Niigata

20 Feb

Today my youngest daughter will leave with her class for a school field trip to 新潟 (Niigata, Japan)…which is on the other coast of Japan and further north from Tokyo.

(I mention it in an earlier post. Click here to read it.)

新潟 (Niigata, Japan) is near the 日本海 (Sea Of Japan).

When her older sisters were in the sixth grade (the grade my youngest is in), they went on the same trip. They both had a great time…and my youngest daughter is really excited about it.

This trip is five days long…they’ll return on February 24. On the trip, they’ll meet local craftsmen and make a traditional Japanese craft, go to an 温泉 (hot spring), and do some hiking…but what the kids are looking forward to is the snow skiing that they’ll do!

The weather in Japan has been really nice recently (although cold)…but it’s forecast to rain starting today and continue for most of next week (it’s also supposed to snow in 新潟 (Niigata).

I hope the weather is good for my daughter’s trip.

Here’s 全国の天気予報 (weather forecast for all of Japan) for today:

Japan's weather forecast for Feb. 20, 2009

Japan's weather forecast for Feb. 20, 2009

Here’s this week’s 天気予報 (weather forecast) for Tokyo for the next seven days:

Tokyo's weather forecast for Feb. 20-26, 2009

Tokyo's weather forecast for Feb. 20-26, 2009

It says there’s 90% chance of rain in Tokyo today…and 50-60% chance of rain on the 23rd and 24th.

In 新潟 (Niigata):

Weather forecast for Niigata for Feb. 20-26, 2009.

Weather forecast for Niigata for Feb. 20-26, 2009.

It says it’ll snow and rain in Niigata today…and snow again tomorrow, then rain on the 23rd and 26th.

When I was in my twenties, I went snow skiing a couple times. I’ve only ever skied in Japan…in 北海道 (Hokkaido) and 新潟 (Niigata) (where my daughter’s going today).

Have you ever gone skiing? Where? In Japan?

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21 Responses to “Niigata”

  1. tokyo5 February 24, 2009 at 10:16 pm #

    My daughter came back from her trip to Niigata today.

    She had a good time…but she’s tired!

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  2. Eric February 22, 2009 at 12:09 am #

    It’s not as bad as it sounds. Your from Florida so you wouldn’t understand.

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    • tokyo5 February 22, 2009 at 12:47 am #

      I’m not a fan of winters that get down to 4°C…so I couldn’t imagine living in a place that got down to 40° below zero!

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  3. tokyo5 February 21, 2009 at 8:50 pm #

    Eric…

    >-40 with the wind chill

    -40°C? That’s inhabitable!

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  4. Eric February 21, 2009 at 7:14 pm #

    Not even close to the temperature in Ottawa. Some times it’s like -40 with the wind chill. That’s real cold. Here the coldest it gets is hovering around 0. Not that bad…for me at least.

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  5. tokyo5 February 21, 2009 at 2:51 pm #

    Eric…

    Does it get as cold as Canada up there in Sendai?

    It’s plenty cold in Tokyo…I can just imagine how cold it is up there!

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  6. Eric February 21, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    So far it has only snowed like three times for real. A couple times just some random snow flakes, nothing serious.

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  7. tokyo5 February 21, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    Naoko…

    >Your youngest daughter is 小学校6年生 now, right?

    Yes. She starts Jr. High next month.
    My oldest will begin High School next month.

    They’re growing up too fast!?!

    >I didn’t know that students in Tokyo area go skiing trip in so low grade!

    When my oldest was in sixth grade and her class went to Niigata, I was surprised, too.
    But my wife took the same trip when she was in the sixth grade, too.

    Schools in 関西 don’t take similar field trips?

    >My 卒業旅行of 小学校 is お伊勢まいり…..Don’t you think it’s awful for kids??

    For kids…yeah, I guess it must be boring. But I want to go there! It’s very traditional Japanese!

    >when I was a kid, there was very few アミューズメントパーク

    Yes, Tokyo Disneyland opened in about 1983…and Universal Studios in Osaka opened about eight or nine years ago, I think.

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  8. tokyo5 February 21, 2009 at 12:37 pm #

    Eric…

    How many times a year does it usually snow every winter up there?

    In Tokyo, usually just once or twice a year…and just a little bit.

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  9. tokyo5 February 21, 2009 at 12:36 pm #

    gigi-hawaii…

    You lived in Thailand, too?
    How about Korea?

    The food and culture is very different in Germany, Hawaii, New York and Thailand! You must have experienced alot.

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  10. naoko February 21, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    Your youngest daughter is 小学校6年生 now, right? I didn’t know that students in Tokyo area go skiing trip in so low grade! I also went skiing to Nagano from Hyogo for the school field trip, but it was in high school. My 卒業旅行of 小学校 is お伊勢まいり…..Don’t you think it’s awful for kids?? Recently, they go to Tokyo Disneyland or somewhere more happier place,but when I was a kid, there was very few アミューズメントパーク .(T_T) 

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  11. Eric February 21, 2009 at 10:15 am #

    It did know around 10 cms, not that bad. It had all melted on the roads by the time I left for work. It’s almost all gone now.

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  12. gigihawaii February 21, 2009 at 1:32 am #

    I also lived in Bangkok for 10 months. By far, Hawaii is “no ka oi” — Hawaiian for “the best”!

    I can’t think of a more romantic place to live.

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  13. tokyo5 February 20, 2009 at 11:00 pm #

    bartman905…

    Not so much a coincidence. Many schools in Tokyo take field trips to Niigata…especially at this time of year (for skiing).

    You’re from Canada so I guess your son has skied before. But all of my kids have taken a field trip to Niigata (right now the youngest one’s there)…and it was the first time skiing for each of them.

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  14. tokyo5 February 20, 2009 at 10:55 pm #

    gigihawaii…

    Really? You can snow ski in Hawaii? I had no idea!

    I think when most people think of a sport in Hawaii, surfing is what comes to mind…not snow skiing (maybe water-skiing).

    You lived in Germany, New York and Hawaii? Which do you like best? Hawaii?

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  15. bartman905 February 20, 2009 at 8:58 pm #

    What a coincidence … my son is going to a week long school ski trip to Niigata prefecture as well – in Iwaparra.

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  16. gigihawaii February 20, 2009 at 12:35 pm #

    There is some skiing on top of the volcanoes on the Big Island, so living in Hawaii really is no excuse.

    BTW, I have also lived in Germany and New York.

    Lisa also snowboarded in Whistler, Canada last year.

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  17. tokyo5 February 20, 2009 at 10:47 am #

    Eric…

    Yeah, you’re in 仙台 (Sendai)…the forecast for the weather there today is snow.

    Is it snowing there?
    It’s raining in Tokyo right now…but it’s supposed to clear up later today.

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  18. Eric February 20, 2009 at 10:39 am #

    When they put a cute snowman in the weather forecast it doesn’t make the snow any less miserable.

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  19. tokyo5 February 20, 2009 at 2:54 am #

    gigihawaii…

    You live in Hawaii, so I understand why you’ve never skied…not much snow there 😉

    I grew up in Florida. No snow nor mountains.

    So, all the snow skiing I’ve ever done was here in Japan. (I’ve water-skied in Florida once).

    Will it be your daughter’s first time to snowboard?

    Today’s my youngest daughter’s first time to ski.

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  20. gigihawaii February 20, 2009 at 2:44 am #

    I have never skied, but my daughter will be snowboarding in Colorado during spring break.

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