Tsunan Town in Niigata Prefecture is one of the most heavy snowy areas in Japan. “Tsunan Yuki Matsuri” (Tsunan Snow Festival) was born from the wisdom that people who fought against the heavy snow coexisted with snow and changed their hardships to pleasure. The snow festival is held around March 10 every year, and it will be held in the two-day schedule of Eve of Festival and Main Festival. The venue is New Greenpia Tsunan and Owarino special venue. At the New Greenpia venue, the largest snowboard straight jumping competition in the country (SNOW WAVE) will be held. Other traditional events such as traditional Dorokujin-yaki (big torches) and Tengu (goblin) will also showcase the culture of the snow country. At the Owarino special venue, street stalls line up, there are stage events by guests and events that can be played with parents and children, making the whole venue a lively atmosphere. And at night, the biggest event of the Tsunan Snow Festival, “Sky Lantern” will be launched. The sky lantern came to be launched from 2012. Sky lantern is a type of hot air balloon launched at festivals such as Thailand and China. It became known also by appearing in the scene of the Disney movie “Tangled”. As a custom of praying for state of perfect health, couple and lovers add messages and deliver prayers to heaven. General public participants can also fly it, so why don’t you join them with a wish and launch it?
It is said that Tsunan town is one of the heaviest snowfall places in the world. Tsunan town is located in Nakauonuma-gun, Niigata, and is also famous as a rice granary.
To enjoy abundant snow, The festival mainly on two as “Snowboarding tournament” and “the sky lantern” was began.
That is “Tsunan Snow Festival”.
Tsunan-machi of the heavy snowfall covered by snow more than 3m. In the village of the cold winter, this festival celebrates the coming of warm spring with the end of winter.
The people who live in this area changed the way their think that “snow” is from an object of fighting to an object of coexistence. Then this event was born.
As for the sky lantern used for a means of communication 770 years ago, it became a messenger of the light to send a wish to the sky now.
The sky lantern of more than 2,000 color romantically a winter night sky at the Tsunan Snow Festival.
What do you wish for?
|Name:||Tsunan Yuki Matsuri (Tsunan Snow Festival)|
|Adresse:||Akinari 12300 Nakauonumagun Tsunanmachi, Niigata 949-8313 Japan|
|Access:||JR Iiyama-sen Line “Tsunan-eki” station (30 minutes by car)|
|Tel:||(+81) 25-765-5585 (Tsunan Snow Festival Executive Committee)|
*Participation in sky lantern launch is charged. (from 5,500 yen to 10,500 yen)
Please refer the official web page.