Nozawa Onsen Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 15th January 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:42am on Thursday 15th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy and overcast
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-1°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Just cloudy for now, stuff expected later
wind condition
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Fair
This report
Thursday 15th January 2015, 8:42am
0cm
Wednesday 14th January 2015, 7:31am 0cm
Tuesday 13th January 2015, 8:55am 15cm
Monday 12th January 2015, 8:43am 30cm
Sunday 11th January 2015, 9:02am 5cm
Saturday 10th January 2015, 9:14am 5cm
Friday 9th January 2015, 9:01am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 55cm
Last 14 reports (total): 150cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 200cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 637cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:42am on Thursday 15th January 2015
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Good morning from Nozawa on this one of the biggest days of the year for Nozawa folk.

The day is starting off very dull and grey with complete cloud cover. After that fine sunny start to the day yesterday, the clouds were right back with us by afternoon and they seem set to stay for the moment.

No fresh snowfall to report and a temperature of +1C as of 8:30am. Mild conditions also from up top at Yamabiko with the resort saying it's only -1C up there. A high of +5C is expected later on down here at village level.

However, as temperatures drop snowfall is forecast before the today ends - but with a chance of some rain beforehand. Please no. We're all hoping that the weather behaves later on in particular because...

It is of course the climax of the annual Dosojin Fire Festival tonight in Nozawa. It gets busy - get there early and have fun! Early tracks tomorrow morning may well be slightly quieter than usual as a few people nurse sore heads!

Here's a run down of what it's all about again:

Dosojin Fire Festival

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.

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Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday afternoon:

Yamabiko - 0cm
Uenotaira - 0cm
Hikage - 0cm
Nagasaka - 0cm
Karasawa - 0cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 340cm
Uenotaira - 300cm
Hikage - 220cm
Nagasaka - 210cm
Karasawa - 190cm

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Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Grand Prix course
Jumping Course
Challenge 39
Kandahar West

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Lifts open (subject to weather conditions):

All lifts operating except:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 Pair B line

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Night skiing at Nozawa until 8pm on the following dates:

Every Saturday until 28th March

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Archive report: Posted at 8:42am on Thursday 15th January 2015
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

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  2014/2015
*as of Thursday 15th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
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15th January 0cm 0cm 10cm
14th January 0cm 10cm 3cm
13th January 15cm 25cm 0cm
12th January 30cm 2cm 0cm
11th January 5cm 10cm 30cm
10th January 5cm 45cm 5cm
9th January 0cm 0cm 0cm
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Previous 14 days total 150cm 137cm 173cm
November observed snowfall total 0cm 15cm 3cm
December observed snowfall total 437cm 100cm 213cm
January observed snowfall total 200cm 259cm 311cm
February observed snowfall total - 168cm 253cm
March observed snowfall total - 178cm 29cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 15cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 637cm 720cm 824cm
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[15cm]
100cm
[115cm]
259cm
[374cm]
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[542cm]
178cm
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[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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