Pocky x Lover's Sanctuary Special Valentine 2017
Pocky x 恋人の聖地 スペシャルバレンタイン2017
Visit select Lover's Sanctuary and Satellite locations to receive a free Pocky present! (While supplies last.)
(Left: Lover's Sanctuary Special Pocky; Right: Pocky "Shooter" Balloon)
Date: February 1-14*, 2017 (*while supplies last) Admission: Free Location: Various Aomori Locations:
・Tachi Neputa no Yakata, Goshogawara City (map)
・Notre Dame Hachinohe (map)
(See full list of participating Lover's Sanctuary & Satellite locations here (in Japanese).)
Pocky x Lover's Sanctuary Valentine Photo Contest 2017
Pocky x 恋人の聖地バレンタインフォトコンテスト2017
Take a "lovey-dovey couple photo"* at one of 230 designated "Lover's Sanctuary" & "Satellite" locations and enter for a chance to win various prizes!
(*"Couple photo" must be of two people, but does not have to be a romantic couple--can be two friends, family members, etc.)
Niogataki Waterfall Ice Festival 2017
乳穂ヶ滝氷祭 (Niogakati Koori Matsuri)
The 33m Niogataka Waterfall has frozen over in the winter since the olden days. The size and shape of the frozen falls is said to reflect whether the year's harvest will be rich or poor. The festival features Shinto prayers and ritual divinations, live performances, and more.
*Depending on weather conditions, the falls might not be frozen, so please check/inquire ahead of time if necessary.*
Mid-Winter Festival in Cherius 2017 極寒祭 in チェリウス (Gokkansai in Cherius)
Enjoy Nanbu Enburi, original nabe stews, craft making, parfait & pizza making, various outdoor activities, and more!
Date: February 11-12, 2017 Time: February 6: 13:30-20:00, February 7: 10:00-14:00 Location: Nanbu Town Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing Industries Training Institute Cherius
南部町農林漁業体験実習館チェリウス (map) Admission: Free (select paid events)
Nanbu Area Enburi 2017
南部地方えんぶり (Nanbu-chiho Enburi)
"Enburi" is a Nanbu area local traditional festival that was designated a national "Important Intangible Folk Culture Asset" in 1979. Groups of dancers and musicians parade through the city performing dances that represent wishes for a good harvest.
Date: February 11-12, 2017 Time: 9:00～ Location: Nanbu Town, Various Admission: Free
Visit designated local drinking establishments in the assigned order and enjoy one drink (choice of beer, shochu, sake, whiskey, or non-alcoholic drink) and complimentary snack/appetizer at each location to complete your stamp card for entry to a prize drawing!
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017 Time:
Prize Drawing: 19:15-20:45 (drawn in completion order)
Registration:& Prize Drawing Location: Kuroishi Sangyou Kaikan 1st Floor Lobby
黒石市産業会館１階ロビー (map) Festival Location: Yosare Yokocho Area よされ横丁界隈 (map) Fee: 3000yen (advance ticket purchase required, sales start late January)
Sawada Candle Festival 2017
沢田ろうそくまつり (Sawada Rousoku Matsuri)
A festival with over 450 years of history. Candles are lit on the eve of Koshougatsu (小正月 - January 15 of the old lunar calendar) and the following day the candle drippings are used to predict fortunes for the new year (harvest &etc.)