Off-base events

OWARA KAZE-NO-BON (BON ODORI OF WIND) (Toyama prefecture): Sept. 1-3; streets of Yatsuo in Toyama will be filled with dancing women in cotton summer kimonos and men in happi coats until late at night, singing folk songs unique to their districts; as dusk falls, standing lanterns are lit in the street; 076-454-3111.

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HIBIYA PARK MARUNOUCHI DANCE SONG BON ODORI (Tokyo): Aug. 29; 6-9:30 p.m.; bon odori, concerts and more scheduled at Hibiya Park Fountain-Area Special Stage, two-minute walk from Hibiya Station on Hibiya Line or seven-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 03-3503-1561.

UDON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 (Tokyo): Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; eat varieties of local udons at Yoyogi Koen Hiroba, 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku and JR Shibuya Stations; free entry but charged for a cup of udon; 03-3406-5572.

ANIMELO SUMMER LIVE – THE GATE (Saitama prefecture): Aug, 29-30, 4-9 p.m.; anime song artists at Saitama Super Arena, two-minute walk from JR Saitama Shin Toshin Station on Keihin Tohoku Line; 6,00-8,000 yen; Ticket Port 03-5561-9001.

FRIENDS ON ICE (Yokohama): Aug. 29 & 30, 12:30 & 5 p.m.; Shin Yokohama Skate Center, five-minute walk from JR Shin Yokohama Station; 8,000-23,000 yen; 03-3478-2430.

JAPAN DANCE DELIGHT VOL. 22 (Yokohama): Aug. 29, 2-9 p.m.; street dance contest; Yokohama Pacifico. three-minute walk from JR Minato Mirai Station or a 12-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 5,800 yen; 06-6543-8282.

ASAKUSA SAMBA CARNIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 29, 1-6 p.m.; samba teams parade along Umamichi and Kaminarimon streets in a Brazilian-inspired Samba Carnival started in 1981; Asakusa Station, Ginza and Asakusa Lines; 03-3847-0038.

AUTOBACS SUPER GT SUZUKA 1000 km (Mie prefecture): Aug. 29 & 30; Suzuka Circuit; 5,700 yen (two-day ticket, passport for all ride at the park) adults, 1,700 yen youths (entry only, no passport for rides); supergt.net/jp.  

THAI FESTIVAL IN SHIZUOKA (Shizuoka prefecture): Aug. 29, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. & Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thai food, traditional music, dance and more at Aoba Symbol Road Park, 15-minute walk from JR Shizuoka Station on Tokaido Line; free; 03-5358-7895.


HARAJUKU-OMOTESANDO GENKI MATSURI SUPER YOSAKOI 2015 (Tokyo): Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; more than 5,000 people are expected to attend this festival in which processions of 101 groups of dancers parade through the streets to the beat of noisemakers while wearing colorful costumes 12:15-4:45 p.m. on Omotesando Avenue on Sunday, along with Yosakoi performances at other special stages nearby; JR Harajuku Station on Yamanote Line or Omotesando Station on Ginza, Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Lines; 03-3406-5572.

YOSAKOI FUCHU FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 29, 1-7 p.m. & Aug. 30, 11:15 a.m.-4:10 p.m.; started by Fuchu merchants in 2006, processions of groups of dancers parade through the streets of Keyaki Avenue and Kyu Koshukaido near Fuchu Station on Keio Line, plus Yosakoi performances at stages nearby; 042-362-6421.

59TH KOENJI AWA ODORI (Tokyo): Aug. 29 & 30, 5-8 p.m.; more than million people are expected to attend this festival in which 156 groups of dancers parade through the streets to the beat of shamisen (three-stringed Japanese music instrument), flutes, sho (Japanese gong) and drums; JR Chuo Line to Koenji Station.

CHOFU YOSAKOI MATSURI (Tokyo): Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Yosakoi Festival along Kyu Koshu Kaido Streets from Chofu and Fuda Stations on Keio Line and also at Fuda Shrine; Chofu Station on Keio Line; 042-441-6171.

YOKOHAMA RED BRICK RESORT (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Aug. 30, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; features cottages, sand beach, suspension bridge and illuminations sunset-11 p.m.; 15-minute walk from JR Kan-nai Station; free; 045-227-2002.

MEGA DINOSAURS EXHIBITION (Chiba prefecture): Through Aug. 30, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; exhibition on Sauropod dinosaurs, along with a reconstructed biological model of Tyrannosaurus and 200 other items at Makuhari Messe Exhibition Hall 11, five-minute walk from JR Kaihin Makuhari Station; 2,000 adults, 1,000 yen children; 03-5777-8600.

PHOTO EXHIBITION OF HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI — 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF A-BOMB VICTIMS (Tokyo): Through Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., close Mon.; 60 photos of Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-Bomb victims, re-mastered from the original films and prints on display at JCII Photo Salon, one-minute walk from Hanzomon Station on Hanzomon Line or eight-minute walk from Kojimachi Station on Yurakucho Line; free; 03-3261-0300.

MOUNT FUJI CLIMBING SEASON (Yamanashi prefecture): Through Aug. 31; Japan’s highest -- 12,388 feet -- and most famous peak is open for the climbing season; getting there: buses take climbers to the fifth station, where it takes six hours up and five down; Keio buses run from the west exit of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo (6:40, 7:40 a.m., 8:40 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:50 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.); costs 2,700 yen one-way, 03-5376-2222/0555-72-8181 Keio Bus; 0555-72-1111 Kawaguchiko Town Hall.

YOKOHAMA DINOSAUR EXHIBITION (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall A, three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai Line or 12-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 1,800 yen adults, 900 yen children; 045-412-6580.

TOKYO TOWER ILLUMINATION: Through Aug. 31, 5-11 p.m.; main observatory, open 9 a.m.-10 p.m., at 492 feet high, is decorated with 130,000 blue and white-color LEDs and ornaments on 600 step-stairs to the observatory, five-minute walk from Akabanebashi Station on Oedo-Line; 900 yen adults, 500 yen junior and senior high school students, 400 yen kids to main observatory and 1,600 yen adults, 1,000 yen junior and senior high school students, 800 yen kids to observatory 820 feet, open 9 a.m.-11 p.m..

TOKYO DISNEYSEA DISNEY SUMMER FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Through Aug. 31; spraying water at Mediterranean Harbor; three-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 0570-00-8632.

TOKYO DISNEYLAND DISNEY NATSU MATSURI (Chiba prefecture): Through Aug. 31; kids can dance with Disney friends during the show Garyo Gunbu at the Castle forecourt; two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line.

DISASTER PREVENTION DAY: Sept. 1; The Great Kanto earthquake struck Tokyo, Yokohama and surrounding regions Sept. 1, 1923. In 1960, the date was designed Disaster Prevention Day. Emergency drills organized by local governments will be held throughout the country.

OWARA KAZE-NO-BON (BON ODORI OF WIND) (Toyama prefecture): Sept. 1-3; streets of Yatsuo in Toyama will be filled with dancing women in cotton summer kimonos and men in happi coats until late at night, singing folk songs unique to their districts; as dusk falls, standing lanterns are lit in the street; 076-454-3111.

KONSTANTIN TACHKIN’S ST. PETERSBURG BALLET THEATRE (Tokyo): Sept. 2-4, 7 p.m. “Swan Lake”; Sept. 5, 2 & 7 p.m., Sept. 6, 2 p.m., ”Sleeping Beauty” at Bunkamura Orchard Hall, 8,000-10,000-12,000-14,000 yen; Koransha 050-3776-6184.

91ST INTER COLLEGE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS – WATER POLO 2015 (Kanagawa prefecture): Sept. 4-6; at Sagamihara City Sogo Swimming Pool (Sagamihara Green Pool), 10-minute walk from JR Uwamizo Station on Sagami Line; 042-758-3151.

91ST INTER COLLEGE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS – SWIMMING RACE 2015 (Shizuoka prefecture): Sept. 4-6; at Hironoshin Furukawa Memorial Hamamatsu City Sogo Swimming Pool ToBiO, 30-minute bus ride bound for Hamamatsu City Sogo Swimming Pool after taking a bus from JR Hamamatsu Station; 053-489-5463.

MUSICAL “PIPPIN” (Tokyo): Sept. 4-20; Tokyu Theatre Orb (11th floor at Shibuya Hikarie), JR, metro and Keio Inogashira Shibuya Station; 9,000-11,000-13,000 yen; 03-3477-3244.

SLOW LIVE ’15 IN HONMONJI TEMPLE (Tokyo): Sept. 4, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 5 & 6, 3 p.m.; featuring Ohashi Trio, Yoshie Nakano, Char, Motoharu Sano & The Coyote Band, Original Love, Tomoyo Harada and more; Tokyo Honmanji Temple Special outdoor stage, 6,700-9,300 yen/one-day ticket Sept. 4, 8,000-13,400 yen/one-day ticket Sept. 5 & 6, 18,500 yen/three-day tickets; Hot Stuff 03-5720-9999.

KOBE COLLECTION 2015 AUTUMN/WINTER (Hyogo prefecture): Sept. 5, four stages at 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.; fashion show with top models, and musicians; at World Memorial Hall (Kobe Port Island Hall, two-minute walk Shimin Hiroba Station on Port Liner; 7,500 yen for four stages, 5,000-6,000 yen for two stages (stage 1 & 2 or stage 3 & 4).

OEDO ANTIQUE MARKET (Tokyo): Sept. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 250 licensed antique dealers at Yoyogi Park Keyaki Street Area, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station & Meiji Jingu-mae Station on Metro Chiyoda Line, 03-5805-1093.

ART NOUVEAU GLASS (Tokyo): Through Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Wed.; featuring a collection from the Museum Kunstpalast in Dusseldorf, including Parisian glass artists on display at Panasonic Shiodome Museum, five-minute walk from Shiodome Station on Oedo Line or eight-minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station; 1,000 yen adults, 900 yen college students, 700 yen senior middle school students, kids free.

PLANETARIUM – FUCHU KYODO-NO MORI MUSEUM (Tokyo): Through Sept. 6, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; programs with animated characters such as Chibimaruko-chan, Pocket Monster XY and Fantasy Railroad in the Stars; 10-minute ride from Kunitachi Fuchu I.C. on Chuo-Express or 20-minute walk from Fuchu Honmachi Station on Musashino/Nambu-Lines; 400 yen adults, 200 yen ages 15 & younger; 042-368-7921.

MEGURO SANMA FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; 6,000 grilled sanma fish (Pacific Saury) from Miyako Fishery Port, Iwate prefecture will be given away 9 & 10 a.m., noon & 1:30 p.m. at Hachiman Shrine near Meguro Station, one-minute walk from JR Meguro Station; 090-3216-4149.

WEARABLE TECH EXPO (Tokyo): Sept. 7 & 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; experience wearable tech featuring Internet of Things & Virtual Reality at Tokyo Big Sight TFT Hall, Kokusaitenjijoseimon Station on Rinkai Line; 35,000 yen.

DISNEY HALLOWEEN (Chiba prefecture): Sept. 8-Nov. 1; 40-minute parade including more than 90 Disney-costumed characters on seven floats twice daily at Disneyland and 25-minute performances by 120 Disney-costumed characters on five barges three times daily at DisneySea; Tokyo Disneyland: two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; Tokyo DisneySea: three-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 0570-00-8632.

AJINOMOTO STADIUM ANTIQUE FEST (Tokyo): Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; featuring Japanese and Western antiques; five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station, Keio Line; free; 090-8814-5101.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN – HALLOWEEN (Osaka): Sept. 11-Nov. 8; join in the daily Halloween costume parade, go trick-or-treating and experience Halloween Horror Night – “Trauma,” “Chucky’s Horror Factory 2,” “The Night Killer,” “Alien vs. Predator,” “Biohazard The Real 3,” and more at 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon.; Universal City Station on JR Yumesaki-Line; 06-6465-3000.

ONE OK ROCK (Chiba): Sept. 12, 4 p.m., featuring Sleeping with Sirens and Against the Current at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall 9-11, 6,480 yen (standing); SoGo Tokyo 93-3405-9999.

CHOUKOKUJI TEMPLE BON ODORI FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Sept. 12-14, 5-8 p.m., bon odori by local residents at the precincts of the temple, 10-minute walk from Omotesando Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-3400-5232.

TOKYO BIG SIX BASEBALL LEAGUE: Sept. 12-Nov. 1; annual autumn league tournament; Jingu Stadium, six-minute walk from JR Suidobashi Station; 1,300-1,500 yen for infield bleachers, 800 yen for outfield bleachers; 03-3409-5610.

AJINOMOTO STADIUM BIG FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; biggest regular flea market in Japan with about 800 booths; five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station, Keio Line; 300 yen for entrance; 03-3226-6800.

URAMESHIYA … ART OF THE GHOST FEATURING ZENSHOAN’S SANYUTEI ENCHO COLLECTION OF GHOST PAINTINGS (Tokyo): Through Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; featuring paintings from the collection of Encho Sanyutei (1839-1900), Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1797-1861) and more at University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, 10-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,100 yen adults, 700 yen students; 03-5777-8600.

KMF 2015 Yokohama: Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m.; featuring GFSC Charity, Campaign, CNBlue, Exid, U-Kiss, Homme, Nu’est, Mr. Mr, Laboum and more at Yokohama Arena; 9,800-10,800-138,000 yen; 050-5538-0304.

OHMIYA HACHIMANGU SHRINE FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Sept. 15, 18-21; events include samurai warriors parade, traditional dance, portable shrines procession and more at the precincts of Omiya Hachimangu Shrine, seven-minute walk from Nishi Eifuku Station on Keio Inogashira Line; 03-3311-0105.

RYUKYU FESTIVAL 2015 (Tokyo): Sept. 20, 4 p.m.; features Misako Oshiro, Ikue Shiozaki, Misako Kojya, Diamantes, Parsha Club, Yasukatsu Oshima, Toru Yohana and more at Hibiya Amphitheater; 7,000 yen advance tickets, 7,500 yen at doors; M&I Company 03-5453-8899.

POTTERY FAIR (Tokyo): Through Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; commemorating 400th anniversary of Oribe Furuta’s passing, featuring 100 masterpieces of tea service at Yushima Tenmangu Shrine Treasury, Yushima Station on Metro Chiyoda Line; 500 yen adults, 300 yen college and senior high school students, 200 yen children; 075-441-7747.

HISTORY OF YOKOHAMA-MOTORIZATION & PEOPLE: Through Sept. 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; history of transportation means and people from opening Yokohama Port in 1859 to now, including horse-drawn carriages, rickshaws, bicycles, and automobiles; Yokohama History Museum, Yokohama Archives of History & Museum of Yokohama Urban History; www.rekihaku.city.yokohama.jp/en; www.kaikou.city.yokohama.jp.

ECO EDO NIHONBASHI ART AQUARIUM 2015 (Tokyo): Through Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. & 7-11 p.m.; featuring 5,000 goldfish in the theme of “Seeking Cool Air with Edo-Period (1603-1868) Styled Practices,” to bring you to a fantasy world with laser illumination; Coredo Muromachi, Nihobashi Mitsui Hall, Mitsukoshi-mae Station on Ginza and Hanzomon Lines; 1,000 adults, 600 yen children, free ages 3 & younger; 03-3270-2550.

BLUE NOTE JAZZ FESTIVAL IN JAPAN (Yokohama): Sept. 27 1-8:30 p.m.; Pat Metheny with Blue Note Tokyo All-Star Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Beck, Robert Glasper Trio, Snarky Puppy and more at Yokohama Redbrick Warehouse Outdoor Special Stage, 9,800 yen standing, 15,800-23,000 yen designated seats; 03-5485-0088.

TREASURES OF THE FUJITA MUSEUM: THE JAPANESE CONCEPTION OF BEAUTY (Tokyo): Through Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; features a collection of paintings, calligraphy, Buddhist images, and other works of Buddhism art from the Fujita Museum at Suntory Museum of Art of Tokyo Midtown; 1,300 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, children free; Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-3479-8600.

EXCELLENT TECHNIQUES OF CARVING AND PAINTING: 250TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF MULTI-COLORED PRINT (Tokyo): Through Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Mon. and Sept. 1-3 & 24; commemorating 250th anniversary of the start of the multi-colored print, the exhibition focuses on techniques producing ukiyo-e woodblock prints; Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 700 yen adults, 500 yen senior high school and college students, kids free.

TOKYO BAY CRUISE: Through Sept. 30, 7:15 p.m.; leaves Takehashi Pier Terminal and includes cruise and all-you-can drink; seven-minute walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station (north exit); fee charged; 03-3437-6119.

WILLIAM PERRY, ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND JOHN F. KENNEDY’S CHALLENGE — LEGENDS WHO MADE HISTORY (Tokyo): Through Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sun. & holidays; featuring rare items at Meisei University Library; free, but need advance reservation; 042-591-5104.

MAGU ROCK 2015 (Shizuoka prefecture): Oct. 3, noon-8:30 p.m., Keytalk, Totalfat, Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas, Blue Encount and more at Shimizu Marine Park Event Square, next to S-Pulse Dream Plaza, 6,900 yen; Sunday Folk Shizuoka 054-284-9999 or P-code 266-863.

FUJI SONIC 2015 (Shizuoka prefecture): Oct. 4, noon-8:30 p.m.; Yellow Pearple, Kazuyoshi Saito, Denki Group, Chisato Moritaka, Love Psychedelico and more at Shimizu Marine Park Event Square, next to S-Pulse Dream Plaza, 6,900 yen; Sunday Folk Shizuoka 054-284-9999 or Ticket Pia 0570-02-9999, P-code 266-864.

LEAPS IN EVOLUTION – TRACING THE PATH OF VERTEBRATE EVOLUTION AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE (Tokyo): Through Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; 1,600 yen adults, 600 yen youths and children; five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station.

LOUD PARK 15 – MUSIC FEST (Saitama prefecture): Oct. 10, 10:30 a.m.; Slayer, Anthrax, All That Remains, Anthem, Children of Bodom, Gamma Ray, Gojira, Hammerfall, House of Lords, Outrage, Testament and more; Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m.; Megadeth, Helloween, Kamelot, Napalm Death, Obituary, Sabaton, Soldier of Fortune, and more; Saitama Super Arena; 15,500-18,500 yen one-day pass, open seats, 17,500-20,500-30,000 yen one-day pass, designated seats, 27,500-30,500 yen two-day pass, open seats; Creativeman Productions.

CORMORANT FISHING (UKAI) (Gifu prefecture): Through Oct. 15; cormorant fishing on Nagara River is a type of traditional fishing in Japan. More than 40 sightseeing ships are set on the river at 6:15, 6:45 p.m. & 7:15 p.m. to observe cormorant fishermen — usho — catch sweetfish using trained cormorants. Boat fare is 3,100-3,400 yen/person; Nagara River Cormorant Fishing Boat Reservations 058-262-0104; www.gifucvb.or.jp/en/01_sightseeing/01_01.html. Other places to observe cormorant fishing are Uji River in Kyoto 0774-23-3334; Katsura River in Kyoto 075-861-0302: Kiso River in Inuyama city, Aichi prefecture, 0568-61-0057; Hiji River in Oozu, Ehime prefecture, 0893-24-2664; and Nishiki River in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture, 0827-41-0470.

MONTREAU JAZZ FESTIVAL 2015: Oct. 23, 7 & 9:30 p.m., Oct. 24-25, 5 & 8 p.m.; featuring John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension; Blue Note Tokyo, 8,800 yen; 03-5485-0088.


INSECT FESTIVAL AT NEO PARK OKINAWA: Through Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; stag beetles and beetles from around the world on display at Neo Park Okinawa, 90-minute ride from Naha Airport; or 20-minute ride from Kyoda I.C. on Okinawa Express; 1,000 yen adults, 750 yen junior and senior high school students, 650 yen children; 0980-52-6348.

RYUKYUMURA SUMMER FESTIVAL: Through Aug. 31, 6-8:30 p.m.; all-you-can eat barbecue, performances and bug-viewing tour at 8 p.m.; Ryukyumura, 60-minute ride from Naha Airport; 2,980 yen adults, 2,500 yen ages 6-15, 1,000 yen ages 3-5 for two hours; 098-965-1234.

ORION BEER FEST 2015 IN KOZA: Sept. 5 & 6, 4-9 p.m.; beer, food, live music and more; Okinawa city Koza Athletic Park, 2-1-1 Moromizato, Okinawa City; 098-877-5050.

10TH JAZZ IN NANJO: Sept. 6, 4:30 p.m.; featuring Voicequn, Kotaro Oshio, Tropicalism with Haco, Sachito Higa, Nanbu Mango Parties and more at Nanjo Bunka Center, Sugar Hall and outdoor stage; 3,500 yen adults, 1,500 yen senior high school students, 1,000 yen elementary and middle school students; 098-947-1100.

TARAMA HONEN FESTIVAL: Sept. 20-22; celebrate good health and a good harvest in Tarama village, where residents perform Tamara-originated Hachigatsu Odori (August dances); 45-minute flight from Naha Airport to Miyakojima Airport, then take 20-minute flight to Shin Tarama Airport; 0980-79-2260.

RYUKYU DYNASTY MOON VIEWING FESTIVAL: Sept. 26 & 27, 6:30-9 p.m.; reproduction of the Mid-Autumn Banquet held during the Ryukyu Dynasty to welcome envoys from China and visitors can enjoy Okinawan traditional performing arts under the autumn full moon at Shuri Castle Park, 1-2 Shuri Kinjo-cho, Naha city; 098-886-2020.

South Korea

GOESAN RED PEPPER FESTIVAL (North Chungcheong province): Aug. 27-30; held during harvest season and features pepper-picking, fish-catching contest by hands, pepper recipe competition, pepper cooking contest, garden planting and more at Sports Complex, Mini Football Field, Culture & Sports Center, Dongjincheon Stream area; take an intercity bus to Goesan Terminal from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take a taxi to Sports Complex; +82-2-1330.

YEONGDONG GRAPE FESTIVAL (North Chungcheong province): Aug. 27-30; Yeongdong Grape is known for its sweet, fresh flavor and visitors can pick grapes in vineyard or fish them out of a pool, then use them to make different foods, such as chocolate and more; Yeongdong Gymnasium area and Yongdu Park; take a train to Yeongdong from Seoul Station; +82-2-1330.

MUJU FIREFLY FESTIVAL (North Jeolla province): Aug. 29-Sept. 6; fireflies at Muju have been designated one of Korea’s natural monuments; enjoy a nighttime fireflies exploration event, Jinam Park and Bandi Land; take intercity bus from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal to Muju Intercity Bus Terminal.

CHUNGJU WORLD MARTIAL ARTS FESTIVAL (North Chungcheong province): Through Aug. 30; demonstrations of Taekkyeon, Taekwondo, and Hapkido by Korea’s traditional martial arts groups; +82-2-1330.

CHUNCHEON MAKGUKSU & DAKGALBI FESTIVAL (Gangwon province): Through Aug. 30; enjoy Chuncheon-style buckwheat noodles and spicy chicken ribs, representative dishes of the region as well as local cuisine cooking contest and more; Chuncheon Station on Gyeongchun Line; +82-2-1330.

HYOSEOK CULTURAL FESTIVAL (Gangwon province): Sept. 4-13; festival commemorates Korean writer Lee Hyo-seok and his novel “When Buckwheat Flowers Bloom,” which demonstrates the connection between human life and beauty of nature through the dazzling scenery of Bongpyong; programs include poem exhibition, literature night, Hyo-seok essay contest, nature experiences, buckwheat food cooking and more at Pyeongchang-gun Bongpyeong-myeon Culture Village; take an intercity bus to Jangpyeong Intercity Bus Terminal, then take a local bus bound for Bongpyeong or Phoenix Park shuttle bus; +82-2-1330.

EMPRESS MYEONGSEONG, THE MUSICAL (Seoul): Through Sept. 10; Seoul Arts center, Opera Theater; 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won.

WONJU HANJI FESTIVAL (Gangwon province): Sept. 10-13; festival offers various programs related to hanji — Korean paper — including the history and making process, various uses, hanji arts and more at Hanji Theme Park area; +82-2-1330. For more on hanji: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/CU/CU_EN_8_1_4_1.jsp.

ZANDARI FESTA 2015 (Seoul): Oct. 2-4, featuring Rock N Roll Ride, Sultan of the Disco, Apollo 18, Harry Big Button, and more at Hongik University area; 100,000 won/one-day tickets, 45,000 won/two-day tickets (purchase in advance); zfesta.com.

GLOBAL GATHERING (Seoul): Oct. 3, 1 p.m.; featuring Krewella, Idiotape and more at Jamsil Sports Complex, 77,000 won.

DONG GANG INTERNATIONAL PHOTO FESTIVAL (Gangwon province): Through Oct. 4; festival showcases various themes of photo exhibitions, workshops, lectures and more; Yeongwol, Dong Gang Museum of Photography, outdoor exhibition area around Yeongwol; take a bus to Yeongwol Bus Terminal from Seoul Express Bus Terminal and take a taxi to museum; +82-2-1330.

GRAND MINT FESTIVAL 2015 (Seoul): Oct. 17, 5 p.m. & Oct. 18, 11 a.m.; Lee Seung-hwan, Kiha & The Faces, Daybreak, No Reply and more at Olympic Park; 88,000 won one-day ticket, 140,000 won two-day ticket.

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