Though Tanegashima is in the far south of Japan, for the first time in many years snow has fallen! Team members heard from the landlord of their lodgings that this is indeed a rare occurrence! Tire tracks could be seen in the thinly fallen snow on the streets.
It is not particularly concerning, though, that freezing weather might delay the launch of ASTRO-H and things continue to progress smoothly. The only concern is to avoid a car accident on the snowy streets!