A snow house called Kamakura has a household altar dedicated to the god of water to wish for the safety of their families, success in business and agricultural fertility.
In the house, children invite passersby inside and offer them sweet alcoholic amazake and rice cakes.
German architect Bruno Taut(1880-1938) visited Yokote in 1936 and described his impressive experience at the festival in his book "A Rediscovery of Japan".
About 100 kamakura stand in Yokote City during the festival. Many miniature kamakura are also built.
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