Off-base events

OWARA KAZE-NO-BON (BON ODORI OF WIND) (Toyama prefecture): Sept. 1-3; streets of Yatsuo in Toyama will be filled with dancing women in cotton summer kimonos and men in happi coats until late at night, singing folk songs unique to their districts; as dusk falls, standing lanterns are lit in the street; 076-454-3111.

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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; streets of Yatsuo in Toyama will be filled with dancing women in cotton summer kimonos and men in happi coats until late at night, singing folk songs unique to their districts; as dusk falls, standing lanterns are lit in the street; 076-454-3111.

KONSTANTIN TACHKIN’S ST. PETERSBURG BALLET THEATRE (Tokyo): Sept. 2-4, 7 p.m. “Swan Lake”; Sept. 5, 2 & 7 p.m., Sept. 6, 2 p.m., ”Sleeping Beauty” at Bunkamura Orchard Hall, 8,000-10,000-12,000-14,000 yen; Koransha 050-3776-6184.

91ST INTER COLLEGE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS – WATER POLO 2015 (Kanagawa prefecture): Sept. 4-6; at Sagamihara City Sogo Swimming Pool (Sagamihara Green Pool), 10-minute walk from JR Uwamizo Station on Sagami Line; 042-758-3151.

91ST INTER COLLEGE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS – SWIMMING RACE 2015 (Shizuoka prefecture): Sept. 4-6; at Hironoshin Furukawa Memorial Hamamatsu City Sogo Swimming Pool ToBiO, 30-minute bus ride bound for Hamamatsu City Sogo Swimming Pool after taking a bus from JR Hamamatsu Station; 053-489-5463.

MUSICAL “PIPPIN” (Tokyo): Sept. 4-20; Tokyu Theatre Orb (11th floor at Shibuya Hikarie), JR, metro and Keio Inogashira Shibuya Station; 9,000-11,000-13,000 yen; 03-3477-3244.

SLOW LIVE ’15 IN HONMONJI TEMPLE (Tokyo): Sept. 4, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 5 & 6, 3 p.m.; featuring Ohashi Trio, Yoshie Nakano, Char, Motoharu Sano & The Coyote Band, Original Love, Tomoyo Harada and more; Tokyo Honmanji Temple Special outdoor stage, 6,700-9,300 yen/one-day ticket Sept. 4, 8,000-13,400 yen/one-day ticket Sept. 5 & 6, 18,500 yen/three-day tickets; Hot Stuff 03-5720-9999.


KOBE COLLECTION 2015 AUTUMN/WINTER (Hyogo prefecture): Sept. 5, 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; 7,500 yen for four stages, 5,000-6,000 yen for two stages (stage 1 & 2 or stage 3 & 4).

OEDO ANTIQUE MARKET (Tokyo): Sept. 6, 9 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.

ART NOUVEAU GLASS (Tokyo): Through Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Wed.; featuring a collection from the Museum Kunstpalast in Dusseldorf, including Parisian glass artists on display at Panasonic Shiodome Museum, five-minute walk from Shiodome Station on Oedo Line or eight-minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station; 1,000 yen adults, 900 yen college students, 700 yen senior middle school students, kids free.

PLANETARIUM – FUCHU KYODO-NO MORI MUSEUM (Tokyo): Through Sept. 6, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; programs with animated characters such as Chibimaruko-chan, Pocket Monster XY and Fantasy Railroad in the Stars; 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.

MEGURO SANMA FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; 6,000 grilled sanma fish (Pacific Saury) from Miyako Fishery Port, Iwate prefecture will be given away 9 & 10 a.m., noon & 1:30 p.m. at Hachiman Shrine near Meguro Station, one-minute walk from JR Meguro Station; 090-3216-4149.

WEARABLE TECH EXPO (Tokyo): Sept. 7 & 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; experience wearable tech featuring Internet of Things & Virtual Reality at Tokyo Big Sight TFT Hall, Kokusaitenjijoseimon Station on Rinkai Line; 35,000 yen.

DISNEY HALLOWEEN (Chiba prefecture): Sept. 8-Nov. 1; 40-minute parade including more than 90 Disney-costumed characters on seven floats twice daily at Disneyland and 25-minute performances by 120 Disney-costumed characters on five barges three times daily at DisneySea; Tokyo Disneyland: two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; Tokyo DisneySea: three-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 0570-00-8632.

AJINOMOTO STADIUM ANTIQUE FEST (Tokyo): Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; featuring Japanese and Western antiques; five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station, Keio Line; free; 090-8814-5101.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN – HALLOWEEN (Osaka): Sept. 11-Nov. 8; join in the daily Halloween costume parade, go trick-or-treating and experience Halloween Horror Night – “Trauma,” “Chucky’s Horror Factory 2,” “The Night Killer,” “Alien vs. Predator,” “Biohazard The Real 3,” and more at 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon.; Universal City Station on JR Yumesaki-Line; 06-6465-3000.

ONE OK ROCK (Chiba): Sept. 12, 4 p.m., featuring Sleeping with Sirens and Against the Current at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall 9-11, 6,480 yen (standing); SoGo Tokyo 93-3405-9999.

CHOUKOKUJI TEMPLE BON ODORI FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Sept. 12-14, 5-8 p.m., bon odori by local residents at the precincts of the temple, 10-minute walk from Omotesando Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-3400-5232.

TOKYO BIG SIX BASEBALL LEAGUE: Sept. 12-Nov. 1; annual autumn league tournament; Jingu Stadium, six-minute walk from JR Suidobashi Station; 1,300-1,500 yen for infield bleachers, 800 yen for outfield bleachers; 03-3409-5610.

AJINOMOTO STADIUM BIG FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; biggest regular flea market in Japan with about 800 booths; five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station, Keio Line; 300 yen for entrance; 03-3226-6800.

URAMESHIYA … ART OF THE GHOST FEATURING ZENSHOAN’S SANYUTEI ENCHO COLLECTION OF GHOST PAINTINGS (Tokyo): Through Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; featuring paintings from the collection of Encho Sanyutei (1839-1900), Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1797-1861) and more at University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, 10-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,100 yen adults, 700 yen students; 03-5777-8600.

KMF 2015 Yokohama: Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m.; featuring GFSC Charity, Campaign, CNBlue, Exid, U-Kiss, Homme, Nu’est, Mr. Mr, Laboum and more at Yokohama Arena; 9,800-10,800-138,000 yen; 050-5538-0304.

OHMIYA HACHIMANGU SHRINE FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Sept. 15, 18-21; events include samurai warriors parade, traditional dance, portable shrines procession and more at the precincts of Omiya Hachimangu Shrine, seven-minute walk from Nishi Eifuku Station on Keio Inogashira Line; 03-3311-0105.

RYUKYU FESTIVAL 2015 (Tokyo): Sept. 20, 4 p.m.; features Misako Oshiro, Ikue Shiozaki, Misako Kojya, Diamantes, Parsha Club, Yasukatsu Oshima, Toru Yohana and more at Hibiya Amphitheater; 7,000 yen advance tickets, 7,500 yen at doors; M&I Company 03-5453-8899.

POTTERY FAIR (Tokyo): Through Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; commemorating 400th anniversary of Oribe Furuta’s passing, featuring 100 masterpieces of tea service at Yushima Tenmangu Shrine Treasury, Yushima Station on Metro Chiyoda Line; 500 yen adults, 300 yen college and senior high school students, 200 yen children; 075-441-7747.

HISTORY OF YOKOHAMA-MOTORIZATION & PEOPLE: Through Sept. 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; history of transportation means and people from opening Yokohama Port in 1859 to now, including horse-drawn carriages, rickshaws, bicycles, and automobiles; Yokohama History Museum, Yokohama Archives of History & Museum of Yokohama Urban History; www.rekihaku.city.yokohama.jp/en; www.kaikou.city.yokohama.jp.

ECO EDO NIHONBASHI ART AQUARIUM 2015 (Tokyo): Through Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. & 7-11 p.m.; featuring 5,000 goldfish in the theme of “Seeking Cool Air with Edo-Period (1603-1868) Styled Practices,” to bring you to a fantasy world with laser illumination; Coredo Muromachi, Nihobashi Mitsui Hall, Mitsukoshi-mae Station on Ginza and Hanzomon Lines; 1,000 adults, 600 yen children, free ages 3 & younger; 03-3270-2550.

BLUE NOTE JAZZ FESTIVAL IN JAPAN (Yokohama): Sept. 27 1-8:30 p.m.; Pat Metheny with Blue Note Tokyo All-Star Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Beck, Robert Glasper Trio, Snarky Puppy and more at Yokohama Redbrick Warehouse Outdoor Special Stage, 9,800 yen standing, 15,800-23,000 yen designated seats; 03-5485-0088.

TREASURES OF THE FUJITA MUSEUM: THE JAPANESE CONCEPTION OF BEAUTY (Tokyo): Through Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; features a collection of paintings, calligraphy, Buddhist images, and other works of Buddhism art from the Fujita Museum at Suntory Museum of Art of Tokyo Midtown; 1,300 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, children free; Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-3479-8600.

EXCELLENT TECHNIQUES OF CARVING AND PAINTING: 250TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF MULTI-COLORED PRINT (Tokyo): Through Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Mon. and Sept. 1-3 & 24; commemorating 250th anniversary of the start of the multi-colored print, the exhibition focuses on techniques producing ukiyo-e woodblock prints; Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 700 yen adults, 500 yen senior high school and college students, kids free.

TOKYO BAY CRUISE: Through Sept. 30, 7:15 p.m.; leaves Takehashi Pier Terminal and includes cruise and all-you-can drink; seven-minute walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station (north exit); fee charged; 03-3437-6119.

WILLIAM PERRY, ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND JOHN F. KENNEDY’S CHALLENGE — LEGENDS WHO MADE HISTORY (Tokyo): Through Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sun. & holidays; featuring rare items at Meisei University Library; free, but need advance reservation; 042-591-5104.

MAGU ROCK 2015 (Shizuoka prefecture): Oct. 3, noon-8:30 p.m., Keytalk, Totalfat, Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas, Blue Encount and more at Shimizu Marine Park Event Square, next to S-Pulse Dream Plaza, 6,900 yen; Sunday Folk Shizuoka 054-284-9999 or P-code 266-863.

FUJI SONIC 2015 (Shizuoka prefecture): Oct. 4, noon-8:30 p.m.; Yellow Pearple, Kazuyoshi Saito, Denki Group, Chisato Moritaka, Love Psychedelico and more at Shimizu Marine Park Event Square, next to S-Pulse Dream Plaza, 6,900 yen; Sunday Folk Shizuoka 054-284-9999 or Ticket Pia 0570-02-9999, P-code 266-864.

LEAPS IN EVOLUTION – TRACING THE PATH OF VERTEBRATE EVOLUTION AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE (Tokyo): Through Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; 1,600 yen adults, 600 yen youths and children; five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station.

LOUD PARK 15 – MUSIC FEST (Saitama prefecture): Oct. 10, 10:30 a.m.; Slayer, Anthrax, All That Remains, Anthem, Children of Bodom, Gamma Ray, Gojira, Hammerfall, House of Lords, Outrage, Testament and more; Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m.; Megadeth, Helloween, Kamelot, Napalm Death, Obituary, Sabaton, Soldier of Fortune, and more; Saitama Super Arena; 15,500-18,500 yen one-day pass, open seats, 17,500-20,500-30,000 yen one-day pass, designated seats, 27,500-30,500 yen two-day pass, open seats; Creativeman Productions.

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 3,100-3,400 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.

MONTREAU JAZZ FESTIVAL 2015: Oct. 23, 7 & 9:30 p.m., Oct. 24-25, 5 & 8 p.m.; featuring John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension; Blue Note Tokyo, 8,800 yen; 03-5485-0088.


ORION BEER FEST 2015 IN KOZA: Sept. 5 & 6, 4-9 p.m.; beer, food, live music and more; Okinawa city Koza Athletic Park, 2-1-1 Moromizato, Okinawa City; 098-877-5050.

10TH JAZZ IN NANJO: Sept. 6, 4:30 p.m.; featuring Voicequn, Kotaro Oshio, Tropicalism with Haco, Sachito Higa, Nanbu Mango Parties and more at Nanjo Bunka Center, Sugar Hall and outdoor stage; 3,500 yen adults, 1,500 yen senior high school students, 1,000 yen elementary and middle school students; 098-947-1100.

TARAMA HONEN FESTIVAL: Sept. 20-22; 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.

RYUKYU DYNASTY MOON VIEWING FESTIVAL: Sept. 26 & 27, 6:30-9 p.m.; reproduction of the Mid-Autumn Banquet held during the Ryukyu Dynasty to welcome envoys from China and visitors can enjoy Okinawan traditional performing arts under the autumn full moon at Shuri Castle Park, 1-2 Shuri Kinjo-cho, Naha city; 098-886-2020.

South Korea

MUJU FIREFLY FESTIVAL (North Jeolla province): Through Sept. 6; fireflies at Muju have been designated one of Korea’s natural monuments; enjoy a nighttime fireflies exploration event, Jinam Park and Bandi Land; take intercity bus from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal to Muju Intercity Bus Terminal.

HYOSEOK CULTURAL FESTIVAL (Gangwon province): Sept. 4-13; festival commemorates Korean writer Lee Hyo-seok and his novel “When Buckwheat Flowers Bloom,” which demonstrates the connection between human life and beauty of nature through the dazzling scenery of Bongpyong; programs include poem exhibition, literature night, Hyo-seok essay contest, nature experiences, buckwheat food cooking and more at Pyeongchang-gun Bongpyeong-myeon Culture Village; take an intercity bus to Jangpyeong Intercity Bus Terminal, then take a local bus bound for Bongpyeong or Phoenix Park shuttle bus; +82-2-1330.

EMPRESS MYEONGSEONG, THE MUSICAL (Seoul): Through Sept. 10; Seoul Arts center, Opera Theater; 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won.

WONJU HANJI FESTIVAL (Gangwon province): Sept. 10-13; festival offers various programs related to hanji — Korean paper — including the history and making process, various uses, hanji arts and more at Hanji Theme Park area; +82-2-1330. For more on hanji: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/CU/CU_EN_8_1_4_1.jsp.

ZANDARI FESTA 2015 (Seoul): Oct. 2-4, featuring Rock N Roll Ride, Sultan of the Disco, Apollo 18, Harry Big Button, and more at Hongik University area; 100,000 won/one-day tickets, 45,000 won/two-day tickets (purchase in advance); zfesta.com.

GLOBAL GATHERING (Seoul): Oct. 3, 1 p.m.; featuring Krewella, Idiotape and more at Jamsil Sports Complex, 77,000 won.

DONG GANG INTERNATIONAL PHOTO FESTIVAL (Gangwon province): Through Oct. 4; festival showcases various themes of photo exhibitions, workshops, lectures and more; Yeongwol, Dong Gang Museum of Photography, outdoor exhibition area around Yeongwol; take a bus to Yeongwol Bus Terminal from Seoul Express Bus Terminal and take a taxi to museum; +82-2-1330.

GRAND MINT FESTIVAL 2015 (Seoul): Oct. 17, 5 p.m. & Oct. 18, 11 a.m.; Lee Seung-hwan, Kiha & The Faces, Daybreak, No Reply and more at Olympic Park; 88,000 won one-day ticket, 140,000 won two-day ticket.

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