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Groups of traditional Sansa Odori Dance with the tremendous drumming sounds of Taiko (Japanese drums) perform in dynamic motion in vibrantly-colored kimono on main streets of Morioka city, Iwate prefecture, Japan 6-9 p.m. Aug. 1-4. On Aug. 4, see the world’s largest taiko parade; 20-minute walk from JR Morioka Station; 019-624-5880.

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Japan

SUZUKA EIGHT-HOUR ENDURANCE MOTORCYCLE RACE (Mie prefecture): July 25-27, final 11:30 a.m. July 27; 2014 FIM World Endurance Championship Series 2nd Round; fee charged; 059-378-1111.

AKIRUNO FILM FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 25-27; featuring 17 movies including “General” by Buster Keaton, “Life of Pi” and more at Kirara Hall, five-minute walk from JR Akikawa Station on Itsukaichi Line (North Exit); fee charged; 042-558-1111.

67TH FUJI MOUNTAIN RACE (Yamanashi prefecture): July 25; annual marathon at Fujiyoshida City Hall, race to the peak at 7 a.m. and the race to the fifth station at 8:30 a.m.; 15,000 yen for the peak, 10,000 yen for the fifth station entry; Fuji Mountain Race Jimukyoku 0555-22-8261.

EBISU BON ODORI FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 25 & 26, 6-9:30 p.m.; more than 60,000 people — dancing women in cotton summer kimonos and men in happi coats — along with music by flute and Japanese drums at JR Ebisu Station West Exit Square; JR Ebisu Station; 090-4953-2474.

KAGURAZAKA FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 25 & 26, 7-9 p.m.; about 20 groups, each consisting of dozens of people, perform awa odori dance along the Kagurazaka-dori Avenue with the shamisen, flute and taiko — Japanese drum; Kagurazaka Station on Tozai-Line; 03-3268-2802.

HANEDA SHRINE FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 25-27; one of three biggest festivals in Edo period (1603-1868), highlight of the festival, includes carrying a Shinto object of worship in a portable shrine 2:30-6 p.m. Sunday; Otorii Station on Keikyu Line; 03-3741-0023; .

SHINJUKU EISA FESTIVAL 2014 (Tokyo): July 26, noon-8 p.m.; eisa is a traditional Okinawan dance with taiko drums during Obon, a Buddhist holiday to honor the spirits of ancestors. This annual festival will be in streets from Alta Station (JR Shinjuku Station –East Exit) to Isetan Department Store, JR Shinjuku Station-West Exit areas and Kabukicho area and will feature more than 25 groups of more than 1,000 dancers; 03-6450-6478.

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HINODE TOWN SUMMER FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 26, 4:45-8:20 p.m.; folk entertainment at 5 p.m., bon odori 6 p.m., and 1,700 fireworks at 8 p.m. at Hirai Junior High School playground, 20-minute walk from JR Musashi Masudo Station on Itsukaichi Line; 042-597-0511.

THAI FESTIVAL 2014 (Tokyo): July 26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & July 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thai food, traditional music, dance and more at Yoyogi Koren, 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station and 15-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station; free; 03-3222-4101.

FESTIVAL IN OGAWARAKO (Aomori prefecture): July 26 & 27, 9:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; attractions include kayaking classes, Miss Ogawarako Queen announcement, barbecue and more; 20-minute drive from JR Misawa Station or drive from Misawa Airport; 0176-59-2311.

SHIBUYA HAWAIIAN FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & July 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; hula performances, Hawaiian food booths and more at Yoyogi Park, 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; free; 03-6454-7362.

MISAWA TANABATA FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): July 26-28; shopping arcade in Misawa city is decorated with bamboo leaves and colorful streamers, and is illuminated at night and events include hip-hop and street dance performance contest and more; 0176-53-2175.

SOMA NOMAOI FESTIVAL (Fukushima prefecture): July 26-28; horse riding festival by traditional samurai warriors at the athletic field, Minami Soma city, 74-minute drive from Fukushima I.C. on Tohoku Express; free; 0244-24-5263.

KAWAGOE ONE MILLION LANTERNS FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): July 26 & 27; streets of lchibangai and Crea Mall in Kawagoe city are decorated with lanterns — Chochin — and the opening parade starts at Hon Kawagoe Station (Seibu Shinjuku Line) at 3:30 p.m., portable floats parade 5 p.m. Sat., Jidai (Edo-period styled) parade along with demonstration of matchlock shooting from Hon Kawagoe Station 3:30-5 p.m. Sun.; three-minute walk from Hon Kawagoe Station on Seibu Shinjuku Line or 12-minute walk from Kawagoe Station on JR Kawagoe Line; 049-224-5940.

YOKOHAMA ANTIQUE FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): July 26 & 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 80 antique dealers at Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal, 10-minute walk from Nihon Odori Station, Minato-Mirai Line; free; 090-88-14510.

ODAWARA LANTERN FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): July 26 & 27, noon-10 p.m.; lantern dance at 5:30 p.m. with 2,300 lanterns floating on a moat around the castle at 6:50 p.m., followed by bon odori Sat., live music performance, taiko followed by portable shrine parade from Odawara Castle Park to the Ohoribata Street and more Sun., illuminated by laserbeam on Odawara Castle sunset-10 p.m. weekends; JR Odawara Station; 0465-22-5002.

HAMURA SUMMER FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 26 & 27, 3-8:30 p.m.; Samba dance, parade, performances, food booths and more near JR Haruma Station areas; 042-555-1111.

BROADWAY MUSICAL “BRING IT ON” (Tokyo): Through July 27; Tokyu Theatre Orb (11th floor at Shibuya Hikarie), JR, metro and Keio Inogashira Shibuya Station; 6,000-9,000-12,000 yen; 03-3477-3244.

GRAND SUMO TOURNAMENT – JULY BASHO (Nagoya): Through July 27; Hakuho, grand champion, will make his attempt for 30th win; Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, five-minute walk from Exit No. 7 of Shiyakusho on subway Meijyo Line; 0520221-0738; event.chunichi.co.jp/sumo.

OEDO ANTIQUE MARKET (Tokyo): July 27, 8 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.

MORIOKA KITAKAMI RIVER RUBBER BOAT RACE (Iwate prefecture): July 27, 9 a.m.; 6.875-mile race in a rapid stream with time trial and fun ride categories; 019-613-2542.

TABAYAMA VILLAGE SUMMER FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): July 27, 10 a.m.-3:20 p.m.; canoe lessons, walk on rolling logs on a river, trout catching and more at Tabayama Koryu Sokushin Center, 60-minute drive from Katsunuma I.C. on Chuo Express and Ome I.C. on Keno-do Express; 0428-88-0211.

BOLSHOI CIRCUS: Tokyo: Through July 27, 10:30 a.m., 2 & 5 p.m., Yokohama: July 27-Aug. 5, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 & 4:30 p.m., Tokyo Gymnasium & Yokohama Bunka Gymnasium; Tokorozawa: Aug. 9-12, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 & 4:30 p.m., Tokorozawa Shimin Taikukan; Chiba: Aug. 15, 18 & 19, 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. and Aug. 16 & 17, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 & 4:30 p.m., Makuhari Messe; 3,700-4,700-5,700-6,700 yen; 03-3234-7807.

85TH INTER-CITY BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (Tokyo): Through July 29; 34 representative teams compete at Tokyo Dome, six-minute walk from JR Suidobashi Station, seven-minute walk from Metro Korakuen Station on Marunouchi Line; 2,200 yen; 03-3213-6776.

SUMMER FESTIVAL AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA (Saitama prefecture): July 29 & 30, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Hawaiian show, Saitama Police Band performance from 11 a.m., bon odori 5-8:30 p.m., food booths and more; free; JR Saitama Fuku-Toshin Station; 048-601-1122.

TSUKIJI HONGANJI TEMPLE BON ODORI FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 30-Aug. 1, 7-9 p.m. & Aug. 2, 6-8:30 p.m.; bon odori, live performances and food booths at the precincts of Honganji Temple, one-minute walk from Tsukiji Station on Hibiya Line or five-minute walk from Yurakucho Line; 03-3541-1131; free.

HAKONE KOSUI MATSURI (Kanagawa prefecture): July 31; Shinto ritual at Hakone Shrine 6 p.m., and fireworks and 3,000 lanterns on Ashino Lake 8-8:30 p.m.; 40-minute bus ride from Hakone Yumoto Station on Odakyu-Line; 0460-85-5700.

KYOTO GION FESTIVAL: Through July 31; an annual festival of Yasaka Shrine started about 1,100 years ago with prayers to prevent the spread of plague. The highlight is Yamahoko Jyunko, a parade of decorated floats from Shijo Karasuma that makes a circuit around Shijo, Kawaramachi and Oike streets 9-11:35 a.m. July 17; another parade from Karasuma Miike, Kawaracho Miike, Shijo Kawaracho and Shijo Karasuma at 9:30 a.m. July 24; six-minute walk from Gion Shijo Station on Keihan Line; 075-752-7070.

HACHINOHE SANJA TAISAI FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): July 31, 6-9 p.m., Aug. 1, 3 p.m., Aug. 2, 6 p.m., Aug. 3, 3 p.m. & Aug. 4, 6-8 p.m.; features 27 decorated floats in parades on the central streets of Hachinohe city, along with people in samurai clothes, lion dance and more, and Yabusame horseback archery 2 p.m. Aug. 2 at Shinra Shrine, five-minute walk from JR Hachinohe Station; 0178046-4040.

HACHIOJI SUMMER FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 1-3; parade of 19 floats 6-9 p.m. Sat. & 5-9 p.m. Sun. along streets of Koshu Kaido near JR Hachioji Station; along with lion dance, folk dance, taiko (Japanese drum) and food booths; JR Hachioji Station; 042-648-1531.

MORIOKA SANSA ODORI FESTIVAL (Iwate prefecture): Aug. 1-4, 6-9 p.m.; traditional sansa odori dance parade and performances by Miss Sansa Odori dancers, sansa taiko (Japanese drum) groups and more at the Morioka Chuo Dori (street) and Aug. 4, see the world’s largest taiko parade; 20-minute walk from JR Morioka Station; 019-624-5880.

AOMORI NEBUTA FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 1-7; one of the largest and the most famous festivals in Japan, it features huge, illuminated papier-mache floats in a parade on the streets in Aomori city; Aug. 1, eve celebration 6-9 p.m., fireworks 7-8:40 p.m. at Asamushi Onsen (hot spring), Aug. 2-6, Nebuta parades 7:10-9 p.m., Aug. 7, Nebuta parades 1-3 p.m., fireworks and Nebuta boat parades on the ocean 7:15-9 p.m.; JR Aomori Station; 017-723-7211.

HIROSAKI NEPUTA FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 1-7; 80 papier-mache floats of warriors parade the streets in Hirosaki city and the floats are illuminated after sunset; 7 p.m. Aug. 1-4 parade along Dotemach streets; 7 p.m. Aug. 5 & 6 parade around Hirosaki Station; Aug. 7, parade along Dotemachi streets at 10 a.m. and finale with papier-mache floats at River Iwaki near Akane Bridge; 20-minute walk from JR Hirosaki Station to Dotemachi streets; 0170-35-3121.

AKIRUNO SUMMER FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 2, noon-9 p.m.; flute and taiko (Japanese drum), folk dance by more than 1,000 local residents, followed by a parade of floats along the streets of Ekimae Odori near JR Akikawa Station; 042-558-1111.

ODAWARA PORT FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; marine products on sale, and fishing derby for ages 6+ from chartered ships for 5,000 yen, catching sweetfish with hands, scuba diving and more at Odawara Fishery Port, one-minute walk from JR Hayakawa Station on Tokaido Line; 0465-22-5002.

WIND BELL FESTIVAL AT NISHI-ARAI DAISHI (Tokyo): Through Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., until 5 p.m. weekends; more than 500 varieties of wind bells on display and on sale at Nishi-Arai Daishi is closely associated with Kobo Daishi (774-835), founder of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism; Daishi-mae on the Tobu Daishi Line branching off at Nishiarai Station on the Tobu Isezaki Line; 03-3890-2345.

WORLD PRESS PHOTO EXHIBITION 2014 (Tokyo): Through Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Thu. & Fri., closed Mon.; photos from 53 photographers from around the world; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 10-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station; 800 yen adults, 600 yen college students, 400 yen children; 03-3280-0099.

SANKEIEN GARDEN – EARLY MORNING LOTUS VIEWING (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Aug. 10, 6 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends & holidays; Sankeien Garden, built by a silk trading businessman, Sankei Hara, was opened to the public in 1906 and features historic buildings and flowers. The best time for viewing lotus flowers is 7 a.m.; 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Station; 045-621-0634/5; free.

ISAWA CORMORANT FISHING FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., 8-8:50 p.m. Through Aug. 19; Isawa cormorant fishing is unique – usho (cormorant fishermen) walk into Fuefuki River along with trained cormorants to catch sweetfish; shore of Fuefuki River near Isawa Town Hall, 18-minute walk from JR Isawa Onsen Station; 055-262-4111.

THE GROWTH AND BEHAVIORS OF DINOSAURS (Kanagawa prefectures): Through Aug. 28; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; full-scale skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex from Museum of the Rockies and more at Pacifico Yokohama, three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai Line or 12-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 1,800 yen adults, 900 yen children; 045-664-6610.

MOUNT FUJI (Yamanashi prefecture): Japan’s highest — 12,388 feet — and most famous peak is open for the climbing season through Aug. 31; getting there: buses take climbers to the fifth station, where it takes six hours to walk up and five down; Keio buses run from the west exit of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo at 6:40 a.m., 7:40, 8:40, 9:40 & 10:40 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:40, 3:30, 4:30, 5:50 & 7:30 p.m.; 2,700 yen one-way; 03-5376-2217 or 0555-72-5111 Keio Bus; 0555-72-1111 Kawaguchiko Town Hall.

PLANETARIUM – FUCHU KYODO-NO MORI MUSEUM (Tokyo): Through Aug. 31, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; programs with animated characters such as Doraemon and Meitantei Conan; 10-minute ride from Kunitachi Fuchu I.C. on Chuo-Express or 20-minute walk from Fuchu Honmachi Station on Musashino/Nambu-Lines; 400 yen adults, 200 yen ages 15 and younger; 042-368-7921.

GO-BETWEENS: THE WORLD SEEN THROUGH CHILDREN (Tokyo): Through Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., until 5 p.m. Tue.; features 110 works by 26 of the world’s top artists; Mori Art Museum; Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or four-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Oedo Line; 1,500 adults, 1,000 yen student, 500 yen senior junior student; 03-5777-8600.

SHOTARO KOBAYASHI PHOTO ARCHIVE EXHIBITION/THE CARS I HAVE SEEN IN PRE-WAR JAPAN (Tokyo): Through Aug. 31, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; featuring 500 photos taken by editor Shotaro Kobayashi on Tokyo streets at the History Garage of Odaiba Mega Web, Tokyo Teleport Station on JR Saikyo Line (Rinkai) or Aomi Station on Yurikamome (monorail); free; 03-3599-0808.

TOKYO DISNEYSEA DISNEY SUMMER FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Through Aug. 31; tons of spraying water at Mediterranean Harbor; three-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,200 yen adults, 5,300 yen ages 12-17, 4,100 yen ages 4-11, pass after 5 p.m. is 3,300 yen; 0570-00-8632.

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.

THE RINGS FROM THE HASHIMOTO COLLECTION OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART (Tokyo): Through Sept. 15, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; features 300 rings form the Hashimoto Collection made during the ancient Roman Period through today; one-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,400 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 700 yen senior high School students; 03-5777-8600.

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.

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.

SPECTERS, GHOSTS AND SORCERERS IN UKIYO-E (Tokyo): Through Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Mon., except July 21 & Sept. 15; see seasonal ukiyo-e on display; specters July 1-27, ghosts Aug. 1-26 and sorcerers Aug. 30-Sept. 25; Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 900 yen adults, 600 yen senior high school and college students, kids free; 03-3403-0880.

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.

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.

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.

Okinawa

NAGO NATSU MATSURI: July 26, 1-9 p.m. & July 27, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; 37th annual summer festival with performances, patrol boat rides and fireworks at Nago Fishery Port; 0980-52-4243.

TOMIGUSUKU EISA FESTIVAL: July 26 & 27; includes harii dragon boat races, performances, eisa dance, fireworks at Toyosaki Ocean Park Multi-purpose Square (northside) and Toyosaki Churasun Beach, 15-minute drive from Naha Airport; 098-850-3582.

YONABAMU GIANT TUG-OF-WAR FESTIVAL: July 27, 5 p.m.; includes fireworks at 8:45 p.m.; at Gotenyama Youth Square (Seishonen Hiroba), 20-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-945-5323.

YAMBARU YOUTH EISA MATSURI: Aug. 2, 5 p.m.; eisa is a traditional Okinawan dance with taiko drums during Obon, a Buddhist holiday to honor the spirits of ancestors and youth eisa groups from Motobu town perform at Motobu-cho Tancha Koen, 90-minute drive from Naha Airport; 0980-47-5211.

OGIMI VILLAGE EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 2 & 3, 1-9 p.m.; eisa dance, fireworks; Shioya Fishery Port, 100-minute ride from Naha Airport or 30-minute drive from Nago city; 098-44-3007.

GINOWAN YOUTH EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 2 & 3, 3-9 p.m.; at Ginowan Ocean Park Multi-purpose Square (Tamokuteki Hiroba), 35-minute ride from Naha Airport or 20-minute ride from Kitanakagusuku IC or Nishihawa IC on Okinawa Express; 098-897-2764.

OKINAWA CHILDREN’S KINGDOM EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 2 & 3, 4-9 p.m.; eisa is a traditional Okinawan dance with taiko drums during Obon, a Buddhist holiday to honor the spirits of ancestors and dancers and drummers gather at Okinawa Children’s Kingdom and children’s eisa groups perform 4 p.m., youth eisa groups at 6:30 p.m.; 098-933-4190.

10,000 PEOPLE’S EISA PARADE: Aug. 3, 1 p.m.; eisa is a traditional Okinawan dance with taiko drums during Obon, a Buddhist holiday to honor the spirits of ancestors and 10,000 dancers and drummers parade along Kokusai Dori Street, Naha city and anyone can participate with advance practice sessions; 098-863-2755.

YOUTH EISA FESTIVAL IN CHATAN: Aug. 3, 5:30-10 p.m.; nine eisa groups in a parade to display the traditional Okinawan dance; Kuwae Sogo Baseball Field, 40-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-982-5678.

KINCHO YOUTH EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 3, 5-9 p.m.; more than 3,000 residents including seven youth eisa groups scheduled to participate in this festival and fireworks at 8:30; Kin-District Park, 80-minute drive from Naha Airport or five-minute drive from Kin IC on Okinawa Express; 098-968-8996.

South Korea

SAINT-PETERSBURG STATE BALLET ON ICE (Suwon): July 25, 7:30 p.m. and July 26, 3 & 7 p.m.; Gyeonggi Arts Center, Grand Performance Hall; 22,000-33,000-44,000-55,000 won.

GEOCHANG INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THEATER: July 25-Aug. 10; live performance with the theme of nature, man and drama at Outdoor Theatre in Geochang-gun Suseungdae, three-minute walk from Suseungdae Intercity Bus Terminal after taking a intercity busy bound for Suseungdae Intercity Bus Terminal; 15,000 won adults, 10,000 won students; +82-2-1330.

TAEBAEK SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL (Gangwon Province): July 25-Aug. 16; celebrating of the area’s colorful wildflowers and fields of sunflowers in Guwau village, along with art exhibitions, concerts, nature films and more; take intercity bus to Taebaek Terminal from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal; +82-2-1330.

GANGJIN CELADON FESTIVAL (South Jeolla Province): July 26-Aug. 3; Gangin area was a celadon production site from 10th to 14th centuries, and see celadon production; take express bus to Gangjin Bus Terminal, then take local bus bound for Goryeo Celadon Porcelain Kiln; +82-2-1330.

BORYEONG MUD FESTIVAL (South Chungcheong province): Through July 27; experience the beneficial properties of the Boryeong mud, mud wrestling, mud sliding, swimming in the mud and more at Daecheon Beach; +82-2-1330.

PUCHON INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL (Gyeonggi province): Through July 27; includes screenings of horror, mystery, thriller and sci-fi movies at Bucheon Citizens’ Hall and City Hall; +82-2-1330.

SEOUL INTERNATIONAL CARTOON & ANIMATION FESTIVAL: Through July 27; one of the five major animation film festivals in the world, introducing trends through exhibitions by creative masterminds and artists at COEX H Hall, Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2) Exit 5 or 6; 8,000 won adults, 6,000 won teenagers & children; +82-2-1330.

SACHEON INTERNATIONAL PERCUSSION FESTIVAL (South Gyeongsang province): July 31-Aug. 3; promoting Samcheonpo Korean farm music; Samcheonpo Bridge Park; take a bus from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal to Samchenpo Terminal, then take a taxi to Samcheonpo Bridge Park; +82-2-1330.

HAMYANG WILD GINSENG FESTIVAL (South Gyeongsang province): July 31-Aug. 6; the Hamyang region is known for its wild ginseng and medicinal herbs, and this event features ginseng on display, ginseng flowerpot making, wild ginseng liquor and rice cake making, symposium, fireworks and more; Sangnim Park area, take an intercity bus to Hamyang from Dong Seoul Terminal or Nambu Terminal, then take a taxi to the festival site; +82-2-1330.

JEONGNAMJIN JANGHEUNG WATER FESTIVAL: Aug. 1-7; water fight, natural herb healing pool, laser & fireworks show and more; Pyeonbaek Forest Woodland, take an express bus bound for Jangheung from Seoul Central Bus Terminal, then take a bus bound for the Jangheung-Woodland to the Woodland bus stop; +82-2-1330.

THE GREAT MOUNTAINS INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL & SCHOOL (Gangwon province): Through Aug. 3; concertos and chamber music by top-class artists; 70,000-250,000 won concert hall & music tent, +82-2-1330.

MUSICAL “SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN” (Seoul): Through Aug. 3; Chungmu Art Hall, Grand Theater, 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won.

“MOZART!” MUSICAL (Seoul): Through Aug. 3; Grand Theater, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, 30,000-130,000 won.

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

MUSICAL, “SALIERI” (Seoul): Through Aug. 31; Sejong Center for the Performing Arts M Theater; 33,000-55,000-66,000 won.

MUSICAL, “DRACULA” (Seoul): Through Sept. 5; Seoul Arts center, Opera Theater, 50,000-140,000 won.

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.

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.

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

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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