Many people are familiar with the Shinji Mizushima Manga Street in the arcades of Furumachi 5-bancho in Niigata City. However, that is not the only XX Street in Niigata. Did you know that there is a "Yokai Street" in the same Furumachi area, Niitsuya Koji, in front of the "Echigo KOME&SAKE Koryukan Nazira"?
When hearing the term 'Yokai Street', many people think of the one in Ichijo, Kyoto, or Kitaro Road in Sakaiminato City, Tottori Prefecture. However, Niigata Prefecture, in fact, is said to have the 'largest number of yokai in Japan'.
Here is Yokai Street in Echigo, the land of yokai!
There are flower beds, face-painted signs and stickers on the glass, but ...
This Yokai Street was organised by the Niigata Yokai Research Institute.
There was such an institute? I was surprised, but when I looked at the website, I saw the names of Niigata Nippo, NST and other local Niigata corporate members... It seems to be an organisation that also carries out proper academic research.
Niigata Yokai Research Institute: http://www.geocities.jp/fumimalu/youkaikenkyujyo.html
The representative has also published a book.
I don't think it's a bit lacklustre with just this... I was thinking.
It seems like a great way to experience the fun, history and culture of the city of Niigata through yokai. I wish I could have participated!
In modern life, there are few opportunities to think about yokai. However, yokai are beings created from life, the land and the environment. I thought that knowing about yokai in Niigata might lead to knowing about the history and climate of Niigata's land.
Spectres in Niigata. Why don't you all turn your eyes a little to them?
Japan's shortest yokai street.
- Address: 894-1, Nishiborimae-dori 6-bancho, Chuo-ku, Niigata City.
- Organiser: Niigata Yokai Research Institute.