Nozawa Onsen Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 13th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:03am on Saturday 13th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, blue sky, sun
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light to moderate
visibility condition
Very good
This report
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
Sunday 7th January 2018, 7:37am 11cm
Last 7 reports (total): 17cm
Last 14 reports (total): 105cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 103cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 341cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:03am on Saturday 13th January 2018
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Good morning from Nozawa.

I wasn't out on the mountain (or even in Nozawa) yesterday after I posted my report, but from what I can see the resort itself was reporting 8-14cm of fresh snowfall on the upper slopes during the daytime.

There is no fresh snow to report this morning.

This morning it's a quickly moving mix of thin cloud and blue sky and some sunshine thrown into the mix too; it's cold too.

We're hoping for snow to be falling later on this afternoon and overnight tonight - a generous reset would be most welcome. For the moment I would expect some rather crusty conditions this morning with better snow found higher up.

Check out 'Nasuki' on the third webcam image below. Looking a bit 'deflated' but he/she should be looking suitably bright green, fresh and genki by now!

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The main 'Dosojin Fire Festival' takes place on Monday with some events happening from today. More info on the event below.

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Saturday 13th January 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 14cm (yesterday daytime)
- Uenotaira (1230m): 8cm (yesterday daytime)
- Hikage (660m): -cm
- Nagasaka (615m): -cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 255cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 185cm
- Hikage (660m): 140cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 135cm
- Karasawa (563m): 110cm

Lifts operations:

- All scheduled lifts should be operating as normal

All courses open except the following:

- 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 8:03am on Saturday 13th January 2018
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Nozawa Onsen Now ski lift operation notes:

Open as planned for the weekend

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  2017/2018
*as of Saturday 13th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
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
7th January 11cm 0cm 1cm
Previous 7 days total 17cm 57cm 19cm
Previous 14 days total 105cm 69cm 36cm
November observed snowfall total 21cm 2cm 3cm
December observed snowfall total 217cm 161cm 100cm
January observed snowfall total 103cm 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 341cm 822cm 472cm
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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]
103cm
[341cm]
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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]
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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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