In Rikubetsu, the coldest town in Japan, would you like to join an event of enduring the freezing cold?
Shibare (shibareru) of Shibare Festival means cold, a term from the Hokkaido dialect, and as its name indicates, the festival is held in Rikubetsu, the coldest town in Japan. The festival is held in mid-winter when the daily minimum temperature is below minus 20°C, which is very exciting for visitors. About 300 people throughout Japan come to participate in the main event of enduring the freezing cold. People who can remain all night although there is only one fireplace, Inochi-no-hi, to keep warm can receive a certificate of the event. There are also events targeting various age groups from children to elderly people during the two days of the festival, and include a Yoshimoto comedy stage show, Shibare fireworks that light up the winter’s clear sky, Yosakoi dance by local elementary school students and special events only for people over 60 years.