Why is Japanese frost different?

Frost is quite rare here in Tokyo but tends to look like shards of ice that lie in the soil or point straight up from the ground – in fact I’ve mistaken it for broken glass before now. In six years I’ve never seen the crunchy icing on the top of the glass style of frost that is one of the best things about a British winter.

I’m guessing the main reason is that Japanese winters are dry whereas British ones are fairly humid (or damp is probably a better word), with British frost being basically frozen dew made from moisture that comes out of the air.

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