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DISNEY ON ICE “FROZEN” (Saitama and Hiroshima prefectures): Hiroshima, Sept. 2-5, Hiroshima Green Arena, 10-minute bus ride from JR Hiroshima Station 5,500-8,000 yen adults, 4,500-8,000 yen kids Sept. 2 & 5, 6,000-8,000 yen adults, 5,000-8,000 yen kids Sept. 3 & 4, 11,000 yen for a pair seat, 082-541-5599; Saitama, Sept. 17-19, Saitama Super Area, 3,000-4,000-6,000 yen adults, 1,900-2,900-4,900 yen children, 11,000 yen for a pair seat; 03-3538-2303.
100 YEARS OF JAPANESE NEWS PHOTOGRAPHS – A NEWS AGENCY AS EYEWITNESS (Tokyo): Aug. 27-Sept. 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; news agency photos from the past 100 years on display at Lobby Gallery, Tokyo International Forum; free.
TOKYO DISNEYLAND SUMMER SPECIAL: Through Aug. 31; new musical show “Out of Shadowland” at the Hangar Stage in Lost River Delta, Disneyland, and “Minnie’s Tropical Splash” with Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck and Clarice wearing new costumes at Mediterranean Harbor, DisneySea, two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.
DISASTER PREVENTION DAY: Sept. 1; The Great Kanto earthquake struck Tokyo, Yokohama and surrounding regions Sept. 1, 1923. In 1960, the date was designed Disaster Prevention Day. Emergency drills organized by local governments will be held throughout the country.
OWARA KAZE-NO-BON (BON ODORI OF WIND) (Toyama prefecture): Sept. 1-3; dancing women in cotton kimonos and men in happi coats fill the streets of Yatsuo in Toyama until late at night, singing folk songs unique to their districts; as dusk falls, standing lanterns are lit in the street; 076-454-3111.
2016 JAPAN CUP INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (Gunma prefecture): Sept. 2-4; at Jyonan Stadium, Takasaki, 15-minute bus ride from JR Takasaki Station, free shuttle available; 2,500 yen adults, 1,000 yen ages 12-17.
YOSAKOI OEDO SORAN MATSURI (Tokyo): Sept. 4; 45 teams participating at Yosakoi Festival at North Event Square of Kiba Koen, five-minute walk from Kiba Station on Tozai Line; 03-3683-0313.
GODZILLA TOKUSATSU OKOKU YOKOHAMA (Yokohama): Through Sept. 4, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; in conjunction the release of the movie “Shin Godzilla” in late July in Japan, the event focuses on Tokusatsu – special effects photography (SFX) — used in making the movie, and more at Landmark Tower 5th floor, Yokohama Landmark Tower, three-minute walk from Minatomirai Station on Minatomirai Line or five-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 1,300 yen adults, 700 yen children.
PLANETARIUM – FUCHU KYODO-NO MORI MUSEUM (Tokyo): Through Sept. 4, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; 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 & younger; 042-368-7921.
12 ROOMS 12 ARTISTS - TOKYO STATION GALLERY: Through Sept. 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri.; featuring about 80 art works by Lucian Freud, a representative artist in the 20th century, Ed Ruscha, along with 10 other creators at 12 exhibition halls; Tokyo Station Gallery; 1,000 yen adults, 800 yen senior high school and college students, free aged 15 & younger; 03-3212-2485; www.wjrcf.or.jp/gallery.
THE BEATLES JAPAN TOUR PHOTO EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through Sept. 4, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; featuring 60 photos by Robert Whittaker, an official photographer accompanying the Beatles’ tour to Japan in 1966; Nakano-ku Ondanka Taisaku Suishin Office (Nakano Ward Global Warming Prevention Office), 10-minute walk from JR Nakano Station; 500 yen adults, 300 yen middle school, senior high and college students, 100 yen children; 03-5942-8733.
TAITO TAKIGI NOH (Tokyo): Sept. 6, 5:45 p.m.; musical theater lit with candlelights in the darkness at Asakusa Kokaido, five-minute walk from Asakusa Station on Ginza Line; 4,000-5,000 yen; 03-5828-7591.
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.
MOUNT FUJI CLIMBING SEASON: Through Sept. 10, Japan’s highest and most famous peak, at 12,388 feet, formally opens for the climbing season, which lasts until Aug. 31; getting there: buses take climbers to the fifth station, where it takes six hours up and five down; Keio buses run from the west exit of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo (6:40 a.m., 7:40 a.m., 8:40 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:25 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 5:05 p.m., 5:55 p.m. and 7:35 p.m.); costs 2,700 yen (03-5376-2222/0555-73-8181 Keio Bus).
SETO POTTERY FAIR (Aichi prefecture): Sept. 10, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. & Sept. 11, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; 200 shops will sell Seto wares at different locations in Seto city, Obari Seto Station on Meitetsu Seto Line and neighboring areas; 0561-8-3123.
TOKYO BAY “OPERATION CLEANUP”: Sept. 10, 10 a.m.; volunteers needed at Odaiba Kaihin Koen shore, Odaiba Kaihin Koen Station on Yurikamome (monorail); 03-5770-6837.
MARY CASSATT RETROSPECTIVE (Yokohama): Through Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8:30 p.m. Fridays, closed Thursdays; 100 works by artist Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) and her close friends Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, ukiyo-e prints and more on display at Yokohama Museum of Art, three-minute walk from Minatomirai Station or 10-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 1,600 yen adults, 1,100 yen college and senior high school students, 600 yen middle school students; 045-221-0300; http://yokohama.art.museum/eng/exhibition/index/20160625-466.html.
THE WORLD RAILWAYS EXPO 2016 (Yokohama): Through Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; featuring scaled model railways at Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall A, three-minute walk from Minatomirai Station; 1,500 yen adults, 800 yen ages 3-15; 03-5777-8600.
GHIBLI EXPO (Tokyo): Through Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; see how animations were created in the past 30 years by Studio Ghibili through posters, leaflets, movie related materials and more on display at Roppongi Hills Observatory Tokyo City View on 52nd floor, Roppongi Hills; 1,800 yen adults, 1,200 yen students, 600 yen children, 1,500 yen seniors; Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line; 03-6406-6652.
MUKOUJIMA HYAKKA-EN GARDEN MOON VIEWING FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Sept. 14-16, 5-9 p.m., garden 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; viewing the full moon in mid-autumn has been a long tradition in East Asian countries and this garden will be decorated with paper lanterns and features koto performances and tea ceremony; 3-18-3 Higashi-Mukoujima, Sumida-ku, eight-minute walk from Higashi-Mukoujima Station, Tobu Isezaki Line; 150 yen admission to garden; 03-3611-8705.
BROADWAY MUSICAL “SLEEPING BEAUTY” (Tokyo): Sept. 14-25; at Tokyu Theatre Orb (11th floor at Shibuya Hikarie), JR, metro and Keio Inogashira Shibuya Station; 5,500-9,800-14,000 yen; 03-3477-3244; http://theatre-orb.com/english.
KOBE COLLECTION 2015 AUTUMN/WINTER (Hyogo prefecture): Sept. 17, four stages at 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.; fashion show with top models, and musicians at World Memorial Hall (Kobe Port Island Hall, two-minute walk Shimin Hiroba Station on Port Liner; 5,000-9,000 yen for four stages, 6,000 yen for two stages (stage 1 & 2 or stage 3 & 4); www.kobe-collection.com.
MEGURO SANMA FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; sanma fish (Pacific saury) heralds the advent of autumn and Miyako Fishery Port, Iwate prefecture is scheduled to give away 5,000 grilled sanma fish 9-10 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. at Hachiman Shrine near Meguro Station, one-minute walk from JR Meguro Station; 090-3216-4149.
AJINOMOTO STADIUM ANTIQUE FEST (Tokyo): Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; featuring Japanese and western antique, five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station, Keio Line; free; 090-8814-5101.
JULIA MARGARET CAMERON: A WOMAN WHO BREATHED LIFE INTO PHOTOGRAPHS (Tokyo): Through Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fridays and second Wednesday of the month; commemorating 200th anniversary of Cameron’s (1815-1879) birth, with 150 pieces, from photographs to letters at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum; 1,600 yen adults, 1,000 yen senior high school and college students; 03-5777-6600; http://mimt.jp/cameron/eng.
THE 63RD JAPAN TRADITIONAL KOGEI EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Sept. 21-Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; featuring 600 traditional Japanese crafts at 7th floor at Mitsukoshi Department Store Nihonbashi, one-minute walk from Mitsukoshi-mae Station on Ginza Line; free; 03-3241-3311.
MASTERPIECES FROM THE CENTRE POMPIDOU: TIMELINE 1906-1977 (Tokyo): Through Sept. 22, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fridays, closed Mon.; one work by one artist for each year 1906-1977 from the Pompidou’s collection, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Christo Javacheff at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; 1,600 yen adults, 1,300 college students, 800 yen senior high school students; JR Ueno Station; 03-5777-8600; www.pompi.jp/english/index.html.
GREATEST TREASURE OF CERAMICS FROM ASIA AND JAPAN (Tokyo): Through Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; at Idemitsu Museum of Arts, five-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station on Yamanote Line or three-minute walk from Hibiya Station on Hibiya Line; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen students, kids free; 03-5777-8600.
ECO EDO NIHONBASHI ART AQUARIUM 2016 (Tokyo): Through Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and 7-11 p.m.; featuring 8,000 goldfish in water tanks; Coredo Muromachi, Nihobashi Mitsui Hall; 1,000 yen adults, 600 yen children, free ages 3 and younger; Mitsukoshi-mae Station on Ginza and Hanzomon Lines; 03-3270-2550; http://artaquarium.jp/en.
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 TOWER ILLUMINATION: Through Sept. 30, 5-11 p.m.; main observatory, open 9 a.m.-10 p.m., at 492-feet-high, is decorated with 160,000 blue and white LEDs and ornaments in the design “The Milky Way”; also projection mapping of fireworks, even on rainy days; five-minute walk from Akabanebashi Station on Oedo Line; 900 yen adults, 500 yen junior and senior high school students, 400 yen kids to main observatory and 1,600 yen adults, 1,000 yen junior and senior high school students, 800 yen kids to observatory 820 feet; 03-3433-5111; www.tokyotower.co.jp.
HUNTERS OF THE OCEAN EXPO AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE: Through Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Sept. 5, 12 & 20: featuring 160 world rare species under the ocean, including 3.2-meter Great White shark, bone framework, fossils and replicas; five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,600 yen adults, 600 yen kids; 03-5777-8600; www.kahaku.go.jp/english.
A SPECIAL EXHIBITION “THE NINJA – WHO WERE THEY?” (Tokyo): Through Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; explore the nature of the ninja’s skills, physical abilities and wisdom from the viewpoint of modern science and more; Special Exhibition Zone, 1st floor, Miraikan, four-minute walk from Telecom Center Station on Yurikamome (monorail); 1,600 yen adults, 1,000 yen ages 6-18, 500 yen ages 3-5; 03-3570-9151; www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/spexhibition/ninjya.
VENETIAN RENAISSANCE PAINTINGS FROM THE GALLERIE DELL’ACCADEMIA, VENICE (Tokyo): Through Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri. & Aug. 6, 13 & 20, closed Tue.; featuring 60 painting masterpieces from the Gallerie dell’Accademia at Special Exhibition Gallery 2E, 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; www.tbs.co.jp/venice2016/english.
TOKYO BAY CRUISE: Through Oct. 10, 7:15-9 p.m.; leaves Takehashi Pier Terminal, seven-minute walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station (north exit); 2,600 yen adults, 1,050 yen senior and junior high school students, 550 yen elementary school students; 03-3437-6119; www.nouryousen.jp/payment.html.
THE PETER RABBIT EXHIBITION: CELEBRATING THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF BEATRIX POTTER’S BIRTH (TOKYO): Through Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., until 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; featuring more than 200 items of original paintings, sketches and more at Bunkamura The Museum, seven-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station; 1,400 yen adults, 900 yen college and senior high school students, 600 yen middle and elementary school students; 03-5777-8600; www.peterrabbit2016-17.com.
CORMORANT FISHING (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 & 7:15 p.m. to observe cormorant fishermen — usho — catch sweetfish using trained cormorants. Boat fare is 3,100-3,400 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.
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.
INSECT FESTIVAL AT NEO PARK OKINAWA: Through Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; stag beetles and other beetles on display; 90-minute ride from Naha Airport or 20-minute ride from Kyoda I.C. on Okinawa Express; 500 yen ages 4+, plus Neo Park entry fee, 660 yen adults, 330 yen junior and senior high school students, 220 yen children; 0980-52-6348.
CHILDREN’S DRAWING CONTEST AT NEO PARK OKINAWA: Through Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; bring your own pencils or crayons to sketch animals and plants of interest to children at Neo Park Okinawa, 20-minute ride from Kyoda I.C. on Okinawa Express; 300 yen includes admission, drawing paper and food for birds; 0980-52-6348.
RYUKYU MURA SUMMER FESTIVAL: Through Aug. 31, 6-8:30 p.m.; all-you-can eat barbecue, performances and bug-viewing tour at 8 p.m.; live attractions by local artists 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 & 27; at Ryukyu Mura, one-hour ride from Naha Airport; 3,500 yen adults, 2,800 yen ages 6-15, 1,000 yen ages 3-5 for two hours; 098-965-1234; 098-965-1234.
URUMA EISA MATSURI: Sept. 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. Youth eisa groups will gather and parade along the street of Uruma City Hall Gushikawa Office Building on Sept. 3; 70-minute drive from Naha Airport; 098-965-5634.
TARAMA HONEN FESTIVAL: Sept. 8-10; celebrate good health and a good harvest in Tarama village, where residents perform Tamara-originated Hachigatsu Odori (August dances); 45-minute flight from Naha Airport to Miyakojima Airport, then take 20-minute flight to Shin Tarama Airport; 0980-79-2260.
ORION BEER FEST 2016 IN NAHA: Oct. 8-10, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Okinawa-originated brewery’s festival features fresh beer, food, live music, Naha Giant Tug-of-War Festival, fireworks as a finale each day; Onoyama Sogo Undojo, Naha city; Ryukyu Hoso 098-988-5000.
MUJU FIREFLY FESTIVAL (North Jeolla province): Aug. 27-Sept. 4; takes place in the Muju, a natural habitat for fireflies and the marsh snails the fireflies feed on; includes other attractions; +82-2-1330.
DAEGU INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL: Aug. 29-Sept. 3; with Tuck and Patti, Spyro Gyra, Now Vs Now, Jason Linder, Jerry Cecco, Cuba Sintesis Jazz Group and more at Ayang Art Center, Dongseong-ro Outdoor Stage; free.
ZIP-WIRE AT JARA-NAMI SKYLINE: Through Aug. 30; two types of 3,083-foot zipline and more; 435-336-8800.
GOESAN RED PEPPER FESTIVAL (North Chungcheong province): Sept. 1-4; The event is held during the pepper harvest season to promote the excellence of peppers grown in Goesan; features pepper-picking and fish-catching contest, pepper recipe competition, pepper cooking contest and more at Sports Complex, mini football field, Culture & Sports center, Dongjincheon Stream area; +82-2-1330.
THE GREAT BATTLE OF MYEONGRYANG FESTIVAL (South Jeolla province): Sept. 2-4; Uldolmok was the location of a naval battle 419 years ago, when 13 naval forces of Admiral Yi Sun-sin ran into 133 Japanese naval forces and defeated them. Re-enacment of the battle, along with ceremony, parade and more; 12, Gwangwang Leisure-ro, Haenam-gun; take a bus from Central City Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Haenam Bus Terminal, take a local bus bound for Nam-ri, Usuyeong, Godang at Haenam Bus Terminal and get off at Dongoe Bus Stop, transfer to another local bus bound for Jindo Terminal, Nokjin or Usuyeong at Dongoe Bus Stop and get off at Nokjin Bus Stop; +82-2-1330.
2016 JARASUM MUSICAL FESTIVAL (Jara Island): Sept. 3, 2 p.m. & Sept. 4, 1 p.m.; Gyeonggi-do Gapyung-gun Jara Island and neighboring towns; 66,000 won one-day ticket, 99,000 won two-day tickets.
BUSAN BIENNALE: Sept. 3-Nov. 30; at Busan Museum of Art and Kiswire Sooyoung Factory.
WONJU DYNAMIC DANCING CARNIVAL (Gangwon province): Sept. 6-11, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; the nation’s biggest and longest street parade festival, featuring a folk dances and military marching parade, as well as the local citizens’ passionate performance and more at Tatoo Theater, Youth Square, Wonil-ro Street, Culture Street.
DONG GANG INTERNATIONAL PHOTO FESTIVAL (Gangwon province): Through Sept. 25; exhibitions and educational programs to develop photo industry in Yeongwol, Gangwon-do, take a bus to Yeongwol Bus Terminal from Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take a taxi to Donggang Museum of Photography; free; +82-2-1330.
NIGHT WALK IN JEONJU (North Jeolla province): Sept. 30-Oct. 1; enjoy a night walk under the bright moonlight; Hanok Village; +82-2-1330.
ARARIO MUSEUM IN SPACE (Seoul): Through July 31, 2017; an historic site originally known as the Space Group building built in 1971 has opened its doors with inaugural exhibition featuring 143 artworks from 35 artists; 10,000 won adults, 6,000 won ages 14-19, 4,000 won ages 5-13.