Hokkaido: The Dictionary of Snow
It may be summertime, but if you need a break from the sunshine, check out "A Winter's Tale" in our July issue. And here's something extra to keep you cool: The Dictionary of Snow.
So powder-rich is Hokkaido that there's a whole snow-specific vocabulary. Below, some words you might hear tossed about in wintry northern Japan--and their meanings.
* Botan yuki = peony-flake snow
* Hisetsu = flying snow
* Kona yuki = powder snow
* Miyukibare = beautiful morning after a heavy snow
* Neyuki = snow at the foot of a tree
* Sasame yuki = a light sprinkling of snow
* Watayuki = cotton snow