Sudden Snow In Eastern Japan Halted Public Transportation

11:48 AM, Jan 14, 2013   |    comments
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Tokyo, Japan  -   Sudden snow in eastern Japan halted public transport and caused dozens of road accidents on Monday.

Japan's NHK reported 267 people in the east of the country, including the capital Tokyo, had been injured in road accidents caused by the snow, which started falling early on Monday morning.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said up to 2.8 inches of snow fell in the Tokyo area, while 15.7 inches fell in Yamanashi Prefecture.

The snow has caused the cancellation of 862 domestic flights and temporarily halted some train lines in Metropolitan Tokyo area.

Power was also cut to 6,200 households in Tokyo and the surrounding area in the evening.

The snow proved especially inconvenient for a group of young women wearing traditional Kimono outfits to celebrate their transition into "adulthood," or the Coming of Age Day in Japan. It's a milestone event for those who are turning 20, as they can legally drink and vote.

"It must be very hard for them to walk on the snow with their kimono outfits,'' said 15-year-old Nanamo Ogasawara, who watched the women struggling on the slippery streets in their long dresses.

Monday also marked "Sei-nen-no-hi", a national holiday held in Japan on the second Monday of the year. For young children the snow was a blessing.

"It's my first time seeing this much snow in Tokyo. I'm having a lot of fun,'' said 10-year-old Ai Sano who made a snowman with her father at a school playground.

Authorities said the snow will continue to fall in some areas in northern Japan over the night and called for commuters to take caution on icy roads.

Last week, a rare snowfall in Jerusalem shut the city down. It was also celebrated as a national holiday.



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