Nozawa Onsen Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 15th January 2014

Nozawa Onsen Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:20am on Wednesday 15th January 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue sky, some cloud
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing
wind condition
Light
Very good
This report
Wednesday 15th January 2014, 8:20am
0cm
Tuesday 14th January 2014, 9:22am 10cm
Monday 13th January 2014, 9:45am 25cm
Sunday 12th January 2014, 9:01am 2cm
Saturday 11th January 2014, 9:30am 10cm
Friday 10th January 2014, 9:00am 45cm
Thursday 9th January 2014, 9:10am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 92cm
Last 14 reports (total): 137cm
Current month (January 2014) total: 137cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 252cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Wednesday 15th January 2014
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

It's cold this morning. Very cold. I seem to have some ice forming on the inside of my windows which can't be good!

So yes, a low of -10C in the village and 8:30am it's around -8C. The resort is reporting a temp of -11C on the upper Yamabiko runs and a few cm of snow on Uenotaira (though none at Yamabiko). No snow to report down below.

There's some cloud this morning but it looks like generally it should be a fine and clear day here.

So, the Dosojin Fire Festival is... today! Yes, it should be a lively night in the village. Good weather conditions as well, though it will be cold so wrap up as if you're going out on the mountain. Here's a bit of blurb about the festival:

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This festival is one of the three most famous fire festivals in Japan. It is held on January 15th every year to pray for a plentiful harvest, health and good fortune in the coming year. The festival dates back to 1863 and though the location has changed, the festivities remain the same. During this festival the twenty-five and forty-two 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 twenty-five and the forty-two year old men in their unlucky ages construct the shaden (shrine) from beech wood that reaches 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 twenty-five and fourty-two 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 centers around the shaden, where the fourty-two year olds sit on top and the twenty-five year olds 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.

For a bit more info, take a look at this Feature from a number of years ago. The years may have changed, but the traditions remain the same!

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If you are in Nozawa, hope you enjoy it. Respect the local traditions and have fun!

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Wednesday 15th January 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 245cm
Uenotaira - 215cm
Hikage - 155cm
Nagasaka - 130cm
Karasawa - 90cm

Lifts
All lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B

Courses
All courses open except:
Kandahar West
Kandahar East

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Wednesday 15th January 2014
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14th January 10cm 3cm -
13th January 25cm 0cm -
12th January 2cm 0cm -
11th January 10cm 30cm -
10th January 45cm 5cm -
9th January 0cm 0cm -
Previous 7 days total 92cm 48cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 137cm 173cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 15cm 3cm -
December observed snowfall total 100cm 213cm -
January observed snowfall total 137cm 311cm -
February observed snowfall total - 253cm -
March observed snowfall total - 29cm -
April observed snowfall total - 15cm -
May observed snowfall total - 0cm -
Season observed snowfall total 252cm 824cm 0cm
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213cm
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253cm
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29cm
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15cm
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[824cm]
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