About a week ago the Kanto region underwent and unusually large snowfall. Although it wreaked havoc on trains and planes, residents largely made out okay by panic shopping and building snow sculptures of cat-men and mega-pikachus.

It was enough to make people in snow burdened regions like Hokkaido send everyone a reminder of their winter woes. Then, it was as if a mad scientist in Kanto picked up that challenge and cranked their weather machine to 11 as the area was hit by another dose of disastrous weather. Here’s just some of the damage tallied.

Well over 60,000 homes without power
On the morning of the February 15, about 15,000 Chiba residents awoke to no electricity after the storm’s winds and snow felled power lines much faster than Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) workers could put them back up.

Around the same time that morning 37,000 homes in Gunma were announced to be without power. By the end of the day, TEPCO announced an additional 20,000 homes blacked out across seven prefectures. All outages were said to be caused by wind and snow.

Takasaki Line down
Residences weren’t the only ones who fell victim to fallen wires. The Takasaki Line running between Saitama and Gunma Prefectures also got hit with a fallen wire. In fact one of the trains literally got hit by a fallen overhead wire carrying 1,500 volts as documented by these Twitter users.

“The Takasaki Line trains still aren’t moving at all. The overhead line was broken and it burnt the window of the number 3 car.”


“It’s been around one or two hours and the Takasaki Line hasn’t moved. If it’s a really bad case it might take until morning.”

Image: Twipple

Still, they were the lucky ones at a station which had food and toilet facilities. The others still on trains for hours were less fortunate.

“Takasaki Line is lol totally lol a horror movie lol”


“Takasaki Line at Omiya Station”

Chuo Line Down
Of course the Takasaki Line wasn’t the only one suffering winter storm setbacks. The Chuo Line (Rapid) found itself buried under an unmanageable amount of snow.

“Chuo Line, digging the snow by hand… I’m touched by the workers for not giving up trying to shovel the snow.”

“Chuo Line Haha lol, I bet school will be closed lol.”

Again the situation left hundreds on stalled trains wondering when they’ll move next.

“The electricity on the Chuo Line cars died. Exhausted sleeping people, cold and trembling people, and restless people who can’t sleep all fill the train. They say workers are coming to fix the problem, but the roads are terrible. There’s no sign that they’re on the scene. All I can see are the faint lights of the distant station.”

And here’s what was waiting at those faint lights.

Image: Twitter

Train collision at Motosumiyoshi Station
Meanwhile, on the Tokyu Toyoko Line running between Tokyo and Yokohama a train suffered considerable damage as another approaching train accidentally ran into it as sat parked in Motosumiyoshi Station.

There were no serious injuries but as we can see from these witness photos, the damage to the train cars was considerable.

Image: Twitter

Image: Twitter

Roof Collapse
Over in Hachioji, Tokyo a 30m segment of the roof to an arcade collapsed under the weight of snow. Luckily since the incident occurred overnight no one was hurt.

“In Hachimancho, Hachioji an arcade collapsed from the weight of snow.”

“Hachioji arcade collapse 1”

“Hachioji arcade collapse 2”

Haneda Hotel
And of course, added to the tens of thousands of people stranded at home, on trains and in stations, about 2,600 people were forced to spend the night at Haneda Airport after their return flights had been canceled.

Every seat in the two domestic terminals was made into makeshift sleeping quarters as transnational commuters and vacationers tried to swallow their rage and catch some Zs.

Those were just some of the reports that came out on the late evening of Fundoshi Day 2014. Surely even more people were adversely affected. Luckily, by the reports we had seen there was minimal immediate harm to human life. Perhaps now, the folks in Hokkaido will cut those in Kanto some slack for their complaints over this truly crappy winter.

Source: NHK News, NHK News, Asahi Shimbun, Hachima Kiko (Japanese)

Also. soon after the snowstorm there was a warning of a “typhoon level” storm possibly hitting the area with around 150 mm of rain. Experts are looking to name it “Typhoon God Really Hates Us.”