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ICEFALL: In Aomori Prefecture, at the site of Niogataki Waterfall in Nishimeya, a 108-foot frozen waterfall is illuminated. The waterfall has frozen for the first time in four years, with the top and pool finally joining on February 1st. An annual ritual predicts whether there will be a bountiful or poor harvest based on the size of the frozen pillar and its shape. However, the event was canceled this year and last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The icefall will be illuminated until February 28th.