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Surprisingly enough everyone was well behaved on the roads yesterday despite everyone doing like 25mph, was expecting a sociopath come rushing to show everyone around "how to drive on the snow" any minute but that didnt happen, everyone kept a respectful distance from each other. Wished Tokyo had just a little bit more of snowy days, every time is just the beautiful snow one day, slippery ice the second day and everything is gone in 3 days.

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global warming at its best,

Eastman, if you'd pay any attention to science, you'd have learned that a warmer atmosphere leads to greater evaporation and thus more precipitation. Or you can just spout nonsense.

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The scariest part about yesterday's weather was the "thundering." That was the first time experiencing thunder during a snowstorm. That was some kind of apocalyptic (climate change) type stuff.

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As summers grow warmer, I celebrate all the wintry weather we can get. A good freeze is desperately needed each winter. Snow is quite welcome.

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In countries that usually have a consistent amount of snow during winters all kinds of stuff is necessary to survive - winter shoes usually have another type of soles that are not slippery, owners of cars change their tires to winter one’s, everyone wearing a knit cap and dont walk with their coats and jackets unzipped. Tokyo doesnt have s proper winter so no wonder but since the climate is getting more chaotic its a good idea to be more prepare and cherish your health more than fashion and style.

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Meanwhile Tokyo cannot handle some slush, I don't get it.

Because Tokyo is not prepared for this, it's only happened several days during winter sometimes no snow at all so either Tokyo infrastructure or Tokyo people just don't really prepared for this.

How many of car owner in Tokyo really have spare winter tire to change their tire when snow really arrived? How many streets are being cleaned once snow is coming by special vehicle? How many trucks really spreading salt on the streets?

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The worst is yet to come as the snow turns to ice. Be careful out there people. I used to wear cleats over my shoes for the ice.

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According to JR East, six express trains were stuck at stations for over 10 hours overnight, forcing over 1,600 passengers to spend the night onboard. 

Hell on earth for me. What did they do for the bathroom? Were new friendships or new loves made?

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…and THAT’S why I’m in Okinawa, :)

Not in a couple more weeks, right? :)

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I believe Aomori is the snowiest city on earth (google it) and handle snowfall incredibly well (along with Sapporo, etc etc).

Meanwhile Tokyo cannot handle some slush, I don't get it.

I think you'll find the reason why the snowiest places, like Myoko, Sakae-mura, and Otari do so well is that the national taxpayer (a good chunk of which is Tokyo) is paying a fortune for big crews with lots of impressive machinery in Myoko, Sakae-mura, Otari etc. The locals there are certainly not paying four to five thousand USD per head in local taxes, which would would be needed just to cover their snowclearing budget.

Inaka politics is largely an exercise in getting "kuni" (the national taxpayer and the money printer) to pay for stuff. They are very good at it.

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I believe Aomori is the snowiest city on earth (google it) and handle snowfall incredibly well (along with Sapporo, etc etc).

Meanwhile Tokyo cannot handle some slush, I don't get it.

It's all down to what you're used to. I'm fairly new to Sapporo, and while I've lived in wintry places, this is another level. The locals literally run on slick, icy surfaces that have me plodding along in fear of (yet another) fall. Sure, I'm old and not agile any more (that's my excuse!), but being accustomed to it makes the big difference.

The city dies handle the snowfall well, though. Even the side streets get plowed right away after the larger snowfalls and the sidewalks get sanded (although honestly more for show that for much in the way of real traction).

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“Thunder snow” is a rare but known phenomenon, I saw it once when I was a kid in the US. What IS interesting to me is that this is the second thunderstorm we’ve had this winter, there was one in January too.

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I believe Aomori is the snowiest city on earth (google it) and handle snowfall incredibly well (along with Sapporo, etc etc).

Meanwhile Tokyo cannot handle some slush, I don't get it.

Tokyo's infrastructure isn't built to handle snow. The sidewalks, stairs, floors, and whatnot aren't constructed with materials made to be anti-slip when the rare snowfall does happen resulting in the entire city turning into a very dangerous ice skating rink. Couple that with inappropriate shoes for such weather and well...I'm not surprised there were so many slip and fall accidents reported.

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I too, had to drive over four hours in yesterday's snow. No issues whatsoever, quite the opposite, everyone was well behaved and the traffic was very smooth. Probably people were extra careful, although some sherbet on the road is not that dangerous.

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As I commented on January 25 under another thread:

Places that snow regularly handle snow better than places where it doesn't snow regularly. Even in Japan, areas like Hokkaido and the Japanese alps handle it much better than Tokyo or West Japan where a little snow can cause major disruption.

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In central Tokyo, there wasn’t 8cm snow, but i saw perhaps 8 snow flakes fell. It wasn’t enough to form any snow on the ground.

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I believe Aomori is the snowiest city on earth (google it) and handle snowfall incredibly well (along with Sapporo, etc etc).

Meanwhile Tokyo cannot handle some slush, I don't get it.

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A lot of people chose the talisman of the umbrella long after precipitation ceased over suitable footwear.

You saw me?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Looks like a sneckdown photo (winter highlights all the space/unnecessary space given to drivers in cities).

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The scariest part about yesterday's weather was the "thundering." That was the first time experiencing thunder during a snowstorm. That was some kind of apocalyptic (climate change) type stuff.

Yeah I thought that was weird too. I haven’t experienced a heap of snow like some people have… where I grew up it snowed once in about 70 years… and moving to Tokyo I’ve experienced much more, but still nowhere near enough for me to say the thunder was something that never happens. I can definitely say I thought it was unusual though. Was even a weather warning for it on my phone. Odd stuff, for sure.

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Honestly that’s not very many people at all. I would expect that many fall on an average day.

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Snow? That's not snow!

-1 ( +12 / -13 )

…and THAT’S why I’m in Okinawa, :)

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I know how bad even a small fall can be. I recently, last Tuesday, fell over at home on to my right side. The pain was agonising and I was taken into hospital by ambulance for 2 nights stay. I had so many blood tests, 6 in all, for which I had to have canula's put in to my arms, and then I had 5 X rays. Luckily they found nothing seriously wrong except I could not use my right arm and even moving it was sooooo painful. ...ps...The canula's left horrible big red/blue marks on my arms.............Oh, but it did not snow, but it rarely does here in Oxford.

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Maebashi in Gunma Prefecture recorded the highest amount of snowfall at 11 centimeters, while central Tokyo and the city of Saitama saw 8 cm each

To those of us up north, that's a whole lot of ... nothing.

-2 ( +7 / -9 )

I thought that was me out on the bicycle... then I noticed, they're not wearing T-Shirt and Shorts.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Oh, surprised my comment caught quite a bit of attention.

Fair and interesting points everyone, and thanks for the response!

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

OMG! Snow ? In Tokio ? How much ? Keep Calm ! Tokio ! It will be gone ! Tomorrow!

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Take care mortals mother nature is ruthless

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

Bring out the ice skates for tomorrow

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

No snow here thankfully, lovely and sunny today and Spring like weather due next week, very nice indeed.

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"The train was already canceled when I arrived at the station. Business negotiations will have to be postponed to another day," said a 32-year-old woman who had planned to go to Kofu Station in Yamanashi Prefecture for work.

That another reminder, just don't try to beat mother nature. No one can beat mother nature.

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Last night it snowed.

Today we had slush.

A lot of people chose the talisman of the umbrella long after precipitation ceased over suitable footwear.

They fell down and got in the news.

Boo hoo.

For a place which makes such a huge deal about living in harmony with their unique Four Seasons, it baffles me that wintry weather in winter can be such an unimaginable crisis.

-10 ( +5 / -15 )

Eastman, if you'd pay any attention to science, you'd have learned that a warmer atmosphere leads to greater evaporation and thus more precipitation. Or you can just spout nonsense.

It would be coming down in rain then.

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