Flights scrubbed, trains halted as snow blankets east | The Japan Times Online
Snow fell on Tokyo-- I saw lots of lovely photos on the Sakura Hotel Facebook feed-- but here in Hamamatsu we only had rain. Cold rain. Temperatures fell below freezing overnight, but by then the precipitation had moved off and we woke to a sunny, dry, windy winter day. Typical of Hamamatsu.
I've never been on a snowbound train. The thought reminds me of Nana volume 1 when the two Nanas meet on just such a train as they try to travel to Tokyo. A fateful meeting indeed. It also brings to mind the climactic sequence of the 2004 comedy Swing Girls, when the all-girl (and one boy) high school swing band attempt to make it to a competition, only to have their train strand them out in the middle of nowhere, a snowy wonderland but far from the warm concert hall. If you haven't read Nana or seen Swing Girls, you should do both immediately.
They'll keep you warm all winter long.