I have been looking at my phone all week. There had been a snow mark for saturday since about Monday. I usually don’t think much about it. Being from Miami, I do find snow quite intriguing. So, there we go. We are suppose to get snow.
As the day moved closer reports started to come in that this is going to be the heaviest snow to hit Tokyo in more than 20 years. I thought that the snow that hit last year pretty bad, but what was coming out in the news was saying that this was going to be a once in a generation storm.
My kitty woke my at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning cause he was hungry. I gave hime a bit of food and took a look out the window. My mid Shabbat the show was beginning to fall. It was crazy cold out and i jumped back in bed.
By morning the snow was pilling up. I was worried about my patio greenhouses, and I kept on sweeping the accumulating snow off.
Finally I suited up to go on my arctic expedition around the neighborhood. It was a ghost town. Almost no one was out. A few kids were playing in the snow or trying to sled down some small hills. It was pretty much just me, my camera, and a warm cap.
Snow has a way of beautifying the city. Everything becomes the same tonality. Objects take on new shapes as the bleed into one another. I was out for more than an hour. The wind would pick up at times, and the snow being so dry this year blew like a leaf blower across my cheeks.
We, the wife and I, were suppose to go out to celebrate her earth day, that wasn’t going to happen. I made her a cup of amazake which is a a thick drink made with the left over mash from nihonshu (sake) and is usually sweetened and sometimes sake is added to it.
Suddenly she is lets go to Seiyu. We suit up to make the several block trek to the supermarket. Her clear vinyl umbrella blew inside out. We walked down the middle of the street. Some cars had been abandoned on the side of the road. The only cars we sway were delivery trucks. Nothing seems to stop the special deliveries. Even saw one guy help push another one’s truck out of the snow.
We made it to the store and back. Caught some olympics and went to sleep. The snow was still falling even after midnight.
By morning the snow had begun to melt. I had trekked to the home center to buy a shovel yesterday which came in handy today. I cleared a small path on the sidewalk adjacent to my home and cleared off the step.
After breakfast my wife asked me to clear off the driveway. I did. I soon noticed all of my neighbors were out to with shovels in hand. Not just the men, but the women too. They weren’t clearing their driveways, they were clearing the street. I was shocked.
I couldn’t give in so I too joined in the effort to clear the street. After about 2 hours I was beat like i went 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. But, I wasn’t done yet. I retuned with a small spade and joined my wife as we cleared the last bit of road that connected up with the one the busses went down.
Before going back inside. I just stared at the road cleared of snow and marveled. We did this! Not a snow plow but a bunch of housewives cleared out streets and sidewalks so we, as the community, could be safe. That was beautiful.
All and all a very memorable day. So much snow. The teamwork to clean the now. The astonishing amount of snow that came down from the sky. I don’t know how my people in the colder climates can cope.