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Niigata Visitors & Convention Bureau

Attractions (Traditional Entertainment)

Niigata Furumachi Geigi-No-Mai
Niigata Furumachi    Geigi-no-mai (Dance)
Program
Visitors can sample traditional geisha culture by strolling through the Furumachi (“old town”) entertainment district, located in the center of today’s modern City. Streets here are still lined with traditional restaurants, as they were back in the days of the Edo Period. Indeed, Niigata’s Furumachi rivals Kyoto’s Gion area—the only other geisha district equally well-known throughout the country. At its peak, Furumachi is said to have had over 400 geisha plying their trade. The famous Furumachi geisha dancing so popular at that time, now continues through today—a cheerful, spirited performance celebrating the turning of the seasons.

Fee
100,000 to 150,000 yen for approximately one hour, viewing a 15-minute performance by five geisha (three dancers, one singer, one shamisen player).

For More Information
Niigata Sangyo Kyodo Kumiai (Traditional Entertainment Cooperative) Phone +81-25-222-2237


Niigata Bandai Daiko
Niigata Bandai Daiko
Program
Traditional Japanese drum (taiko) performances are a prominent feature of the yearly Niigata Festival. While the history does not actually go that far back, the taiko performances are well loved by the local residents. Well-known performance pieces include Minato Taiko, Jinku Tomoe Uchi, Oke Soroe Uchi—pieces that are essentially prayers for safety at the port, for abundant fish catches and rice harvests, for development of then region, and so on. Two Bandai Taiko groups—Hiryukai and Shinryukai—have performed abroad; the latter, in particular, is known for its performances of Niigata Kiyari and Niigata Matsuri Sakitaiko.

Fee
50,000 to 100,000 yen for a 15-20 minute performance by 5 to 10 drummers.

For More Information
Bandai Daiko Shinryukai: Phone: +81-25-270-9329
Bandai Daiko Hiryukai: Phone: +81-25-378-5569


Niigata Minyo(folk music)
Niigata Minyo
Program
Enjoy Niigata folk song and dance. Popular pieces include Okesa, Oiwake, Jinku, Rokkai-bushi, and Kiyari. Even as times change, residents continue to find these folk pieces relevant to their lives. Certain pieces danced at the Niigata Festival—such as Niigata Jinku and Sado Okesa—are particularly well known. These songs and dances, handed down by our forebears, remain close to the spirit of the land. They are well worth watching.

Fee
Varies according to number of performers. Typically 50,000 to 100,000 yen.

For More Information
Niigata Minyo Federation: Phone: +81-25-256-6860 (ask for Onozuka-san)


Niigata Souodori - Geta Souodori
Niigata Geta Souodori
Program
In this dance—unique to Niigata—performers wearing small wooden clogs dance wildly, clanging heels against the ground in time with a distinctive rhythm played on barrel-like drums. The combination of the barrel rhythm with the rhythm of drums and shamisen results in a dance that contrasts a strong modern sense against the traditional rhythmic qualities of old Niigata. These dances can be seen by all at the annual September Niigata Souodori Festival. Performances include choreography in Niigata’s Ichiyama style, designated an “intangible cultural asset”. Dances are performed often, not just at home but also throughout Japan and overseas.

Fee
Varies according to the number of dancers and drummers. Rates from 100,000 yen

For More Information
Niigata Souodori Festival Executive Committee: Phone: +81-25-211-2285



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