So what is winter like in your area? We are just about 15 minutes south of the 45th parallel on the Japan Sea side of Hokkaido. That means winds and systems come across from Siberia and pick up moisture and the sky falls out here, sometimes several days in a row. This year’s amount of snow is by far one of the most we can remember experiencing. Here is a view of our area! But first two photos that show the comparison of where the 45th is!