Off-base events

Kids play around the Godzilla statue at Tokyo Midtown. See Godzilla now through Aug. 31. The site is three-minute walk from Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line or Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line. The event is free. For more: www.tokyo-midtown.com/en.

Events are as accurate as possible at press time. Since times or event schedules can change, please verify events before attending.


KAMEN RIDER FESTIVAL 2014 (Tokyo): Through Aug. 21; 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 & 4 p.m.; exhibition on Kamen Rider, a Japanese superhero and super robot; Tokyo Dome City Prism Hall, six-minute walk from JR Suidobashi Station on Sobu-Line or nine-minute walk from Korakuen Station on Metro Marunouchi-Line; fee charged; 03-5800-9999; www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/e.

HIBIYA PARK MARUNOUCHI DANCE SONG BON ODORI (Tokyo): Aug. 22 & 23; 6-9:30 p.m.; bon odori, along with concerts and more 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.

INTERNATIONAL MODEL RAILROAD CONVENTION (Tokyo): Aug. 22 & 23, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; amateur and pro model railroad producers display models at Tokyo Big Sight East Exhibition Hall 4, three-minute walk from Kokusai Tenjijo Seimon (front exit) Station on Yurikamone (monorail) or seven-minute walk from Kokusai Tenjijo Station on JR Rinkai-Line; 1,800 yen adults, 1,000 yen children; 03-6914-3581.

UDON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 (Tokyo): Aug. 22, noon-6 p.m., Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; eat and judge local udons at 19 booths; Yoyogi Koen Hiroba, 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku and JR Shibuya Stations; free entry but charge for a cup of udon; 03-6418-4247.

30TH MINAMI KOSHIGAYA AWA ODORI (Saitama prefecture): Aug. 22-24, 5-8 p.m.; the third-largest awa odori, more than 60,000 are expected to attend this festival featuring groups of dancers in a parade to the beat of shamisen (three-stringed Japanese music instrument), flutes, sho (Japanese gong) and drums along the Minami Koshigaya Chuo dori streets; Shin Koshigaya Station on Tobu SkyTree Line and JR Musashino Line; 048-986-2266.

FRIENDS ON ICE (Yokohama): Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m. & Aug. 23 & 24, 12:30 & 5 p.m.; ice show featuring Takeshi Honda, Shae-Lynn Bourne, Irina Slutskaya, Evan Lysacek, and others at Shin Yokohama Skate Center, five-minute walk from JR Shin Yokohama Station; 7,000-10,000-15,000-17,000-22,000 yen; 03-3478-2430.

MISAWA MATSURI (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 22-24; commemorating 90th anniversary of this event, parade of 14 floats departing from Fudo and Yakushi Shrines, costume parade, portable shrine parade and more in Misawa city; 0176-53-2175.


OKTOBERFEST FEST 2014 (Tokyo): Aug. 22-31, 4-10 p.m., 11 a.m. weekends; taste German beers, hear live music in Shiba Park close to Tokyo Tower; 03-3524-0788.

ASAKUSA SAMBA CARNIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 23, 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.

41ST OTSUKA AWA ODORI (Tokyo): Aug. 23, 4:30-9 p.m.; groups of dancers parade to the beat of shamisen (three-stringed Japanese music instrument), flutes, sho (Japanese gong) and drums; one-minute walk from JR Otsuka Station (south exit) on Yamanote Line; 03-3984-1501.

HARAJUKU-OMOTESANDO GENKI MATSURI SUPER YOSAKOI 2014 (Tokyo): Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. & Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; 98 groups of dancers parade 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; 03-6418-4247; www.yosakoi-harajuku.com/eng.

58TH KOENJI AWA ODORI (Tokyo): Aug. 23 & 24, 5-8 p.m.; started by the merchants of Koenji, more than one million people are expected to attend this festival where processions of groups of dancers parade to the beat of shamisen (three-stringed Japanese music instrument), flutes, sho (Japanese gong) and drums; JR Chuo Line to Koenji Station; 03-3312-2728; www.koenji-awaodori.com/english.

SAGAMI ONO MONJA FOODS & MUSIC FESTA (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 23, 2-9:30 p.m. & Aug. 24, 2-9 p.m., live performances by Jazz Orchestra Twizz, Hot Chef, Yuichi Masuda Quartet, James K, Ayumi Nakamura, Hcolors, Jaja, Ya! Voices, Ann and more, along with food booths and fireworks at 9 p.m. Sat. & Sun. at Sagami Ono Chuo Koen; Sagami Ono Station on Odakyu Line; 042-749-2135.

AMATEUR RADIO (HAM) FESTIVAL: Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; featuring amateur radio equipment, computer-related equipment and lectures; Tokyo Big Sight International Exhibition Hall West 2 Hall, three-minute walk from Kokusai Tenjijo Shomen Station on Yurikamome Monorail; 1,500 yen adults, senior and junior high school students and elementary school students free; 03-5395-3130; www.jarl.or.jp/English/0-2.htm.

ANIMATION TRADE AND GAME SHOW “CHARA-HOBBY 2013 C3xHOBBY” (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 23 & 24, 10 a.m.-5:15 p.m.; one of Japan’s largest trade shows for animated character goods and hobby items; Makuhari Messe Exhibition Halls 1-3; 1,500 yen adults, ages 12 and under free; 03-3374-5226.

SUMMER MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 23 & 24; workshops 2 p.m. Sat., and baton-twirling performance noon Sun.; Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall; 2,600-3,600 yen adults, 1,550 yen ages 15 & younger on Sun.; 03-6231-6033.

ROPPONGI HILLS BON ODORI FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 23 & 24, 5-8 p.m.; bon odori, along with food booths at Roppongi Hills Arena, Hibiya Station on Hibiya Line or four-minute walk from Oedo Line; 03-6406-6000.

SHONAN NEBUTA FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 23 & 24, 7-9 p.m.; giant illuminated papier-mache floats parade on the streets of Mutsuai-Nichidaimae Station’s rotary, along with food booths; Mutsuai-Nichidaimae Station on Odakyu Line; 0466-81-7110.

FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Aug. 23 & 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; more than 200 dealers; in the entrance path to Yasukuni Shrine, five-minute walk from the Metro Kudanshita Station and 10-minute walk from JR Ichigaya Station and Iidabashi Station; free admission; 03-5610-4305.

BLAST! MARCHING BAND & BRASS ENSEMBLE FROM U.S. (Tokyo): Through Aug. 24; Tokyo International Forum Hall C, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku; Yurakucho Station, JR Yamanote Line; 8,000-13,000 yen; 0570-550-799.

EIHEIJI TEMPLE LANTERN FESTIVAL – KUZURYU MATSURI (Fukui prefecture): Aug. 24, 6 p.m.; floating lanterns on the water of the River Kuzuryu from Eiheiji Temple Riverside Park Kasen Koen, after a Buddhist memorial service by 120 monks practicing asceticism; fireworks 8:40 p.m.; 10-minute walk from Shimoshii Station on Echizen Line or 15-minute ride from Fukui I.C. on Hokuriku Express; 1,500 yen for floating a lantern; 0776-61-3930. 

KENSHIN MATSURI (Niigata prefecture): Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m.; commemorating Kenshin Uesugi, a samurai hero of Joetsu city, with a samurai warriors parade and a re-enactment of the Kawanakajima Battle (1561) at the site of Kasugayamajo Castle Sunday; 30-minute walk from JR Kasugayama Station on Shinetsu Line or 15-minute drive from Joetsu I.C. on Hokuriku Express; 025-526-5111.

CHIBA PREFECTURE MARCHING BAND CONTEST & ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BAND FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 26, 10:20 a.m.-5:15 p.m.; 40 bands at Makuhari Messe, five-minute walk from JR Keiyo Line, Kaihin-Makuhari Station; 1,000-1,200-1,500 yen/first half, 1,000-1,300-1,600 yen/second half; 043-227-6896.

FUJI YOSHIDA FIRE FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Aug. 26 & 27; held to celebrate the end of Mount Fuji’s climbing season and honor the guardian spirit of the volcano. Guests can enjoy a mikoshi (portable shrine) procession during the festival, large bonfires that line the village road and 100 festival stalls; Fuji Sengen Shrine, five-minute walk from Fujisan Station on Fujikyu Bus. 0555-22-1111; www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/foreign/english/english036.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.

JAPAN DIY HOMECENTER SHOW 2014 (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 29, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. & Aug. 30, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Makuhari Messe Exhibition Halls 4-8, five-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on JR Keiyo-Line; 500 yen; 03-3256-4475; www.diy.or.jp/members/english/index.html.

KOBE COLLECTION 2014 AUTUMN/WINTER (Hyogo prefecture): 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30; fashion show at World Memorial Hall (Kobe Port Island Hall), two-minute walk Shimin Hiroba Station on Port Liner; 5,000-8,000 yen/6,000-9,000 yen for two stages (stage 1 & 2 or stage 3 & 4); Kyodo Tokyo 06-7732-8888; www.kobe-collection.com

AUTOBACS SUPER GT SUZUKA 1000 KM (ROUND 6) (Mie prefecture): Aug. 30 & 31; Suzuka Circuit; 5,700 yen for two-day ticket adults, 1,700 yen youths, entry only, no passport for rides; 059-378-1111; www.supergt.net/jp.

SANCHA LATIN FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 30, noon-6 p.m. & Aug. 31, 1:30-4 p.m.; bossa nova concerts at Karasuyamagawa Ryokudo 6:30-8 p.m. Sat., samba dancing teams in Chazawa Dori 1:30-4 p.m. Sun.; Sangenjaya Chazawa Dori streets; Sangenzaya Station on Tokyu Denen Toshi Line; 03-3412-6554. 

YOSAKOI FUCHU FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 30, 1-7 p.m. & Aug. 31, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; started by Fuchu merchants in 2006, this festival features groups of dancers parading the streets of Keyaki Avenue and Kyu Koshukaido near Fuchu Station on Keio Line, plus Yosakoi performances at stages nearby; 042-362-6421.

MITAKA AWA ODORI (Tokyo): Aug. 30 & 31, 6-9 p.m.; dancing performed in the Chuo and Sakura streets of Mitaka city; JR Mitaka Station on Chuo and Sobu Lines; Mitaka Awa Odori Shinkokai Jimukyoku 0422-49-3111.

THAI FESTIVAL IN SHIZUOKA (Shizuoka prefecture): Aug. 30, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. & Aug. 31, 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.

PHOTO EXHIBITION ON THE LAST DAYS OF THE TOKUGAWA SHOGUNATE AND MEIJI PERIOD BY FELICE BEATO (Tokyo): Through Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; 100 photos of daily lives and occupations in Japan taken 1863-1884 by Felice Beato, from Venetia; 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.

GODZILLA IN TOKYO MIDTOWN: Through Aug. 31, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; one-seventh scale model of Godzilla on display on the lawn garden at Tokyo Midtown, along with a huge footprint of the kaiju monster, illuminated 6-11 p.m., and see three-minute special-effect performance every 30 minutes 7-9 p.m.; free; 03-3475-3100; www.tokyo-midtown.com/en.

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.

HOKKAIDO MARATHON (Sapporo): Aug. 31, 9 a.m.; full marathon starts at Odori Koen Nish 4-chome and finishes at Odori Koren Nish 8-chome; 011-232-0840.

OEDO ANTIQUE MARKET (Tokyo): Aug. 31, 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; http://antique-market.jp/eng/index.shtml.

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.

CHOFU YOSAKOI MATSURI (Tokyo): Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 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.

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.

DISASTER PREVENTION DAY: Sept. 1; the great Kanto earthquake struck Tokyo, Yokohama and surrounding regions on Sept. 1, 1923,and in 1960, the date was designated 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; the streets of the town of Yatsuo in Toyama are filled with the strains of a single-string violin (kokyu) accompanied by dancing women in cotton summer kimonos and men in happi coats. People enjoy the dance until late at night, singing folk songs unique to their districts. As dusk falls, standing lanterns are lit in the street and the celebrating begins; 076-454-3111.  

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 from 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.

ECO EDO NIHONBASHI ART AQUARIUM 2014 (Tokyo): Through Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daytime version and 7-11 p.m. night version; 5,000 goldfish in water with the theme of Seeking Cool Air with Edo-Period (1603-1868) Styled Practices; Coredo Muromachi, Nihobashi Mitsui Hall, Mitsukoshi-mae Station on Ginza and Hanzomon Lines; 1,000 yen adults, 600 yen kids, free ages 3 & younger; 03-3270-2550; http://h-i-d.co.jp/art/exhibition.

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.

FELIX VALLOTTEN – FIRE BENEATH THE ICE EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; featuring the first retrospective of Felix Vallotten’s works; Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo, five-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station or three-minute walk from Nijyubashi-mae Station on Chiyoda Line; 1,600 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, 500 yen children; 03-5777-8600; http://mimt.jp/vallotton/about_eng.html.

SPECTERS, GHOSTS AND SORCERERS IN UKIYO-E (Tokyo): Through Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Mon., except Sept. 15; see seasonal ukiyo-e on display; 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; 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.


URUMA EISA MATSURI: Aug. 22, 6-9 p.m. and Aug. 23 & 24, 4-9 p.m.; youth eisa groups parade along the street of Uruma City Hall Gushikawa Office Building on Aug. 22, and at Yonashiro Sogo Koen Athletic Field on Aug. 23 & 24; includes fireworks at 8:40 p.m. on weekend; 70-minute drive from Naha Airport; 098-965-5634.

ITOMAN EISA FESTIVAL/FURUSATO MATSURI: Aug. 23 & 24, 2-9 p.m.; eisa performance along with dance competitions, hip-hop music, catching fish with hands, harii dragon race and fireworks 9 p.m. Aug. 23 & 8:55 p.m. Aug. 24 at Itoman Fishery Port North District; 098-840-8135.

YOUTH FURUSATO EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 23 & 24, 3 p.m.; this is the largest youth eisa; at Okinawa Cellular Stadium, five-minute walk from Yui Rail Ohnoyama Station; 500 yen adults, ages 18 & younger free; 098-868-1756.

GINOWAN YOUTH EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 23 & 24, 5-9 p.m.; youth groups from Ginowan perform at Ginowan Citizen Square (Shimin Hiroba), and fireworks 8:50-9 p.m. Sun.; 20-minute ride from Kitanakagusuku IC or Nishihawa IC on Okinawa Express; 098-893-4431.

YOMITAN VILLAGE YOUTH EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 24, 2 p.m.; includes fireworks 8:30-9 p.m.; Yomitan Village Heiwa-no Mori Stadium, 30-minute ride from Okinawa North IC on Okinawa Express, 70-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-982-9200.

KITANAKAGUSUKU VILLAGE EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 24, 3-9 p.m.; includes fireworks 9 p.m. at Kitanagagusuku Joseki (site of the castle); 50-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-935-2233.

RYUKYU DYNASTY MOON VIEWING FESTIVAL: Sept. 6 & 7, 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; oki-park.jp/shurijo-park/english/event/index.html.

ITOMAN TUG-OF-WAR: Sept. 8, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; local citizens pull a 180-meter giant rope on Itoman rotary and Route 331; 30-minute ride from Naha Airport or a 20-minute ride from Tomigusuku I.C.; 098-840-8135; www.city.itoman.lg.jp.e.id.hp.transer.com/kankou-navi/bunya-kankou/matsuri.

OKUMA TUG-OF-WAR: Sept. 8, 9 p.m.; originated more than 400 years ago in Kunigami, and event features eisa dance and more at Okuma Elementary School playground, two-hour ride from Naha Airport; 0980-41-2412.

MAEZATO TUG-OF-WAR: Sept. 9, 11 a.m.; event also features eisa dance and more at Maezato Memichi Square, 30-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-994-4468. 

WORLDWIDE EISA CONTEST 2014: Sept. 13 & 14; worldwide contest and is held at National Theatre Okinawa, 20-minute taxi ride from Naha Airport; 1,500 yen; 098-987-0926; http://eisa-okinawa.com.

ISHIKAWA FESTIVAL/IHICHA YOUTH EISA FESTIVAL: Sept. 14, 4-9 p.m.; includes fireworks; Ishikawa Athletic Field; 90-minute drive from Naha Airport or five-minute drive from Ishikawa I.C. on Okinawa Express; 080-3950-2010.

NANJO EISA FESTIVAL: Sept. 14, 5-9 p.m.; youth groups and local entertainments at Gusuko Road Koen, 40-minute ride from Naha Airport; 090-5470-0123.

YAESE YOUTH EISA FESTIVAL: Oct. 12; eisa groups and traditional entertainment at Yaese Town Kochinda Endo Koen; 30-minute drive from Naha Airport or 20-minute walk from Kochinda bus stop after taking a bus from Naha Bus Terminal; 098-998-4334.

South Korea

GOESAN RED PEPPER FESTIVAL (Chungcheongbuk-do): Aug. 28-31; held during harvest season to promote peppers grown in Goesan; Sports Complex, mini football field, Culture & Sports Center, Dongjincheon Stream area, take an intercity bus to Goesan Terminal from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, then take a five-minute ride to Sports Complex; free; +82-2-1330.

YEONGDONG GRAPE FESTIVAL (Chungcheongbuk-do): Aug. 28-31; visitors pick grapes in a vineyard or fish them out of a pool and make different types of food with grapes such as wine, chocolate, rice cakes and more; take a train to Yeondong, then take a taxi to Yeongdong Gymnasium; +82-2-1330.

CHUNGJU WORLD MARTIAL ARTS FESTIVAL (Chungcheongbuk-do): Aug. 28-Sept. 1; featuring demonstrations and performances of Taekkyeon, Taekwondo, and Hapkido by traditional martial arts groups; take an inter-city bus to Chungju from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, then take 10-minute ride to World Martial Park; free; +82-2-1330; www.martialarts.or.kr.

JANGSU HANURANG SAGWARANG FESTIVAL (Jeollabuk-do): Aug. 29-31, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; event promotes high-quality Sagwa (apple); free; take an intecity bus bound for Jangsu Bus Terminal from Seoul Nambu Terminal, then take an eight-minute walk to Uiam Park (Dusan Park); +82-2-1330; http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SH/SH_EN_7_2.jsp?cid=1842316.

ICHEON CERAMIC FESTIVAL (Gyeonggi-do): Aug. 29-Sept. 21; Icheon has 1,000 years of history in ceramic arts including Korea’s finest ceramics such as Cheongja, Baekja and Buncheongsagi, and this event includes of ceramics excavation, hands-on experience programs and more; take an intercity bus to Icheon Bus Terminal from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, then take a taxi to Seoulbong Park; +82-2-1330; www.ceramic.or.kr.

SEOUL FRINGE FESTIVAL: Through Aug. 30; featuring the indie culture of Hongdae, including various artists, works and more; Hapjeong-dong; Hongik University Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 5; 10,000-15,000-20,000 won; +82-2-1330.

“BLACK MARY POPPINS” MUSICAL (Seoul): Through Aug. 31; Daehakro Art One Theater 1, 20,000-30,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

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.

MUSICAL, “DRACULA” (Seoul): Through Sept. 5; Seoul Arts center, Opera Theater, 50,000-140,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

BROADWAY MUSICAL 42ND STREET (Busan): Sept. 12, 8 p.m. Sept. 13, 3 & 7:30 p.m. & Sept. 14, 2 & 6:30 p.m.; Busan Citizenhall, 60,000-80,000-100,000-120,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

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.

KOREAN MUSIC DANCE (Seoul): Sept. 27, 3 & 7 p.m., & Sept. 28, 3 p.m.; Grand Theater, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts; 32,000-48,000-64,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

EDWARD MUNCH AND THE MODERN SOUL (Seoul): Through Oct. 12; Seoul Arts Center, Hangaram Art Museum, 10,000-12,000-15,000 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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