February 29, 2012

A Toddler in Sapporo

A toddler inside a Family Mart in Sapporo, Hokkaido, where the high was around -2 degrees Celsius last week. The colors of her clothes match the drinks on the shelves. Notice the yellow flowers on the top of her head and the sides of her hat. In Chiba, where I live, the local school goes out of its way to encourage kids to get used to the cold. Kids play outside in shorts and short socks, even as the temperature dips down. In Hokkaido, though, the kids looked very bundled up.

The little girl was being pulled around in this little wagon. It didn't look very warm, but at least there were some blankets in there.

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