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To hibernate or not to hibernate...is not a good question.

2018年1月23日 (火)


I’m amazed by the number of Sapporites who claim to hate winter. It’s too cold, too long, too dark…the snow is a nuisance…yada yada yada.

As someone who grew up in a place accustomed to inconsistent winter weather, Hokkaido’s inevitable frozen season is a delight for me. There’s no wondering IF it will snow, just a matter of WHEN. There’s no wondering IF I should pull out my winter coat – it’s a matter of WHICH ONE. I find winter here entirely more dependable than spring or fall. Never mind the transformation the land undergoes into a snowy paradise. Never mind the smiles slashing through bottomless pristine powder gives me. Never mind the great winter cuisine that fuels our cold-weather excursions. Winter in Hokkaido is a dependable old friend whose best attribute is the tough love she gives us.

Of course it’s going to be cold. Of course walking and driving suddenly require a bit more attention. That’s winter reminding us not to grow soft. That’s her saying “Toughen up. Bundle up and go about your day.” I love to hang out in the warmth of my home during a blizzard as much as the next person. But without the blizzards and ice and face-numbing winds we have little to contrast our daily comforts against.

So, by all means, enjoy a good book or movie this winter. Just make sure to spend some time outside as well. Even a half hour walking around the park can invigorate your senses. The worst thing you could do is hole up in your home and wait until the snow melts. You’d be missing out on one of the best times of the year.

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