Yusuke has visited the hometown of his girlfriend who is talking with him and drinking a coffee sitting in front of him now.
It was winter before a little of the earthquake disaster and the nuclear power plant accident this year.
He thinks that it is a pleasant event, but he feels like that it is already an event of ancient times.
He asked her to inform her hometown several times while he have been dating her.
She always evaded his request.
“It’s only countryside. There is nothing, and we would be bored, if we go there”
She often talked with few words and changed a topic immediately when she was put a question about her hometown.
Of course, he didn’t suspect that she had a secret, and he didn’t suspect that there were some problems with her parents’ house as a marriage partner.
It was a short trip that he only wanted to watch her hometown where she was born and raised purely.
The flight hours to the town were only about 45 minutes.
The airplane which took off from Haneda Airport arrived even too quick.
On the other hand, he heard that she didn’t return to her hometown anymore for several years.
Yusuke was born and raised in Tokyo, and he didn’t have a experience living in so-called countryside.
He hasn’t been interested in the place except Tokyo till then.
He didn’t intend to make light of the countryside, but didn’t need to pay interest, because the countryside couldn’t enter his view.
And, he knew that the countryside existed, however, he has lived without keeping it in mind.
But, he got to know her, and the more he knew her, the more he was interested in her hometown covered in deep snow where she had spent until the age of 18 years old.
It was January in this year, when TV news informed that the area faced with Sea of Japan was a heavy snow, she said, “My hometown was such a situation every winter.” and, there is a landscape such as in deep in the mountains covered completely with snow at the TV screen which she pointed at.
“You lived in rather mountains area” Yusuke said to her so,
“No, the snow often lies as much as that even on the plain area”
She looked stupefied for an instant and replied laconically so.
“Oh,my god!” Yusuke told himself.
It was unbelievable for him.
Although snow was piled up so much, how people would be able to live in that area, he thought.
The snow which was broadcasted in TV was beyond well 1 meter.
She graduated from a leading university in Tokyo.
So,she must graduate from a leading high school in her hometown he thought.
Do the students who are excellent like her who was 18 years old go to this excellent high school pushing their way through such a deep snow?
It was the world beyond the imagination for Yusuke.
However, he knew that this woman in front lived in this world, so he was seized with excitement.
And on the next day, he went to Haneda airport by going out of his way to cancel some works.
Because he just watched the news of the heavy snow, he worried whether an airplane was canceled.
But the airplane took off safely and landed at the frozen plains which looked pale.
When Yusuke got down on the world that had wintry color like a vein, he thought that it was unbelievable that here was also the same Japanese Islands.
And he walked around the town on a full day.
Because it was impossible to walk the snow-covered road with usual leather shoes, he changed into snow boots which covered completely to a knee and were sold at the supermarket near the station arranging into piles.
He tied up tightly the string of the opening of the cover part of this snow boots in order to protect entering snow. So he could walk on the road covered snow smoothly.
Such experience was the first time for Yusuke.
And, because he knew the address of her parent’s house, he went there and looked it.