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.

Nissan Armada Snow Patrol Quick Spin Review | All Hail The Winter King

Nissan Armada Snow Patrol Quick Spin Review | All hail the winter kingNissan tends to use the Chicago Auto Show to showcase weird or interesting concepts – just look at the Winter Warrior vehicles from a few years back. For 2018, the Japanese automaker is bringing a pair of snow-ready concepts fresh off the powder in Eastern Idaho. The track-equipped 370Zki (pronounced ski) will be joined by the lifted and brightened Nissan Armada Snow Patrol. We had a chance to preview both vehicles in their natural environment.

Ice Monsters Offer Winter Scare At Zao Onsen Ski Resort

Ice monsters offer winter scare at Zao Onsen ski resort

YAMAGATA--Skiers and snowboarders paused on their runs down the mountain as glimpses of "juhyo" ice monsters sent shivers down their spine at the renowned Zao Onsen ski resort here on Jan. 20.

Vacationers enjoyed the spectacle of enormous, glittering trees covered in hoarfrost and ice against the deep blue sky as they descended on skis and snowboards.

Aichi Pref. Zoo Puts Spotlight On Winter Bonfire-loving Monkeys

Aichi Pref. zoo puts spotlight on winter bonfire-loving monkeys

INUYAMA, Aichi -- The annual bonfire for Yakushima macaques at the Japan Monkey Centre here was shown to the press on Dec. 21, as a troop of monkeys sat by the fire to keep warm.

Some 150 monkeys flocked to the fire at the "Monkey Valley" exhibition area as soon as the staff set some scrap wood alight. They seemed to be enjoying the warmth, turning their bellies toward the fire and placing their hands over the flames. The monkeys then munched on sweet potatoes that had been baked in the fire.