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Industry in Konan Ward

Konan Ward manufactures many agricultural and livestock products、 including grain、 vegetable、 fruit tree、 and flowering plant products. As the center of Niigata City's food supply、 Konan Ward works to provide safe and reliable agricultural and livestock products.
Industrial parks are found throughout Konan Ward. Goods like rice snacks、 printing materials、 foodstuffs、 and machinery are manufactured here and then shipped to destinations around the country.
There are also old established shopping districts in the downtown area. Since the transportation network in the ward is so well-developed、 shoppers from within the city and beyond can also enjoy the new large shopping centers that have opened in the suburbs and outlying areas.

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Bamboo Shoots Early to mid-May Fujiyama and Komagomi in the Yokogoshi district has expansive bamboo groves、 and each year in early May、 the Fujikoma Vegetable Distribution Center holds the Fujikoma Bamboo Shoot Fair. Organized by a local executive committee、 this event aims to promote locally grown bamboo sprouts and use bamboo to develop the community.
The fair offers people the opportunity to try digging up bamboo shoots in the verdant bamboo groves. Fresh shoots that were harvested just that morning and locally produced vegetables are also sold、 and visitors to the fair can sample foods like bamboo shoot rice and bamboo shoot soup. Another corner allows people to try making their own helicopter-like toys and model horses out of bamboo. Needless to say、 this fair is fun for the whole family.
The Fujiyama-Komagomi area is located on the oldest sand dunes in Niigata、 and the bamboo shoots grown here are said to be more tender than those grown in ordinary soil.
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Plums Mid-June Kameda is one of the leading producers of Togoro plums in Niigata Prefecture.
Every year in mid-June、 an event is held in Kameda to showcase these plums. During this event、 people can try picking plums and making fresh plum syrup from them.
This plum variety is named after a fruit and vegetable wholesale store called Togoro、 which was located in Ogisone in the Kameda area near the end of the Edo period (1860s). The Togoro plum is large and weights 25-30 grams. As a particularly juicy fruit、 it is used to make plum liquor. The flesh of this prettily colored fruit is thick and tender、 so it is also well-suited for making pickled plums、 plum syrup、 and plum juice.
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Fava Beans Late May to June he fava beans of early summer grow about 2-3 centimeters in diameter、 with three large、 jade green beans inside each pod. In Japanese、 they are called soramame (“sky beans”) because the pods grow up towards the sky. In the Ryokawa area、 a popular variety of large、 delicious beans called Uchikoshi-issun is cultivated. The beans are planted in October. After winter has passed、 the plants bloom in early April. The harvest season lasts from late May to June、 making these beans one of the first heralds of the arriving summer.
Because freshness is so important for fava beans、 the cultivators go out to harvest them from sunrise until 9:00 a.m.、 clipping off the pods carefully with scissors. The beans are then shipped out that afternoon. Half of the beans grown in Ryokawa are sent to Niigata City and other nearby areas、 while the other half is shipped to the markets of Tokyo.
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Juzen Eggplant Late June to September Niigata Juzen Eggplants are a designated "Food & Flower Product" of the city. They are grown in the Sonoki area.
The dark purple-blue、 round Juzen eggplants have been grown since the early Showa era (1920s). The faintly sweet-tasting flesh of the Juzen eggplant is thick and firm、 while the skin is soft and thin. When these eggplants are lightly pickled、 they become even more vividly colored and delicious. For this reason、 they are perfect for use in processed foods.
The cultivators of Juzen eggplants protect the growing vegetables from pests and strong winds、 then harvest them each morning between June and the end of September. The best time of year for eggplants is from mid-July to early August、 when the plants can grow up to two meters in height.
The fresh eggplants harvested in the morning are lightly pickled overnight、 and then shipped out the following morning to other parts of the prefecture and the rest of Japan.
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Sweet Corn July Sweet corn、 one of the favorite foods of summer、 is harvested in July.
Every year、 a harvesting event is held in the sweet corn fields of Yokogoshi、 where entire families can come and experience the joy of harvest time.
This event is sponsored by the city as a way to have ordinary people see what it is like to harvest with their own hands the crops that have been so diligently cultivated by farmers. The aim of the event is to deepen the understanding people have for agriculture. Participants are instructed by the growers、 then they get to eat newly harvested corn、 which is cooked in boiling water. After that、 they head to the fields. Cheering with delight、 they bring in the big cobs of sweet corn and experience first-hand the joys of harvest.
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Green Peppers June to October Ryokawa is also an area where many green peppers are grown、 especially the variety known as Tsubaki Green. This variety is not commonly grown elsewhere and is not widely distributed、 but it is popular for its bright green color、 its relatively straight shape、 and its mild flavor、 which is not as spicy as chili pepper.
Green peppers grown in greenhouses start being harvested at the beginning of June、 while peppers raised outdoors are ready for picking around the end of June. They are harvested early in the morning and shipped out that same day. The harvest season continues until October.
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Freshwater Clams July to August Collecting freshwater clams is a traditional summertime custom along the Agano River.
Fresh water and salt water mix in the Agano River near Oeyama and Yokogoshi、 forming brackish water that serves as the perfect habitat for freshwater clams. Clams from the Agano River stand out for their large size and thick meat. Clams are collected at specified times and locations from July to late August. To avoid overfishing and to protect these resources、 small clams are returned to the river、 and the river is restocked with baby clams every year.
The fishers ride out into the river on their boats in the early morning. They drop their joren、 or metal baskets with attached nets、 down onto the riverbed. While the boat's engine roars、 they haul up the baskets and collect the freshwater clams.
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Rice September to October Rice cultivation in Niigata Prefecture is flourishing. Koshihikari rice from Niigata Prefecture is well known as a particularly delicious variety.
Rice seedlings are grown from the end of March and planted in paddies between late April and mid-May. Rice reaping takes place from September to October. The rice is then shipped to throughout Japan、 though recently it has started to be exported to other countries as well.
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Pears August to November Pears start to be harvested in August in Konan Ward. During this time of year、 the fruit sorting facility Arinomikan in Nihongi (Yokogoshi district) is bustling with activity every single day.
Pears harvested in Yokogoshi、 Ryokawa、 and Kameda are brought to Arinomikan、 where they are measured by sensors that detect sugar content and other characteristics. After the pears are sorted、 they are shipped throughout the prefecture and beyond. Kosui、 20th Century、 Hosui、 Niitaka、 and Shinko pear varieties are harvested by November and brought to Arinomikan、 where they are sorted by December.
In the fall、 farmers also sell their pears and grapes along the prefectural road between Somi and Sakaya. Many people come to buy fresh、 local produce directly from the people who grew it.
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Freshwater Crab April to May,September to November These freshwater crabs are also called mitten crabs or horsehair crabs. Their greenish brown shells are about 5 centimeters wide、 and their pincers are covered with hairs. The crab meat is very sweet、 and the delicious taste of freshwater crab kani-miso (a paste made from the crab’s internal organs) is almost addictive. The crabs are tasty whether they are served boiled or as soup. Fall is definitely the favorite time of year of crab lovers.
As the crabs come up from the sea between September and November、 this is the time to catch them in the Agano River and Koagano River. Crab fishers put fish viscera and other bait into basket-like traps called kanizutsu、 which are then lowered to the riverbed. The traps are left overnight and pulled up out of the water the next morning. When it rains、 the rivers swell and the water becomes muddier、 so more crabs are caught.
Crabs can also be caught in April and May、 when they come from upriver to head back out to sea.
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Salmon October to December For three months from October through December、 the ban on salmon fishing in the Agano River is lifted. For the Shinano River、 though、 the period when fishing is allowed differs from area to area. The figures of the fishermen catching the salmon that come up the Shinano and Agano Rivers are a common sight that time of year.
There are many restaurants in Yokogoshi that offer salmon-based cuisine that uses every part of the fish、 from head to tail. Dishes like grilled salmon; raw、 sliced salmon; salmon roe pickled in sweet sake; vinegar-seasoned salmon heads with vegetables; and cooked salmon on rice are famous here. Every year during the salmon catching season、 the restaurants are packed with people from near and far who come to Niigata to enjoy the delicious fish.
Members of the Shinano River and Agano River fishing cooperatives stock the rivers with young fish every year and work to preserve these natural resources.
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Burdock October to November Yokogoshi is a prime producer of burdock.
Burdock is a major vegetable harvested in autumn. As a great source of dietary fiber、 burdock is an effective treatment for constipation and is said to help prevent colon cancer.
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Taros October to November Taros require moisture、 so they grow best in soil that does not dry out quickly、 and cultivators take care to keep them properly watered in the summer. Taro plants stand out due to their umbrella-like、 large、 green leaves.
Out of all the members of the potato family、 taros have the lowest calorie count、 plus they are rich in dietary fiber. They are also key ingredients in local Niigata dishes、 like noppe stew.

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Chinese Yams November to April The Yokogoshi area is one of the leading producers of Chinese yams in the Hokuriku region of Japan. With a mellow flavor、 the yams grown in the rich earth along the Agano River stand out from those produced elsewhere due to their light sweetness. The yams are planted in May and harvested between November and April.
Troughs are dug next to mature yams with a machine、 and then deepened by digging with a spade. Large yams are about 1 meter in length and weigh 2 kilos、 so if they are not dug up carefully、 they could break.
The growth of yams depends heavily on the weather、 so growers have to keep an eye on weather conditions while the plants are maturing.
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Cabbage December to March Few vegetables can be grown in the wintertime、 but there is an old-fashioned way of preserving them in the snow. Cabbages、 also called kanran by locals、 can be preserved in snow because the temperature and humidity is stable. The snow also helps increase the sugar content、 giving the cabbages a sweeter、 more delicious flavor.
To get the cabbages from the snow- covered fields、 people first dig with shovels and then with their hands to avoid damaging the vegetables. Since no pests can get to cabbages buried in the snow、 pesticides are unnecessary after mid-October、 making this an ideal way to cultivate cabbages.
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Strawberries November to June Echigohime strawberries are an official "Food & Flower Product" of Niigata City. They are grown in the Oeyama、 Sonoki、 and Ryokawa areas.
The aromatic Echigohime strawberries have a very sweet、 yet tart flavor. They may grow to weigh up to 15 grams each. This variety of strawberries、 which is well-suited to Niigata's climate、 was developed over the course of six years by the Niigata Prefecture Horticultural Center. It was named Echigohime ("Princess of Niigata") by the governor of Niigata because the fruit seemed like a "sweet、 young princess of Niigata".
The seedlings of strawberry plants are raised from July to August、 and then planted in greenhouses in October. The fruits ripen from January to June、 and the growers carefully pick them one by one.
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Dairy Products Year-round Milk is a good source of protein and calcium、 and the absorption rate of calcium for milk is particularly high.
In Yokogoshi and other parts of Niigata Prefecture、 cows are milked early in the morning. High in protein and fat content、 this rich milk is then taken to local facilities for processing. In the Yokogoshi area、 a leading producer of milk in Niigata prefecture、 about 11 million liters of milk are produced each day、 for a grand total of about 3.8 billion liters a year.
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