Kamakura Matsuri - Japanese Igloo Festival in the northern Japanese city of Yokote
In the small city of Yokote in northern Japan, the citizens eschew the modern conveniences of warm homes in the middle of February and pile into small snow huts known as Kamakura. It's the Kamakura Matsuri and they've been doing this for over 400 years.
Sori - old fashion sled for transporting toddlers and supplies
Kamakura occupants wearing old fashion hanten coats or donbuku in the Akita dialect
These Kamamura-style igloos are two meters in diameter made of piled-up snow which is then later hollowed out. Inside is a charcoal brazier in the middle to keep the place warm. The temporary inhabitants of these Kamakura sit on cushions while cooking sweet mochi which is a type of a chewy rice cake and heating up a type of non-alcoholic sweet-tasting type of sake known as amazake.
On the far side wall is a makeshift altar to Suijin-sama, the Shinto god of water. One o…
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-William of Malmesbury, The Battle of Hastings, 12th Century
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