Yukigase is the central location of Yukiyasha Den. 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 snowfall 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 opens, the infamous snow demon mysteriously has not appeared in over 100 years. Assuming the demon has fled or died, the new generation of villagers grow up unbeknownst to the terrifying local myth and become accustomed to the forgiving climate.
As soon as Nuriko, posing as a woman under the name of “Korin,” arrives to visit his uncle Sojun and aunt Fuyoh, Yukigase experiences its first snowfall in a century due to the reappearance of Yukiyasha’s demonic energy. Although this is proven to be unrelated to the celestial warrior’s presence, the village council of elders, led by a man called Saisoku, turn to Nuriko for the beautiful virgin sacrifice. But when Yukiyasha makes its appearance and fights the warrior, it disappears into the collapsing Goddess Peak, never to be seen again.
The town rejoices in the vanquishing of the demon and once Nuriko says goodbye to his relatives, they experience pleasant Konan weather once more.