Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival


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Chuomachi, Yokote, Akita
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Held annually each winter, this festival takes place on the grounds of Doro Koen Park. A celebration of "kamakura", rooms or igloos made out of snow, a highlight of the festival is temporary barbeques or "mini-restaurants" set up inside the structures. Some kamakura incorporate mini-shrines. Here, festival-goers partake in rice cakes and sweetened rice wine as an offering to water spirits, hoping for plentiful rain during spring for the year's new rice harvest.