This city of about 280,000 is the second largest in the Niigata prefecture. It lies on the shore of the Sea of Japan. It is known to have been a place of human settlement for at least 10000 years, since the Jomon people.
Historically, the city's most prosperous time was under the Edo period, during which time it was ruled by successive generations of the Makini Clan of samurai. The clan was overthrown in the 1868 Boshin War during the Meiji Restoration after local hero and folk legend military general Tsuginosuke Kawai led a last assault against the government forces. The city was reduced to rubble. At this time, a famous historical event happened in which the city was given 100 sacks of rice to get rebuilding.
During WWII, the city was one of those intended for nuclear bombing, but the country surrendered before that could happen. Nevertheless, Nagaoka was heavily firebombed and much of the city was again destroyed. Today, the city's economy thrives on its robust manufacturing sector.
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