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Today, I would like to introduce Lily0321's post "Cleaning up the dondo-yaki fire held in a mountain village in Niigata Prefecture".

It's a quaint piece that captures unique festival and traditional culture.

In Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture, the strange festival "Muko Throwing" and "Sumi-zuki" held in January every year are small New Year's events that have been handed down since the Edo period.
Muko-tossing wishes for the blessing of marriage and the bond of husband and wife, and throws the son-in-law who got married the previous year off a 5-meter-high cliff.
In addition, Sumi-gashi is an event in which charcoal and snow are mixed with dondoyaki (Shinto ritual, the god of sai) and applied to each other's faces, wishing for a disease-free life and prosperity of the family business.

The festival is held at Matsunoyama Onsen, one of the heaviest snowfall areas in Japan.
It is a historical hot spring that has a theory that it is a hidden hot spring of the Echigo guardian Uesugi family.
Due to the strong salt quality of the spring, it does not cool down even in winter, and it is also called "Japan's three major medicinal hot springs".
The hot spring town is full of sightseeing spots such as open-air baths, day-trip hot springs, foot baths, and gourmet food.
At the "Earth Furnace" where the kominka was relocated, you can experience grilling the hearth and making hot spring pork.

◆Matsunoyama Onsen◆
About 25 minutes by bus from Matsudai Station on the Hokuhoku Line
About 60 minutes by car from the Kanetsu Expressway "Shiozawa-Ishiuchi IC"
Please check the official website for details.

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Dec. 17, 2021
Cleaning up a dondo-yaki fire in a mountain village in Niigata Prefecture. The "Suminuri Festival" was also held, so my face is black with charcoal. Even though it was snowing, the old-fashioned appearance was impressive.
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Dec. 23, 2022
Introducing the photos posted on "Everyone's Post"! This is a pickup post of the inbound tourism information SNS "Cool Japan Video". Today, I would like to introduce Natsumi Miura's post "Otowa Bridge in Tsurui Village". The river drifting in the cold air in the middle of winter and the flock of Tancho cranes are impressive photos. Tsurui Village is a small village with about 2,500 inhabitants in eastern Hokkaido. It is surrounded by the Kushiro wetlands, the largest in the Japan, and dairy farming is the main industry. It is also known as the habitat of the national special natural monument "cranes". Tsurui Village has plenty of sightseeing spots where you can enjoy nature. The Sechigawa River, where the Otowa Bridge rests, does not freeze even in the middle of winter, so early morning is the perfect time to see cranes resting in the river. It is also popular as a photo spot. In addition, at Tsurumidai, which aims to protect the red-crowned cranes along Route 53, feeding is carried out only in winter. You can enjoy cranes watching from November to March. Horse trekking (horseback riding) is available at Tsurui Dosanko Ranch, a facility where you can interact with Hokkaido horses all year round. It is recommended not only for day trips, but also for long-term use because there are accommodations. At the farm restaurant "Hearton Tree", you can not only enjoy lunch using local products, but also experience cheese making and cooking classes. In addition to staying overnight, they also hold wedding parties and wedding photos. You can also enjoy hot springs at "Tsuruimura Shitsugen Onsen Hotel" and "Hotel Green Park Tsurui" that opened in November. ◆Tsurui Village◆ From Kushiro Station, take the Akan Bus Tsurui Line 【Access】 Kushiro Station ⇒ [Akan Bus] ⇒ Tsurui City Time required: about 70 minutes