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Things to do: spas, museums, religious sites
Ojiya is a city in Niigata Prefecture, Japan.As of July 16, 2003, the city has an estimated population of 40,342 and a population density of 260.07 persons per km². The total area is 155.12 km².Adjoining communitiesThe following municipalities surrounding Ojiya: NagaokaUonumaTokamachiEvents Katakai fireworks festival, held in early September Ojiya Festival: Held in AugustFestivals 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. BullfightsThis 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 bullfighting 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
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