Nozawa Onsen Now daily snow and weather - Monday 15th January 2018

Nozawa Onsen Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:15am on Monday 15th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Some cloud, blue skies
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light from the south
visibility condition
Very good
This report
Monday 15th January 2018, 7:15am
1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 42cm
Last 14 reports (total): 140cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 140cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 378cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:15am on Monday 15th January 2018
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Morning from Nozawa.

Some more snow fell during the morning yesterday – by 12 noon the ski resort was reporting 1cm at Karasawa base, 6cm at Uenotaira and 13cm on the top Yamabiko area of the mountain.

Lots of cloud remained into the early afternoon but the sun managed to peek through at times, and the clouds mostly clearing up nicely by the time evening was approaching. Turned into a really nice afternoon.

This morning we are starting the day with a mix of clearer sky and cloud - due to be sunny and fine for the day - and it is very probably going to be much milder than it was yesterday. It's a pretty cold start, but temperatures rising into low single digit numbers.

Should be good weather for the Fire Festival, and on that subject...

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The main part of the 'Dosojin Fire Festival' takes place today. More details on the festival itself are posted below.

From the folk in Nozawa:

"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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Monday 15th January 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 13cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 6cm
- Hikage (660m): -cm
- Nagasaka (615m): -cm
- Karasawa (563m): 1cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 290cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 230cm
- Hikage (660m): 180cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 175cm
- Karasawa (563m): 140cm

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 7:15am on Monday 15th January 2018
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Nozawa Onsen Now ski lift operation notes:

Nozawa Onsen should be opening as scheduled

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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 Monday 15th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
15th January 1cm 36cm 1cm
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
Previous 7 days total 42cm 145cm 14cm
Previous 14 days total 140cm 153cm 20cm
November observed snowfall total 21cm 2cm 3cm
December observed snowfall total 217cm 161cm 100cm
January observed snowfall total 140cm 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 378cm 822cm 472cm
Nozawa Onsen Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 15th 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]
140cm
[378cm]
- - - -
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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