Snow sports day

Nathan Hawkes


The snow sports day was such a full day it is difficult to write about it briefly. Young sumo wrestlers braved the icy day to compete, traditional  bound rice straw towers were carried by each team and then set alight, everyone danced the kanjiki dance, traditional echigo noragi farming clothes were strung like flags above the sports arena, 

It was inspiring to be part of an event where a genuine respect for tradition combined so comfortably with fun, hilarious and hectic team events. The food was also delicious!

The yellow team carrying the rice straw tower, team includes Nathan, Hugo and Daisuke. Photo by Heidi Axelsen

The yellow team carrying the rice straw tower, team includes Nathan, Hugo and Daisuke. Photo by Heidi Axelsen

Ceremonial burning of towers Photo by Heidi Axelsen

Ceremonial burning of towers Photo by Heidi Axelsen

Local young boys sumo wrestling in the snow. Photo by Heidi Axelsen

Local young boys sumo wrestling in the snow. Photo by Heidi Axelsen