The faces of children from Myanmar are shown on umbrellas at the Zojoji Temple in Tokyo in 2013. The 60th anniversary of the founding of diplomatic relations between Myanmar and Japan is this year. The festival at the temple Oct. 18 and 19 features a symposium on Myanmar, food booths and more.
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AUTUMN MINI BONSAI DISPLAY IN JINDAI BOTANICAL GARDEN (Tokyo): Oct. 16-20, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; 100,000 trees and shrubs, and 5,100 varieties of roses grow here; dozens of mini rose bonsai are on display at Special Exhibition Hall; 5-31-10 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu City, Tokyo, bus from Mitaka Station, JR Chuo Line, or Chofu Station, Keio Line, Jindaiji Shokubutsu Koen Mae bus stop; 500 yen for garden entrance; 0424-83-2300; www.tokyo-park.or.jp.
ANNUAL GRAND AUTUMN FESTIVAL OF YASUKUNI SHRINE (Tokyo): Oct. 17-20; various entertainments and traditional art of Japan 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Noh-gakudo stage along with chrysanthemums on exhibit Oct. 16-Nov. 5; five-minute walk from Kudan-shita Station on Tozai Line and Hanzomon Line; 03-3261-8326.
HIROSAKI CASTLE AUTUMN CHRYSANTHEMUM AND MAPLE LEAF FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Oct. 17-Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; chrysanthemums in bloom and maple leaves turning in the botanical garden in Hirosaki Park, one-minute walk from a bus stop of Shiyakusho-mae Koen-mae after taking a bus at No. 6; 300 yen adults, 100 yen children; 0172-35-3131; www.hirosaki.co.jp/en.
PAUL RUSCH FESTIVAL – YATSUGATAKE COUNTY FAIR 2014 (Yamanashi prefecture): Oct. 18 & 19, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; this festival, commemorating Rusch, a Kentucky native who founded the retreat Seisen-Ryo in 1938 and devoted himself to reconstruction of Japan after WWII, features cheerleaders performance, Kentucky crafts fair, concerts of Elena & Jaja, and more at Kiyosato Seisen-Ryo pasture, five-minute drive or 30-minute walk from JR Kiyosato Station on Koumi Line; 0551-48-2626; http://ackeep.org.
MYANMAR FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; commemorating 60th anniversary of founding diplomatic relationsbetween Myanmar and Japan, featuring a symposium on Myanmar, varieties of Myanmar food booths and handicraft booths and more at Zojoji Temple, three-minute walk from Onarimon and Shiba Koen Stations on Mita Line, five-minute walk from Daimon Station on Asakusa Line or 10-minute walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station; free; 03-6278-7464.
NEZU SENDAGI MATSURI (Tokyo): Oct. 18 & 19; annual autumn festival featuring taiko (Japanese drums), Japanese comic dance, street performance, food booths and more at Nezu Shrine’s compound, Bunkyo Ward; five-minute walk from Nezu Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-3822-3653.
AJINOMOTO STADIUM FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Oct. 18 & 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m; about 800 booths in the stadium, five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station, Keio Line; 300 yen adults, kids free; 03-3226-6800.
NISSAN STADIUM FLEA MARKET (Kanagawa prefecture): Oct. 18 & 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 300 dealers at Yokohama Stadium, five-minute walk from JR Kozukue Station on Yokohama-Line or a 15-minute walk from JR Shin Yokohama Station; 03-3226-6800.
KAWAGOE FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Oct. 18 & 19, 10 a.m-10 p.m.; 21 tall, decorated floats parade along the streets in Kawagoe city, where historic buildings and storehouses are preserved; Kawagoe Station, Tobu-Tojo Line and JR Kawagoe Line; 049-224-8811.
SCARLET SAGA (SALVIA) FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Oct. 18-26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 15,000 scarlet saga in bloom, group planting and more; Hana-no Oasis, 736 Teraya, Konosu city, five-minute walk from Teraya-higashi Dainchi bus stop after taking a bus bound for Kawasato loop line; free; 048-541-1321.
HIBIYA PARK GARDENING SHOW 2014 (Tokyo): Oct. 18-26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; gardening contest, seminars on care of flowers and gardening, concerts and special discount sales; two-minute walk from Kasumigaseki Station on Marunouchi and Chiyoda lines; 03-3232-3097.
KAGURAZAKA MACHITOBI FESTA 2014 (Tokyo): Oct. 18-Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; events on stage of a hill and an alley, including experiencing an entertainment session in a private room with geisha girls, drawing paintings on a street, Japanese traditional entertainment of Noh and rakugo as well as modern art at Kagurazaka areas; Iidabashi Station on Yurakucho, Nanpuku and Tozai Lines; 03-6426-1728.
KASAMA INARI JINJA CHRYSANTHEMUM FESTIVAL (IBARAKI prefecture): Oct. 18-Nov. 24; festival, started in 1890, is Japan’s oldest; also features Kasama Inari Museum and Kasama Inari special Chrysanthemum decorated dolls exhibition; 70-minute ride from Ueno Station on Joban Line to Tomobe, then take a 10-minute ride to Kasama Station on Mito Line; 800 yen adults, 400 yen children; 0296-73-0001; www.kasama.or.jp.
KIBA NO KAKUNORI (Tokyo): Oct. 19, 1 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for kakunori and 2:50 p.m. for chikaramochi; kakunori consists of acrobatic stunts performed on top of ladders or rolling logs, and chikaramochi refers to men tossing rice bales weighing 64 kg at each other or balancing the bales above their heads with one hand; Kiba Koen Park (4-1 Kiba, Koto Ward), 1, five-minute walk from Metro Kiba Station on Tozai Line; 03-3647-9819.
YOKOHAMA KAYAK/CANOE FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Oct. 19, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; compete 7 km and 14 km courses by 13 divisions such as racing, slalom and more, starting and finishing at Nippon-maru Memorial Park, five-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 3,500 yen adults, 2,000 yen students; 045-783-7638.
CHOFU AIRPORT FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; local propeller aircraft terminal available to Oshima, Niijima, and Kozu Islands. You can see skydiving and various prop aircrafts, and have a chance to ride on aircraft during the festival; 15-minute bus ride from JR Musashi Sakai Station on Chuo Line or a 10-minute bus ride from Chofu Station on Keio Line; 0422031-4191.
YOKOSUKA MIKOSHI PARADE (Kanagawa prefecture): Oct. 19, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Japanese citizens and U.S. Navy groups carry 66 mikoshi, or portable shrines, in a parade at 10:30 a.m. at Yokosuka Chuo Station, and parades through Yokosuka Chuo O-Dori Street to Yokosuka Navy Base; 046-822-8301.
TOKYO AQUATHLON: Oct. 19; three categories of swim and beach run, 1.5-km swim and 2-km beach run, 500-meter swim and 2-km beach run and 500-meter swim and 1-km beach run (parent and child); at Odaiba Ocean Park; 03-6804-3586.
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; http://orsay2014.jp.
KYOTO JIDAI MATSURI FESTIVAL: Oct. 22; history of Kyoto begins on Oct. 22, 794, when the Emperor Kammu chose this place as the site of Heian-Kyo, the new capital. Heian Shrine was established in 1895 to celebrate the 1,100th anniversary of Kyoto and to commemorate the Emperor Kammu; the shrine’s annual festival is one of the three biggest festivals in Kyoto and features a procession of 2,000 people dressed in the various styles of the different historical epochs, starting at the Imperial Palace at noon; 075-752-0227.
27TH TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Oct. 23-31; 14 films selected from 1,373 entries among 92 nations compete in the main section.Robert De Niro and Tom Hanks are special guests; Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills, Cinemart Roppongi and other movie theaters; 1,000-1,300-1,500-2,000 yen; 0570-007-506; http://2014.tiff-jp.net.
ROUGH WATER SWIM JAPAN SERIES IN YORON: Oct. 25, 9 a.m.; swim in the ocean in 1.5, 3 and 5K individual & group relay (1 km x 3 persons); Ookaneku Kaigan Seamans Beach, Yoron Island, Kagoshima prefecture; 45-minute flight from Okinawa; 4,000 yen individuals, 9,000 yen groups; 0467-84-8639.
LE TOUR DE FRANCE SAITAMA CRITERIUM PRESENTED BY BELLUNA (Saitama prefecture): Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; the first one-day cycling event used for “Le Tour de France” held outside of France, 2014 Tour de France winner, Vincent Nibali, 2013 Tour de France winner Christopher Froome, Peter Sagan, Nicolas Roche, Michael Rogers, Marcel Kittel, Yukiya Arashiro and more to participate in 2.7 km street-course race located in Saitama Shintoshin Areas; Saitama Shintoshin Station; 048-647-8338; http://saitama-criterium.jp/index.html.
46TH ALL JAPAN OPEN KARATE TOURNAMENT (Tokyo): Oct. 25, 11 a.m. & Oct. 26, 10 a.m.; also qualifying tournament for 11th World Championship of Karate; Tokyo Gymnasium, one-minute walk from JR Sendagaya Station on Sobu Line or Kokuritsu Kyogijo Station on Oedo Line; 6,000-8,000-12,000-17,000 yen; 03-3268-5671.
KANDA SECONDHAND BOOK FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Oct. 25-Nov. 3; at bookstores on Jinbocho Omote-dori streets, a well-known secondhand bookstore district; one-minute walk from Jimbocho Station on Tozai-Line or five-minute walk from JR Ochanomizu Station on Sobu-Line; 03-3293-0161.
YATSUGADAKE SHIN-SOBA FESTIVAL 2014 (Yamanashi prefecture): Oct. 25-Dec. 21; taste new soba (buckwheat noodles) at 34 restaurants near Mount Yatsugatake areas; Nagasaka and Kobuchizawa I.C. on Chuo Express; 0551-48-3457; http://yatsugatake-ga.com/sinsoba.html.
AUTUMN ROSE FESTIVAL IN KYU-FURUKAWA TEIEN GARDEN (Tokyo): Through Oct. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 30-minute concerts noon & 3 p.m. Oct. 18 & 25; Kyu-Furukawa Teien Garden, 1-27-39 Nishigahara, Kita-ku, 12-minute walk from JR Komagome Station, Yamanote Line; 150 yen for garden entrance; 03-3910-0394; www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english.
TOKYO BIG SIX BASEBALL LEAGUE: 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.
AUTUMN ROSE FESTIVAL IN IKUTA RYOKUCHI GARDEN (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 9 a.m. on weekends, closed Mon.; 4,000 trees and shrubs and 440 varieties of roses; free; 15-minute walk from Shukugawara Station on JR Nambu-Line; 044-978-5270.
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.
SHOWA KINEN PARK COSMOS FESTIVAL (western Tokyo): Through Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., until 6 p.m. weekends in September; live concert 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Minna-no Harappa on Oct. 4; Showa Kinen Park, 3173 Midori-cho, Tachikawa city, one-minute walk from Nishi-Tachikawa Station, JR Ome Line; 042-528-1751; www.showakinenpark.go.jp.
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; www.yokohamatriennale.jp.
NAGASAKI HUIS TEN BOSCH GARDENING WORLD CUP SHOW (Nagasaki prefecture): Through Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; 15 gardens designed by world top-ranked gardeners at this Dutch-style theme park; 0570-064-110; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp.
AUTUMN ROSE FESTIVAL IN JINDAI BOTANICAL GARDEN (Tokyo): Through Nov. 4, closed Mon.; 100,000 trees and shrubs, and 5,100 varieties of roses grow here, and 2 p.m. concerts at Rose Garden Terrace Oct. 13, 20 & 27; 5-31-10 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu City, bus from Mitaka Station, JR Chuo Line, or Chofu Station, Keio Line, Jindaiji Shokubutsu Koen Mae bus stop; 500 yen to enter; 0424-83-2300; www.tokyo-park.or.jp.
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.
ASAKUSA CHRYSANTHEMUM FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through Nov. 15; Asakusa Sensoji Temple, five-minute walk from Asakusa Station on Ginza-Line; free; 03-3844-1221.
AUTUMN ROSE FESTIVAL AT KEISEI ROSE GARDEN (Chiba prefecture): Through Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., open at 8 a.m. on Oct. 25, 26, Nov. 1, 2, 3, 8 & 9; varieties of attractions such as rose garden tour, flower arrangement by the artists, live concerts and more; Keisei Rose Garden; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen seniors, 400 yen junior high school students, 200 yen children; 15-minute walk from Yachiyo Midorigaoka Station on Toyo Rapid Railway; 047-459-0106.
KUNISADA UTAGAWA: 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH (Tokyo): Through Nov. 24, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; ukiyo-e of his work on display; Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen senior high school and college students, kids free; 03-3403-0880; www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp.
GALLERIA DEGLI UFFIZI (Tokyo): Through Dec. 14, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fridays and Nov. 1 & 2, Dec. 5, 13 & 14; featuring 80 oil paintings by the artists Sandro Botticelli, Agnolo Bronzino and more from Galleria Degli Uffizi in Firenze, Italy, at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, seven-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,600 yen adults, 1,300 yen college students, 800 yen senior high school students, ages 15 & younger free; 03-3823-6920; www.tobikan.jp/en/exhibition/h26_uffizi.html.
FERDINAND HODLER: TOWARDS RHYTHMIC IMAGES (Tokyo): Through Jan. 12, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; commemorating 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Switzerland and Japan, featuring Swiss artist of Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918) including 100 of his paintings; National Museum of Western Art, 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.
WILLEM DE KOONING EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. on Fridays; featuring 27 arts from Kooning (1904-1997), one of the leaders of abstract expressionism, which flourished in the U.S. after World War II; Bridgestone Museum of Art, five-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station, No. 6 Exit; 800 yen adults, 600 yen seniors, 500 yen senior high school and college students, kids free; 03-5777-8600; www.bridgestone-museum.gr.jp.
9TH URUMA INDUSTRIAL FESTIVAL: Oct. 18 & 19, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., bullfights, live performance, local products and crafts are on sale, along with fireworks at the finale on weekend at Uruma city Ishikawa Athletic Park; a 70- minute drive from Naha Airport or a 10-minute drive from Ishikawa IC on Okinawa; 098-065-5634.
YOMITAN POTTERY FESTIVAL: Oct. 18 & 19, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Yomitan pottery produced by 20 local workshops at discount prices, plus charity auction; 098-958-3940; www.gala-aoiumi.com.
YOMITAN FESTIVAL: Oct. 24, 4 p.m., Oct. 25, 2-9 p.m. & Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; traditional music and dance, lion dance, karate performances and more; Yomitan Village Athletic Gymnasium, 30-minute ride from Okinawa North IC on Okinawa Express, 70-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-982-9201.
38TH OKINAWA SANGYO FESTIVAL: Oct. 24-26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; products made on Okinawa; at Ounoyama Koen and Okinawa Kenritsu Budokan, five-minute ride from Naha Airport or five-minute walk from Tsubokawa Station (Okinawa Toshi Monorail) and Ounoyama Koen Station; 0980-859-6191.
GREAT EARTH ISHIGAKI ISLAND RIDE 2014: Oct. 26 & 27; 50, 90 & 120 km rides on Sunday, 40 km fun rides on the Jungle Land in Iriomote Island on Monday, staring and finishing at Funakura Koren in Ishigaki city; 10,000 yen adults, 5,000 yen senior high school students, 15,000 yen 40 km fun ride on the Jungle Land, including ferry ride, lunch and a drink; 0980-84-3178.
TOUR DE OKINAWA BICYCLE RACE 2014: Nov. 8 & 9; events and races for more than 4,400 participants including men’s championship race (210 km), eight cycling events and 13 road races for citizens; NPO Tour de Okinawa Office 0980-54-3174; http://tour-de-okinawa.jp/english.
CHEONGDO SEEDLESS PERSIMMON FESTIVAL: Oct. 17-19; Cheongdo is the largest seedless persimmon production center in Korea,and this event features a character parade, magic shows, juggling, cooking contest and more while enjoying persimmon harvest; take Local Bus 1 in front of Cheongdo Bus Terminal and get off at Beomgok 1-ri (Beomsil); +82-2-1330.
SEOUL INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL: Through 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.
DAEGU PHOTO BIENNALE (Daegu): 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; www.daeguphoto.com.
PUCHON INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Bucheon city): Oct. 22-26; with the theme of “Dream, Adventure, Freedom and Challenge” at Korea Manhwa Museum and others; one-minute walk from Samsan Gymnasium Station (Seoul Subway Line 7), Exit 4 or 5; +82-2-1330; 5,000 won; www.pisaf.or.kr.
ICHEON RICE CULTURE FESTIVAL: Oct. 22-26; Icheon is known as the best rice-producing city in Korea,and this event features a re-enactment of the parade that transported rice to Hanseong (the old name for Seoul) for presentation to the king and more; take the free shuttle bus to Seolbong Park from Icheon Bus Terminal; +82-2-1330; www.ricefestival.or.kr.
JEONJU BIBIMBAP FESTIVAL (Jeollabuk-do): Oct. 23-26; festival with the theme of Jeonju Bibimbap, one of the most recognizable local foods in Korea, along with International Fermented Food Expo, traditional liquor festival and more; take Bus 79 or 119 from Jeonju Station and get off at Jeondong Cathedral (Hanok village); +82-2-1330.
MASON GAGOPA CHRYSANTHEMUM FESTIVAL: Oct. 24-Nov. 2; exhibitions, culture programs, food tasting, live performance and more; Masonhang Port, Wharf 1; take an express bus to Mason Express Bus Terminal, then take Bus 703 and get off at Jeil Girls’ High School; +82-2-1330.
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.
MUSICAL, “CAVALIA” (Seoul): Nov. 5-16, Big Top Theater in Jamsil Sports Complex, 50,000-250,000 won.
FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUSICAL (Seoul): Through Nov. 9; Seoul Arts Center, Towol Theater, 30,000-60,0000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
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.
THE MUSICAL “THE CROWN PRINCE RUDOLF” (Seoul): Through Jan. 4; D Club Art Center; 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.
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