Every year on the first night of the Niigata Matsuri thousands of citizens gather to dance in what is known as the “Minyo Nagashi.” Companies, organizations, and neighborhood associations make floats and organize themselves into groups along the length of Masaya-koji, stretching across the Bandai Bridge and extending toward Niigata Station.
For the past 30 years NCIEF (the Niigata City International Exchange Foundation) has participated in the festival, providing foreign residents and international students with an excellent opportunity to participate in the festival. This year, too, NCIEF is looking for participants interested in dancing behind the NCIEF float.
All participants who come to dance with us will receive a yukata or a happi to wear and keep. Volunteers will help participants put on the traditional summer garments, and will provide group instruction on how to dance the steps of the Niigata Jinku prior to the festival’s start.
We’ll be accepting a total of 150 applicants (75 male and 75 female), but the spots fill up fast, so sign up as soon as possible if you want to participate!
Date: August 8th (Friday), 2014
Place CrossPal Niigata 2F (see map below)
Participation Fee: 300 JPY RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
15:30 ~ 17:30: Sign-In; Outfitting
17:30 ~ 18:15: Dance Practice
19:00 ~ 21:00 Niigata Festival Minyo Nagashi
To sign up, or for more information contact NCIEF
Map (Zoom out for English)