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Location of Ojiya in Niigata Prefecture
|Region||Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)|
|• Mayor||Yatsuo Yasui|
|• Total||155.2 km2 (59.9 sq mi)|
|Population (March 1, 2010)|
|• Density||250/km2 (600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||2-7-5 Jonai, Ojiya-shi, Niigata-ken
The following municipalities surrounding Ojiya:
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- Katakai fireworks festival, held in early September
- Ojiya Festival: Held in August
Festivals have played a significant role in forming and celebrating the culture of Ojiya. The festival brings together skills handed down through the generations and celebrates the joy of everyday living. You can feel the collective energy of the community while seeing the impressive parade floats, hearing the traditional music, watching fireworks, and eating festival foods. The Karakuri Mando (Lantern) Festival and the Minyo Nagashi (Festival Folk Dance) preserve the simplicity and spontaneity of the culture's origins.
This is a competition where bulls weighing nearly a ton collide in a test of strength. This event is a tradition so old that it was described in Bakin Takizawa's Nansou Satomi Hakkenden. It stems from a Shinto ritual and in former times, women and bereaved persons were not allowed to enter the bull fighting arena. The bull fights are unique in Honshu and have been designated as an important intangible national cultural asset. (Held seven times yearly from May to November)
- Hot Air Balloon Festival: Held at the end of February
- The city was founded on March 10, 1954.
- On October 23, 2004, the Chūetsu Earthquake struck Ojiya, causing shaking measured at Intensity 6+ on the Japan Meteorological Agency seismic intensity scale and causing fatalities. Electricity was cut off for three days after the earthquake.
- Yatsuo Yasui became the new mayor of Ojiya on November 29, 2006.
Notable people from Ojiya
- Junzaburō Nishiwaki, poet
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- Ojiya City official website (Japanese)