Summer Festivals

Summer Festivals

Summer in Niigata is awash with hundreds of festivals all over the prefecture.   For new JETs these are a great way to experience  the very heart of your communities and this amazing prefecture before you have to knuckle down into the teaching role. Below is information on some if the events that may be happening near you.         Murami , Shibata Serpent Matsuri August 24th  ( Mini snake carried by local children) August 25th  ( Fireworks) August 26th  (Giant Snake!!) A festival connected with a local legend about a man who fought a giant snake. On Sunday 26th  Read more »

Niigata Museums

Niigata Museums

Recommended by Niigata JETs Name: Donald Keene Center Kashiwazaki (ドナルド・キーン・センター柏崎) City: Kashiwazaki Website: http://www.donaldkeenecenter.jp/ A small museum which houses the works of famous author and translator Donald Keene. There are English speaking staff on site. This place also houses special exhibitions throughout the year.     Name: Kinare  (Echigotsumaari satoyama gendai bijutsukan, 越後妻有里山現代美術館「キナーレ」) City: Tokamachi Website: click here Part of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, this small museum is located in the center of town and has a gift store, cafe, radio station, and onsen facility next to it.     Name: Koji Fukiya Memorial Museum of Art (Fukiya Kōji kinen-kan, 蕗谷虹児記念館) City: Shibata Website: click here Description: A small, two Read more »