On July 20 and 21, create art on the Odaiba Ocean Park in Japan by arranging lanterns. Free and open to everyone.
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85TH INTER-CITY BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (Tokyo): Through July 29; 34 representative teams compete at Tokyo Dome, six-minute walk from JR Suidobashi Station, seven-minute walk from Metro Korakuen Station on Marunouchi Line; 2,200 yen; 03-3213-6776.
BOLSHOI CIRCUS: Tokyo: Through July 27,10:30 a.m., 2 & 5 p.m., Yokohama: July 27-Aug. 5, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 & 4:30 p.m., Tokyo Gymnasium & Yokohama Bunka Gymnasium; Tokorozawa: Aug. 9-12, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 & 4:30 p.m., Tokorozawa Shimin Taikukan; Chiba: Aug. 15, 18 & 19, 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. and Aug. 16 & 17, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 & 4:30 p.m., Makuhari Messe; 3,700-4,700-5,700-6,700 yen; 03-3234-7807.
SANKEIEN GARDEN – EARLY MORNING LOTUS VIEWING (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Aug. 10, 6 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends & holidays; Sankeien Garden, built by a silk trading businessman, Sankei Hara, was opened to the public in 1906 and features historic buildings and flowers. The best time for viewing lotus flowers is 7 a.m.; 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Station; 045-621-0634/5; free; www.sankeien.or.jp.
SPACE EXPO 2014: THE GREAT CHALLENGE OF NASA/JAXA (Chiba prefecture): Through Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; featuring 300 items, including replica space shuttle forward fuselage and crew cabin, replica Apollo Lunar roving vehicle, a 1/25th scale model of the Epsilon, a next-generation solid-fuel rocket; at Makuhari Messe Exhibition Hall N. 10 & 11, five-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on Keiyo Line; 2,500 yen adults, 1,500 yen senior high school and college students, 900 yen children; 03-5777-8600; www.space-expo2014.jp/english.
ISAWA CORMORANT FISHING FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., 8-8:50 p.m. Through Aug. 19; Isawa cormorant fishing is unique – usho (cormorant fishermen) walk into Fuefuki River along with trained cormorants to catch sweetfish; shore of Fuefuki River near Isawa Town Hall, 18-minute walk from JR Isawa Onsen Station; 055-262-4111.
HOZUKI ICHI (Tokyo): July 23 & 24, 5:30-10 p.m.; Chinese lantern plant fair as well as chinowa kuguri — a ceremony to purify oneself in the Shinto way while walking through a big ring of reeds — takes place in the compounds of the Bishamonten Temple, 5-36, Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, five-minute walk from Iidabashi Station on Tozai, Yurakucho and Nanpoku-Lines; 03-3431-0327.
67TH FUJI MOUNTAIN RACE (Yamanashi prefecture): July 25; annual marathon at Fujiyoshida City Hall, race to the peak at 7 a.m. and the race to the fifth station at 8:30 a.m.; 15,000 yen for the peak, 10,000 yen for the fifth station entry; Fuji Mountain Race Jimukyoku 0555-22-8261; www.fujimountainrace.jp.
EBISU BON ODORI FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 25 & 26, 6-9:30 p.m.; more than 60,000 people — dancing women in cotton summer kimonos and men in happi coats — along with music by flute and Japanese drums at JR Ebisu Station West Exit Square; JR Ebisu Station; 090-4953-2474.
SHINJUKU EISA FESTIVAL 2014 (Tokyo): July 26, noon-8 p.m.; eisa is a traditional Okinawan dance with taiko drums during Obon, a Buddhist holiday to honor the spirits of ancestors. This annual festival will be in streets from Alta Station (JR Shinjuku Station –East Exit) to Isetan Department Store, JR Shinjuku Station-West Exit areas and Kabukicho area andwillfeature more than 25 groups of more than1,000 dancers; 03-6450-6478.
THAI FESTIVAL 2014 (Tokyo): July 26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & July 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thai food, traditional music, dance and more at Yoyogi Koren, 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station and 15-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station; free; 03-3222-4101.
HINODE TOWN SUMMER FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 26, 4:45-8:20 p.m.; folk entertainment at 5 p.m., bon odori 6 p.m., and 1,700 fireworks at 8 p.m. at Hirai Junior High School playground, 20-minute walk from JR Musashi Masudo Station on Itsukaichi Line; 042-597-0511.
SHIBUYA HAWAIIAN FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & July 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; hula performances, Hawaiian food booths and more at Yoyogi Park, 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; free; 03-6454-7362.
KAWAGOE ONE MILLION LANTERN FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): July 26 & 27; streets of lchibangai and Crea Mall in Kawagoe city are decorated with lanterns — Chochin — and the opening parade starts at Hon Kawagoe Station (Seibu Shinjuku Line) at 3:30 p.m., portable floats parade 5 p.m. Sat., Jidai (Edo-period styled) parade along with demonstration of matchlock shooting from Hon Kawagoe Station 3:30-5 p.m. Sun.; three-minute walk from Hon Kawagoe Station on Seibu Shinjuku Line or 12-minute walk from Kawagoe Station on JR Kawagoe Line; 049-224-5940.
YOKOHAMA ANTIQUE FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): July 26 & 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 80 antique dealers at Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal, 10-minute walk from Nihon Odori Station, Minato-Mirai Line; free; 090-88-14510.
ODAWARA LANTERN FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): July 26 & 27, noon-10 p.m.; lantern dance at 5:30 p.m. with 2,300 lanterns floating on a moat around the castle at 6:50 p.m., followed by bon odori Sat., live music performance, taiko followed by portable shrine parade from Odawara Castle Park to the Ohoribata Street and more Sun., illuminated by laser-beam on Odawara Castle sunset-10 p.m. weekends; JR Odawara Station; 0465-22-5002.
HAMURA SUMMER FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 26 & 27, 3-8:30 p.m.; Samba dance, parade, performances, food booths and more near JR Haruma Station areas; 042-555-1111.
BROADWAY MUSICAL “BRING IT ON” (Tokyo): Through July 27; Tokyu Theatre Orb (11th floor at Shibuya Hikarie), JR, metro and Keio Inogashira Shibuya Station; 6,000-9,000-12,000 yen; 03-3477-3244; www.bringiton.jp.
GRAND SUMO TOURNAMENT – JULY BASHO (Nagoya): Through July 27; Hakuho, grand champion, will make his attempt for 30th win; Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, five-minute walk from Exit No. 7 of Shiyakusho on subway Meijyo Line; 0520221-0738; event.chunichi.co.jp/sumo.
KYOTO GION FESTIVAL: Through July 31; an annual festival of Yasaka Shrine started about 1,100 years ago with prayers to prevent the spread of plague. The highlight is Yamahoko Jyunko, a parade of decorated floats from Shijo Karasuma that makes a circuit around Shijo, Kawaramachi and Oike streets 9-11:35 a.m. July 17; another parade from Karasuma Miike, Kawaracho Miike, Shijo Kawaracho and Shijo Karasuma at 9:30 a.m. July 24; six-minute walk from Gion Shijo Station on Keihan Line; 075-752-7070; www.kyoto-kankou.or.jp/english/info_search/?event_id=2319&r=1404271587.361.
WIND BELL FESTIVAL AT NISHI-ARAI DAISHI (Tokyo): Through Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., until 5 p.m. weekends; more than 500 varieties of wind bells on display and on sale at Nishi-Arai Daishi is closely associated with Kobo Daishi (774-835), founder of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism; Daishi-mae on the Tobu Daishi Line branching off at Nishiarai Station on the Tobu Isezaki Line; 03-3890-2345.
WORLD PRESS PHOTO EXHIBITION 2014 (Tokyo): Through Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Thu. & Fri., closed Mon.; photos from 53 photographers from around the world; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 10-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station; 800 yen adults, 600 yen college students, 400 yen children; 03-3280-0099; http://syabi.com/contents/exhibition/index-2244.html.
THE GROWTH AND BEHAVIORS OF DINOSAURS (Kanagawa prefectures): Through Aug. 28; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; full-scale skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex from Museum of the Rockies and more at Pacifico Yokohama, 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; 045-664-6610.
MOUNT FUJI (Yamanashi prefecture): Japan’s highest —12,388 feet —and most famous peak is open for the climbing season through Aug. 31; getting there: buses take climbers to the fifth station, where it takes six hours to walk up and five down; Keio buses run from the west exit of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo at 6:40 a.m., 7:40, 8:40, 9:40 & 10:40 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:40, 3:30, 4:30, 5:50 & 7:30 p.m.; 2,700 yen one-way; 03-5376-2217 or 0555-72-5111 Keio Bus; 0555-72-1111 Kawaguchiko Town Hall.
PLANETARIUM – FUCHU KYODO-NO MORI MUSEUM (Tokyo): Through Aug. 31, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; programs with animated characters such as Doraemon and Meitantei Conan; 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 and younger; 042-368-7921.
GO-BETWEENS: THE WORLD SEEN THROUGH CHILDREN (Tokyo): Through Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., until 5 p.m. Tue.; features 110 works by 26 of the world’s top artists; Mori Art Museum; Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or four-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Oedo Line; 1,500 adults, 1,000 yen student, 500 yen senior junior student; 03-5777-8600.
SHOTARO KOBAYASHI PHOTO ARCHIVE EXHIBITION/THE CARS I HAVE SEEN IN PRE-WAR JAPAN (Tokyo): Through Aug. 31, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; featuring 500 photos taken by editor Shotaro Kobayashi on Tokyo streets at the History Garage of Odaiba Mega Web, Tokyo Teleport Station on JR Saikyo Line (Rinkai) or Aomi Station on Yurikamome (monorail); free; 03-3599-0808.
TOKYO DISNEYSEA DISNEY SUMMER FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Through Aug. 31; tons of spraying water at Mediterranean Harbor; three-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,200 yen adults, 5,300 yen ages 12-17, 4,100 yen ages 4-11, pass after 5 p.m. is 3,300 yen; 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.
TOKYO DISNEYLAND “DISNEY NATSU MATSURI” (Chiba prefecture): Through Aug. 31; two dancing groups on two floats perform at the castle forecourt; two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,200 yen adults, 5,300 yen ages 12-17, 4,100 yen ages 4-11, pass after 5 p.m. is 3,300 yen; 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.
THE RINGS FROM THE HASHIMOTO COLLECTION OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART (Tokyo): Through Sept. 15, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; features 300 rings form the Hashimoto Collection made during the ancient Roman Period through today; one-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,400 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 700 yen senior high School students; 03-5777-8600; www.nmwa.go.jp/en.
TREASURED MASTERPIECES FROM THE NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM, TAIPEI (Tokyo): Through Sept. 15, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., until 6 p.m. weekends and holidays; features items from China’s cultural assets from National Palace Museum, Taipei, at Tokyo National Museum, 10-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 700 yen senior high school students, free children; 03-5777-8600; www.tnm.jp.
SPECTERS, GHOSTS AND SORCERERS IN UKIYO-E (Tokyo): Through Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Mon., except July 21 & Sept. 15; see seasonal ukiyo-e on display; specters July 1-27, ghosts Aug. 1-26 and sorcerers Aug. 30-Sept. 25; Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 900 yen adults, 600 yen senior high school and college students, kids free; 03-3403-0880; www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp/index-E.html.
TOKYO BAY CRUISE: Through Sept. 30, 7:15 p.m.; cruise and all you can drink; departs Takehashi Pier Terminal, seven-minute walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station (north exit); 2,600 yen adults, 1,050 yen senior and junior high school students, 550 yen elementary school students, 500-yen discount for making a reservation on the website July 2 & 3, 7-10 and 14-17; 03-3437-6119; www.nouryousen.jp/payment.html,
ANCIENT MAMMALS EXPO AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE (Tokyo): Through Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; features 170 fossils of ancient mammals from dinosaurs along with little animals excavated in Japan; five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,600 yen adults, 600 yen kids; 03-5777-8600; www.kahaku.go.jp/english.
RICE PADDY ART (Aomori prefecture): Through Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; giant art made with rice plants; Inakadate Village Hall (6th floor) and Michi-no Eki Inakadate, 20-minute drive from Hirosaki city or 60-minute drive from Aomori city; 300 yen adults, 100 yen elementary school students; 0172-58-2111.
CORMORANT FISHING (UKAI) (Gifu prefecture): Through Oct. 15; more than 40 sightseeing ships set out on the Nagara River at 6:15, 6:45 p.m. & 7:15 p.m. to observe cormorant fishermen — usho — catch sweetfish using trained cormorants. Fare is 3,100-3,400 yen; 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.
THE BIRTH OF IMPRESSIONISM – FREEDOM IN PAINTING: MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSEE D’ORSAY (Tokyo): Through Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Tue.; features 84 masterpieces of Impressionists including Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas and Cezanne; The National Art Center; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 800 yen senior high school students; 03-5777-8600; http://orsay2014.jp.
NAGO NATSU MATSURI: July 26, 1-9 p.m. & July 27, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; 37th annual summer festival with performances, patrol boat rides and fireworks at Nago Fishery Port; 0980-52-4243.
TOMIGUSUKU EISA FESTIVAL: July 26 & 27; includes harii dragon boat races, performances, eisa dance, fireworks at Toyosaki Ocean Park Multi-purpose Square (northside) and Toyosaki Churasun Beach, 15-minute drive from Naha Airport; 098-850-3582.
YONABAMU GIANT TUG-OF-WAR FESTIVAL: July 27, 5 p.m.; includes fireworks at 8:45 p.m.; at Gotenyama Youth Square (Seishonen Hiroba), 20-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-945-5323.
PUCHON INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL (Gyeonggi province): Through July 27; includes screenings of horror, mystery, thriller and sci-fi movies at Bucheon Citizens’ Hall and City Hall; +82-2-1330; www.pifan.com.
BORYEONG MUD FESTIVAL (South Chungcheong province): Through July 27; experience the beneficial properties of the Boryeong mud, mud wrestling, mud sliding, swimming in the mud and more at Daecheon Beach; +82-2-1330; www.mudfestival.or.kr.
DONG GANG INTERNATIONAL PHOTO FESTIVAL (Gwangwon province): Through Sept. 21; held in and around Dong Gang Museum of Photography in Yeongwol-gun, since 2002, the event features various themes of photo exhibitions along with lectures and more; +82-2-1330; http://dgphotofestival.com/eng.
SEOUL INTERNATIONAL CARTOON & ANIMATION FESTIVAL: Through July 27; one of the five major animation film festivals in the world, introducing trends through exhibitions by creative masterminds and artists at COEX H Hall, Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2) Exit 5 or 6; 8,000 won adults, 6,000 won teenagers & children; +82-2-1330; www.sicaf.org.
MUSICAL, “SALIERI” (Seoul): Through Aug. 31; Sejong Center for the Performing Arts M Theater; 33,000-55,000-66,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
THE GREAT MOUNTAINS INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL & SCHOOL (Gangwon province): July 24-Aug. 3; concertos and chamber music by top-class artists; 70,000-250,000 won concert hall & music tent, +82-2-1330; www.aplensiaresort.co.kr.
GEOCHANG INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THEATER: July 25-Aug. 10; live performance with the theme of nature, man and drama at Outdoor Theatre in Geochang-gun Suseungdae, three-minute walk from Suseungdae Intercity Bus Terminal after taking a intercity busy bound for Suseungdae Intercity Bus Terminal; 15,000 won adults, 10,000 won students; +82-2-1330; www.kift.or.kr.
TAEBAEK SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL (Gangwon Province): July 25-Aug. 16; celebrating of the area’s colorful wildflowers and fields of sunflowers in Guwau village, along with art exhibitions, concerts, nature films and more; take intercity bus to Taebaek Terminal from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal; +82-2-1330.
GANGJIN CELADON FESTIVAL (South Jeolla Province): July 26-Aug. 3; Gangin area was a celadon production site from 10th to 14th centuries, and see celadon production; take express bus to Gangjin Bus Terminal, then take local bus bound for Goryeo Celadon Porcelain Kiln; +82-2-1330; eng.gangjinfes.or.kr.
MUSICAL “SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN” (Seoul): Through Aug. 3; Chungmu Art Hall, Grand Theater, 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
“MOZART!” MUSICAL (Seoul): Through Aug. 3; Grand Theater, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, 30,000-130,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
“BLACK MARY POPPINS” MUSICAL (Seoul): Through Aug. 31; Daehakro Art One Theater 1, 20,000-30,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL, “DRACULA” (Seoul): Through Sept. 5; Seoul Arts center, Opera Theater, 50,000-140,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.JUMP (Seoul): Through Dec. 31; comic martial arts performance, including Korea’s Taekwondo and Taekkyeon; Kyunghyang Art Hill; 40,000-60,000 won ages 4+; +82-2-1330.
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