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Kamakura - Traditional Snow House (Yokote, Akita Pref.)

2013/07/21

 Place/Calendar 

<Place>
・Several places in Yokote City

<Calendar>
・Every 15 - 16 February



 

 Overview 

Light in about 100 big and small "Kamakura (dome-shaped snow house)" colors night of Yokote city.
Inside Kamakura, there is the altar decorated with "Gohei (paper strips used in Shinto ceremonies)" to pray for the god of water.

Inside Kamakura, children have fun time by eating rice cake, chatting, and playing.


They also invite people walk by into their Kamakura and serve them Amazake (sweet sake without alcohol) and baked rice cake.
※According to the customs of this event, donating \200 - \300 to children in return for their invitation.
 



 History 
 

The event succeeded for more than 400 years has poetic sentiment features.

The name of "Kamakura" is said that it was named after "Kamado (kettle)" or it is changed word of "Kamikura (sacred place where god sit down)".

 

 Highlight 

View of lights of Kamakura in winter night and children laughing in the snow houses is just like you are in the world of fairy tale.
Act of children eating orange and plyaing inside kamakura reminds us of kind of nostargic feeling.

On 16 & 17 February, traditional parade "Yokote Bonden" is held. It sounds good idea to see both seasonal events.
 



 Access/Fees/Opening hours/Contact etc. 
 

<Access>
①By train
 From "Yokote Sta." of JR, 8min. by walk.

②By car
 From Akita Highway "Yokote Exit", 3.5km via Route 13.


<Contact>
 0182-33-7111(Yokote City Tourist Association)
 



 Photos 

Source of reference: Yokote Tourist Association

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