Off-base events

More than 90 Disney-costumed characters on seven floats parade on a street near the Cinderella Castle at Tokyo Disneyland. A Halloween celebration is now through Oct. 31. For more: www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.

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OHARA NAKED FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Sept. 24; in Ohara district of Isumi city, crowds carry mikoshi (portable shrines) to the Ohara fishing harbor to be blessed by a Shinto priest and ask the gods for bountiful crops and nets full of fish. They then carry the 18 mikoshis into the sea in an event known as shiofumi (tide stepping); JR Ohara Station on Sotobo Line; 047-062-1111.

2014 TOKYO INTERNATIONAL AUDIO SHOW: Sept. 23-25, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tokyo International Forum Hall, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station, or a five-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station; free; 044-670-6611.

FLEA MARKET (Saitama prefecture): Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; more than 100 amateur and licensed antique dealers at Keyaki Hiroba of Saitama Super Arena, two-minute walk from JR Saitama Shin Toshin Station on Keihin Tohoku Line; free; 03-3226-6800. 

SPECTERS, GHOSTS AND SORCERERS IN UKIYO-E (Tokyo): Through Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Mon.; see seasonal ukiyo-e on display; 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.

36TH PIA FILM FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through Sept. 25; 21 films; National Film Center at the National Museum of Modern Art, one-minute walk from Kyobashi Station on Ginza Line; fee; 03-5774-5296.

FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; more than 600 dealers in the Ohi Horse Racing Track held at No. 1 Parking Lot, five-minute walk from Ohi Keibajo-mae Station on Tokyo Monorail; free; 03-3384-6666. 

KAYAKING & OUTDOOR FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Sept. 27 & 28; experience kayaking, kayaking race, and attractions including live concerts, talk shows and food booths; Lake Ogawara Camping Site; 0176-59-2311.


YOKOSUKA PERFORMANCE SHOW (Kanagawa prefecture): Sept. 27 & 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; taiko (Japanese drums) performance by local residents at Kurihama Flower Park, 15-minute walk from Kurihama Station, Keikyu and JR Yokosuka Lines; free; 046-833-8282.

SHINAGAWA SHUKUBA (POSTING STATION) FESTIVAL 2013 (Tokyo): Sept. 27 & 28, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Shinagawa, formerly a posting station on Tokaido Highway during Edo period (1603-1868), features a procession of courtesans Sat., parade depicting the life and manner in Edo-period between Kita Shinagawa and Minami Shinagawa on Sun.; 15-minute walk from JR Shinagawa Station; 03-3472-4772. 

FUKURO FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Sept. 27 & 28 and Oct. 11 & 12, noon-8 p.m.; pre-night opening ceremony on Sat., 30 portable shrines by local residents parade near Ikebukuro Station East Exit area, as well as dance, live bands and taiko (Japanese drums) on Sun.; JR Ikebukuro Station on Yamanote Line; 03-3986-7933. 

GRAND SUMO SEPTEMBER TOURNAMENT (Tokyo): Through Sept. 28; Ryogoku Kokugikan; Ryogoku Station, JR Sobu Line; 2,200-3,800-5,100-8,500 yen; 0570-02-9111.

FLEA MARKET (Kanagawa prefecture): Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 50 amateur and licensed dealers at Kurihama Flower Park, 15-minute walk from Kurihama Station, Keikyu and JR Yokosuka Lines; free; 03-3384-6666. 

SUPER AMERICAN FESTIVAL (Shizuoka prefecture): Sept. 28; American vintage cars on display, Harley Davidson motorcycles parade, dealers’ booths, live concerts and more; Fuji Speedway, 694, Nakahinata, Oyamacho, Suntou-gun; 3,500 yen in advance, 4,500 yen at door; 048-465-6275.

THE 61ST JAPAN TRADITIONAL KOGEI EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; 602 traditional Japanese crafts; 7th floor at Mitsukoshi Department Store Nihonbashi, one-minute walk from Mitsukoshi-mae Station on Ginza Line; free; 03-3241-3311. 

OMOTESANO COLLECTIONS HAIR TRENDS 2014-2015 (Tokyo): Sept. 30, 3 p.m.; hairstyles, makeup and fashion; National Yoyogi Gymnasium No. 2, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station and Meiji Jingu-Mae Station on Metro Chiyoda Line; 6,000-7,000-8,000 yen; 03-5469-1570. 

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.

JAPAN OPEN FIGURE SKATING (Saitama prefecture): Oct. 4, 1 p.m.; Kanako Murakami, Takahiko Ozuka, Ashley Wagner, Julia Lipnitskaia and more at Saitama Super Arena; 5,000-23,000 yen; one-minute walk from Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line; 03-3435-7000.  

CARNIVAL ON ICE 2014 (Saitama prefecture): Oct. 4, 7 p.m.; Evgeni Plushenko, Patrick Chan, Tatsuki Machida, Jeffrey Buttle, Ashley Wagner, Mirai Nagasu, Julia Lipnitskaia and others; Saitama Super Arena, one-minute walk from Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line; 5,000-23,000 yen; 03-3435-7000.

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 to little animals excavated in Japan; five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,600 yen adults, 600 yen kids; 03-5777-8600.

MUKOUJIMA HYAKKA-EN JAPANESE BUSH CLOVER FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 27 & 28 and Oct. 4 & 5; see Japanese bush clover in bloom, and the garden is decorated with paper-covered lamp stands after sunset, and tea ceremony 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 26-28; 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.

COSMOS GARDEN (Yokosuka): Through Nov. 3; one million cosmos flowers in bloom and 2 p.m. Oct. 26 & Nov. 3, visitors can pick the flowers; Kurihama Flower World, 1 Shinmei-cho, 15-minute walk from Kurihama Station, Keikyu and JR Yokosuka Lines; free; 046-833-8282.

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.

MURAKAMI TOWN FOLDING SCREEN FESTIVAL (Niigata prefecture): Through Oct. 15; display of folding screens at 14 machiya (traditional Kyoto tradesmen) houses; 10-minute walk from JR Murakami Station on Uetsu Line or six-minute ride from Murakami Senami Onsen I.C.; 0254-53-2258.

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.

DISNEY HALLOWEEN (Chiba prefecture): Through Oct. 31; parade including more than 90 Disney-costumed characters on seven floats at 10 a.m. at Disneyland and 125 Disney-costumed characters at 12:10, 1:55 and 3:50 p.m. 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; one-day passport 6,200 yen adults, discount passport after 6 p.m. 3,900 yen adults/children; 0570-00-8632.

TOKYO BIG SIX BASEBALL LEAGUE (Tokyo): Through Nov. 2; Jingu Stadium, six-minute walk from JR Suidobashi Station; 1,300 yen for infield bleachers, 800 yen for outfield bleachers; 03-3409-5610.

YOKOHAMA TRIENNALE (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Nov. 3; art exhibition with the theme “Art Fahrenheit 451: Sailing into the sea of oblivion” at Yokohama Museum of Art and Shinko Pier Exhibition, three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai Line or 10-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 2,400 yen adults, 1,800 yen college students, 1,400 yen senior high school students; 045-671-2278.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN – HALLOWEEN (Osaka): Through Nov. 9; join in the daily Halloween costume parade, go trick-or-treating and experience Halloween Horror Night – “Street Zombies,” “Chucky’s Horror Factory” and more 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon.; Universal City Station on JR Yumesaki-Line; 6,980 yen adults, 4,880 yen kids, discount pass after 3 p.m. is 5,600 yen adults, 4,200 kids; 06-6465-3000.

HOKUSAI FROM THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON (Tokyo): Through Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Tuesday; features selected 140 arts created by Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849); Ueno Royal Museum, three-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,500 yen adults, 1,200 yen college and senior high school students, 500 yen children; 03-5777-8600.


29TH ALL-ISLAND LION DANCE FESTIVAL: Oct. 5, 6 p.m.; lion dance (shishimai), known to have the power to ward off spirits and summon the gold of harvest and wealth, bringing prosperity to the region; Agena Bullring, 60-minute ride from Okinawa Kita I.C. on Okinawa Expressway; free; 098-973-4400.

30TH YAMBARU SANGYO FESTIVAL: Oct. 11 & 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; introducing products made on Okinawa such as woodcrafts, pottery and more; Nago 21st Century Mori-no Taikukan, three-minute ride from Shirokanebash on Nago Bypass (Route 58), near Nago City Hall; 0980-52-2448.

NAHA TUG OF WAR: Oct. 12, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; about 15,000 people pulling on a 200-meter giant rope is the highlight of the festival; Route 58, Kumoji intersection; 098-866-4858.

YAESE YOUTH EISA FESTIVAL: Oct. 12; eisa groups and traditional entertainment at Yaese Town Kochinda Endo Koen; 30-minute drive from Naha Airport or 20-minute walk from Kochinda bus stop after taking a bus from Naha Bus Terminal; 098-998-4334.

South Korea

WONJU HANJI FESTIVAL (Gangwon-do): Sept. 25-28, 1-5 p.m.; held in Wonju, a city with a rich history of producing hanji, traditional Korean paper, this event features a fashion show, lanterns made of hanji and more at Gangwon-do Wonju-si Hanji Theme, take an intercity bus bound for Wonju from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, then take a taxi to Hanji Theme Park; fee; +82-2-1330.

ANDONG MASKDANCE FESTIVAL: Sept. 26-Oct. 5; this festival features more than 50 eventsand hands-on experience programs,including the National & International Mask Dance performance, World Mask Competitionandmask dance learning puppet play; 7,000 won adults, 5,000 won students and seniors; take an intercity bus bound for Andong Bus Terminal from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, then take a taxi to Maskdance Park; +82-2-1330; maskdance.com.

SEOUL INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL: Sept. 26-Oct. 18; at the Seoul Arts Center and other sites; five-minute walk to Sogang University from Sinchon Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 6; +82-2-1330; sidance.org.

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.

KOREA IN MOTION PERIOD (Seoul): Through Oct. 5; Korea’s leading non-verbal performance festival to promote unity and harmony through actions, gestures, music and art, rather than speech, featuring some of the best Korean performances, including non-verbal performances, musicals and traditional plays; Korea Tourism Organization Headquarters, Cheonggye Square, Jonggak Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 5; +82-2-1330; koreainmotion.com.

BUKCHEON COSMOS AND BUCKWHEAT FESTIVAL (Gyeongsangnum-do): Through Oct. 5; music concerts in flower gardens, photo contest and more; Jikjeon town and Imyeong town area, Hadong-gun; +82-2-1330; tour.hadong.go.kr.

HONGWON PORT JEONEO (GIZZARD SHAD) & CRAB FESTIVAL (Chungcheongnam-do): Through Oct. 5; gizzard shads are a type of herring delicacy in Korea, and this event allows attendees to enjoy a fresh catch of this fish served up in a variety of ways, from roasted to sashimi-sliced Jeoneo and salads mixed with spicy marinated Jeoneo, cucumbers, sesame leaves and parsley; Hongwonhang Port area; take an intercity bus from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal to Seocheon; +82-2-1330.

THE MUSICAL “THE CROWN PRINCE RUDOLF” (Seoul): Oct. 11-Jan. 4; D Club Art Center; 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won.

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

DAEGU PHOTO BIENNALE: Through Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Daegu Culture and Arts Center, Bongsan Cultural Center, Bongsan Cultural Center (Exit #9 of Banwoldang Station, Daegu Subway Line 2); 5,000 won adults, 3,000 won youths, 2,000 won children.

MINDUNGSAN EULALIA FESTIVAL (Gangwon-do): Through Oct. 26; mountain climbing, talent contest, eulalia music contests, photo exhibition and more; Mindungsan Mountain area; take a train from Cheongnyangni Station to Jeungsan Station; +82-2-1330.

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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