Yukigassen

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Court for the Japanese snow game Yukigassen


Kemijärvi Yukigassen 2011 Final

Yukigassen (雪合戦) is a snowball fighting-competition from Japan. Today there are annual tournaments in Sōbetsu, Hokkaidō in Japan, Kemijärvi in Finland, Vardø in Norway, Murmansk in Russia, Mount Buller, Victoria in Australia, Luleå in Sweden, Anchorage in Alaska, and Jasper, Alberta and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada.

The word consists of the Japanese words yuki (snow) and kassen (battle) with rendaku. Hence yukigassen means snow battle, but is a common term for 'snowball fight' in Japanese.

Gameplay

Yukigassen is a game between two teams with seven players each. The game is played on a court with certain measurements, and the winner is determined through rules made by the Japan Yukigassen Federation.[1] It is similar to capture the flag; players are eliminated when hit with snowballs. Players wear special yukigassen helmets with face shields, and a set number of snowballs (90) are made in advance.[2]

Tournaments

Medal winners

2017

Here is a list of medal winners in the Swedish championship, held in Luleå in 2017

Gold Medal Team Minttu

Silver medal unknown

Bronze medal unknown

2012

Here is a list of medal winners in the third Swedish championship, held in Luleå in 2012

Gold Medal I & Co

Silver medal KREwasion Invation

Bronze medal Team LTU/Backyard Porsön

2011

Here is a list of medal winners in the second Swedish championship, held in Luleå in 2011

Gold Medal Backyard Porsön

Silver medal Cockroaches

Bronze medal I & Co

2010

Here is a list of medal winners in the first Swedish Championship, held in Luleå in 2010

Gold Medal Team LTU/Backyard Porsön

Silver medal I & Co

Bronze medal Gefle Snow Warriors

2007

Here is a list of the medal winners in the European Nordic Tournament in Vardø in 2007

Gold Medal Hiawatha (Norwegian)

Silver medal IL Tempo Gigante (Norwegian)

Bronze medal KP 55 (Finnish)

2006

Here is a list of the medal winners in the Nordic Tournament in Vardø in 2006:

Gold: Lapin Peurat (Finnish)

Silver: KP 55 (Finnish)

Bronze: Små Rasmus etterkommere (Norwegian)

2005

Here is a list of the medal winners in the Nordic Tournament in Vardø in 2005:

Gold: Små Rasmus etterkommere (Norwegian)

Silver: Hiawatha (Norwegian)

Bronze: KP 55 (Finnish)

See also

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 21, 2006. Retrieved April 23, 2006. 
  2. ^ http://yukigassenfinlandinenglish.blogspot.se/p/rules.html

External links

  • Showa-Shinzan International Yukigassen (Japan)
  • Yukigassen Nordic Championship (Norway)
  • European Championship (Finland)
  • Swedish Yukigassen Official Association
  • Yukigassen Canadian Championship
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