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Main Cultural Events of Konan Ward

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Hydrangea Lantern Festival June to July The Hydrangea Lantern Festival is held in mid-July along the Seigoro Drainage Canal in Marugata-Shinden (Sonoki district).
Every year、 the people of Marugata-Shinden come up with an elaborate plan for this festival. As the sun sets、 lights are lit in the lanterns set up along the canal and other illumination is turned on. People come to set off fireworks、 and generally enjoy the magical sight of lights on the canal and the beautiful hydrangeas.
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 Fukurozu Festival July 14-15 The Fukurozu Festival is held on July 14-15. This festival is connected to the Tourou Shrine、 which is said to have been founded as an offering to the gods、 praying for an abundant harvest and the prosperity of weavers. The Tourou Shrine has a history of over 320 years.
Six different teams carry a shrine float beautifully decorated with artificial flowers. They parade through the streets of Fukurozu towards the Iyahiko Shrine. As the spectators watch、 the carriers of the float chant workmen’s songs and clash together、 filling the air with excitement. The area around the shrine is crowded with people watching the procession、 praying at the shrine、 or shopping at the street stalls.
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Kitsu Healing Buddha Fire Festival July 28 On July 28、 a fire festival is held at Komyo-in Temple in Sonoki. The temple belongs to the Shingon sect of Buddhism.
Around 7:00 PM、 when it starts to get dark、 visitors from the city and beyond gather on the grounds of the temple. Monks dressed as mountain priests perform a ceremony with bows and swords、 then set fire to a big pile of wood. White smoke drifts up、 and in the blink of an eye the stack is crackling with flames that seem to reach up to the heavens. Sutras are chanted as the music of conch shells and taiko drums resounds throughout the temple.
After the fire has died down、 the barefoot monks begin to walk carefully over the hot embers. Then other people、 from children to the elderly、 can give it a try. As the sutras continue being chanted、 people put their hands together and walk across the fire bed、 their private prayers in their hearts.
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Kameda Festival Late August For two days in late August、 Honcho-dori Street in Kameda area is decorated with countless paper lanterns. This is where the lively Kameda Festival is held.
The Kameda jinku folk dance、 which is known throughout the Kameda area、 is characterized by flowing movements and the sound of people drumming. The first day of the festival starts in the evening with children playing barrel drums. About 2,000 people clad in yukata robes and costumes dance the jinku on Honcho-dori Street for two hours.
On the evening of the second day、 the Oiwa Float Jostling Match takes place. This 300-year-old tradition involves groups of young people carrying giant Oiwa floats through the town and then slamming the huge floats together. The event is very exciting for both the participants and the onlookers.
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Sakaya Shrine Daidai Kagura Dancing Late August The Sakaya Shrine Festival takes place over the course of two days in August、 with daidai kagura sacred Shinto dances being performed on the shrine’s stage.
Daidai kagura stems from the early Meiji era (1868 and later). It is a traditional performing art of Niigata City. The chigomai is a graceful dance by children wearing elegant costumes、 while the otonamai is a very dignified Izumo-style dance performed by adults. The otonamai dance is about two deities of good fortune、 namely Ebisu、 the god of commerce、 and Daikoku、 the god of wealth. A society dedicated to the preservation of these dances works to provide lessons and to pass this art on to the next generation. These kagura dances are performed twice a year during festivals in the spring and the fall.
On the first day of the Sakaya Shrine Festival、 daidai kagura dances and Bon Festival dances are held in the evening. On the second day、 a portable shrine and decorated floats parade around the neighborhood to the accompaniment of to traditional Sakaya workmen’s chants.
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Sanbaishi Kagura Dancing Early September For two days in early September、 a Fall Festival is held in Kitsu (Yokogoshi district)、 during which sanbaishi kagura sacred Shinto dancing is performed at Kamo Shrine and other locations.
This dance features a lion-shaped costume that is rather unique. Two bundles of rice straw are used to make a mouth、 and eggplants used for eyes、 a squash for a nose、 and grass for hair. Made new every year for the festival、 this creation is dedicated to the gods during the Fall Festival and then sent to float down the Koagano River.
This costume first appeared in the 1890s. Suffering damage from flood after flood、 the people had given up their long-cherished dream of buying a proper lion costume for their dance. But on the night before the festival、 some young people performed a vigorous yet comical dance in front of a crowd of people at the shrine. Their costume was made from things like rice bales and mosquito netting、 which most farmers had plenty of back then. This is said to be the beginning of this tradition.
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Konan Ward Industry Festival Late November As one of Niigata City's top farming areas、 Konan Ward produces delicious agricultural products in all four seasons. The ward is also home to the new Chuo Wholesale Market、 which is the second largest market in Japan in terms of floor space. Konan Ward is a center of production and distribution for food products.
The Konan Ward Agricultural Festival is held in November to showcase local products、 like Chinese yams、 burdock、 Chinese cabbage、 daikon radishes、 edible chrysanthemums、 flowers、 pears、 Koshihikari rice、 and dairy products. Local shops also offer their cooking and sweets for sale、 and processed foodstuffs like miso (fermented soy bean paste) are also available. People come not only to buy these goods、 but also to sample soups、 grilled meat、 and other delicious dishes made from select local products from Konan Ward.
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