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ISU GRAND PRIX OF FIGURE SKATING 2015/2016, NHK TROPHY (Nagano prefecture): Nov. 27-29; men’s and women’s singles, pairs and ice dancing teams from 10 countries compete at Nagano Big Hat, 10-minute ride or 30-minute walk from JR Nagano Station, East Exit; ; 8,000-14,000 yen adults; 03-5405-8686.
CHRISTMAS MARKETS AT SAITAMA SHINTOSHIN KEYAKI HIROBA (Saitama prefecture): Nov. 27-Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sun.; includes ornaments, dolls and more at Keyaki Hiroba of Saitama Super Arena, Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku, Utsunomiya and Takasaki Lines; 048-600-3001.
FLEA MARKET (Kanagawa prefecture): Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 400 dealers; Yokohama Stadium, five-minute walk from JR Kozukue Station on Yokohama-Line or 15-minute walk from JR Shin Yokohama Station; 03-3226-6800.
FIESTA DE SPANA 2015 (Tokyo): Nov. 28 & 29, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; flamenco and performances, along food booths and more at Yoyogi Park, 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; free; 0570-044-099.
CHRISTMAS MARKETS AT KOSAKA (Akita prefecture): Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12 & 19, 5-7:30 p.m.; In 1873, German engineers invited local residents to celebrate Christmas with their silver mine co-workers; Christmas goods such as ornaments, dolls, general merchandise along with German sausages and cookies, hot wines, and beer, live performances, illumination and more at Meiji Hyakunen-dori Street and Kokusan Koryu Hiroba areas, 30-minute ride from Ohwani Hirosaki I.C. on Tohoku Express; 0186-29-5522.
MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS LIVE (Tokyo): Nov. 28 & 29, Dec. 5, 6, 12 & 13, 3, 4:30 & 6 p.m.; 30-minute Christmas chamber music concerts at Galleria 2nd floor; free; 03-3475-3100.
KARUIZAWA WINTER FESTIVAL (Nagano prefecture): Nov. 28-Dec. 25; opening ceremony 4 p.m. Nov. 28, fireworks 6 p.m.; featuring ice skating, ice hockey, curling, live concerts, food booths, along with illuminations and more at Yanozaki Koen, five-minute walk from JR Karuizawa Station or 20-minute ride from Usui Karuiizawa I.C. on Jyoshinetsu Express; 0267-45-8579.
AKASAKA SACAS ICE SKATING RINK 2015 (Tokyo): Nov. 28-Dec. 27, noon-9 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends and holidays; open-air ice skating; free skating and shoe rentals on Nov. 27; Akasaka Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-3746-6666.
67TH ALL JAPAN MEN’S & WOMEN’S INTERCOLLEGE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (Tokyo): Through Nov. 29; at National Yoyogi Stadium No. 2 Gymnasium, Otaku Sogo Taikukan, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station and Meiji Jingu-Mae Station on Metro Chiyoda Line to National Yoyogi Stadium No. 2 Gymnasium; 03-5459-3557.
16TH TOKYO FILMEX INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through Nov. 29; movies screen at Yurakucho Asahi Hall, Toho Cinemas Nichigeki Theater and Humantrust Cinema Yurakucho; 03-5777-8600; 1,800 yen at door, 1,300 yen advance tickets; http://filmex.net/2015en.
THE ART OF BVLGARI – 130 YEARS OF ITALIAN MASTERPIECES (Tokyo): Through Nov. 29, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., until 6 p.m. weekends & holidays; exclusive exhibition of Italian design on display Tokyo National Museum, 10-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,400 yen adults, 800 yen college & senior high school students, kids free; www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=1733&lang=en.
TORI NO ICHI (Tokyo): Nov. 29; Some Shinto shrines hold a festival of the rooster, which lasts through the night, on the days of rooster — Nov. 5, 17 & 29— and the biggest festival is at Otori Shrine in Asakusa, Tokyo. Rakes are sold to “rake in” good fortune.
OEDO ANTIQUE FAIR AT YOYOGI PARK (Tokyo): Nov. 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 250 licensed antique dealers; five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station & Meiji Jingu-mae Station on Metro Chiyoda Line, 03-5805-1093; www.antique-market.jp/english.
NARITASAN PARK AUTUMN FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Through Nov. 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; events include live performances by koto and shakuhachi (bamboo flute), free open-air tea ceremony services on weekends; 10-minute walk from JR Narita Station on Narita-Line; 0476-22-2102.
YOYOGI PARK EARTH DAY MARKET (Tokyo): Nov. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 55 dealers participate in monthly market of organic products and more; 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; Earth Day Money Association 03-6806-9281.
RANZAN VALLEY AUTUMN FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Through Nov. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; see autumn leaves and food booths at Ranzan parking lot, 15-minute ride from Higashi Matsuyama I.C. on Kanetsu Express or 40-minute walk from Musashi Rannzan Station on Tobu Tojo Line; 0493-81-4511.
TSUKINOISHI MAPLE PARK AUTUMN NIGHT ILLUMINATION (Saitama prefecture): Through Nov. 29, 5-9 p.m.; river cruise and ropeway available in daytime; at Tsukinoishi Maple Park, five-minute walk from Kaminagatoro Station on Chichibu Railways; 0494-66-3311.
MOUNT TAKAO MAPLE TREE FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through Nov. 30; hike and view maple trees turning autumn red; also taste new sake, check out local craft and more at Takao Forest Center, Kiyotaki Station on cable car; JR Takao Station or Takaosanguchi Station on Keio Line; 042-643-3115.
SHINSHU AZUMINO SHIN-SOBA FESTIVAL 2015 (Nagano prefecture): Through Nov. 30; taste soba (buckwheat noodles) at 50 restaurants in Azumino city; near JR Hotaka Station on Oito Line; 0263-82-5820.
YOKOHAMA CHINATOWN FOOD FESTIVAL: Through Nov. 30; enjoy Chinese snacks with tea, dim sum, parent and child Chinese cooking classes 2 p.m. Nov. 21, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 22 and more; 15-minute walk from JR Ishikawa Station on Keihin Tohoku Line; 045-662-1252.
MOUNT TSUKUBA MAPLE TREE FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): Through Nov. 30; hike and view maple trees turning autumn red, along with varieties of events at Mount Tsukuba Cable Car Summit Station; also see magnificent illuminated mountain view from cable car, 5-8 p.m. weekends and Nov. 16-20; 1,050 yen adults, 500 yen children until 5 p.m., 1,000 yen adults, free children after 5 p.m.; 029-869-8333.
CHICHIBU NIGHT FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Dec. 2 & 3; procession of six elaborate lantern-lit dashi-and-hook floats, fireworks and other events at this 300-year-old festival and the best time to go is 7-10 p.m.; Chichibu Jingu Shrine; Chichibu Station on Seibu Line and Chichibu Railways; 0494-22-0262.
INTERNATIONAL ROBOT EXHIBITION 2015 (Tokyo): Dec. 2-5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; advanced industrial and household robots from around the world on display at Tokyo Big Sight East No. 1-3, No. 5-6; 1,000 yen, free for advanced registration; 03-5644-7221; http://biz.nikkan.co.jp/eve/irex/.
69TH ALL JAPAN BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIP (Tokyo): Dec. 2-6; at National Yoyogi Stadium No. 2 Gymnasium, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station & Meiji Jingu-mae Station on Metro Chiyoda Line or a 10-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station; 2,000 yen adults, 1,000 yen youths 03-3365-2785.
17TH JAPAN LACROSSE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL (Tokyo): Dec. 5; qualified men’s and women’s teams from 258 teams are compete at Komazawa Olympic Park Gymnasium, 12-minute walk from Komazawa University Station on Tokyu Deien Toshisen; Japan Lacrosse Association 03-3249-2504; www.lacrosse.gr.jp/eng/.
THAI NATIONAL DAY FESTIVAL 2015 (Tokyo): Dec. 5-7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; features food and crafts from Thailand, and flea market; Yoyogi Park Keyaki Streets; three-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station or a 10-minute walk from Shibuya Station; 090-5563-9930.
YOKOHAMA RED BRICK WAREHOUSE ART RINK (ICE SKATING RINK): Dec. 5-Feb. 21, 1-10 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m-10 p.m. weekends; art of lights with the theme of Fruit Punch on Ice; 500 yen for adults, 400 yen for children; 500 yen for shoe rental; 045-211-1515.
OEDO ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; one of the largest of its kind in Japan, this fair, held the first and third Sundays each month, features more than 250 licensed antique dealers at Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 03-5805-1093; www.antique-market.jp/eng/index.shtml.
RIKUGIEN GARDEN AUTUMN NIGHT ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Dec. 6, 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.; seven-minute walk from JR & Metro Nanpoku-Line Komagome Station; 300 yen; 03-3941-2222; www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english.
AUTUMN GARDEN OPENING AT TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM: Through Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Mon.; enjoy autumn leaves at a garden behind Honkan, main building of the museum); free entry to a garden, but 620 yen adults, 410 yen college students for entry for museum; 03-3822-1111; www.tnm.jp/modules/r_event/index.php?controller=dtl&cid=5&id=8094.
JINGU-GAIEN GINGKO TREES (MAIDENHAIR) FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; refreshment booths, local crafts and products and live street performances available at Jingu-Gaien fountain park, one of Tokyo’s most popular fall attractions with more than 140 Gingko trees; free; 03-3401-0312; www.meijijingugaien.jp/english.
AUTUMN ILLUMINATION AT SHINRIN KOEN (Saitama prefecture): Through Dec. 6., 4:30-8:30 p.m. in November, 4-8:30 p.m. in December; see 22 varieties of maple trees illuminated; also art of flower arrangement by Sogetsu-Sect and more at Chuo-guchi, Kaede-en (maple garden), and Botanical Garden, seven-minute bus ride from Shinrin Koen Station on Tobu-Line; 410 yen adults, 80 yen children, free parking on weekdays; www.shinrin-koen.go.jp/english.
ILLUMINATION AT HASE TEMPLE (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Dec. 6, sunset-6:30 p.m. weekdays and until 7 p.m. weekends; Hase Temple is a popular site in Kamakura and autumn leaves are illuminated; five-minute walk from Hase Station on Enoden; 300 yen adults, 100 yen children; 0467-22-6300; www.hasedera.jp/words/english/index.htm.
HEIWAJIMA ANTIQUES FAIR (Tokyo): Dec. 11-13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., until 4 p.m. Dec. 13; pottery, furniture, textiles, glass, lacquer, prints, dolls, armor, jewelry and more on sale at Heiwajima Ryutsu Center; take Tokyo Monorail from JR Yamanote Line Hamamatsucho Station to Ryutsu Center, one minute walk; free; 03-3767-2141; www.kottouichi.com/heiwajima/ENGLISH.html.
SOFT DARTS TOURNAMENT: THE FINAL 2015 (Chiba prefecture): Dec. 12 & 13, 9:45 a.m.; categories inclue stars singles, stars battle and U-19 singles at Makuhari Messe, five-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on JR Keiyo-Line; free admission; 6,000 yen/person, 12,000 yen per team; http://dacos.jp/final2015/.
43RD JAPAN BATON TWIRLING CHAMPIONSHIP (Chiba prefecture): Dec. 12 & 13, noon-5 p.m.; at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall, five-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on JR Keiyo-Line; 3,500-5,000 yen ages 3+; 03-5830-7863.
BEST FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 100 dealers in the courtyard of Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, JR Yurakucho Station; 03-5805-1093.
ANIME JAM 2015 (Chiba prefecture): Dec. 13, 1 & 6 p.m.; featuring rock and pop stage live performances at Makyhari Messe International Exhibition Hall No 5; 7,800 yen; 03-5793-8878 or Hot Staff Promotion 03-5720-9999.
SAITAMA SUPER ARENA FLEA MARKET (Saitama prefecture): Dec. 15 & 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; more than 100 amateur and licensed antique dealers participate at Keyaki Hiroba of Saitama Super Arena; two-minute walk from JR Saitama Shin Toshin Station on Keihin Tohoku Line; free; 03-3226-6800.
SETAGAYA BORO ICHI (“Rag Fair”) (Tokyo): Dec. 15 & 16 and Jan. 15 & 16, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; merchandise including vintage clocks and mallets for pounding New Year’s mochi; take Tokyu Den-en Toshi Line from Shibuya to Sangenjaya Station and change to Tokyu Setagaya Line to Kamimachi Station or Setagaya Station: no parking; 03-5432-1111.
AJINOMOTO STADIUM BIG FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Dec. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; the biggest regular flea market in Japan with about 800 booths; five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station, Keio Line; 300 yen; 03-3226-6800.
YATSUGADAKE SHIN-SOBA FESTIVAL 2015 (Yamanashi prefecture): Through Dec. 20; taste new soba (buckwheat noodles) at 32 restaurants near Mount Yatsugatake areas; Nagasaka and Kobuchizawa I.C. on Chuo Express; 0551-48-3457; http://yatsugatake-ga.com/sinsoba.html.
UKIYO-E “SHUNGA” EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed Mon.; featuring erotic art of Ukiyo-e including works by Harunobu Suzuki, Settei Tsukioka, Kiyonaga Torii, Utamaro Kitagawa, Hokusai Katsushika and more from the collections of British Museum, Denmark, and Japan at Eisei Buno Museum, 15-minute walk from Odogawabashi Station on Yurakucho Line or Zoushigaya Station on Fukutoshin Line; 1,500 yen; 03-5777-8600.
LINEAGE OF GOLD & SILVER – BEAUTY CULTURED BY SOTATSU, KORIN AND HOITSU (Tokyo): Through Dec, 23, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed Mon.; view masterpieces by Sotatsu Tawaraya (17th century), Korin Ogata (1658-1716) and Hoitsu Sakai (1761-1828) and more at the renewed Seikado Bunko Art Museum; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen college and senior high school students, kids free; 03-3700-0007; www.seikado.or.jp/en/index.html.
CHRISTMAS FANTASY AT TOKYO DISNEYLAND (Chiba prefecture): Through Dec. 25; Christmas trees and illuminations in the theme of Christmas Storybook; Tokyo Disneyland Station, Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en.
CHRISTMAS WISHES AT TOKYO DISNEYSEA: Through Dec. 25; festivities include Christmas decorations, a show starring Disney characters and the illumination of a giant Christmas tree on Mediterranean Harbor in the theme of Christmas Storybook; Tokyo DisneySea Station, nine-minute monorail ride from Resort Gateway Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line); 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en.
THE GOLDEN LEGEND OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART (Tokyo): Through Jan. 11, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; one-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 800 yen senior high school students; 03-5777-8600; www.nmwa.go.jp/en.
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT EXHIBITION “ARCHITECT FRANK GEHRY’ I HAVE AN IDEA”: Through Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., closed Tue.; Tokyo Midtown Garden; 1,100 yen adults, 800 yen college students, 500 yen senior high school students; 03-3475-2121; www.2121designsight.jp/en/.
THE GREAT TERRACOTTA ARMY OF CHINA’S FIRST EMPEROR (Tokyo): Though Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fridays through Dec. 18, closed Monday; Qin Shihuang succeeded in unifying China and became its first Emperor about 2,200 years ago. His legacy is preserved in a vast terracotta army, the discovery of which is considered the greatest archeological find of the 20th century. The exhibition feature artifacts with connections to the first emperor while exploring the world of his terracotta army; Tokyo National Museum; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 900 yen senior high school students; 03-3822-1111.
SAYAMA SKI & SNOWBOARD (Saitama prefecture): Through April 6; indoor ski and snowboarding slope; one-day pass 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: 4,100 yen adults, 3,300 yen junior and senior high school students, elementary school students free; six-hour pass 10 a.m.-9 p.m.: 3,700 yen adults, 3,100 yen junior and senior high school students and elementary school students free, four-hour ticket: 3,100 yen adults, 2,600 yen junior and senior high school students, 4,100 yen for all night tickets; 2167 Kami-yamaguchi, Tokorozawa city, Seibu Kyujo-mae Station, Seibu Line; fee; 04-2922-1384.
OKINAWA INTERNATIONAL ASIAN MUSIC FEST MUSIX 2015: Nov. 27-29, 5:30 p.m.; featuring live performances at 7th Heaven Koza, Remy’s, Koza Music Town Ongaku Hiroba Nov. 27 & 28, free and at Okinawa Citizen Small Theater Ashibina at 6 p.m. Nov. 29, 2,500 yen, 2,000 yen advance tickets; http://musix-okinawa.com/en/about.
OKINAWA INTERNATIONAL CARNIVAL 2015: Nov. 28 & 29; includes a giant tug-of-war along the Kuko (airport) Street, 10,000 people’s folk parade, bull-fighting, samba parade, and more in the Koza Gate Street area and Chuo Park Avenue, Okinawa city, outside Kadena AB Gate #2; 098-989-5566.
31ST NAHA MARATHON: Dec. 6, 9 a.m.; one of Japan’s largest citizen’s marathons, with more than 30,000 participants that starts and ends at the Ohnoyama Stadium in Naha city; 098-862-9902; www.naha-marathon.jp.
28TH NAGO YAMBARU TWO-DAY MARCH: Dec. 12 & 13; has 5K, 10K, 20K, 30K and 40K walks, starting and ending at Nago City 21st Century Gymnasium; 2,000 yen adults/two-day ticket, 1,200 yen adults/one-day ticket, 800 yen senior high school students/two-day, 500 yen one-day; Naga city sightseeing Association 0980-53-1212.
27TH GINOWAN WHEELCHAIR MARATHON 2015: Dec. 13, 10 a.m.; includes half-marathon, 3.5 km and 1.5 km trim marathon at Ginowan Kaihin Park; Ginowan-shi Shakai Fukushi Kyogikai; 2,000 yen for half-marathon, 1,500 yen for 3.5K and 1.5 km trim marathon; 098-892-6525.
2015 CHRISTMAS MUSIC HANABI FESTIVAL IN OKINAWA: Dec. 19, 7 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks with Christmas music and a a Christmas tree decorated by Junko Koshino, a fashion designer; Nishihara-Yonabaru Marine Park, 35-minute ride from Naha Airport; www.ryukyu-kaiensai.com/xmas/ticket.html.
DOG RUN AT AZAMA SUN SUN BEACH: Through March 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; a half-acre grass field at Azama Sun Sun Beach, 20-minute drive from Haebaru Minami I.C. on Okinawa Express; 500 yen/pet, 350 yen/extra pet; 098-948-3521.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT (Seoul): Nov. 28, 6:45 p.m.; Korea’s first UFC Fight Night includes Benson Henderson vs. Thiago Alves, Mirko Cro Cop vs. Anthony Hamilton and more at Olympic Park Gymnasium; 77,000-99,000-165,000-264,000-495,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
CHOI HYEON-WOO MAGICAL “THE SHERLOCK” (Seoul): Nov. 28-Jan. 3, Olympic Park, Woori Art Hall; 55,000-77,000-88,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
STANLEY KUBRICK EXHIBITION (Seoul): Nov. 29-March 13, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends & holidays, closed Mon.; Seoul Museum of Art; 13,000 won adults, 10,000 won students, 8,000 won children; www.shift.jp.org/guide/seoul/art-design/seoul-museum-of-art.html.
SKYLINE ZIP-WIRE AT NAMI ISLAND (Gyeonggi province): Through Nov. 30; 38,000 won for family course, 38,000 won for adventure course; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
“CINDERELLA,” MUSICAL (Gyeonggi): Dec. 5-Jan. 3, Seongnam Arts Center Opera House, 50,000-70,000-90,000-110,000-130,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe
GREVIN MUSEUM (Seoul): Through Dec. 31; museum possesses the biggest selection of Korean stars’ wax figures in wax museum history, including Yuna Kim and Park Ji-sung, Marilyn Monroe and more; 15,000 won ages 3-12, 18,000 won ages 13-18, 23,000 won ages 19-64; www.grevin-seoul.com/en.
2015 SEOUL DESIGN FESTIVAL (Seoul): Dec. 2-6, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; showcasing the work of internationally renowned and up-and-coming designers at COEX Hall B, Samseong Station on Seoul Subway Line 2, Exit 5 or 6; +82-2-1330; www.designfestival.co.kr.
SEOUL PHOTO FESTIVAL: Through Dec. 25; at Seoul Metropolitan Library, City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 1; free; +82-2-1330.
UNIVERSAL BALLET’S “THE NUTCRACKER” (Seoul): Through Dec. 30, Universal Arts Center, 10,000-100,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
“FRANKENSTEIN” THE MUSICAL (Seoul):Through Feb. 28, Chungmu Art Hall, Grand Theater, 60,000-80,000-110,000-140,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
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