The snow in Hokkaido sure is heavy this year!
"Snow Country" Hokkaido is making sure that moms and dads stay busy this winter.
Look away for a second and the roads will disappear and you'll find yourself snowed in!
While parents may feel the biting cold, kids seem to be immune to the temperature. They'll stay out late playing in the snow, sledding and enjoying time in snow huts during the winter Kamakura festival.
When the snow gets too deep, however, large snow plows like the one above come out to clear the streets.
(Photograph : Chiaki T.)