Nozawa Onsen Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 14th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:06am on Sunday 14th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow - should be easing off
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Limited, poor in places
This report
Sunday 14th January 2018, 8:06am
36cm
Saturday 13th January 2018, 8:03am 0cm
Friday 12th January 2018, 8:58am 1cm
Thursday 11th January 2018, 8:28am 4cm
Wednesday 10th January 2018, 7:49am 0cm
Tuesday 9th January 2018, 8:02am 0cm
Monday 8th January 2018, 7:42am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 42cm
Last 14 reports (total): 139cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 139cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 377cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:06am on Sunday 14th January 2018
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Good morning from Nozawa.

And there's some very good news this morning with a lot of fresh snow to report. Check out the fresh snow reported by the resort - 40-46cm across the mountain. I'm measuring just over 35.

Now that's what we like!

It's a cold start to the morning but clearer skies are forecast for later on. So put on those layers and get up there; it should be a really great day. Tomorrow too, with sun forecast for the day.

Hope you can get to enjoy it.

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The main part of the 'Dosojin Fire Festival' takes place tomorrow, Monday 15th. More details on the festival itself are posted below.

One important thing though, and I can't say it much better than the official resort website; so let me just post what they say:

"A reminder that the Fire Festival is a privilege and an amazing experience to witness but visitors must remember to be respectful of the local people and their traditions. Specifically, only receive alcohol if you are offered it and avoid pestering the town members given that it is theirs to enjoy.

The people in the village are very generous and want to make it a safe and incredible experience. Don't drink too much and prepare for a cold night, as there is a good amount of standing around."

There have been some cases in the past of visitors getting somewhat over-enthusiastic and causing some problems.

Let's all take a step back, respect the locals, respect the event and enjoy the spectacle.

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Sunday 14th January 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 40cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 46cm
- Hikage (660m): 45cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 45cm
- Karasawa (563m): 40cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 280cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 230cm
- Hikage (660m): 180cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 175cm
- Karasawa (563m): 145cm

Lifts operations:

- All scheduled lifts should be operating as normal

The following courses either closed or not fully available:

- Challenge 39
- Grand Prix
- Mukobayashi
- Kandahar

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The Dosojin Fire Festival

The Dosojin Fire Festival is the biggest date on the calendar for Nozawa Onsen and is one of the three most famous ‘fire festivals’ in Japan.

The festival is held on the 15th of January every year - no matter what day that falls on. The festival is to pray for a plentiful harvest, health and good fortune in the coming year and dates back to 1863. Though the locations may have changed, the festivities remain pretty much the same.

During this festival the 25 and 42-year-old men from the village play a very important role. An old belief in Japan dictates that, for men, these years are ‘unlucky’ ages. The 25 and the 42-year-old men in their unlucky ages construct the shaden (shrine) from beech wood, reaching a height of 18 meters. Every year it takes 100 villagers to build the shrine. The trees are cut down in October and brought down from the mountain, through the village, on January 13th.

After the shaden has been constructed, the priest from Kosuge shrine performs a ceremony to endow it with a God. Along with the shaden there are an average of five tôrô (dedicatory lantern poles) erected every year. These poles are made by a family in the village to celebrate the birth of the first son. The tôrô are offered to the Gods in a prayer for health and good fortune.

The festivities begin with the lighting of the fire by the 25 and 42-year-old men. A small group of men carry a torch, which is lit by striking two stones together, from the Kôno residence to the festival grounds. The torch is used to start a bonfire from which the handmade torches, used to attack the shrine, are lit.

The festival centres around the shaden. The 42-year-old men sit on top and the 25 year old men stand guard at the base. Those who are 41 and 43 years old stand around the perimeter to protect the spectators. Torch bearing villagers of all ages attempt to break through the guards and light the shaden on fire. A dangerous and lively battle ensues. The defenders try to put out the fire by striking it with pine branches. The attack lasts for about one hour, after which the 42-year olds call an end to the ceremony and the shaden together with the tôrô are set on fire in an offering to the Gods.

The entire festival can take up to four hours from the beginning to the end, but the main attraction is the battle between the guards and the torch bearing villagers.

Archive report: Posted at 8:06am on Sunday 14th January 2018
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Nozawa Onsen Now ski lift operation notes:

Nozawa Onsen is open as planned - see above

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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Nozawa Onsen Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2017/2018
*as of Sunday 14th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
14th January 36cm 52cm 0cm
13th January 0cm 28cm 0cm
12th January 1cm 5cm 1cm
11th January 4cm 23cm 5cm
10th January 0cm 1cm 0cm
9th January 0cm 0cm 7cm
8th January 1cm 0cm 5cm
Previous 7 days total 42cm 109cm 18cm
Previous 14 days total 139cm 117cm 36cm
November observed snowfall total 21cm 2cm 3cm
December observed snowfall total 217cm 161cm 100cm
January observed snowfall total 139cm 366cm 132cm
February observed snowfall total - 196cm 162cm
March observed snowfall total - 97cm 75cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm -
Season observed snowfall total 377cm 822cm 472cm
Nozawa Onsen Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 14th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Nozawa Onsen Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 21cm
[21cm]
217cm
[238cm]
139cm
[377cm]
- - - -
2016/2017 season - 2cm
[2cm]
161cm
[163cm]
366cm
[529cm]
196cm
[725cm]
97cm
[822cm]
0cm
[822cm]
0cm
[822cm]
2015/2016 season - 3cm
[3cm]
100cm
[103cm]
132cm
[235cm]
162cm
[397cm]
75cm
[472cm]
0cm
[472cm]
-
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
437cm
[437cm]
314cm
[751cm]
215cm
[966cm]
78cm
[1044cm]
0cm
[1044cm]
0cm
[1044cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
15cm
[15cm]
100cm
[115cm]
259cm
[374cm]
168cm
[542cm]
178cm
[720cm]
0cm
[720cm]
0cm
[720cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
3cm
[3cm]
213cm
[216cm]
311cm
[527cm]
253cm
[780cm]
29cm
[809cm]
15cm
[824cm]
0cm
[824cm]
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