The Snow Country Region attracts thousands of skiers and snowboarders each winter who come to enjoy the great snow in the many ski resorts around the area. There are an increasing amount of visitors who are not coming for the winter sports but to experience winter and the deep Japanese snow. Sledging and snowshoeing have been popular attractions but this area has so much more to offer in terms of culture, history, food, and traditions. There is now a new site that has compile
A beautiful video about the labor of love which is traditional kimono material weaving. It is an incredibly involved process that has the weavers putting their whole heart into the work (and interestingly, material woven by a happy worker is often the most appealing!) It is almost like magic when you witness it in person. The patterns are woven into the material by hand so each thread has to be individually coloured according to the pattern and then placed in exactly the righ
Made in Japan is an absolutely amazing website which aims to be “a showcase of Japanese crafts and traditions and the untold stories behind them.” Dive into any single one of these crafts from all over Japan and prepare to be fascinated by the skill and hard work that have gone into them throughout the ages. Snow Country is represented by Echigo Jofu. “Summer kimono born in the snow.” The explanation behind this material and the work that goes into it is incredibly detailed.
The arrival of the cherry blossom season is a big event in the whole of Japan as it heralds the arrival of spring, and symbolises the fleeting nature of beauty. Spring is especially welcome in this region as it means another long winter of deep snow has been endured. If you are a keen photographer, here are a couple of suggestions of great places to see cherry blossom in Snow Country. This area tends to have them blooming while there is still snow around in the surrounding mo
There are many traditional techniques that are still in use in present day Snow Country. One of the most visually stunning that we have witnessed recently is Yukisarashi, which is the process of laying lengths of kimono material out on the snow to be bleached. Weaving has a long history in Snow Country with evidence of material woven from plant fibres dating back to Jomon times. Shiozawa has long been a important town for textile manufacture and the cloth from this region has