I took this yesterday when it was sunny and seeming very spring-like - it rained today, and half the school went skiing. On the way to school, I saw an animal cross the road and go into a drainpipe. It was bigger than a squirrel (and wasn't carrying any nuts). Fortunately, I knew the school I went to today had a book on prefectural wildlife, so I was bale to look it up and find it was a weasel, or "itachi". I would never have expected to see one at that place.