When everything accumulates a healthy layer of snow, it’s only natural to smoosh a handful of the stuff into the vague semblance of a ball and hurl it at a friend. Call it child’s play, intuition or old-fashioned fun. Or replace its spontaneous nature with a set of meticulous guidelines and call it yukigassen. With the goal of grabbing the other team’s pennant at the opposite end of the field or tagging opponents out via a clump of flying snow, the game borrows elements from dodgeball and capture the flag: If you’re struck by a snowball then you’re toast, and if your team’s flag is captured then your whole team is toast. Each nine-minute match is divided into three grueling sets that are won by either having the most players left when the This story is from Kinfolk Issue Fourteen Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 43 Signal Boost How status anxiety drives culture. Arts & Culture Issue 38 Memes of Communication A conversation about digital folklore. Arts & Culture Issue 36 Designated Drudgery How to take a load off. Arts & Culture The Touch Hoshinoya Kyoto At the edge of Kyoto, a slow sailboat takes hotel guests downriver to a bygone world. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Knowing Me, Knowing You Think twice before seeking out your doppelgänger. Arts & Culture Issue 29 Mime Culture On lip-syncing and the allure of mouthing along.