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Back in the days before refrigerators were invented, people in the Nagaoka region used to pack snow into pyramid shapes and preserve them, then they sold them year round for people to use like a refrigerator. These snow pyramids were called yuki-shika.

The festival features over 100 snowmen, and in addition to making your own distinct snowman, you can see a giant yuki-shika re-creation, enjoy games in the snow, buy food and drinks, and watch the stage shows and fireworks. It’s an event full of activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Dates:
Saturday, February 18 - Sunday, February 19, 2017
   
Location:
Senshughara Furusato no Mori Park, 3-315-11 Senshu, Nagaoka

Directions
・25 minutes by bus (Chuo-junkan Line) from Nagaoka Station on the JR Shinetsu Line
・15 minutes by car from the Nagaoka IC on the Kanetsu Expressway

Ojiya Balloon Festival

Japan’s representative hot air balloon competition the “Sea of Japan Cup Cross Country Championship” is the main event of this festival, but there is also the wondrous Glow Balloon Festival with hot air balloons, fireworks, and lanterns. You can also ride in a hot air balloon. The hot air balloons floating in the air enchant their audience with their vividly-colored forms.

Umaimono Plaza has a good selection of delicious, local staple foods.

When: February 25-26, 2017 (Sat. & Sun.)
Where: Nishinaka venue (hot air balloon competition)
Hirasawa venue (hot air balloon rides)

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Epic!
The battle of clashing horns that unfurls at the bullfighting arena is a sight to see!
Period May 3rd to November 6th, 2016
Time Matches begin at 1:00 p.m.

Venue Ojiya Togyujo (Ojiya Bullfighting Area), Koguriyama, Ojiya City

Directions 15 minutes by car from JR Ojiya Station (Joetsu Line); shuttle buses will be available.
Shuttle buses will run from Sun Plaza in Ojiya City to the Togyujo via Ojiya Station.

Cost
Regular seat: 1,000 JPY (open air)
Special seat: 2,000 JPY (covered by a roof)

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See the brave clashing of bulls that weight over a ton!
Yamakoshi is the only place on Honshu where you can see this traditional event.
Unlike Western bullfighting, no bulls are killed in Japanese bullfighting. Instead of facing humans, the bulls fight each other until one gets too tired to continue.
Period March 12th to November 3rd, 2016

Time Doors open at 10 a.m., matches begin at 1:00 p.m.
*will not be cancelled due to rain

Venue Yamakoshi Togyujo (Yamakoshi Bullfighting Arena), Nagaoka City

Directions 30 minutes by car from JR Nagaoka Station (Shinetsu Line)
30 minutes by car from the Ojiya IC on the Kanetsu Expressway

Cost 2,000 JPY per person
(Children younger than elementary school age are free if accompanying a parent or guardian.)
*Please bring a mat or tarp to sit on instead of a seat.

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You will be amazed to see and eat the 600kg jumbo onigiri rice ball made of freshly harvested Koshihikari, Niigata’s famous brand of high quality rice. Also, many other enjoyable events will be carried out such as a farmer’s market of fresh vegetables, a raffle of Nagaoka specialty products, and many refreshment booths.

Date/Times: Sunday, October 23th, 2016

Location: 788 Nakanoshima, Nagaoka City
(in the vicinity of the Nagaoka City Nakanoshima branch office)

Directions:
●”Nakanoshima-Shisho mae” bus stop on buses headed to “Bunsui Eki-mae” departing from JR Nagaoka Station Ote Exit Bus Platform 11
●5 minutes by car from the Nakanoshima-Mitsuke IC on the Hokuriku Expressway

Cost: Free

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“Ayakomai,” a significant intangible folk cultural asset, is being performed at its traditional location.

Designated as a significant intangible folk cultural asset by the national government in 1976, the Ayakomai dance is performed publicly every year on the second Sunday in September at the square in front of the Ayakomai museum.

Date Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Time 12:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. (as planned)

Venue The square in front of the Ayakomai museum, Onadani, Kashiwazaki City
Directions 30 minutes by car from the Kashiwazaki IC of the Hokuriku Expressway

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“Ayakomai,” a significant intangible folk cultural asset, is being performed at its traditional location.

Designated as a significant intangible folk cultural asset by the national government in 1976, the Ayakomai dance is performed publicly every year on the second Sunday in September at the square in front of the Ayakomai museum.

Time
12:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. (as planned)

Venue
The square in front of the Ayakomai museum, Onadani, Kashiwazaki City

Directions
30 minutes by car from the Kashiwazaki IC of the Hokuriku Expressway

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Incredible valor!
A troop of almost 100 young men will hasten up the steep, narrow incline to Tsuno Shrine. Caught up in the enthusiasm, carrying a float uphill, they are the very image of great strength and intensity.


■Dates
Friday, September 16th to Sunday, September 18th, 2016

■Times
1st Day: Folk songs and music from 7:30 p.m4

2nd Day: Torch running from 6:30 p.m.
Running the float up to the shrine from 7:15 p.m.

3rd Day: Drum and flute band and brass band parade from 10:00 a.m.
Original mikoshi (portable shrine) parade from 2:00 p.m.
Running the float up to the shrine from 7:15 p.m.

■Location
From the center of Yoita to Tsuno Shrine

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