In Japan, early February is said to be the coldest time of the year before the temperature gradually starts to rise again. Cold weather systems come down from Siberia and blanket Miyama in white snow.
The days are starting to get longer, although it’s a slow transition and winter is not yet ready to let go.
The recommended food of the month is Sukiyaki hotpot.
If you are lucky you’ll hear owls gently hooting in the night as they begin to look for a mate ahead of the coming spring.
The average temperature is 2 centigrade with a high of 7 and a low of -2.