Yukigase is the central location where the Fushigi Yugi light novel Yukiyasha Den takes place. It is a northern village where Nuriko once stayed and helped defeat a local legendary demon. It is near the Hokkan border and often has cold weather.
Climate and Influence
Yukiyasha, the local snow demon, is fabled to possess extreme control over the climate of Yukigase and the surrounding mountains. Having been active for over a thousand years, it’s demonic presence influences the snow fall levels. If its appetite goes unappeased, the demon plunges the people of Yukigase into a relentless and hard winter. For this reason, the villagers are inclined to select a virgin female sacrifice for the snow demon at the end of each full moon.
When Nuriko‘s light novel opened, the infamous snow demon mysteriously had not appeared in over 100 years. Assuming the demon had fled or died, the new generation of villagers grew up unbeknownst to the terrifying local myth and became accustomed to the forgiving climate.
As soon as Nuriko arrived to visiting his uncle Sojun and aunt Fuyoh, Yukigase experienced its first snowfall in a century thanks to the reappearance of Yukiyasha’s demonic energy. Although this was unrelated to the celestial warrior’s presence, all eyes turned to Nuriko, who was posing as a woman under the name of “Korin,” for the beautiful virgin sacrifice. But when Yukiyasha made its appearance and fought the warrior, it disappeared into a collapsing in Goddess Peak, never to be seen again.
The town rejoiced in the vanquishing of the demon and once Nuriko said goodbye to his relatives, they experienced pleasant Konan weather.