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 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Food Issue 19 My Kitchen Table: Dominique Crenn French-born chef Dominique Crenn knows how to keep a level head and relishes the nights when she gets to cook to her own soundtrack. Food Issue 19 Recipe: Chamomile Cookies When your day is filled with too much excitement, taking time to sit quietly with these calming morsels and a cup of tea could be just the antidote.