Who wants to visit the Yokote Kamakura Festival?
The Yokote Kamakura Festival (横手の雪まつり) spans back more than 450 years. During the festival, many igloo-shaped snow houses, called kamakura, are built across the city of Yokote in southeastern Akita Prefecture.
Within each kamakura there is a snow altar dedicated to the water deity, to whom people pray for ample water. A charcoal brazier is set up to provide warmth and grill rice cakes. In the evenings, children invite festival visitors into their kamakura and offer them rice cakes and amazake. In return, the visitors make an offering at the altar. The event is held every year on February 15th and 16th. Don’t miss this magical event!
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