Off-base events

Cherry blossoms on Okinawa, a sign spring must be just around the corner.

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TOKYO INTERNATIONAL GREAT QUILT FESTIVAL 2015: Jan. 22-28, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 22, until 5:30 p.m. Jan. 28; at Tokyo Dome; adults 2,100 yen, ages 12 & under free, must be accompanied by a guardian; JR Suidobashi Station on Sobu Line/Korakuen Station on Marunouchi Line; 03-5800-9999.

NEXT GENERATION WORLD HOBBY FAIR 2015 (Chiba prefecture): Jan. 24 & 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; play new computer games and see booths including Epoch, Nintendo, Konami, Sega at Makuhari Messe Exhibition Halls No. 9-11, five-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on JR Keiyo-Line; free; 03-5389-8101.

USA REGIONALS CHEERLEADING COMPETITIONS 2015 (Chiba prefecture): Jan. 24 & 25, 10:30 a.m.; at Chiba Port Arena, 12-minute walk from Chiba Chuo Station on Keisei-Dentetsu and Keisei Line or 16-minute walk from JR Chiba Station on Keiyo-Line; 2,000 yen, Kyodo Tokyo 0570-064-708.

SAIKO (LAKE) SOFT RIME FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Jan. 24-Feb. 1; giant ice sculptures, illuminated at night at Mori Park at Saiko Wild Sanctuary, one of five lakes on the foot of Mount Fuji, a 25-minute ride on Route 139 from Kawaguchiko IC on Chuo Express or a 50-minute a Fujikyuko bus ride from Kawaguchiko Station; free; 0555-82-2160.

TAMA ANTIQUE FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Jan. 25, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; at Tachikawa Suwa Shrine, eight-minute walk from JR Tachikawa Station south exit; 042-576-5753.

SANKEIEN GARDEN – BONSAI EXHIBITION (Yokohama): Through Jan. 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily; this garden, built by silk trading businessman Sankei Hara, was opened to the public in 1906 and features historic buildings and seasonal flowers and during the bonsai exhibition, which has dwarfed pine, plum and maple trees in the outer garden; 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Station; 500 yen adults, 200 yen children; 045-621-0634/5; www.sankeien.or.jp/guide/map.html.

59TH CHOFU CITY EKIDEN (Tokyo): Jan. 25, 9:30 a.m.; 390 teams compete; at Ajinomoto Stadium, five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station, Keio Line; 042-481-6221.

GRAND SUMO TOURNAMENT - JANUARY BASHO (Tokyo): Through Jan. 25; Grand Champion Hakuho challenges for his record-breaking 33rd win at the first basho in Tokyo; at Ryogoku Kokugikan, one-minute walk from JR Ryogoku Station on Sobu-Line; 03-5237-9310; www.sumo.or.jp.


OSAKA WOMEN’S MARATHON: Jan. 25, 12:10 p.m.; 34th annual 42.195 km marathon, start and end at Nagai Stadium; 06-6633-9632; www.osaka-marathon.jp/en.

TOMIOKA HACHIMANGU SHRINE ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): Jan. 25 & Feb. 1, 6 a.m.-5 p.m.; about 140 licensed antique dealers participate in a shrine compound, three-minute walk from Monzennakacho Station on Tozai-Line; 0276-38-3417.

HANAZONO SHRINE ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; at Hanazono Shrine located in Shinjuku, Shinjuku 3-chome Station on Marunouch-Line/JR Shinjuku Station; 03-3209-5265.

OSHIMA TSUBAKI (CAMELLIA) FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Jan. 25-March 22; Oshima Island is famous for camellia flowers and camellia oil products and during the festival, a ferry is available from Kurihama (Yokosuka) Port to the island; Oshima Tourism Association, 04992-2-2177, Tokai Kisen (ferry), 04992-2-2177. 

OHGIMACHIYA ATAGO SHRINE ANTIQUE FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Jan. 27, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; 60 licensed antique dealers participating; Ohgimachiya Atago Shrine, seven-minute walk from Iruma Station on Seibu Ikebukuro Line; 090-5332-4243.

KAWAGOE NARITA FUDOSON FLEA MARKET (Saitama prefecture): Jan. 28; at Naritayama Kawagoe Bestuin next to Kitain, 15-minute walk from JR Honkawagoe Station; 03-5996-4105.

SHIMOKITAZAWA TENGU FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Jan. 30-Feb. 1; Tengu is a long-nosed goblin and the Japanese god of mischief and this event features a Tengu parade on streets in Shimokitazawa to drive out devils and attract good fortune in the last day of winter in the traditional lunar calendar; Shimokitazawa Station on Odakyu Line; 03-3468-2933.

TSUMAGOI VILLAGE, ASAMA KOGEN WINTER FESTIVAL (Gunma prefecture): Jan. 30 & 31; featuring winter sports including skiing and snowboarding, along with 2,000 candles on the snow, fireworks 6:30 p.m. on Sat.; Princeland special site, 15-minute ride from Manza Kazawaguchi Station on Agatsuma Line; 0279-97-3721.

ZAO OF RIME ON TREES, SNOW & FIRE FESTIVAL (Yamagata prefecture): Jan. 31, 7:15-8:30 p.m.; featuring demonstrations of skiing and snowboarding, fireworks on the ski resort where trees are covered with rime; at Uenodai Ski Slope of Zao Onsen Ski Resort, 40-minute bus ride from JR Yamagata Station; 023-647-2266.

USA REGIONALS CHEERLEADING COMPETITIONS 2015 IN TOKYO: Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 10:30 a.m.; at Komazawa Olympic Park Sogo Undojo, 15-minute walk from Komazawa University Station on Tokyu Den-en Toshi Line; 1,800 yen; Kyodo Tokyo 03-3498-9999.

IWATE SNOW FESTIVAL (Iwate prefecture): Jan. 31-Feb. 8, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; featuring winter sports such as horse-sledding, snowmobile, slide, and also illuminations daily 4-9 p.m.; Koiwai Farm, Shizukuishi town, 10 miles from Morioka I.C. on Tohoku Express or bus from JR Morioka Station; 019-692-4321.

BONSAI FESTIVAL IN JINDAI BOTANICAL GARDEN (Tokyo): Through Feb. 1, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; bonsai, or dwarfed trees, of pines, plums, maples in the Botanical Hall; 5-31-10 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu City, bus from Mitaka Station, JR Chuo Line, or Chofu Station, Keio Line, Jindaiji Shokubutsu Koen Mae bus stop; 500 yen for garden entrance; 0424-83-2300; www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english

SAPPORO INTERNATIONAL SKI MARATHON 2015: Feb. 1, 8:50 a.m.; starts and ends at Sapporo Dome; 50 km and 25 km for ski marathon, 11 km, 5 km, 3 km for ski walk; 5,140 yen for 50 km, 4,630 yen for 25 km; 2,060 yen for 11 km, 5 km and 3 km, 510 yen ages 15 and younger; 10-minute walk from Fukuzumi Station on Touhou-Line; 011-530-5562; www.shsf.jp/ski/index-e.html.

SETSUBUN AND BEAN THROWING: Feb. 3; on the spring setsubun — the day before the beginning of each season — the traditional mame-maki, or bean-throwing ceremony,is held at major shrines and temples in Japan.

66TH ANNUAL SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL: Feb. 5-11; features snow statues, ice sculptures and more in Odori Park, the grounds at Community Dome Tsudome, and along the main street in Susukino; www.snowfes.com/english.

FUJIKAWAGUCHIKO WINTER FIREWORKS (Yamanashi prefecture): weekends through Feb. 22, 8-8:20 p.m.; launched at Ohike Koen, located close to Kawaguchiko Ohashi (bridge) Minami intersection in southern shore of Lake Kawaguchi, a five-minute drive from Kawaguchiko I.C.; 0555-72-3168.

UENO TOSHOGU SHRINE PEONY FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 3,200 peonies in 250 varieties contributed by Luoyang Botanical Garden, China in 1980 at the Peony Garden of Ueno Toshogu Shrine, five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 03-3822-3675.

YOKOHAMA RED BRICK WAREHOUSE ART & ICE SKATING: Through Feb. 22, 1-10 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends; art with lights with the theme of Narrative designed by Shunpei Minagawa; 10-minute walk from Bashamichi Station on Minato Mirai or 15-minute walk from JR Kan-nai Station; 1,000 yen adults, 900 yen children, includes shoe rental; 045-211-1515.

MOUNT FUJI SNOW FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Through Feb. 25, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; snow sculptures and snow sledding at Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, 25-minute ride from Kawaguchiko I.C. on Chuo Express; free; 0555-72-2159.

TOKYO STATION A HUNDRED YEARS OF ITS LEGACY: Through March 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; paintings, photos and movies focused on Tokyo Station at Tokyo Gallery; 900 yen adults, 700 yen junior and senior high school students, free children; 03-3212-2485; http://www.ejrcf.or.jp/gallery/english.html.

TOYOTOWN ICE & GARDEN (Tokyo): Through March 6; outdoor ice skating link at Akasaka Sacas; 1,200 yen adults, 600 yen children, plus 500 yen for shoes rental, 15,000 yen adults season tickets, 8,000 yen children season tickets, free rental shoes after 7 p.m.; 03-3746-6666.

ATAMI PLUM BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Through March 8; these are the earliest plum blossoms in Japan. The festival isa celebration of the plum blossoms at the Atami Baien Koen (Plum Garden) in Atami city – a resort town near Tokyo; 0557-85-2222.

TOKYO MIDTOWN ICE SKATING RINK (Tokyo): Through March 8, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; outdoor ice skating rink, with illuminations at 5 p.m.; Roppongi Station on Hibiya-Line and Oedo-Line, three-minute walk from Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda-Line; 1,500 yen adults, 1,000 yen children (includes shoe rental); 0570-017-154.

TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN ICE SKATING RINK: Through March 8, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; ice skating rink at Sky Arena on 4th floor of Tokyo SkyTree; Tokyo SkyTree Station on Tobu SkyTree Line; 1,500 yen adults, 800 yen children (includes shoe rental); 0570-55-0102; www.tokyo-skytreetown.jp/english.

ANNA AND ELSA’S FROZEN FANTASY AT TOKYO DISNEYLAND (Chiba prefecture): Through March 20; set after Anna and Elsa reconciled, see winter in a world of ice and snow created by Elsa’s power; two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; Tokyo Disney Resort Information 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.

FUJI-Q HIGHLAND ICE SKATING (Yamanashi prefecture): Through March 29, closed Jan. 20 & Feb. 10; three ice skating rinks; 5-6-1, Nishihara, Fuji-Yoshida city, Yamanashi prefecture, in front of Lake Kawaguchi I.C. on Chuo Express; 1,400 yen adults, 800 yen kids, 1,000 yen shoe rental; 0555-23-2111; www.fujiq.jp/en.

PRESS PHOTO EXHIBITION 2014 (Kanagawa prefecture): Through March 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; featuring 280 photos by press photographers registered at Tokyo Photojournalist Association and six photos from other local areas taken in 2014; Japan Newspaper Museum, Nihon University Odori Station on Minatomirai Line or 10-minute walk from Kan-nai Station on JR Negishi Line; 510 yen adults, 410 yen college students, 300 yen senior high school students, free for children; 045-661-2040; http://newspark.jp/newspark/english/index.html.

SAYAMA SKI & SNOWBOARD (Saitama prefecture): Through April 5; indoor ski and snowboarding slope; 2167 Kami-yamaguchi, Tokorozawa city, Seibu Kyujo-mae Station, Seibu Line; fee; 04-2922-1384.

EDOGAWA SPORTSLAND ICE SKATING (Tokyo): Through May 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; 1-8-1, Higashi Shinozaki, Edogawa-ku, six-minute walk from JR Koiwa Station on Sobu Line; adults 510 yen/day, kids 210 yen/day plus adults 310 yen and children 210 yen for shoe rental; 03-3677-1711.

MEIJI JINGU ICE SKATING (Tokyo): year-round, noon-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends; adults 1,340 yen/day, kids 930 yen/day and after 3 p.m., adults 1,000 yen and children 720 yen and 510 yen for shoe rental; Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku-ku, one-minute walk from Kokuritsu Kyogijyo on subway Oedo Line or five-minute walk from JR Shinanomachi Station on Sobu Line; 03-3403-3458; www.meijijingugaien.jp/english/ice-skating.html.


NAKIJIN CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: Through Feb. 1; illuminations, traditional entertainments and more; two-hour and 45-minute ride from Naha Airport; 0980-56-2256; www.nakijin.jp/EnglishSite/43.html.

YAEDAKE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: Through Feb. 1; earliest cherry blossoms in Japan; Motobu-cho, four miles northwest of Nago city; 098-47-2700; www.motobu-ka.com.

OKINAWA FLOWER CARNIVAL 2015: Through May 6; showcasing flowers; Shuri Castle Park, Okinawa Commemorative Government Park, Okinawa Kenritsu Budokan, Nakijin Castle Park and Yaedake Cherry Park; Okinawa Sightseeing Convention Bureau 098-859-6129.

38TH OKINAWA SANGYO FESTIVAL: Jan. 24-27 10 a.m. -7 p.m.; introducing agricultural, marine, woodcraft and pottery products made on Okinawa at Okinawa Sogo Undo Koen Gymnasium; 098-939-1212; www.city.okinawa.okinawa.jp.

THE 13TH ISHIGAKI ISLAND MARATHON: Jan. 25, 9 a.m.; full marathon, 23 km and 10 km races start and finish at Ishigaki city Chuo Undo Koen Kyogijo, Ishigaki Island Marathon Jimukyoku; 5,000 yen adults, 3,000 yen senior high school students; 098-82-1212.

THE 53RD NAGO CHERRY BLOSSOM: Jan. 31-Feb. 1; Nago Chuo Koen, brass band, taiko (Japanese drums), folk songs and more, illuminated 6-10 p.m. weekends; two-hour drive from Naha Airport; 0980-53-7755; www.kanko.city.nago.okinawa.jp.

YAESE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; 500 cherry trees at Yaese Town Park bloom and are illuminated with 20,000 lights 6-9 p.m. Jan. 23-Feb. 1; 40-minute drive from Naha Airport; 098-998-2668.

NAHA CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: Feb. 11-15; 400 cherry trees at Yogi Park bloom and potted garden plants are on sale; 10-minute walk from Asato Station, Yorimiya 1-1, Naha city; 098-855-2552.

1ST KUME ISLAND TRIATHLON: March 8, 8 p.m.; race is 2 km swim, 66 km bike and 20 km run; register until Jan. 31; Kumejima Triathlon Gimukyoku; 098-868-1587; http://www.sportsentry.ne.jp.

ZAMAMI VILLAGE WHALE WATCHING FESTIVAL: Through April 5; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; a 50-minute express boat from Naha Port; 5,400 yen adults, 2,700 yen kids; 098-896-4141; www.vill.zamami.okinawa.jp/whale/english.html.

South Korea

TAEBAEKSAN MOUNTAIN SNOW FESTIVAL: Jan. 23-Feb. 1; features snow sculpture exhibition, snow tunnel, slide and more; +82-2-1330; http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=892611.

DAS MUSICAL, ROBIN HOOD (Seoul): Jan. 23-March 29; D Cube Art Center; 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

GRAND HYATT SEOUL ICE RINK: Through Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., noon-9 p.m. Mondays; 26,000 won for two hours for adults, plus 20,000 won shoes rental weekdays, 30,000 won for two hours for adults, plus 20,000 shoes rental weekends; +82-2-2797; www.seoul.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/activities/hotel-activities/iceskating.html?onsiteActId=8619574.notre.

SURAK ICE FESTIVAL (South Chungcheong province): Through Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; features activities including mini-bobsledding, ice sledding, traditional sledding, igloo cafe, outdoor food market and more; take an express bus bound for Nonsan Bus Terminal from Central City Terminal; +82-2-1330.

NEW YEAR FESTIVAL (Seoul): Jan. 30-Feb. 2; four-day celebration of the Lunar New Year held by the National Folk Museum of Korea, features seasonal folk traditions, folk plays, handcraft arts, performances, traditional food and more; +82-2-1330; www.nfm.go.kr.

MUSICAL “MR. SHOW” (Seoul): Through Jan. 31; Interpark Art Center, Art Hall, 60,000-80,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

BOSEONG GREEN TEA PLANTATION LIGHT FESTIVAL: (South Jeolla Province): Through Feb. 1; green tea fields of Boseong are illuminated; +82-2-1330; www.boseong.go.kr and http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=655139.

JARASEOM SINGSING WINTER FESTIVAL (Gyeonggi province): Through Feb. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; featuring ice fishing for trout, snow sledding and 50-person sled ride on ice, along with snow sculptures, ice trees with ice flowers and more; take an ITX train to Gapyeong Station from Yongsan Station; 13,000 won (weekends), 12,000 won (weekdays); +82-2-1330.

HWACHEON SANCHEONEO ICE FESTIVAL (Gangwon province): Through Feb. 1; features barehanded ice fishing of mountain trout, more; take an intercity bus to Hwancheon from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal; +82-2-1330; www.narafestival.com.

MUSICAL, “ALL SHOOK UP” (Seoul): Through Feb. 1; Art Center Grand Theater, Hongik University; 55,000-77,000-99,000-110,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MUSICAL “MARIE ANTOINETTE” (Seoul): Through Feb. 1; Charlotte Theater; 50,000-80,000-110,000-14,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

PYEONGCHANG TROUT FESTIVAL (Gangwon province): Through Feb. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; enjoy ice and lure fishing for trout and more; Odaecheon Stream area of Jinbu-myeon in Pyeongchan-gun; take an intercity bus to Jinbu from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal; +82-2-1330.

MUSICAL, “GONE WITH THE WIND” (Seoul): Through Feb. 15; Seoul Arts Center Opera Theater; 50,000-80,000-120,000-140,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MUSICAL, “ADOLESCENCE” (Seoul): Through Feb. 15; Chungmu Art Hall, Middle Theater Black; 40,000-55,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

CHILGAPSAN ICE FOUNTAIN FESTIVAL (South Chungcheong province): Through Feb. 22; held in the area of the Alps Villages in Jeongsan-myeon, this festival attracts visitors with ice fountain, snow and ice sculptures, sledding and more; take an express bus bound for Jeongsan Bus Terminal from Central City Terminal, then transfer to a local bus bound for Cheongyang-Jeongsan and get off at Cheonjang-ri Bus Stop; +82-2-1330.

MUSICAL “KINKY BOOTS” (Seoul): Through Feb. 22; Chungmu Art Hall, Grand Theater, 50,000-80,000-110,000-140,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

BITNORIYA IN YEOSU (South Jeolla Province): Through Feb. 25; Bitnoriya in Korea describes a group of people gathering together under the lights and the festival is at Geobukseon Park featuring winter attractions illuminated sunset-11 p.m.; +82-2-1330; www.yeosu.go.kr.

“HAROLD & MAUDE,” THE MUSICAL (Seoul): Through Feb. 28; National Theater of Korea, Small Hall, 30,000-50,000-60,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MUSICAL “BETWEEN RAINDROPS” (Seoul): Through Feb. 28; Sang Myung Art Hall, Theater One; 45,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

DAEGU DALBAE DALMAJI FESTIVAL (Daegu): March 5, 2-7:30 p.m.; annual event welcoming the first full moon of the new year and includes traditional customs like burning daljip (brushwood) for the 15th day of the Lunar New Year; +82-2-1330; www.dalseo.daegu.kr.

MUSICAL “LA CAGE (Seoul): Through March 8; LG Arts Center; 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

MUSICAL “ONCE” (Seoul): Through March 29; Seoul Arts Center, Towol Theater; 60,000-100,000-120,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

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