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Yokote Kamakura

Kamakura is a traditional festival held every year during the nights of the 15th and the 16th of February. It is known throughout Japan as a winter tradition of the Michinoku region. During the festival, children enter in small igloos (kamakura in Japanese) and offer amazake drinks and mochi while saying “Haitte tanse (enter in the igloo)” and “Ogaande tanse (pray the god of water)” in the regional dialect. Originally, Kamakura was a rite where people gave offerings to the water god in an igloo and prayed for the security of their family, commercial prosperity or a good harvest. But times have changed and the festival took its current form after opening more and more to the tourists. Come and enter one of the 100 igloos in the city to drink amazake, eat mochi and sweets and enjoy talks with people that will make you forget that you are in the middle of the night. Everyone should see these kamakura igloos inspired by northern countries’ fairy tales once in their life.

Address
Doro Koen Park in front of Yokote City Hall, Yokote Park, Haguromachi Bukeyashiki Dori, Futabacho Kamakura Dori

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