Speaking of hatsumode, it's snowing in Aso right now, making for a white hatsumode at Aso Shrine.
Shrinegoers in the snow in Aso.
A snow-covered Aso City. This shot is of the Sakanashi neighborhood of Aso City, only a couple of miles from where our growers live.
[Photos from Kumamoto Nichinichi Shinbun.]