That evokes lots of memories for me. I was stationed in Japan from 68-71 and loved it. This image captures the simplicity of homes and small businesses there, juxtaposed against the elements (snow). It reminds me of the quiet dignity of the Japanese people, even in a harsh environment. Thanks a lot for posting!
A very interesting photo indeed, with a story to tell but I think I need a little more introduction to follow the story. The very precise placement of the branch, pot plant and wheel tell a lot. I would love a slightly wider shot to get the scene in to perspective and than the bottom third of the shot would make a very nice picture on its own. Would you mind to post a few more pictures? You managed to capture a very moody picture.