Nozawa Onsen Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 14th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:01am on Tuesday 14th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Fine up top some early low cloud
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Very good up top and should be lower once clouds disperse
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This report
Tuesday 14th January 2020, 8:01am
0cm
Monday 13th January 2020, 8:33am 1cm
Sunday 12th January 2020, 9:02am 0cm
Saturday 11th January 2020, 7:27am 0cm
Friday 10th January 2020, 8:32am 3cm
Thursday 9th January 2020, 7:48am 0cm
Wednesday 8th January 2020, 7:52am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 4cm
Last 14 reports (total): 67cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 67cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 104cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:01am on Tuesday 14th January 2020
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Good morning from Nozawa.

Check out the top image below, from the top of the mountain. Very cool view of the sea of clouds that is hanging over the valleys this morning.

The resort is reporting 3cm of snowfall on the top Yamabiko and Uenotaira areas, none being reported below that.

I think we can all agree that we want/need more snow. Tomorrow night is looking like it might be more the kind of snowfall we expect here. I hope we are not disappointed!

In the meantime, it looks like it should be a fine day today so I for one and going to go out and enjoy a few hours up top.

Back to normal weekday operations today.

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It is the Dosojin Fire Festival tomorrow! (Which come to think of it is coming at the same time as decent snowfall is due.......)

Here's what I posted last time about that:

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.

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Tuesday 14th January 2020

Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 3cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 3cm
- Hikage (660m): -cm
- Nagasaka (615m): -cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 110cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 80cm
- Hikage (660m): 35cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 20cm
- Karasawa (563m): 10cm

All lifts normally operating apart from these lifts:

- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair
- Karasawa pair

All courses open apart from the following courses:

- Challenge 39
- Kandahar
- Skyline (lower section)
- Grand Prix
- Jumping
- Mukobayashi
- Karasawa
- Nagasaka link
- Hachiman

Archive report: Posted at 8:01am on Tuesday 14th January 2020
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Nozawa Onsen Now ski lift operation notes:

Nozawa Onsen is mostly open

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*as of Tuesday 14th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
14th January 0cm 0cm 36cm
13th January 1cm 0cm 0cm
12th January 0cm 0cm 1cm
11th January 0cm 6cm 4cm
10th January 3cm 8cm 0cm
9th January 0cm 48cm 0cm
8th January 0cm 2cm 1cm
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Previous 14 days total 67cm 138cm 139cm
November observed snowfall total 4cm 2cm 21cm
December observed snowfall total 33cm 202cm 217cm
January observed snowfall total 67cm 425cm 325cm
February observed snowfall total - 170cm 131cm
March observed snowfall total - 58cm 5cm
April observed snowfall total - 29cm 1cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 104cm 886cm 700cm
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2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
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[4cm]
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[37cm]
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425cm
[629cm]
170cm
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58cm
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29cm
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[21cm]
217cm
[238cm]
325cm
[563cm]
131cm
[694cm]
5cm
[699cm]
1cm
[700cm]
0cm
[700cm]
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
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0cm
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437cm
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314cm
[751cm]
215cm
[966cm]
78cm
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0cm
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0cm
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2013/2014 season 0cm
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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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