Golden Light on a Canvas of Snow

Many houses in Shiwa are withdrawn from the roads and require long driveways for access. In winter they can be difficult to keep clear of snow, and the farther you get from the center of town the less likely you are to expect guests. So it’s easy to understand how shoveling snow can fall down several notches on your list of priorities. You have less time to do it too since the sun begins its descent as early as four in the afternoon (there’s no daylight savings in Shiwa). However, all of these factors combine to form this scene, a moment in which the sun setting behind the mountain range spilled golden light on a pure canvas of snow and rendered the shadows blue. This town never ceases to provide such moments.

清らかな雪のキャンヴァスに黄金の光

紫波の家の多くは公道から引きこもっており、そこへ行くには長いドライブウェイが必要だ。冬には時として、雪を払うのが大変で、町の中心から離れるほど、訪問者のある確率は低くなる。だから、雪掻きの優先順位が下がってしまうのは容易に理解できる。雪掻きに割ける時間も少ない。なぜなら、4時ごろには日が暮れ始めるから。(紫波には夏時間がない。)しかし、これらすべての要因が重なり、この景色を創り出す。太陽が山々奥羽山脈の背後に沈む間、清らかな雪のキャンヴァスに黄金色の光がこぼれ、影を青く染める瞬間だ。この町は、このような瞬間の連続だ。

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