Last year, our first real winter in Ishinomaki, we learned about a little thing called, yuki-mushi, or snow bugs. They are tiny little fluttery things that, at first glance, really might remind one of snowflakes caught in the breeze. I remember being surprised by them – they were just – suddenly– one morning – HERE.
And our Nozomi staff became my teachers (for some reason I don’t remember ever seeing them in previous places I have lived in Japan – even Sendai). When the snow bugs come out, it is sure to snow in the next few days. A quick search showed me that they actually have about ten days to prove themselves correct. Last year, it was just a matter of three days.
Yesterday, our little white friends were just, suddenly, HERE. The girls and I were quite excited… several quickly became little pets after school. I don’t like the cold, but my philosophy is that if it’s going to be cold we might as well enjoy it with snow. We will keep you posted. I think nature is so strikingly beautiful that it provides such whimsical harbingers of the upcoming season.