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“But baby it’s cold outside”

September 25, 2010

It’s official. I am scared out of my mind.

The cold has come to Hokkaido.

It only became autumn four days ago but already everyone is donning hats, scarves, and coats. The wind is cold and the air is dry. I am determined NOT to turn on my heater until at least October (though I concede I’ve already used it in my car)! I am tough enough to last another five days . . . I hope.

What has me so worried is that the weather is just now starting to get cold. I cannot fathom what mounds of snow in the middle of January are going to be like. Hokkaido supposedly has a six month winter. I’m ready to give up now. I’m going to be a Jennsicile. *sob* ;0;

When I left America, I was living in central Florida. For six years I was used to tropical, balmy weather. Finding winter clothing there is near impossible. I only discovered I’d be moving to Hokkaido in February, leaving me no options whatsoever.

I may be overwhelmed by the weather but at least I have an excuse to go shopping. There are so many sales going on right now. YAY!
In the last week I have purchased multiple sweaters, coats, sweatshirts, and one new hat. I do love winter fashion. That’s about the only perk I can see to this disaster right now.

New hat, scarf, and sweatshirt.

Anyone up for baking me warm cookies? I miss my oven.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Barbie Scannapieco-Barton permalink
    September 25, 2010 1:19 pm

    I LOVE your blog 🙂 You are too cute! Stay warm and email me soon! I feel we have so much to catch up on!!


  2. Hami in Japan permalink
    September 25, 2010 1:29 pm

    Winter is the best time of year!! There is nothing better than wrapping up in lots of wooly clothes and piling on the scarves. Embrace winter and stay warm x x x x

    • September 25, 2010 1:34 pm

      It’s funny, Hannah. Before I moved here, I always said that winter is my favorite season. I really do mean that. I just think that Hokkaido winter is an entirely different season unto itself. I don’t feel like I’m getting to enjoy fall! It LITERALLY turned cold overnight. I was very surprised at the sudden change in temperature. I want to see my momiji!

  3. thesocratesofsnails permalink
    September 25, 2010 2:08 pm

    We have about six months of winter here in the Midwest – it’s not so bad once you get used it. For someone from Florida though…well, be sure to bundle up.

    Isn’t everything in Japan ridiculously expensive, though? I remember in an anime I was watching, a character bought a box of the Japanese equivalent of Snow Caps, and I noticed the price was ¥280. And this was for a very modest box of candy. So I can’t help but think a sale over there would just knock the price down to the “normal” level for over here.

  4. joy permalink
    September 25, 2010 6:09 pm

    Oh ~~!~~ You r so qute !~~ First came to your blog, a lot of attention! ~ ~

  5. September 25, 2010 7:59 pm

    Definitely a rude awakening, especially since you moved there from Florida, which is where I live (Tampa Bay area). I’ll be sure to send warm thoughts your way even as I envy the winter clothes shopping spree you will be enjoying for the next few months, lol. Stay warm!

  6. September 25, 2010 8:46 pm

    Kotatsu? I live in Nagano, best thing I’ve bought in Japan. Soooo cozy!

  7. Garrie Madison Stoutimore permalink
    September 26, 2010 1:39 am

    Since you are my “adopted” 4th child, you must embrace being a child of winter. In New England we don’t even start to wear coats until after Christmas. We laugh in the face of blizzards. We drive trucks on the ice to go fishing in February. Some of us even go for a dip in the Atlantic on New Year’s Day (okay- I admit that’s crazy.) Cold weather is invigorating and snow is beautiful. Just get yourself some longjohns and you will love it!
    Momma G

  8. lbarnes permalink
    September 26, 2010 1:41 am

    Love your new hat and enjoyed reading your blog.

  9. Vicky permalink
    September 26, 2010 2:02 am

    Aw Jen I do feel for you! I was talking to a guy last night who lived there for a year and he shuddered when he thought of the cold there but he did say how beautiful it is there! He also laughed at me when I said I was going there for Christmas. I fear for my life a little now haha! I am looking forward to coming up there to see you at Christmas! I will be sure to go shopping for extra warm clothing. Love your blogs, keep them coming : ) xxx

  10. September 26, 2010 4:27 am

    Jennsicile – lol. Have you gotten yourself a kotatsu yet? I never had anything as luxurious as central heating in my Nihon no apartments and survived by sitting in front of a portable gas heater. From Florida to Hokkaido, you’re in for a wintery shock, I mean treat for sure!

  11. 高槻(takatsuki) permalink
    September 26, 2010 3:38 pm

    ほんとうに アッと言うまに さむくなりましたね。
    寝るとき ふとんがつめたい!と感じたときには これがべんりです。

    安いけど とてもあたたかいです。
    つかいかたは ふとんに入れて コンセントをさすだけです。電気料金も安いです。An electric bill(about 1yen/1night)
    苫小牧のK’sデンキに行けば たぶん1,500円ぐらいで売ってるでしょう。まだ早いかな。
    北海道の冬は ほんとうに きびしいので 体に気をつけてください。

    それから 夏の旅のblog 楽しみに待ってます。(*・ω・*)ノ~~ ぉかえりぃ♪☆・゚:*:゚

    • September 27, 2010 8:42 am



      • 高槻(takatsuki) permalink
        September 27, 2010 1:41 pm

        If you use it at time when you are not in the house,I am very worry.
        A kitten may bite a cord and he is too comfortable, and he may do pee.
        If he do so it, he may get shocked. and electricity short-circuits and may become the fire.
        Therefore it’s not for human beings and recommend a thing for the pet.
        It is slightly high, but is safer.



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