Crossing the Komaki Dam
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Komaki Dam Tonamishi City, Toyama Prefecture, Japan -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Komaki Dam
Tonamishi City, Toyama Prefecture, Japan

Just under three months ago, I ended my “Snowy New Year Trip Day Three: Dam Snow” post with the photo above, and a note that I hoped it would not take three months for the followup. Looks like I just made it under the wire.

We'd taken a walk during a heavy snow from our lodge (seen here) to the Komaki Dam (seen in the background behind Anthony in this picture; Wikipedia entry). This post picks up from when we arrived at the east side of the dam, and started walking across it.

A Foot of Fresh Snow on the dam-top path -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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A Foot of Fresh Snow
on the dam-top path

The photo above doesn't look much like it's anywhere special, but looking left and right really gave a clue...

View to the Left edge of the dammed up Shokawa River, during a brief let up in the snow -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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View to the Left
edge of the dammed up Shokawa River, during a brief let up in the snow
View to the Right un-dammed valley of the Shokawa River ( our lodge would be in view if the snow were not so heavy ) -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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View to the Right
un-dammed valley of the Shokawa River
( our lodge would be in view if the snow were not so heavy )

The snow was at times extremely heavy almost to the point of whiteout, except that there was no wind...

Fuller Breadth of the Shokawa River View of everything but the boat dock engulfed in the heavy snow -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Fuller Breadth of the Shokawa River
View of everything but the boat dock engulfed in the heavy snow

It was a fun (and quite safe) walk across, with me enjoying the views and Anthony enjoying all the undisturbed fresh snow (that didn't stay undisturbed for long in his presence).

Looking Back where we'd come from -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Looking Back
where we'd come from

Along the whole walk, whenever we passed under a tree branch heavily laden with snow, he liked to stand under it while I knock the snow off (like this). This particular time he had a baby snowball pet “pu-chan”, as described here...

Protecting his baby snowball pet -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Protecting
his baby snowball pet

The road back on the west side of the river was through a small sleepy community....

River Road a couple of inches of water flowed down the road, keeping it free of ice and snow ( a fire-hose version of what's described on this post ) -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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River Road
a couple of inches of water flowed down the road, keeping it free of ice and snow
( a fire-hose version of what's described on this post )
Mud and Bamboo Storehouse I can't imagine how the walls stand up to the weather, but they apparently do -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Mud and Bamboo Storehouse
I can't imagine how the walls stand up to the weather, but they apparently do
Room with a View ( and a cold hat ) -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Room with a View
( and a cold hat )

All photos on this post are full-color photos, by the way, but many scenes, like that above, were simply devoid of all color.

Roadside Mini Shrine -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Roadside Mini Shrine
Old House buttoned up for the winter -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 31 mm — 1/200 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Old House
buttoned up for the winter
Old Shed somewhat less buttoned up -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Old Shed
somewhat less buttoned up
Lots of Work a driveway runs from lower right, all the way to the left of the photo, ending at an old man with a snow shovel -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Lots of Work
a driveway runs from lower right, all the way to the left of the photo, ending at an old man with a snow shovel

All 5 comments so far, oldest first...

Once again – love photos of winter in Japan…. we don’t get much snow here in Adelaide, Australia (ok – specifically… NO SNOW at all). That’s why I always love heading to Sapporo in winter…. even in April you can get some pretty sloshy snow up in Mt Teine….

I have to say that taking photos in snow is always difficult – especially when it gets slippery. Your son must be having a great time. Our three year old last experienced snow when he was two… and was only just getting used to the idea that it was fun (as compared to just cold!).

— comment by AdelaideBen on September 27th, 2010 at 9:08am JST (6 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Nice shots. Did you give that first shot a B&W treatment (as I automatically assumed when I first saw it), or is the scene just that naturally lacking in color?

As I note in the prose, all are color photos… some are just totally lacking in color. —Jeffrey

— comment by Zachary Braverman on September 27th, 2010 at 2:52pm JST (6 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks. I was so bowled over by the beauty of the scenery, the sheer technical mastery on of your photos, and the rakish handsomeness of Anthony (‘s back), that I must have inadvertently skipped over that sentence.

Of course, entirely understandable 😉 —Jeffrey

— comment by Zachary Braverman on September 27th, 2010 at 10:43pm JST (6 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Very nice story. Kind of like ‘A Day in the Life’ type of set that really says a great deal about your family life. Thank you for sharing these Jeffrey!

— comment by Ron Kochanowski on September 29th, 2010 at 9:50am JST (6 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

The “View to the Left” photo is stunning. The color tint from the water is perfect.

— comment by Andrew Shieh, Sunnyvale on September 30th, 2010 at 5:54am JST (6 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink
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