A traditional snow festival in Kakunodate Town, Hiburikamakura,will be held as the annual schedule, February 13 and 14.
Hiburikamakura (火振りかまくら） is a traditional festival, in which a participant put a fire on s bundle of rice straws and swing it around his or her body, wishing for the safety and health of the family members. As dangerous as it looks, the tradition is practiced by the people of all ages - even many children accompanied by their parents! The view of many rings of flames in the contrast with snow is described as “mystic,” as it gathers many photographers from in and out of Akita Prefecture.
For more information about Hiburikamakura event, call Kakunodate Tourist Association (TEL 0187-54-2700) or Semboku City Tourism Division (0187-43-3352).