Off-base events

See more than 5,000 koinobori -- carp streamers -- along the Tsuruudagawa River during the cherry trees in bloom, Tatebayashi city, Gunma prefecture, Japan as part of the Tatebayashi Koinobori Matsuri. It's one of many places to see koinobori in Japan and Okinawa. <br>Courtesy Tatebayashi City Sightseeing Association
See more than 5,000 koinobori -- carp streamers -- along the Tsuruudagawa River during the cherry trees in bloom, Tatebayashi city, Gunma prefecture, Japan as part of the Tatebayashi Koinobori Matsuri. It's one of many places to see koinobori in Japan and Okinawa.

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WISTERIA FLOWER FESTIVAL AT KAMEIDO TENJIN (Tokyo): Through May 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 100 trees bloom at the shrine and the trees are illuminated at sunset; 15-minute walk from Kameido Station on JR Sobu Line; 03-3681-0010.

KASAMA POTTERY FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): Through May 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; more than 200 dealers sell Kasama wares at Kasama Geijyutsu-no Mori Event Square, Kasama Nishi I.C. and Tomobe I.C. on Kita-Kanto Express or taking a shuttle from JR Tomobe Station on Jyoban Line or JR Kasama Station on Mito Line; 029-73-0058.

MOSS PHLOX FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Through May 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 250 moss phlox plants in 11 varieties bloom at Yokosuka Iris Garden; shuttle bus available from Shioiri Station on Keihin Kyuko Line during the festival; 310 yen adults, 100 yen children; 046-853-3688.

BUNKYO AZALEA FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through May 5, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; about 3,000 bushes of 100 varieties at Nezu Shrine, Bunkyo Ward, five-minute walk from Sendagi Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-3822-0753.

SANKEIEN GARDEN (Kanagawa prefecture): Through May 5, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; stroll the inner garden and see an old tea house, Shunsoro, and historic buildings; 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Line; 500 yen; 045-621-0634.

SAGAMI KITE FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): May 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; a 2,263-square-foot and 2,094-lb. giant kite in flight along the Sagami River near Sobudai-mae Station on Odakyu Line; 042-769-8235.

MAKUHARI MESSE FLEA MARKET (Chiba prefecture): Through May 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; crafts, food booths and more at Makuhari Messe Exhibition Halls No. 1-8, five-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on JR Keiyo-Line; 600 yen adults, kids free; 043-296-9211.


YOKOHAMA FLOWER AND GREEN – SPRING FAIR (Kanagawa prefecture): Through May 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; enjoy 160,000 tulips in 69 varieties at 22 flower beds; Yokohama Koen; Motomachi Station; 045-741-1084.

PET EXHIBITION 2016 (Chiba prefecture): Through May 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; see dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, insects and more, along with pet discipline classes and pet walking, and cat shows (beauty contests) 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 3 & 4 at Makuhari Messe Exhibition Hall 11, five-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on JR Keiyo-Line; 1,300 yen adults, 800 yen kids; 06-6352-7942.

MASTERPIECES OF KOSAN-JI TEMPLE: THE COMPLETE SCROLLS OF CHOJU GIGA, CINCO DE MAYO (Tokyo): Through May 5, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; largest Cinco de Mayo party in Japan featuring music performed by Fire Ball with Home grown, Orquesta Del Sol, True Spirit, Leslie Shaw and others, Latin food booths and more at Odaiba Aomi Park Event Square; 1,500 yen adults at door, 1,000 yen in advance; 03-6861-3983.

PRINCE ICE WORLD (Yokohama): Through May 5, 11 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.; Olympic figure skating gold medalist Shizuka Arakawa, Kanako Murakami, Takeshi Hond and other top skaters at New Yokohama Ice Skate Center; five-minute walk from JR Shin Yokohama Station; Prince Ice World Jimukyoku 045-663-9939.

SCIENCE EXPERIMENT SHOW PERFORMED BY DENJIRO YONEMURA (Tokyo): May 5, 1 & 3:30 a.m.; well-known science teacher performs at Asakusa Kokaido, five-minute walk from Asakusa Station on Ginza Line; 3,000 yen, 2 & younger free; Sunrise Promotion 0570-00-3337.

FESTIVAL DEL CINEMA ITALIANO 2016 (Tokyo): Through May 5; Italian movies including “Vergine giurata,” “Noi e la Giulia,” and “Per amor vostro”; Yurakucho Asahi Hall, JR Yurakucho-Station; 1,700 yen adults, 1,600 yen students and seniors; 050-5542-8600.

LA FOLLE JOURNEE AU JAPON (Tokyo): Through May 5; 300 classical concerts with the theme of Nature and Music at Tokyo International Forum Hall, Yomiuri Hall and more.

IIYAMA FIELD MUSTARD FESTIVAL (Nagano prefecture): Through May 5; view field mustard — illuminated 7-9 p.m. — and see attractions such as open-air tea services, taiko (Japanese drums) and live music performances at Nanohana Koen (Field Mustard Park), 20-minute ride from Toyota Iiyama I.C. on Jyoshin-etsu Express; free; 0269-62-3111.

OEDO BEER FESTIVAL (Tokyo): May 5, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., May 6, 4-10 p.m., May 7, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. & May 8, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; German beers and live performances at Bellesalle Takadanobaba, six-minute walk from JR Takadanobaba Station on Yamanote Line; 03-3524-0788.

WORLD GARDENING FAIR AT HOTEL OKURA (Tokyo): Through May 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; featuring garden designs at Ascot Hall (B2nd floor) of Hotel Okura; 1,500 yen adults, ages 10 & younger free; 03-3505-6110.

WORLD GOURMET, BEER & WINE EXPO 2016 (Tokyo): Through May 7, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., until 8 p.m. May 8; street performance noon, 2 & 4 p.m., street dance and more at Tokyo SkyTree Town; free admission, charge for drinks and food; 03-5733-6773.

SATO ZAKE FESTA FOR WOMEN (Tokyo): May 7, 12:30-3:30 p.m./4-6:30 p.m.; Sato Zake is brewed sake produced within a 62.5 mile-radius of Tokyo; women can taste 30 sake breweries at Toshi Center Hotel -- accompanied gentlemen are allowed to taste sake between 12:30-3:30 p.m.; three-minute walk from Nagatacho Station on Yurakucho, Hanzomon and Nanpoku Lines or 14-minute walk from JR Yotsuya Station; 4,000 yen at door, 3,000 yen advanced tickets; 050-5582-6436.

ROSES FESTIVAL AT KEISEI ROSE GARDEN (Chiba prefecture): May 7-June 5, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; 10,000 roses in 1,500 varieties along with seminars and more, 15-minute walk from Yachiyo Midorigaoka Station on Toyo Express Line; 755 Shinden, Owada, Yachiyo city; 1,200 yen adults, 400 yen junior high school students, 200 yen elementary school students; 047-459-0106.

HITSUJIYAMA MOSS PHLOX PLANT FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Through May 8; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; more than 400,000 moss phlox plants bloom to mid-May at Hitsujiyaka Park, 10-minute walk from Chichibu Station on Seibu-Line or 11-minute walk from Shibasakura Station on Chichi-Line; 300 yen adults; 04994-25-5209.

MASHIKO SPRING POTTERY FAIR (Tochigi prefecture): Through May 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 50 shops and 500 dealers sell Mashiko wares at different locations in Mashiko town, Jonaizaka is the main area; Mashiko-machi, Haga-gun; 0285-701120.

TOKYO SUMMERLAND FLEA MARKET: May 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; 300 booths in the parking lot, 600 Kamiyotsugi, Akiruno city; 042-558-0441; www.summerland.co.jp.

BEST FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): May 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 200 dealers in the courtyard of Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 03-5805-1093.

MARCHE DE KOISHIKAWA (Tokyo): May 8, 10 a.m-4 p.m.; fresh vegetables, food products, sweets and more on sale at the precincts of Genkakuji Temple and along on Suzuran Streets, two-minute walk from Korakuen Station on Marunouchi and Nanpoku Lines.  

TAKARA TOMY PLARAIL FESTA (Chiba prefecture): Through May 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; see the plastic electric train set system known as Takara World at Makuhari Messe Exhibition Hall No. 9, 15-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on JR Keio Line; 1,000 yen adults, 800 yen kids; 03-5435-0604.

YOKOHAMA FRUHLINGS FEST 2016 (Kanagawa prefecture): Through May 8, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; German beers along with sausages, live music, sweets, miscellaneous goods and more; Yokohama Redbrick Warehouse, 15-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho and Kan-nai Stations; free admission, charge for drinks & food; 045-227-2002.

OKTOBERFEST AT IKEBUKURO (Tokyo): Through May 8, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; German beers and performances at Ikebukuro NIshiguchi Park, three-minute walk from JR Ikebukuro Station East Exit; 03-5733-6773; www.okt-fest.jp.

SEIKO GOLDEN GRAND PRIX TRACK AND FIELD MEET 2016 (Kanagawa prefecture): May 8, noon; world athletes compete in track and field at Todoroki Athletics Stadium, 15-minute walk from Musashi Nakahara Station on Nambu Line or 20-minute walk from JR Musashi Kosugi Station; 2,500-3,500 yen adults, 1,500 students; 03-5974-1192; http://goldengrandprix-japan.com/ENGLISH.

EBISU PREMIUM GLAMPING 2016 (Tokyo): Through May 8, noon-6 p.m.; at Central Square and Sapporo Square, Ebisu Garden Place, five-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station; free; 03-5423-7111.

ODAIBA OKTOBERFEST 2016 (Tokyo): Through May 8, 4-10 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends; German beers and live performances at Symbol Promenade and Central Park, five-minute walk from Daiba Station on Yurikamome or Tokyo Teleport on Rinkai Line; free admission; 03-3524-0788.

ODAIBA HAWAII FESTIVAL 2016 (Tokyo): Through May 8; hula dance, performances, food market and booths at Venus Fort, Tokyo Teleport Station on Rinkai Line or Aomi Station on Yurikamome Line (monorail); 045-663-3316; www.venusfort.co.jp/eve.cgi.

HIROSHIMA WORLD BEER FESTIVAL 2016: Through May 8; taste beer from Germany, Belgium, Australia, Italy, Spain, U.S. and more, along with gourmet food; former Hiroshima Ball Park, 5 Motomachi, Naka-ku; free admission; 090-7502-4861.

TATEBAYASHI KOINOBORI MATSURI (Gunma prefecture): Through May 8; More than 5,000 koinobori — carp streamers — stream along the Tsuruudagawa River, Kondonuma Pond, Morinjigawa River and Tsutsujigaoka Parkin in Tatebayashi city; 20-minute walk from Tatebayashi Station on Tobu Line; 0276-72-4111.

GRAND SUMO TOURNAMENT - MAY BASHO (Tokyo): May 8-22; Ryogoku Kokugikan, one-minute walk from JR Ryogoku Station on Sobu-Line; 03-5237-9310; www.sumo.or.jp/eng/index.html

MOBARA PEONY GARDEN (Chiba prefecture): Through May 9, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; 2,500 peonies in 250 varieties; 210 Yamasaki, Mobara city, 10-minute walk from Funatsuki Shrine Bus Stop after taking a bus from JR Mobara Station on Sotobo Line; 600 yen adults, 200 yen children; 0475-22-4224.

FLOWER FESTIVAL AT NAGASAKI HUIS TEN BOSCH (Nagasaki prefecture): Through May 9; flower art and flower arrangement by top flower designers, along with seminars, live mini-concerts and more; 0570-064-110; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp.

ENJOY FOREST GREEN FESTIVAL (Tokyo): May 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & May 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; performances, wood crafts on sale and more at the Fountain Square of Hibiya Park, Kasumigaseki Station on Chiyoda and Hibiya Lines or eight-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; free; 03-3719-3451.

TATEBAYASHI AZALEA FESTIVAL (Gunma prefecture): Through May 10, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (azalea park open); about 10,000 bushes of 50 varieties; 30-minute walk from JR Tatebayashi Station plus 60-minute ride from Asakusa on Tobu-Isesaki Line or five-minute ride from Tatebayashi I.C. on Tohoku Express; 300 yen adults or 600 yen during week of full bloom, kids free; Tatebayashi City Tourism Section 0276-74-5233.

UENO TOSHOGU SHRINE PEONY FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through May 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 3,200 peonies in 250 varieties given by Luoyang Botanical Garden in China in 1980 in the peony garden; six-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 03-3822-3675.

RICE TRANSPLANTING FESTIVAL AT KASAMA INARI JINJA (Ibaraki prefecture): May 10, 10 a.m.; rice transplanting or taue is observed at a special site prepared at the shrine’s sacred rice field at the time of the spring transplanting of the new rice seeding; 70-minute ride from Ueno Station on Joban Line to Tomobe, then take a 10-minute ride to Kasama Station on Mito Line; 0296-73-0001; www.kasama.or.jp/english

SPRING ROSE FESTIVAL IN JINDAIJI BOTANICAL GARDEN (Tokyo): May 10-29, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., open at 8 a.m. weekends, closed Mon.; 100,000 trees and shrubs, and 5,200 roses in 409 varieties; 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. May 15, 22 & 29, concerts; 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 adults, 200 yen children; 0424-83-2300; www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english.

AMERICAN JASMINE FLOWER FESTIVAL (Shizuoka prefecture): May 11-31; 1,000 flowers at Ryosenji Temple, where the Japan-U.S. Treaty of Amity was signed in 1854; 3-12-12 Shichikencho, Shimoda city, 10-minute walk from Izukyu Shimoda Station; free; 0558-22-0657,

KEYAKI BEER FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): May 11, 4-9 p.m., May 12-14, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. & May 15, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; taste craft-beer produced in Japan, Belgium. U.S.A., Canada and more, along with live performances at Keyaki Hiroba, Saitama Super Arena, Saitama Shin-Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line; free admission; 048-600-3004.

BELGIAN BEER WEEKEND (Fukuoka prefecture): May 12-15, 4-10 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.; 90 varieties of beer from Belgian, and live music at Fukuoka City Hall-mae Fureai Hiroba, four-minute walk from Tenjin Station (subway); free admission, 3,100 yen (includes a glass of beer, 11 coupons for beer & food; 03-5829-6878; www.belgianbeerweekend.jp/en/city/fukuoka/view.

ASAKUSA SANJA MATSURI FESTIVAL (Tokyo): May 13-15; Sanja Matsuri was one of three great festivals in Edo -- the former name of Tokyo; festival features about 100 mikoshi — portable shrines — into which Shinto gods are symbolically placed and paraded on streets to bring good fortune to the local businesses and residents; three large mikoshi belonging to Asakusa Shrine will be delivered Sunday; Subway Asakusa Line, or Ginza Line, Asakusa Station on Asakusa and Ginza lines; 03-3844-1575; www.asakusajinja.jp/english

18TH INTERNATIONAL ROSES & GARDENING SHOW 2016 (Saitama prefecture): May 13-18, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; one million roses are on display and the theme of the show is Paris and features a garden in an alley of Paris, and a garden designed by Christian Dior’s flower designer Mark Chapman, along with the contest, seminars, gardening products on sale and more at Seibu Dome, Seibu Line, Seibu-Kyujo Mae Station; 2,200 yen adults, ages 11 & younger free; 03-5777-8600.

KYU-FURUKAWA TEIEN GARDEN (Tokyo): May 13-31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Spring Roses Festival; illumination until 9 p.m. May 13-22, concerts noon & 3 p.m. May 7 & 28; seven-minute walk from JR Kaminakazato Station; 150 yen; 03-3910-0394; www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english.

SHIZUOKA OKTOBERFEST (Shizuoka prefecture): May 13-22, 4-9 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.  weekends; German beers and performances at JR Shizuoka Station Kitaguchi Hiroba; 03-5733-6773; www.okt-fest.jp.

YOKOSUKA CURRY FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): May 14 & 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; celebrates the introduction of curry to Japan by the British Navy during the Meiji Era (1869 to 1913); features curry buffets, music, street performance and more at Mikasa Koen, 15-minute walk from Yokosuka Chuo Station on Keikyu Line; 046-822-8301.  

THAI FESTIVAL 2016 (Tokyo): May 14 & 15, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thai food, along with 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.

DESIGN FESTA (Tokyo): May 14 & 15, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; featuring paintings, films, performances and fashion show by 12,000 artists from throughout the world at 3,400 booths at Tokyo Big Sight West Hall No. 1-4, 3-21-1, Ariake, Koto-ku, three-minute walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon Station on Yurikagome Line; 800 yen for one day advance ticket, 1,500 yen two day advance tickets, 1,000 yen one day ticket at door, 1,800 yen two-day ticket at door; 03-3479-1433; http://designfesta.com/en.

SEIKI KURODA, MASTER OF MODERN JAPANESE PAINTING: THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS BIRTH (Tokyo): Through May 15, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., until 6 p.m. weekends & May 2; commemorating 150th anniversary of Kuroda’s birth, featuring the first large-scale retrospective at Tokyo National Museum, 10-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 900 yen senior high school students, free ages 15 & younger; http://seiki150.jp.

KASAMA INARI JINJA MOSS PHLOX FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): Through mid-May; two giant moss phlox plants believed to be more than 400-years-old bloom at Kasama Inari Jinja (Shrine), 70-minute ride from Ueno Station on Joban Line to Tomobe, then take a 10-minute ride to Kasama Station on Mito Line; 0296-73-0001; www.kasama.or.jp/english.

KASAFUKU EXHIBITION (Yamagata prefecture): Through May 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; see kasafuku, good luck decorations hung from strings on an umbrella -- a tradition since the Edo Period (1603-1867) -- are in rooms at Japanese traditional house Sanno Club, an eight-minute walk from Shiyakusho-Higashi bus stop after taking a loop-line bus; 600 yen adults, 210 yen college and senior high school students, 100 yen children; Kasafuku making classes available weekends, 600-1,000 yen, pre-registration required at 080-4317-3867; 0234-22-9311.

WISTERIA FLOWER FESTIVAL (Tochigi prefecture): Through May 22, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; more than 350 trees in bloom at Ashikaga Flower Park, with illuminations after 4:30 p.m.; 15-minute drive from Sano Fujioka I.C. on Tohoku Express; 900-1,700 yen adults, 500-800 yen kids, 300 yen discount at 5:30 p.m.; 0284-91-4939; www.ashikaga.co.jp/english/index.html.

WEARABLE ART PARIS HAUTE COUTURE – ONLY GOWN IN THE WORLD (Tokyo): Through May 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Mondays except May 2 & 16; Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, five-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station or three minute walk from Nijyubashi-mae Station on Chiyoda Line; 1,700 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, 500 yen children; 03-5777-8600.

JAKUCHU: THE 300TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS BIRTH (Tokyo): Through May 24, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Tue.; commemorating 300th anniversary of Jyakuchu Ito’s birth (1716-1800), featuring masterpieces of the artist at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, JR Ueno Station; 1,600 yen adults, 1,300 college students, 800 yen senior high school students; 03-5777-8600; http://jakuchu2016.jp/english.html.

TOKYO BIG SIX BASEBALL LEAGUE: Through May 29; Tat Jingu Stadium, four-minute walk from JR Sendagaya Station on Sobu-Line or four-minute walk from Kokuritsu Kyogijo Station on Oedo-Line; 1,300 yen for the infield bleachers, 800 yen for outfield bleachers; 03-3409-5610.

FUJI MOSS PHLOX FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Through May 29, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; more than 800,000 moss phlox plants bloom in bright purple at Fuji Motosuko Lake Resort, 25-minute ride from Kawaguchiko I.C. on Chuo Express; 600 yen adults, 250 yen children; 0555-89-3031; www.shibazakura.jp/eng/index.html.

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.

YEBISU GARDEN PLACE PETER RABBIT HAPPY GARDEN (Tokyo): Through May 31; commemorating 150th anniversary of Ivy Tamai’s birth, featuring a garden inspired from picture books of “Peter Rabbit” with plenty of flowers and greens designed by; Central Square of Yebisu Garden Place; free; five-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station; 03-5423-7111.

KUNIYOSHI & KUNISADA EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Though June 5, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., until 9 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays; featuring ukiyo-e paintings by Kuniyoshi & Kunisada Utagawa from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; 1,500 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, 700 yen children; 03-5777-8600; www.ntv.co.jp/kunikuni/english.

SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL AT NAGASAKI HUIS TEN BOSCH (Nagasaki prefecture): Through June 5; at Amsterdam Square; 0570-064-110; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp.

KURIHAMA FLOWER PARK POPPY GARDEN (Yokosuka): Through June 7, daily; about 1 million poppy flowers, and events include local products on sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 16 & 17; 2-4 p.m. May 31 & June 7, guests can pick poppy flowers; 15 minute walk from Keikyu Line or JR Kurihama Station; free; 046-833-8282. 

CARAVAGGIO AND HIS TIMES: FRIENDS, RIVALS AND ENEMIES (Tokyo): Through June 12, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fridays, closed Mondays; featuring 50 works of Michelandelo Marisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) at The National Museum of Western Art, one-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,400 yen adults, 1,000 yen college students, 600 yen senior high school students; www.nmwa.go.jp/en/exhibitions/2016caravaggio.html.

THE DINOSAURS EXPO AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE: Through June 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mondays except June 6; exhibition of full-scale Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops duel, along with samples on display designed for children to learn more with fun; five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,600 yen adults, 600 yen kids; 03-5777-8600; www.kahaku.go.jp/english.

ISSEY MIYAKE EXHIBITION IFE (Tokyo): Through June 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri.; various works by Miyake, a Japanese fashion designer at the National Art Center, Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line, or five-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Hibiya Station; 1,300 yen adults, 800 yen college students; http://2016.miyakeissey.org.

TOKYO DISNEYLAND EASTER SPECIAL: Through June 15; features Hippity-Hoppity Springtime parade set in the secret Easter garden with the Disney friends and of Easter bunnies; guests can challenge themselves to two egg hunt programs (510 yen standard course, 1,030 yen expert course, in Japanese only), with more than 40 different types of eggs with Disney character designs hidden around the park; two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.

LA PITTURA PARIETALE ROMANAA A POMPEII (Tokyo): Through July 3, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; featuring 80 frescoes from the collections of Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, and Archiviodell’Arte – Luciano Pedicini on display at Roppongi Hills, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo Midtown, Suntory Museum of Art, 21_21 Design Sight, the National Art Center, Tokyo and more; 1,600 yen adults, 1,300 yen college and senior high school students, 600 yen children; 03-5777-8600.

TOKYO METROPOLITAN TEIEN ART MUSEUM – GEMME E GIOIELLI DEI: Through July 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed 2nd & 4th Wed.; featuring 20 works of portrait paintings from the Medici family along with 60 jewels from the collection of the Silver Museum in Florence’s Palazzo Pitti; seven-minute walk from JR Meguro Station on Yamanote Line; 1,400 yen adults, 1,120 yen college students, 700 yen children; 03-3443-0201; www.teien-art-museum.ne.jp/en/exhibition/160422-0705_medici.html.

RENOIR EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri.; more than 100 paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) from the Musee du Louvre and Musee de I’Orangerie’s collection at the National Art Center, Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line, or five-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Hibiya Station; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 800 yen high school students; http://renoir.exhn.jp/en.

STAR TOURS: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE AT TOKYO DISNEYLAND (Chiba prefecture): Through Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; a 4.5-minute attraction featuring the world of Star Wars in 3-D; 0570-00-8632.

SNOOPY MUSEUM TOKYO: Through Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; featuring more than 500 items including unique original cartoons, comics drawn before Peanuts, unpublished sketches and art works from the collection of the Charles M. Schultz Museum; 5-6-20, Roppongi, Minato-ku, seven-minute walk from Roppongi Station; fee charged; reservation required; 03-6328-1960; www.snoopymuseum.tokyo/en.

TOKYO DISNEYSEA 15TH ANNIVERSARY: THE YEAR OF WISHES (Chiba prefecture): Through March 17; commemorating the 15th anniversary of the opening of Tokyo DisneySea, featuring special show Crystal Wishes; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.


KOINOBORI FESTIVAL AT OKINAWA PEACE MEMORIAL PARK: Through May 5; colorful 20,000 koinobori — carp streamers — including the biggest one on Okinawa, measuring 98-feet-long, stream over at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Itoman city, 40-minute bus ride from Naha Bus terminal; free; 098-997-2765.

NAHA HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: Through May 5, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; dragon boat races are held in various fishing communities on Okinawa during the late spring and summer period. Naha Harii is well known and U.S. military teams are invited to take part in this race. The tradition of the harii is linked to the Kaijin-sai (Unjami), or fisherman festival, observed to give thanks to the sea god and pray for the safety and prosperity of fishermen; at Naha Shinko Futo “Pier”, 1-16-10, Minato-cho, Naha City, 20-minute ride from Naha Airport; free; 098-862-14427.

OKU-YAMBARU KOINOBORI FESTIVAL: Through May 5; about 800 koinobori — carp streamers — designed by children who attend kindergartens and nursery schools in Kunigami-son are displayed over the River Okugawa at Kawara Koen of Oku-Yambaru-no Sato, along with eisa dance by youth groups, hula dance, traditional dance and more; free; Kunigami-son; 0980-41-8446.

21ST IEJIMA LILY FESTIVAL: Through May 5; the island of Iejima, 5.5 miles off the coast of Motobu Peninsula, is the site of a large lily field where 200,000 Teppo Yuri lilies bloom and festival includes taiko drums, traditional dances and songs, karaoke and more at the stage inside the lily park, ferries sail 9 & 11 a.m., 3 & 5 p.m. from Motobu Port (30-minute trip) through May 6; 0980-49-2906 (Iejima Sightseeing Association); 0980-49-2255 (ferries).

OKINAWA FLOWER CARNIVAL 2016: Through May 5; Shuri Castle Park, Okinawa Commemorative Government Park, Okinawa Kenritsu Budokan, Nakijin Castle Park and Yaedake Cherry Park; Okinawa Sightseeing Convention Bureau 098-859-6129.

GUSHIKAWA BULLFIGHTING: May 7, 7 p.m.; Okinawa bullfighting (bull vs. bull) at Ishikawa Multi-purpose Dome, Uruma city; 70-minute drive from Naha Airport; 2,500 yen adults; 098-965-4441.

ALL-OKINAWA SPRING BULLFIGHTING: May 8, noon., Okinawa bullfighting (bull vs. bull) and eisa dance at Ishikawa Multi-purpose Dome, Uruma city, 70-minute drive from Naha Airport; 3,000 yen; 098-965-5634.

KOINOBORI FESTIVAL AT YUI RAIL STATION BUILDING (MONORAIL): Through May 11; colorful koinobori stream at Miehashi Station on Yui Rail (monorail); 098-859-2689; www.yui-rail.co.jp/en.

SANSHIN MUSIC “SESSION OF FEMALE MUSICIAN”: May 14, 2 p.m.; traditional Sanshin music performed at the National Theatre Okinawa, Urasoe city; 3,100 yen; 098-871-3350; www.nt-okinawa.or.jp/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=750&Itemid=133.

RYUKYU DANCE PERFORMANCES FROM MALE DANCERS: May 28, 2 p.m.; traditional Ryukyu Dance performed at the National Theatre Okinawa, Urasoe city; 3,100 yen; 098-871-3350; www.nt- okinawa.or.jp/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=750&Itemid=133.

South Korea

DAEGU COLORFUL FESTIVAL: May 7, 4-9 p.m. & May 8, 4-6 p.m.; colorful parades with 10,000 people in 260 teams, along with performances; Gukchaebosang-ro Road – Jungang Road – Jonggak four-way intersection; +82-2-1330.

BOSEONG GREEN TEA FESTIVAL (South Jeolla province): Through May 8; Boseong is considered the birthplace of the commercial tea industry and is the largest tea producer in South Korea; festival has tea-related attractions, picking tea leaves, tea making, tea bowl making, workshops and more at Korean Tea and Sori Cultural Park, take an intercity bus to Gwangju from Seoul Express Bus Terminal+82-2-1330; http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=700867.

C-FESTIVAL (Seoul): Through May 8; World Trade Center and Yeongdong-Daero; 8,000 won adults, 6,000 won students; Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 5 or 6; www.c-festival.com.

MUNGYEONG TRADITIONAL CHASABAL FESTIVAL (North Gyeongsang province): Through May 8; traditional ceramics by ceramics master artists, Nationwide Chasabal Contest, and more at Mungyeongsaejae Special Site; 5,000 won adults, 3,000 won children (includes admission and a coin of 2,000 worth won to use for purchasing at the festival site); +82-2-1330; www.sabal21.com.

TAEAN TULIP FESTIVAL (South Chungcheong province): Through May 8, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Taean Tulip is one of the top five tulip festivals in the world, featuring tulip-filled fields at the Suncheon Bay Garden, take an intercity bus to Taean from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal; 9,000 won adults, 7,000 won teenagers; +82-2-1330; http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=1990572.

JEONJU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (North Jeolla province): Through May 9; nine-day outing with a wide range of events and movies at Sori Arts Center of Jeollabuk-do; +82-2-1330; www.jiff.or.kr.

NAMWON CHUNHYANG FESTIVAL (North Jeolla province): May 13-16; features Chunhyanf Gugak (traditional music) contest, Miss Chunhyanf contest, archery, ssireum (traditional wrestling) competition and more at Gwanhalluwon Garden; take express bus to Namwon, and walk to Gwanhalluwon Garden; +82-2-1330; http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=697199.

GYEJOKSAN MOUNTAIN BAREFOOT FESTIVAL (Daejeon): May 14-15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; event features 14.5 km barefoot walk or run along red clay; take Bus 611, 616 or 701 to Daedeok-gu Rehabilitation Center, transfer to Bus 74 to Jangdong Nature Recreational Center bus stop; +82-2-1330; https://english.visitkorea.or.kr:1001/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_2.jsp?cate=&area=&dateStart=02-24-2016&startDate=20160224&dateEnd=12-31-2016&endDate=20161231&keyword=&category=&areaCode=&gotoPage=12&stype=&cid=1732009&out_service=.

YEOJU CERAMIC FESTIVAL (Gyeonggi province): Through May 15; exhibiting ceramic artwork and products, which are on sale at discounted prices; take an intercity bus to Yeoju Terminal from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, then take a local bus bound for Silleuksa Temple to the festival site; +82-2-1330; http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=703303.

GWANGJU ROYAL CERAMIC FESTIVAL (Gyeonggi province): Through May 17; enjoy how the high-quality ceramics are produced by ceramic masters, along with pottery-making program in which you can make our own porcelain ceramics at the Gwangju Royal Ceramic Museum, take a subway from Gangbyeon Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), exit 1, take a bus 1113-1 to museum; +82-2-1330; http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=293177.

HAPCHEON HWANGMAESAN ROYAL AZALEA FESTIVAL (South Gyeongsang province): Through May 22; enjoy the azalea blooming in the fields, along with attractions and live performances at Hwangmaesan Country Park, take a bus to Hapcheon Bus Terminal from Seoul’s Nambu Bus Terminal, take a bus bond for Deokman and get off at Deokman bus station; free; +82-2-1330; http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1810584.

ICHEON CERAMIC FESTIVAL (Gyeonggi province): Through May 22; ceramics, live performances and more at Seolbong Park, take an intercity bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal or Seoul Express Bus Terminal to Icheon Bus Terminal, and take a taxi to Seolbong Park; free; +82-2-1330; www.ceramic.or.kr.

CHANGDEOKGUNG MOONLIGHT TOUR (Seoul): May 23 & 24, 8 p.m., May 23 & 24, 8 p.m.; 2-hour tour moonlight tour at Changdeokgung Palace, departs from Donhwamun Gate; 30,000 won; http://ticket.interpark.com/Glocal.

SPRING FESTIVAL OF THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM (Gyeonggi province): Through May 31, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; The Garden of Morning Calm features thousands of flowers and trees in bloom; take a bus bound for Cheongpy Terminal from Sangbong Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal; 9,000 won adults, 6,500 yen students, 5,500 yen children; +82-2-1330; http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=1892312.

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