Happy Valentines Day Nozawa
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After a weekend of waking up to bluebird days, we’ve woken up to FRESH SNOW. The perfect gift for Valentines Day.
I also woke up to the sound of diggers clearing snow at 5.30am in the morning, that’s never a bad thing as, of course, it means there’s been a heap of new snow overnight. In fact, 20cm of fresh snow. The gifts don’t end there with free Chocolate Fondue on the slopes at Hikage from 10;30am
It’s going to be a great few days ahead. Our village turning back into the winter wonderland and fresh snow covering up any patches of foliage that had begun to poke back through after the rain and warmer temperatures. No need to be worried, the rest of February and into March are boding well for some mint powder days.
Did you know in Japan, Valentines Day goes down a little differently compared to the Western world… Instead, it’s typical for women to be the main gift-givers!
They give cards and chocolates to their partner AND to any men to whom they share any kind of significant relationship.
Chocolate is the main gift given, and there are different types of elaborate and yum Valentine’s Day chocolate available!
- Giri-choco – means: ‘obligation chocolate and it’s given as a ‘debt of gratitude’ and is given to male friends, bosses, family members or work colleagues.
- Honmei-choco – These are often handmade and are given exclusively to one’s significant other.
- Jibun-choco – The treat yourself chocolate!
- Tomo-choco – These are usually quite expensive and are gifted between female friends.
- Gyaku-choco – These are given to a woman by a man and it means ‘reverse chocolate’. Although uncommon to be given on Valentine’s Day, they are traditionally expected to reciprocate Valentine’s gifts a month later, on White Day.
If you’re looking to dine out tonight and celebrate love, check out our restaurant guide: https://www.nozawaholidays.com/restaurants-bars/
Temperature at the top; -7 degrees on Yamabiko, -4 degrees on Uenotaira
New snow since yesterday; 20cm
Base at the top; 250cm
Snow conditions; That fresh powder we travel from around the world to Japan for.
Weather; Moderate snowfall all day.
LIFTS IN OPERATION: All lifts bar Utopia, Karasawa and Challenge are open.
RUNS OPEN: Same as yesterday.
By the days end, we should see at least another 20cm of fresh snow! And it won’t stop there. We’ll wake up to another heavy snowfall on Wednesday and the snow will continue falling throughout the day – another 20cm or so. Thursday’s forecast is for light snow showers with some sunshine. Friday should be an excellent bluebird day with the freezing temperatures remaining to preserve that powder snow. The weekend’s forecast is for light snowfall, and even some rain on Sunday. But the temps will drop again and another snow storm is forecast to roll in next Monday! Stay tuned for an epic week ahead. Remember love and snow are all you need!
Check back tomorrow for the latest forecast and tag #nozawaonsenjapan in your pics to show us how you’re making the most of the new snow!