Nozawa Onsen Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 15th January 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:17am on Tuesday 15th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Lots of cloud but generally fine forecast
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light southerly
visibility condition
Good
This report
Tuesday 15th January 2019, 7:17am
0cm
Monday 14th January 2019, 7:58am 0cm
Sunday 13th January 2019, 8:00am 0cm
Saturday 12th January 2019, 7:25am 0cm
Friday 11th January 2019, 8:25am 6cm
Thursday 10th January 2019, 7:36am 8cm
Wednesday 9th January 2019, 8:02am 48cm
Last 7 reports (total): 62cm
Last 14 reports (total): 135cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 138cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 342cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:17am on Tuesday 15th January 2019
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Morning from Nozawa.

So we're back to normal now after that long weekend and hopefully we'll be back to snow reports come tomorrow.

All a bit too mild for my liking at the moment so I am looking forward to temps dropping and fresh snow falling... still looks like that should be starting overnight tonight and hopefully we'll get back into a run of days with snow clouds over the region.

Today is one of those rare days when the Kandahar course is open to the public - if you want to try it out, there's only a few chances every season. After today, the next time is 12th February and then one more time on 1st March. It is normally used for various official competitions.

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Today is also of course the day of the famous Nozawa Fire Festival with the main event starting from 7:00pm tonight. Here's the lowdown on 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 15th January 2019

Fresh snowfall recorded by resort (since yesterday morning):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 220cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 210cm
- Hikage (660m): 130cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 125cm
- Karasawa (563m): 100cm

All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:

- Mizunashi triple

All courses open apart from the following planned to be open:

- Grand Prix

Archive report: Posted at 7:17am on Tuesday 15th January 2019
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Nozawa Onsen Now ski lift operation notes:

Nozawa Onsen is open

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  2018/2019
*as of Tuesday 15th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
15th January 0cm 1cm 36cm
14th January 0cm 36cm 52cm
13th January 0cm 0cm 28cm
12th January 0cm 1cm 5cm
11th January 6cm 4cm 23cm
10th January 8cm 0cm 1cm
9th January 48cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 62cm 42cm 145cm
Previous 14 days total 135cm 140cm 153cm
November observed snowfall total 2cm 21cm 2cm
December observed snowfall total 202cm 217cm 161cm
January observed snowfall total 138cm 325cm 366cm
February observed snowfall total - 131cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total - 5cm 97cm
April observed snowfall total - 1cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 342cm 700cm 822cm
Nozawa Onsen Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 15th January 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Nozawa Onsen Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - 2cm
[2cm]
202cm
[204cm]
138cm
[342cm]
- - - -
2017/2018 season - 21cm
[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
[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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