The pot that Taro Okamoto saw and
exclaimed “What on Earth?!”
is recognized as the first Japan Heritage
in Niigata Prefecture!
The story ‘"What on Earth?!" Flame Pots and Snow Country Culture in the Shinano River Basin’ submitted by Niigata City, Sanjo City, Nagaoka City, Tokamachi City, and Tsunan Town was recognized as a Japan Heritage on April 25, 2016. This was one of the 19 newly recognized stories from among 67 stories proposed by municipalities nationwide. Japan Heritage is recognized and awarded by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Govemment of Japan to stories that tell Japanese culture and tradition through the historical charm and characteristics of the region.