through a large tunnel near the city of Kiroyama. I assume there was a gain in elevation, here is what we saw on the other side:Everyone on the train made a collective gasp, shocked to see all this snow. It was kind of weird, between the first and second photo was about 4 minutes of bullet train travel.It felt like the middle of winter, and I don't think we are really that far into the mountains at this point. Below is the train stopped at Kiroyama station.I guess fox news was right, mid-april-semi-tropical-island-cold-outside, global warming is a hoax.

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