Northern Japan hit by heavy snowfall

TOKYO, Nov 25 (News On Japan) - The strongest cold snap of the season has brought a dramatic drop in temperatures to northern Japan, where snow began falling Friday morning, with up to 50 cm expected in Hokkaido and Tohoku by Saturday evening, and a chance of blizzards.

The cold snap will peak Saturday, with snow forecast in northern Japan, Hokuriku, and Sea of Japan side of western Japan. Vigilance is needed for potential heavy snowfall and severe blizzards, particularly in northern Japan.

Tokyo hit a high of 24.2°C on Thursday, but will plummet to 7°C by Saturday morning, a temperature drop of 17.2°C.

The coming week will see a mix of autumn and winter temperatures. Warmer weather is expected at the beginning of the week, with temperatures exceeding 20°C on Tuesday. However, strong cold air is expected to return later in the week.

The Nagasaki Lantern Festival concluded Sunday with large crowds enjoying the traditional Chinese art of "Bian Lian," or face-changing performances.

The "Baika-sai" plum blossom festival held at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine over the weekend signaled the arrival of spring in Kyoto.

After a hiatus of three years, the Kinishita Circus, one of the world's three major circuses, has finally rolled back into Osaka.

As severe cold continues every day in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, where the temperature plummeted to minus 26.6C on Saturday, a phenomenon known as a "Sun Pillar," was captured, where diamond dust reflects in the sunlight.