See irises at the largest iris garden in the Orient at Yokosuka Iris Garden, June 1-30. Concerts of koto, Japanese bamboo flute, and other oriental musical instruments are 11 a.m. Sundays in June.
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CANDLE NIGHT FOR ONE MILLION PEOPLE AT ZOJOJI TEMPLE (Tokyo): June 21, 6 -9 p.m.; turn off the lights and take it slow at Zojoji Temple, with an event that includes a live concert; three-minute walk from Onarimon and Shiba Koen Stations on Mita Line, five-minute walk from Daimon Station on Asakusa Line or 10-minute walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station; free; 03-3402-8841.
YOKOHAMA FRENCH VIDEO ART EXHIBITION (Kanagawa prefecture): June 21-30, 11 a.m. -7 p.m.; video art of Dan Aki, Kika Nicolela, Mihai Grecu and more featuring themes of contemporary diversified cities selected by French curators; Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1 Hall, 15-minute walk from JR Kan-nai Station; free; 045-201-1514.
LAKE KAWAGUCHI HERB FESTIVAL: June 21-July 15; see more than 100,000 lavender plants and events include gardening contest, music concerts, fireworks and illuminations sunset-10 p.m. at Yagizaki Park, 75-minute drive from Shinjuku on Chuo Express; Kawaguchiko Town Sight-seeing Bureau; 0555-72-3168; www.fujisan.ne.jp/index_e.php.
15TH KANTO CHEERLEADING CHAMPIONSHIPS: June 22, 1 p.m. & June 23, 11:45 a.m.; 168 teams participate; National Yoyogi Stadium Dai-ichi Taikukan, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station and Meiji Jingu-Mae Station on Metro Chiyoda Line; 1,300-1,500-2,000-2,500 yen; 03-3404-2226.
ALL JAPAN STUDENTS JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013: June 22 & 23, 11 a.m.; winners, runner-ups and qualifiers’ groups through local tournaments compete; Budokan, five-minute walk from Kudanshita Station on Metro Tozai and Hanzo-mon Lines; 1,000 yen adults, 500 yen kids; 03-3818-4179.
NANBU HYDRANGEA FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): June 22-July 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; see 90 varieties of hydrangeas and 30,000 trees at Utsubuna Park; Shimizu I.C. on Tomei Express or 15-minute walk from Utsubuna Station on JR Minobu-Line; 300 yen adults, kids free; 0556-64-3111.
IRIS FESTIVAL IN TOWADA (Aomori prefecture): June 22-July 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 200,000 irises; Iris Garden of Risoukyo, 15-minute ride from JR Towadashi Station; 500 yen adults, 200 yen kids; 0176-27-2516; www.risoukyo.com/english/index.html.
HARRY POTTER EXHIBITION (Tokyo): June 22-Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; featuring screen properties in the Harry Potter movies and more on display; 2,500 yen adults, 2,000 yen college students, 1,500 yen senior and junior high school students, 1,000 yen kids; 0570-000-777; www.harrypotterexhibition.jp.
ITAKO IRIS FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): Until June 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; one million irises at Maekawa Garden, five-minute walk from Itako Station on JR Kashima-Line or 15-minute ride from Itako I.C. on Higashi Kanto Express; free; 0299-63-3154.
BARAKURA ENGLISH GARDEN FLOWER SHOW 2013 (Nagano prefecture): Through June 23, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Barakura English Garden, the first authentic English Garden in Japan, was founded in 1990 by Hohei Yamada, and attracts visitors with gardening seminars, live concerts and arts & crafts; 30-minute ride from Mimami Suwa I.C. on Chuo Express; 2,400 yen adults through June 23, 1,500 yen adults June 24-July 15; 0266-77-2019; http://barakura.co.jp/english.
PAEONIA LACTIFLORA FESTIVAL IN TOWADA (Aomori prefecture): Through June 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 140 varieties of paeonia lactiflora — the common garden peony; Paeonia Lactiflora Garden of Risoukyo, 15-minute ride from JR Towadashi Station; 500 yen adults, 200 yen kids; 0176-27-2516; www.risoukyo.com/english/index.html.
INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP RUGBY MATCH (Tokyo): June 23, 12:10 p.m. kickoff; Tonga’s national team vs. Fiji’s national team, followed by Japan’s national team vs. USA’s national team at 2:10 p.m. at Prince Chichibu Rugby Stadium, five-minute walk from Gaien-mae Station on Ginza-Line or a 15-minute walk from JR Sendagaya Station; 2,500-4,000 yen; Japan Rugby Football Association 03-3401-3290.
26TH JAPAN FOLK SONG FESTIVAL 2013 (Tokyo): June 23, 2 p.m.; annual Japan folk song fest at NHK Hall, 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station and Meiji Jingu-Mae Station on Metro Chiyoda Line; 3,150-4,200-5,250-6,300 yen; 03-3471-8888.
HOZUKI ICHI (Tokyo): June 23 & 24, 9 a.m.-8 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 — in the compounds of the Atago Shrine, 1-5-3 Atago, Minato-ku, Kamiyacho Station, Hibiya Line; 03-3431-0327.
PEARL BOWL XXXVI (Tokyo): June 24, 7 p.m.; American football featuring Kajima Deers vs. Obic Seagulls at Tokyo Dome, six-minute walk from JR Suidobashi Station or seven-minute walk from Metro Korakuen Station on Marunouchi Line; 2,000 yen adults, ages 17 and younger free; 03-6718-4441; www.xleague.com/english/.
TOKYO DISNEYLAND TANABATA STAR FESTIVAL 2013 (Chiba prefecture): June 24- July -7, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; The Tanabata Star festival originated from a Chinese legend that told of two stars, Vega and Altair – separated lovers allowed to meet once a year on July 7; Disney’s annual Tanabata Star Festival, features Wishing Place at the World Bazaar where visitors can make a wish on a strip of paper, along with a special Star Festival Greeting parade 11:20 a.m. & 4:15 p.m. daily by Mickey Mouse and his friends and more; 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, discount pass after 5 p.m. is 3,300 yen, 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/en/index.html.
EXHIBITION OF FANTASTIC COMICS BY HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA AND KYOSAI KAWANABE (Tokyo): Through June 26; see Japanese comics created by Katsushika (1760-1849) and Kawanabe (1831-1889); Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen senior high school and college students, kids free; 03-3403-0880; www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp/index-E.html.
EU FILM DAYS 2013 (Tokyo): Through June 26; European Union Film fair featuring 22 movies including “Breathing” of Austria, “Come As You Are” of Belgium, “Footsteps in the Sand” of Bulgaria, “Thanks for Every New Morning” of Czech Republic, “Germany from Above” of Germany, “The Maggot Feeder, Villa Antropoff, Others” of Estonia, “Cousinhood” of Spain and others; Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 10-minute walk from Kudanshita Station on Metro Tozai Line; 500 yen; 03-3264-6011.
MEI LIVE CONCERT AT TOKYO TOWER: June 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Tokyo Tower Ambassador violinist Mei is to perform at Club333 of Tokyo Tower, five-minute walk from Akabanebashi Station on Oedo-Line; 820 yen adults, 460 yen junior and senior high school students, 310 yen kids to main observatory; 03-3433-5111; www.tokyotower.co.jp/eng/secret/.
NEXT GENERATION WORLD HOBBY FAIR 2013 (Chiba prefecture): June 29 & 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; play new computer games and see booths from Epoch, Nintendo, Konami, Sega and others at Makuhari Messe Exhibition Halls No. 9-11, a five-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on JR Keiyo-Line; free; 03-5389-8101.
ROUGH WATER SWIM JAPAN SERIES IN ZUSH (Kanagawa prefecture): June 29 & 30; swim in the ocean in the following categories: 3 km at 9 a.m., 800 meters at 11:30 a.m. June 29, 400 meters for junior high school students 9 a.m., 200 meters for 5th & 6th graders, 100 meters for 3rd & 4th graders, 50 meters for 1st & 2nd graders, and 1.5 km at 10:30 a.m. June 30; 15-minute walk from JR Zushi Station; 5,000 yen adults, 2,500 yen junior high school students, 2,000 yen elementary school students; 0467-84-8639.
KAKEGAWA KAMO IRIS GARDEN (Shizuoka prefecture): Until June 30, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; one million irises at Kamo Iris Garden, Kakegawa city, known as one of the best iris gardens in Japan; five-minute ride from Mori Kakegawa I.C. on Shin Tomei Express; 1,050 yen adults, 840 yen ages 65 and older, 315 yen kids; 0537-26-1211.
HYDRANGEA FESTIVAL: Until June 30, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. weekends, closed Tue. & Wed.; see more than 20,000 hydrangeas at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, Seaside Line, Hakkeijima Station; 4,900 yen adults, 3,500 yen kids; 045-788-8888; www.seaparadise.co.jp/english/.
LUPINUS FESTIVAL IN TOWADA (Aomori prefecture): Through June 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 10,000 pink, violet, red, orange, yellow and other lupinus trees in bloom in the one-acre garden at Risokyo; 15-minute ride from JR Towadashi Station; 500 yen adults, 200 yen kids; 0176-27-2516; www.risoukyo.com.
IRIS FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Through June 30, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; the largest iris garden in the Orient has 412 varieties and 140,000 irises on the 9.4-acre site and features concerts of koto and other Oriental musical instruments 11 a.m. Sundays in June; Yokosuka Iris Garden, Keikyu bus from Keikyu Shioiri Station, get off at Ikegami Chugaku (junior high school) bus stop; 300 yen, 100 yen for kids; 046-853-3688.
TAKAHATA FUDOSON HYDRANGEA FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through June 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; known as Asia’s most beautiful spot to view hydrangeas and has a five-story pagoda; five-minute walk from Takahata Fudoson Station on Keio-Line, 30-minute ride from Shinjuku Station; free; 042-591-0032.
OEDO ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): June 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; at Yoyogi Park, Yoyogi Keyaki Namiki Street, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 03-6407-6011; http://antique-market.jp/eng/index.shtml.
EXHIBITION “LEONARDO DA VINCI” (Tokyo): Through June 30, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; featuring 100 oil paintings and sketches by da Vinci and artists influenced by da Vinci, owned by Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosianna – Milano/De Agostini Picture Library; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, seven-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,500 yen adults, 1,300 yen college students, 800 yen senior high school students, 11 and younger free; 03-3823-6920; http://tinyurl.com/csodz4s.
IRIS FESTIVAL (Shizuoka prefecture): Ends late June, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Izu Niji-No-Sato, 15-minute ride from Shuzenji Station, 90-minute ride from Numazu I.C. on Tomei Express; 1,000 yen adults, 500 yen ages 4-12; 0558-72-7111; www.nijinosato.com/english/index.html.
ASUKAYAMA PARK HYDRANGEA FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through late June, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; see 10 varieties of hydrangeas and 1,300 trees at Asukayama Park, one-minute walk from Oji Station on JR Keihin-Tohoku-Line; free; 03-3908-9275.
HANANOBE-NO SATO HYDRANGEA FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Through early July, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; see the biggest hydrangea garden in Japan; 15-minute ride from Katsura Station on JR Sotobo-Line; 600 yen adults, 400 yen kids; 0470-70-1127.
OPENING OF MOUNT FUJI (Yamanashi prefecture): July 1; Japan’s highest — at 12,388 feet — and most famous peak opens 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 7:40, 8:40, & 9:40 a.m., & 4:50, 5:50 & 7:30 p.m.; 2,600 yen one-way, 03-5376-2217/0555-72-5111 for Keio Bus; 0555-72-1111 for Kawaguchiko Town Hall.
TOKYO BAY CRUISE: July 1-Sept. 23, 7:15 p.m.; includes cruise and all you can drink; leaves Takehashi Pier Terminal, seven-minute walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station north exit; 2,500 yen adults, 1,000 yen senior and junior high school students, 500 yen elementary school students; 03-3437-6119.
TOKYO INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR 2013: July 3-6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; 1,360 publishing companies and dealers at Tokyo Big Sight; 03-3349-8507; www.bookfair.jp/en/home.
63RD SHONAN HIRATSUKA TANABATA FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): July 5-7; streets in Hiratsuka city are decorated with bamboo leaves and colorful streamers, and are illuminated at night during the festival, which originated from a Chinese legend that told of two stars, Vega and Altair, separated lovers allowed to meet only once a year on July 7; Hiratsuka Station, JR Tokaido Line; 0463-35-8107.
DOWNTOWN STAR FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 5-10, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Kappabashi Dori (Kitchen Town) from Iriya Station to Asakusa is decorated with Star Festival decorations made by local residents, plus street performances and more; five-minute walk from Taharacho Station on metro; 03-5246-1111.
TOKYO CAMPING CAR SHOW 2013 (Tokyo): July 6-8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; booths and displays of camping cars, outdoor equipment, campsite and tourism information; Tokyo Big Sight; 800 yen adults, 500 yen in advance and 300 yen ages 15 & younger, 200 yen in advance; 03-3405-1815.
FUCHU KYODO-NO MORI MUSEUM HYDRANGEA FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through July 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; see 30 varieties of hydrangeas and 10,000 trees; 10-minute ride from Kunitachi Fuchu I.C. on Chuo-Express or 20-minute walk from Fuchu Honmachi Station on Musashino/Nambu-Lines; 200 yen adults, 100 yen kids; 042-368-7921.
SATTE HYDRANGEA FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Through July 7, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., daily; 100 varieties of hydrangea, 15,000 trees in Satte Gongendo Park, 30-minute walk from Satte Station on Tobu Nikko Line or 10-minute ride from Kuki I.C. on Tohoku Express; free; 0480-43-1111.
SAITAMA STADIUM BIG FLEA MARKET (Saitama prefecture): July 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; more than 450 amateur and licensed antique dealers; 15-minute walk from Urawa-misono Station on Saitama Kosoku Tetsudo; free; 0180-99-3355.
AJINOMOTO STADIUM FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): July 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & 6-9:30 p.m.; about 800 booths; five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station, Keio Line; 300 yen adults, kids free; 03-3226-6800.
TOKYO TOWER ILLUMINATION: Through July 7, 5-10 p.m.; main observatory, open 9 a.m.-10 p.m., at 492 feet high, is decorated with 28,000 LEDs and ornaments; five-minute walk from Akabanebashi Station on Oedo-Line; 03-3433-5111; 820 yen adults, 460 yen junior and senior high school students, 310 yen kids to main observatory and 1,420 yen adults, 860 yen junior and senior high school students, 660 yen kids to observatory 820 feet, open 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; www.tokyotower.co.jp/eng/secret/.
PRINCE ICE WORLD 2013 TOKYO: July 12, 2 & 7 p.m., July 13-15, 11 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.; Olympic figure skating gold medalists Shizuka Arakawa, Junko Yaginuma, Takeshi Honda, Dmitri Sukhanov, Evgeni Viktorovich Plushenko, Takahiko Kozuka, Kanako Murakami and more; DyDo Drink Ice Arena, Higashi Fushimi Station on Seibu Shinjuku Line; 5,000-8,000-11,000-16,000 yen adults, 2,500-4,000 yen kids; 042-467-7171.
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS LIVE ARENA TOUR IN JAPAN (Kanagawa, Saitama, Fukuoka and Hiroshima prefectures): July 12-15, Yokohama Arena; Aug. 1-7, Saitama Super Arena; Aug. 15-18, Marine Messe Fukuoka; Aug. 22-25, Hiroshima Green Arena; 4,200-6,300-8,400-10,500 yen adults, 3,150-5,250-7,350-9,450 yen kids; 00570-008-600.
84TH INTER-CITY BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (Tokyo): July 12-23; 32 teams from Japan 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.
TOKYO SUMMERLAND HYDRANGEA GARDEN: Through July 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily; 60 varieties of hydrangea, 15,000 trees in the Hydrangea Garden, Family Park area, 600 Kamiyotsugi, Akiruno; 500 yen adults, 300 yen kids; 042-558-6511; www.summerland.co.jp/english/index.html.
2013 JAPAN TEDDY BEAR WITH FRIENDS CONVENTION (Tokyo): July 13, noon-5 p.m., July 14,10 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 10,000 teddy bears from around the world on display and on sale; Tokyo International Forum Hall Exhibition Hall, Tokyo International Forum Hall B 2nd floor Exhibition Hall 2, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station or five-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station; 1,000 yen adults, ages 12 & younger free; Japan Teddy Bear Association 03-6277-3638.
BEST FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): July 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 100 dealers in the courtyard of Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 03-5805-1093.
MUSICAL “DREAMGIRLS” (Tokyo): July 31-Aug. 25; Tokyu Theatre Orb, 11th floor at Shibuya Hikarie; JR, metro and Keio Inogashira Shibuya Station; 7,500-9,500-12,500 yen; 03-3477-3244.
WORLD PRESS PHOTO EXHIBITION 2013 (Tokyo): Through Aug. 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thu. & Fri., closed Mon.; photos from 54 photographers from around the world; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 10-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station; 700 yen adults, 600 yen college students, 400 yen children; 03-3280-0099; http://syabi.com/e/contents/index.html.
MUSICAL GREEN DAY’S “AMERICAN IDIOT” (Tokyo): Aug. 7-18; Tokyo International Forum Hall C, 8,500-10,500 yen; Kyodo Tokyo 0570-550-799 or http://kyodotokyo.com/aidiot.
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE: FROM CHAGALL TO KUSAMA AND HATSUNE MIKU (Tokyo): Through Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, until 5 p.m. Tue.; Mori Art Museum, Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or four-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Oedo Line; 1,500 yen adults, 1,000 yen students, 500 yen ages 4-15; 03-5777-8600; www.mori.art.museum/english/contents/love/index.html.
CORMORANT FISHING (UKAI) (Gifu prefecture): Through Oct. 15; cormorant fishing on Nagara River is a type of traditional fishing in Japan. More than 40 sightseeing ships are set on the river at 6:15, 6:45 p.m. & 7:15 p.m. to observe cormorant fishermen — usho — catch sweetfish using trained cormorants. Boat fare is 3,000-3,300 yen/person; Nagara River Cormorant Fishing Boat Reservations 058-262-0104; www.gifucvb.or.jp/en/01_sightseeing/01_01.html. Other places to observe cormorant fishing are Uji River in Kyoto 0774-23-3334; Katsura River in Kyoto 075-861-0302: Kiso River in Inuyama city, Aichi prefecture, 0568-61-0057; Hiji River in Oozu, Ehime prefecture, 0893-24-2664; and Nishiki River in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture, 0827-41-0470 or www.ukai-iwakuni.com/content/en.html.
MORI TRUST GARDEN TORA4 (Tokyo): Through Jan. 2014, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Outdoor garden in the center of Tokyo, features cafeshop, beer garden, movie theater, futsal stadium and rental vegetable garden and more; two-minute walk from Jimbo-cho Station on Hibiya Line; 03-6684-8485.
30TH ANNIVERSARY “THE HAPPY YEAR” TOKYO DISNEYLAND (Chiba prefecture): Through March 20, 2014; commemorating the 30th anniversary of the opening Tokyo Disneyland on April 15, 1983,in Chiba, featuring events including daytime parade “Happiness Is Here” as well as “Star Tours: The Adventures Continues” at Disneyland and DisneySea; also Disney characters will tour 30 cities around the Japan; two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line, DisneySea: three-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; Tokyo Disney Resort Information 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.
WHALE SHARK VIEWING: open-ended run; see 4.9- and 5.4-meter whale sharks at feedings and performances; Hakkeijima Sea Paradise; Seaside Line, Hakkeijima Station; 4,200 yen adults, 3,000 yen kids; 045-788-8888; www.seaparadise.co.jp/english/.
FANTASMIC (Chiba prefecture): open-ended run; night-time show, featuring 27 animated characters such as Mickey Mouse and Cinderella, filled with special effects using water and fire on Mediterranean Harbor; Tokyo DisneySea, three-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; one-day passport 6,200 yen adults, discount passport after 3 p.m. 4,900 yen adults; 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.
MEIJI JINGU ICE SKATING (Tokyo): year-round, noon-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends; adults 1,300 yen/day, children 900 yen/day and after 3 p.m., adults 1,000 yen and children 700 yen and 500 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.
MIYAKO ISLAND ROCK FESTIVAL 2013: June 22, noon; Orange Range, Satoru Shimoji, Kariyushi 58, Tetsushi Hiroyama, 10-Feet, Buzz The Bears, Man with a Mission, One OK Rock and more to play; Miyako Island Resort special outdoor site; 7,000 yen adults, 4,000 yen students; 0980-73-0669.
TOMAN HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: June 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 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; the races are held in fishing communities throughout Okinawa in late spring and summer; Itoman Fisher Pier, Nishizaki of Itoman city, 30-minute ride on regular streets from Naha Airport; 098-992-2011.
UTANOHI (SONG DAY) CONCERT IN KADENA 2013: June 29, 3 p.m.; Begin, Misako Kojya, Parsha Club, Sansanar and more to perform; Kadena-cho Kaneku Kaihin Park outdoor stage, 85-31 Kaneku, Kadena; 1,500 yen adults, 500 yen senior high school students, kids free, need guardian; 098-898-1331.
2013 HAGOROMO CUP PORT FRIENDSHIP FESTIVAL: June 30, 6 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; marine sports such as sea kayak and banana boat, along with ukulele live concerts, fishing derby and more; 7.5 miles north of Naha; 098-897-2764.
IRIE CAMP – BEACH CLEAN REGGAE FESTA IN CHATAN: June 30, 2-8 p.m.; Natural Weapon, Tak-Z and more to perform at Chatan Sunabe Baba Park and cleaning starts at 1 p.m.; 15-minute ride from Okinawa Minami I.C. on Okinawa Express; 098-926-1193; free; http://irie.afrojamaican.com/.
IRIE CAMP 2013 AFTER PARTY: June 30, 9 p.m.-3 a.m.; Goodmaking, Precious Ryukyu, Simpson, Hai-sai, Night Walker, Second Lion and DJ Ziko to perform at Ocean Seaside Restaurant, 2,000 yen; 098-923-0793; www.oceans-okinawa.com.
31ST PEACEFUL LOVE ROCK FESTIVAL 2013: July 13 & 14, 1:30 p.m.; July 13 features Orange Range, Hy, Kariyushi 58, Galaxy Express, Asian 4 Front with Velvet Peach Seven, Pe’z, Civilian Skunk and July 14 features Murasaki, Freddie Eto & Queeness, Cinnamon, Jet, Sideways, Pryzm, The Groove Cats; Okinawa City Outdoor Stage; 4,000 yen/one-day ticket, 3,500 yen in advance, 6,000 yen/two-day ticket, 1,000 yen/children accompanied by guardians; 098-989-5566; www.peaceful-love-rock.com.
ITOMAN FURUSATO (HOMETOWN) FESTIVAL: July 13 & 14; local products and crafts on sale, as well as eisa — traditional Okinawa dance with taiko drums — and fireworks at 8:55; Nishizaki Undo Koen Stadium, 30-minute drive from Naha Airport; 098-840-8135.
URASOE TEDAKO FESTIVAL: July 19-21; featuring taiko drum, eisa dance, and harii dragon race at Urasoe City Tedako Hall and Makiminato Fishery Port, along with 2,000 fireworks 8:40 at Urasoe Athletic Park; 098-876-1234.
NAGO NATSU MATSURI: July 27, 1-9 p.m., July 28, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; 36th annual summer festival featuring live performances, test-riding on a patrol boat and fireworks at Nago Fishery Port; 0980-52-4243.
“A TALE OF TWO CITIES, THE MUSICAL” (Seoul): June 21-Aug. 11; Charlotte Theater; 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
ALL THAT SKATE (Seoul): June 21; 8 p.m., June 22, 5 p.m., June 23, 2:30 p.m.; featuring Kim Yuna, Kurt Browning, Aliona Savchenko, Robin Szolkowy and more; Olympic Park Gymnastics Gymnasium; 33,000-55,000-110,000-165,000-220,000-330,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
CENTUM BEER FESTIVAL (Busan): Through June 23; beer sampling, acoustic guitar performances, film screenings, face painting and more, for ages 19 & older; Busan KNN square, 60, Centum-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan; 8,000 won; http://www.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/FU/FU_EN_15.jsp?cid=1819978.
GYEONGGI HWASEONG WORLD DINOSAUR FESTIVAL: Through June 23; features dinosaur-related exhibits such as fossils, mechanical dinosaur displays and more; areas around Eunjang Hill, in Mado-myeon Hwaseong-si Gyeonggi-do; ages 19-64 15,000 won, ages 13-18 12,000 won and ages 6-12, 10,000 won; +82-1661-1107; www.hwaseongdino.co.kr and http://tinyurl.com/cnc64cq.
MUSICAL “THE MOON THAT EMBRACES SUN” (Gyeonggi): Through June 23; Poeun Art Hall, 60,000-80,000-100,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
SEOUL GRAND PARK ROSE FESTIVAL: Through June 30; about 20,000 rose trees from close to 300 species from around the world; Seoul Grand Park Theme Garden, 102, Daegongwongwangjang-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do; 2,000 won adults, 1,500 won youths, 1,000 won kids; http://grandpark.seoul.go.kr
“JACK THE RIPPER, THE MUSICAL” (Gyeonggi): Through June 30; Seongnam Arts Center, Opera House; 40,000-60,000-80,000-100,000-120,000 won weekdays, 50,000-70,000-90,000-110,000-130,000 won weekends; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL “42ND STREET” (Seoul): Through June 30; D Cube Art Center; 50,000-70,000-100,000-120,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL “THE DAYS” (Seoul): Through June 30; the Blue House; 30,000-55,000-77,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL “NANTA”: Seoul, July 1-31; Myeongdong Art Center; 47,500-57,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
“HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL” (Seoul): July 2-Sept. 1; Blue Square; 60,000-80,000-100,000-120,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL “CHICAGO” (Seoul): July 6-Aug. 31; The National Theater of Korea, Main Hall Hae; 40,000-60,000-80,000-100,000-120,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL “THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL” (Seoul): July 6-Sept. 6; LG Arts Center; 50,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL (Seoul): July 11-14; Olympic Park Gymnastics Gymnasium; 60,000-90,000-130,000-160,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL “WANDUGI” (Seoul): Through July 21; Art Center Grand Theater, Hongik University, 30,000-50,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
DAS MUSICAL ELISABETH: Seoul, July 26-Sept. 7; Seoul Arts Center Opera Theater; 30,000-50,000-80,000-100,000-120,000-140,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL “WORLD BEAT VINARI” (Seoul): Through July 31; Cine Core Theater 2; 40,000-50,000-60,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL “MONTE CRISTO” (Seoul): Through Aug. 4; Chungmu Art Hall, Grand Theater; 50,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL “MODEL STUDENT” (Seoul): Through Sept. 1; PMC Daehangno Jayu Theater; 35,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL “TOMORROW MORNING” (Seoul): Through Sept. 1; KT&G Sangsang Art Hall; 55,000-65,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL “HEDWIG” (Seoul): Through Sept. 8; Baekam Art Hall, 55,000-66,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL “THRILL ME” (Seoul): Through Sept. 29; Shinchon The Stage; 44,000-55,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
INTERNATIONAL GARDEN EXPOSITION SUNCHEON BAY: Through Oct. 20; Garden of the Earth; 7,000-11,000-15,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
MUSICAL “GREASE” (Seoul): open-ended run, 8 p.m., Mon., Wed.-Fri., 3 & 7 p.m., Sat., 2 & 6 p.m., Sun. & holidays, Dongsoong Art Center; 40,000-60,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
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