Jma: Japan's Winter Abnormally Warm

JMA: Japan's winter abnormally warm

Weather officials in Japan say the country had an abnormally warm winter this year, with a record-high national average temperature and record-low snowfalls in some areas.

The Japan Meteorological Agency convened an expert panel to analyze winter weather conditions between December and February.

Warm Winter Brings Pollen Season Earlier

Warm winter brings pollen season earlier

Unusually warm weather in parts of Japan has resulted in an earlier start of the pollen season.

Private weather forecaster Weather News says cedar pollen became prevalent in Tokyo last week. It says the high season for cedar pollen in the area arrived 10 days earlier than average.

Capybaras Enjoy Hot Bath On Winter Solstice

Capybaras enjoy hot bath on winter solstice

Visitors to a zoo in the town of Nasu, north of Tokyo, have enjoyed watching capybaras bathe in a hot bath infused with aromatic yuzu citrus fruit.

Nasu Animal Kingdom created an outdoor bath and filled it with local hot spring water to allow the giant rodents, originally from the Amazon River in South America, to keep warm in the winter time.

Winter Deer Calling Starts In Nara

Winter deer calling starts in Nara

Crowds of deer have emerged from the woods to the sound of a horn in an annual winter event in Japan's ancient capital Nara.

Deer calling has been held by local organizers every year for a few days during the summer and winter to attract tourists.

Severe Winter Storms Slamming Hokkaido

Severe winter storms slamming Hokkaido

Weather officials warn that a winter-like atmospheric pressure pattern may bring blizzards to Japan's northern prefecture of Hokkaido through Saturday, and that transportation could be disrupted.

The officials say some areas of Hokkaido, mainly on the Sea of Japan, are experiencing violent winds and fierce snowstorms.

Winter Cold In Spring

Winter cold in spring

Cold air has blanketed Tokyo and its surrounding regions. Some mountainous areas saw unseasonal snowfall.

Temperatures plunged to mid-winter levels on Wednesday. The temperature in central Tokyo was 4.9 degrees Celsius at 2 p.m.

Subaru Winter Experience Review | Hero For A Day

Subaru Winter Experience Review | Hero for a day

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — It was 16 degrees Fahrenheit and snowing heavily as we made our way from the Chanticleer Inn to frozen Dollar Lake in a red Subaru BRZ for the company's Winter Experience ice driving program. Or we would be making our way, if our Lappi tires spangled with about 400 four-millimeter studs could get any grip. We were stuck before leaving the driveway. The crew conferred, unsure as to whether the front brakes were frozen or the snow was just too deep, so we hopped into another BRZ. This one moved along fine, but the lingering fear of getting stuck remained as we headed through the woods and out onto the ice, carrying momentum through the deepening snow. Our concerns fell to the wayside as we approached the starting gate of the slalom course, where we'd get a feel for the BRZ before moving on to the WRX and STI.

Whipping through a slalom course on a frozen lake, and doing ABS testing in frigid conditions, really gives you a sense of how different vehicle drivetrains behave on the ice — and how studded tires behave under duress. The BRZ will happily swish its tail back and forth, and with traction off (or even just in track mode) the rear-drive coupe is forgiving if you make corrections about where the nose is pointed using the throttle. It takes finesse to balance the steering and acceleration, but when you get it, you're rewarded with a satisfying slide that turns into a gentle shove in the lower back as you transition out of a corner with snow swirling up against the side windows.

Contestants Impersonate Cranes For Winter Festival

Contestants impersonate cranes for winter festival

Contestants have mimicked cranes for a winter festival in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

The event was held on Sunday in the village of Tsurui, where red-crowned cranes spend the winter. The species is designated as one of Japan's special natural treasures.

Winter Ice Floes Reach Hokkaido

Winter ice floes reach Hokkaido

The winter's first ice floes have reached the coast of Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

Officials at the observatory in Abashiri City say they spotted the floating ice on the seashore on Tuesday.

Apple Chutney Helps You Get Through Cold Winter In Niigata

Apple chutney helps you get through cold winter in Niigata

Gentle popping and sizzling sounds greet the ears in the 150-year-old traditional-style house, where visitors are enveloped by the warmth coming from a wood stove. The ceiling rises 10 meters high above the grand shiny-black pillars and beams.

Satoyama Jujo is a hot-spring hotel that opened in 2014 in Minami-Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, a renowned production area of rice. The hotel, which also welcomes a constant stream of foreign guests, has a restaurant called Sanaburi, whose popular dishes feature vegetables and edible wild plants.

Kis-my-ft2 To Hold A Dome Tour This Winter

Kis-My-Ft2 to hold a dome tour this winter

Kis-My-Ft2 will hold a dome tour called 'Kis-My-Ft2 DOME CONCERT 2018' in December.  

The last time the groups held a winter dome tour was five years ago. For their upcoming tour, they are scheduled to perform two shows in Osaka and two shows in Tokyo. Their official fan club is currently accepting applications for tickets.

How To Channel Your Inner Rally Driver At Subaru's Winter Experience

How To Channel Your Inner Rally Driver At Subaru's Winter ExperienceSome high-performance automakers, like Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-AMG, offer a winter driving school for consumers and owners to partake in. Subaru, which has made a name for itself with its Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system that has helped owners tackle inclement weather and even the occasional gravel road, doesn’t – but that will change with the introduction of the Winter Driving Experience.