初雪 はつゆき

What’s 初雪[はつゆき] Hatsu Yuki ? It means the first time of snow in a year. There is no such a term in English, yet Japanese people see first snowing as an important thing so they invented such a term.

In my town which is close to Sendai仙台, I experienced the the first snow yesterday in the school when I was outside trying to move my bike to another spot. At first, I just saw something a little bigger than drizzles falling from the sky. I took a closer look and found they were more than drizzles, but ice patches with a little bit of whitish color. And I realized it is the first snow this year- the very first one I see since coming to Japan.

Since it was recess time, kids were running around on the campus. Everyone got so excited when they saw the snow. Many of them were yelling out loud ‘It’s snowing’ in Japanese.

Yes, I was yelling too, in my heart: ‘IT’S 初雪 Hatsu Yuki!’

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