Yukigassen – the snowball fights originating from Japan

January 8, 2013 in Uncategorized


If you’ve grown up in a place with snow, you’ve probably been in a snowball fight many times. In Japan, they took the funny game of throwing snowballs to the next level.

Yukigassen are arranged snowball fights taking place in Japan once a year. Yuki is Japanese for snow and gassen means fight. It was a sport that developed some 20 years ago, as a marketing scheme conducted by the Mount Showa-Shinzan ski resort.

It’s a game played by two teams with seven players each. The objective is to eliminate the opponents by throwing snowballs at them. 90 snowballs are made in advance. The players compete on a court with lines and obstacles and the winning team that has captured the flag or with players standing, at the end of the 3×3 minutes the game lasts.

Since it started in Japan, the game has spread to other (snowy) parts of the world. Annual games are held in Canada, Norway, United States, Finland and Australia.

Pictures from a Yugikassen fight in USA.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yukigassen