Apr 30, 2018
Yesterday I blogged about my joy that winter was finally over in Yukiguni, and today, I learned just how lucky I am to be living here in this day and age.
I took my children to visit the "Mukashi-ya," a replica of an old-fashioned house in yukiguni that's full of interactive tools, toys, and exhibits. It's not a big place, but we enjoyed ourselves for quite a while there.
Some of the things on display are clothing, tools, and instruments used to survive the harsh winters of yukiguni from a bygone era, and let me tell you, it gave me a deep appreciation for all of the things we have today.
For example, I have a nice down jacket with fur-lined hood, warm gloves, thick rubber boots, and plenty of long johns to keep me warm on those winter days. Here is what people in the past used to wear:
Here are the snow shoes and a drawing of what it looks like put together:
I guess in a place where large animal furs are not readily available (hard to see them stringing together a bunch of tanuki and monkey furs...), straw is the way to go. The logic behind it was simple enough: wear heavy fabrics and use the straw to keep the snow off of the clothes; that way, the fabric wouldn't get wet and actually provides a sort of insulating effect. I guess I can buy that, but would I want to test it out myself? Not really...
And if you think to yourself, Well, things had to have been better after the industrialized era, here's a picture of life in yukiguni from 1945:
Like I said before, I certainly have a newfound appreciation of all of the modern amenities we enjoy today!
Hitting the books once again as a Ph.D. student in Niigata Prefecture. Although I've lived in Japan many years, life as a student in this country is a first.
Blessed Dad. Lucky Husband. Happy Gaijin (most of the time).