Tips for a Very Cold Day- How to Enjoy in the Real Frozen World

Good evening dear readers. To be honest, it’s very cold right now here in Hokkaido. The outside temperature is around -10 to -15 degrees Celsius. But of course, it doesn’t mean the temperature inside my house. It was 13 degrees Celsius when I came back home 30 minutes ago. I turned off my stove at 10 o’clock and then it was 20 degrees Celsius. Anyway, I turned on it again so it’s 17 for now. Much better. But my hands typing this is freezing and a bit shaking.

Today is a Japan’s National Founding Day. Compared to the United States, we don’t have the exact founding date, so it is set as the enthronement day of the Meiji Emperor in 1872. Anyway, it’s a holiday for most average Japanese people like me. But, it’s just so cold here. However, anything has Brightside, right? So, let me list up the bright things to do in this very cold winter season.

  1. Enjoy Winter Sports
    I don’t own TV, but the real important information just flow into me in the right timing. I’m talking about the winter Olyimpic in Beijing. There, many athletes representing each nations shows great battles which I am not that interested in. People seems to be very happy when some athletes get gold medals, and seems to be unhappy when they get 9 places. But they often argure like “We are not pursuing the number of medals but the athletes moving great performances.” How dare you. Anyway, absolutely those athlets arouse our motivation for winter sports. In terms of that, I’m highy motivated, so I’m enjoying snowboarding (it really hurts when you are teh very begginer and fall down many times though). Since I started snowboarding, I began to hope more snowy days.
  2. Drinking Hot Drink in Cold Place
    How about drinking a Hot Milk or Hot Chocolate or Cocoa. The air of winter is very sevear, but at the same time, it is ultimately sophisticated air, and never be more pure in all seasons. You would definetly love the taste, and you can only enjoy the ritual only in this several months.

Sorry but this is all I hit upon with. You can add your own tips in this comment section. Thank you very much for reading this and I hope your winter would be the great one. My hands are still cold but I’m excited to go snowboarding from now♪

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Snowboarding For The (Nearly) First Time and The Importance of Challenging New Things with a bit of Courage

That my snowboard is totally covered with snow means I’m a true beginner

Have you ever tried snowboarding before? I have once tried when I was nearly 13 years old (days of junior high school student). However, the experience was memorized as one of the most tragedic and embarrassing memories in my life. That was because I was terrible at snowboarding at that time. I tried down the slope which I had skied down for just 30 seconds with my snowboard, it literally took “30 minutes” to go down the slope. I could barely stand and move with the board. I fell nearly 100 times, so I thought my sense of gravity was somehow strengthened. Then, I spit the word “I WILL NEVER DO THIS!!!” against the slope which I snowboarded just one time.

A long time has passed since the tragic adolescent day, I became 29 years old. I live in Hokkaido (the northern part of Japan whose outside temperature during this season is -10 to 20 degrees celsius), the world of snow, so naturally, the motivation for winter activities arouse. About 3 years ago, I bought a set of skiing, and somehow enjoyed skiing. I like skiing because you can stand with 2 boards. However, at some point, I somehow realized that it is a bit boring. Every young people in ski resorts seems to be enjoying snowboarding compared to skiing. Definitely, for most young Japanese, people who can enjoy snowboarding are much cooler than skiing. Wears are casual, and the design of the snowboard seems also casual like T-shirts.

Then I asked one of my co-workers about the shake in my heart. “I’m starting feeling like I wanna start snowboarding now. But it seems to cost much and I am maybe not good at it.” Then, she said, “You should definitely try that. You are 29 years old now. And if you work really hard this year, your 30s would be a great one. I was told so”. That sounds a bit mystical persuasion though, I somehow could make sense of it. So, I bought the board on the Internet action kind of site and bought bindings and the shoes at a sports mass retailer shop.

The outcome was a bit surprising. I could do snowboarding much much better than when I was 13. There would be no logical explanation for this, but perhaps I became much more mature. I used to have a huge pride during my youth time so as not to go shopping with my mother. However, now I have traveled to many countries and experienced many interesting things. I think sometimes your performance in sports can be greatly improved by changing your mindset. I am really happy that I’m enjoying snowboarding these days. Actually, it’s more exciting and free compared to skiing. Learning a new thing is such a fun thing in life.

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A Night with Yutampo

Since living in Hokkaido, the next season is coming much faster than any other Japanese places. Winter has just arrived by snow falling in the last week unlike to the other mainland prefectures experiencing the best of fall season. A bit of snow falling is a very familiar seasonal phenomenon with us in November. But the scene I just witnessed after opening curtain in my house last week was a bit surprising. It was like somebody turned on the switch of winter yesternight.

What the hell???!

Anyway, thanks to this message from the sky, we finally made sense that we are in winter now. And that means a lot of people will suffer from getting cold, especially me. Changing season means we have to get used to the new environment as soon as we can. And I am terrible at this kind of transformation. I’d like to keep wearing T shirt and shorts in my room. You need to turn on a heater as long as you stay inside the house, and the room is getting dry, and you find your throat completely like a desert in the morning. Then, you realize soon you will get cold.

That’s why I got a slight cold in the last week. Under this COVID circumstances, we are asked to get rest if you had a fever or dullness. We are totally right and agree. However, there are still tons of Japanese who still don’t want to take a day off to get rest because you would think you are lost (I don’t know what we lose against though). But anyway, I took rest as much as I could, and now I’m almost recovered.

This annual cold seems a kind of ceremony like a snake shed its skin. Now I think it is an inevitable action to live healthily. Sleeping a lot and spending lazy days, my body and mind seemed to have refreshed. Getting a cold doesn’t always mean bad, I sometimes thought.

Anyway, I set Yutampo inside of my blanket. This maybe a Japanese unique traditional culture though (not that popular these days), you put a kind of hot water bottle inside your blanket to keep the bed warm through the night. And you can wash your face with the slight warm water that was filled in the bottle. That’s the beauty of this Yutampo. Further info of Yutampo is here. https://allabout-japan.com/en/article/6244/

Have a great Yutampo night.

You could buy this even in the Japanese supermarket. It’s too hot to use it bare, so usually we wrap with or put in a towel bag.