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HOZUKI ICHI (Tokyo): July 27 & 28, 5:30-10 p.m.; Chinese lantern plant fair as well as chinowa kuguri — a ceremony to purify oneself in the Shinto way while walking through a big ring of reeds — takes place in the compounds of Bishamonten Temple, 5-36, Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, five-minute walk from Iidabashi Station on Tozai, Yurakucho and Nanpoku-Lines; 03-3431-0327.
HOKUSAI MANGA – SKETCHES OF THE UNIVERSE (Tokyo): Through July 28; featuring sketches by Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849) in 15 volumes; 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; 03-3403-0880; www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp/index-E.html.
AKIRUNO FILM FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 28-31; featuring 169 movies from Japan and abroad such as “Terminal,” “Akiruno Story,” “Melody Fair” by Waris Hussein and more at Itsukaichi Kaikan, 10-minute walk from JR Musashi Itsukaichi Station on Itsukaichi Line (North Exit); 1,500 yen adults, 1,000 yen students each movie, 3,000 yen all movies (advance tickets); 042-558-1111.
SUZUKA EIGHT-HOUR ENDURANCE MOTORCYCLE RACE (Mie prefecture): July 28-31; final 11:30 a.m. July 31; 2016 FIM World Endurance Championship Series Round 3; at Suzuka Circuit, 7992 Ino-cho Suzuka-shi, Mie-ken; 5,700 yen adults, includes one-day passport for free rides at park and swimming pool, 1,700 yen junior and senior high school students, 800 yen elementary school students July 28-31; 059-378-1111; www.suzukacircuit.jp/8tai.
NEO FOOD WAGON VILLAGE SUPER NIGHT (Tokyo): July 29, 6-10 p.m.; food wagons up at Tokyo International Forum Hall Ground Square, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; www.t-i-forum.co.jp/en.
EBISU BON ODORI FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 29 & 30, 6-9:30 p.m.; dancing women in cotton summer kimonos and men in happi coats gather at JR Ebisu Station West Exit Square, JR Ebisu Station; 090-4953-2474.
KAGURAZAKA FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 29 & 30, 7-9 p.m.; about 20 groups perform awa odori dance along the Kagurazaka-dori Avenue with the shamisen, flute and taiko — Japanese drum; Kagurazaka Station on Tozai-Line; 03-3268-2802.
TOKYO HULA FESTA IN IKEBUKURO: July 29, 4 p.m., July 30-31, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; hula by more 175 groups of 4,500 dancers at lkebukuro West Park, lkebukuro West Exit Square, Tobu Department Store’s roof-top on SF, Sunshine City B1 Fountain Square, aMLUX B1F Event Stage; hula seminars by Kumu Tiare Noelani Ka’aina Chang and Maelia Loebenstein Carter at Tokyo Art Theater B2 Rehearsal Studio; JR lkebukuro Station; 03-3981-5849.
HANEDA SHRINE FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 29-31; one of three biggest festivals in the Edo period (1603-1868); highlight of the festival is the carrying of a Shinto object of worship in a portable shrine 2:30-6 p.m. Sunday at the shrine; Otorii Station on Keikyu Line; 03-3741-0023; www.hanedajinja.com/english/index.htm.
SHINJUKU EISA FESTIVAL 2016 (Tokyo): July 30, noon--8 p.m.; eisa is a traditional Okinawan dance with taiko drums during Obon, a Buddhist holiday to honor the spirits of ancestors; held in a main street from Alta Station (JR Shinjuku Station – East Exit) to Isetan Department Store, JR Shinjuku Station-West Exit areas and Kabukicho area; 03-6681-4858.
HINODE TOWN SUMMER FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 30, 4:45-8:40 p.m.; folk entertainment starts at 5 p.m., followed by bon odori at 6 p.m., and fireworks at 8 p.m. at Hirai Junior High School playground, 20-minute walk from JR Musashi Masudo Station on Itsukaichi Line; 042-597-0511.
NAGASAKI PEIRON CHAMPIONSHIP (Nagasaki prefecture): July 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. & July 31, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Peiron (dragon boat) races rowed by 26-person team at Nagasaki Port; this event is part of Nagasaki Minato Matsuri and features fireworks 8:20 p.m.; http://nitca.at-nagasaki.jp/en.
2016 JAPAN TEDDY BEAR WITH FRIENDS CONVENTION (Tokyo): July 30, noon-5 p.m. & July 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 10,000 teddy bears from around the world on display and sale at Tokyo International Forum Hall Exhibition Hall and B2nd floor Exhibition Hall 2, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station and five-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station; 1,000 yen adults, ages 12 & younger free at doors for two-day tickets, 800 yen adults in advance; Japan Teddy Bear Association 03-6277-3638; www.jteddy.net/24convention/eindex.html.
KAWAGOE ONE MILLION LANTERN FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): July 30 & 31; streets of lchibangai and Crea Mall in Kawagoe city are decorated with a million lanterns (chochin); opening parade starting at Hon Kawagoe Station (Seibu Shinjuku Line) 3:35 p.m., portable floats parade 5 p.m. Saturday, live performances at Shobi Gakuen University 2 & 6:30 p.m. and Jidai- (Edo-period) styled parade along with demonstration of matchlock shooting at Hon Kawagoe Station 3:30-3:50 p.m. Sunday; three-minute walk from Hon Kawagoe Station on Seibu Shinjuku Line or 12-minute walk from Kawagoe Station on JR Kawagoe Line; 049-224-5940.
TAIWAN FESTIVAL 2016 (Tokyo): July 30 & 31, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; concerts performed by artists from Taiwan including Monica Wu, Airin, Come on! BayBay!, food booths and more at Yoyogi Koen, eight-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station or 14-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station; free; http://twfes.com.
ODAWARA LANTERN FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): July 30 & 31, noon-8:30 p.m.; lantern dance at 5:30 p.m. with 2,000 lanterns floating on a moat around the castle at 6:50 p.m., followed by bon odori on Saturday, taiko followed by portable shrine parade from Odawara Castle Park to the Ohoribata Street and more on Sunday, JR Odawara Station; 0465-22-5002.
HAMURA SUMMER FESTIVAL (Tokyo): July 30 & 31, 3-8:30 p.m.; Samba dance, parade, performances, food booths, laser-illumination with the theme of flowers and water 7-11 p.m. near JR Haruma Station areas; 042-555-1111.
AURORA VIEW NIGHT (Kawagawa prefecture): July 30-Aug. 21, 6-9 p.m.; featuring 25-minute aurora visions starting 8 p.m. daily; classical concerts on weekends; Yokosuka Le Soleil (Soleil-no oka); free parking lot after 4 p.m. or a 15-minute bus ride bound for Le Soleil after taking a bus from Misakiguchi Station on Keikyu Line; 1,000 yen adults, kids free; 046-857-2500.
OEDO ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): July 31, 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.
TABAYAMA VILLAGE SUMMER FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): July 31, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; canoe lessons, trout catching and more at Tabayama Koryu Sokushin Center; 0428-88-0211.
WIND-BELL FESTIVAL AT NISHI-ARAI DAISHI (Tokyo): Through July 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., until 5 p.m. weekends; more than 500 varieties of wind-bells from Japan are on display and on sale; Daishi-mae on the Tobu Daishi Line branching off at Nishiarai Station on the Tobu Isezaki Line; 03-3890-2345.
KYOTO GION FESTIVAL: Through July 31; annual festival of Yasaka Shrine originated from prayer to prevent the spread of plague about 1,100 years ago; 075-752-7070; www.kyoto-kankou.or.jp/english/info_search/?event_id=2319&r=1404271587.361.
HACHINOHE SANJA TAISAI FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): July 31, 6-9 p.m., Aug. 1, 3-7 p.m., Aug. 2, 2-4 p.m., Aug. 3, 3-7 p.m. & Aug. 4, 6-8 p.m.; featuring 27 floats on parade on central streets of Hachinohe city, along with people dressed in samurai clothes, lion dance, and yabusame horseback archery 2-4 p.m. Aug. 2 at Shinra Shrine, five-minute walk from JR Hachinohe Station; 0178-46-4040.
HAKONE KOSUI MATSURI (Kanagawa prefecture): July 31-Aug. 5; July 31, Shinto ritual at Hakone Shrine 6 p.m.; event includes fireworks most evenings; 40-minute bus ride from Hakone Yumoto Station on Odakyu-Line; www.hakone.or.jp; 0460-85-5700.
MORIOKA SANSA ODORI FESTIVAL (Iwate prefecture): Aug. 1-4, 6-9 p.m.; traditional sansa odori dance parade, along with performances by Miss Sansa Odori dancers, sansa taiko groups and more at the Morioka Chuo Dori (street) and Aug. 4, see the world’s largest taiko parade; 20-minute walk from JR Morioka Station; 019-624-5880; www.sansaodori.jp/pdf/pamphlet_english.pdf.
AOMORI NEBUTA FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 1-7; one of the largest and the most famous festivals in Japan with huge, illuminated papier mache floats in a parade on the streets; Aug. 1, 6-9 p.m. eve celebration, 7-8:40 p.m. fireworks at Asamushi Onsen, Aug. 2-6, 7:10-9 p.m., Nebuta parades; Aug. 7, 1-3 p.m., Nebuta parade. 7:15-9 p.m. fireworks and Nebuta boat parade on the ocean; JR Aomori Station; 017-723-7211; www.nebuta.or.jp.
HIROSAKI NEPUTA FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 1-7; 80 papier mache floats of warriors parade the streets in Hirosaki city and the event warms up when papier-mache floats are illuminated after sunset; 7 p.m. Aug. 1-4, parade along Dotemachi streets; 7 p.m Aug. 5 & 6 parade around Hirosaki Station; 10 a.m. Aug. 7, parade along Dotemachi streets 10 a.m. and finale – papier-mache floats up at River Iwaki near Akane Bridge; 20-minute walk from JR Hirosaki Station to Dotemachi streets; 0170-35-3121: www.hirosaki-kanko.or.jp/en/edit.html?id=edit11.
SCARY PICTURZES OF UKIYO-E (Tokyo): Aug. 2-28, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Mon.; 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; www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp.
TSUKIJI HONGANJI TEMPLE BON ODORI FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 3-5, 7-9 p.m. & Aug. 6, 6-8:30 p.m.; bon odori, performances and food booths at the precincts of Honganji Temple, one-minute walk from Tsukiji Station on Hibiya Line or five-minute walk from Yurakucho Line; free; 03-3541-1131; www.tsukijihongwanji.jp/eng/?fr=navi.
SANKEIEN GARDEN – EARLY MORNING LOTUS VIEWING (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Aug. 6, 6 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends & holidays; best time for viewing is 7 a.m., 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Station; 500 yen; 045-621-0634/5; www.sankeien.or.jp/pdf/guidemap_english.pdf.
ONE LOVE JAMAICA FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 6 & 7, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.,; commemorating Jamaica Independence Day, the event featuring reggae musicians at Hibiya Park; free; www.onelovejamaicafestival.jp.
NEPAL FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 6 & 7,10 a.m.-7 p.m.; more than 80 booths for food and crafts are lined up at the Keyaki Streets, along with attractions; five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 080-5172-7906.
ASEAN FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 6 & 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; food booths from ASEAN countries, along with many attractions at Yoyogi Koen Hiroba, 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku and JR Shibuya Stations; free; 0905563-9930.
KARATE DREAM FESTIVAL 2016 INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (Tokyo): Aug. 6, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. & Aug. 7, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; International full contact karate championship held once in every two years with more than 2,500 karate experts participating at Tokyo Gymnasium, one-minute walk from JR Sendagaya Station on Sobu Line or Kokuritsu Kyogijo Station on Oedo Line; free; 03-3268-5671.
KAMOGAWA NORYO SUMMER FESTIVAL (Kyoto): Aug. 6, 5-10 p.m. & Aug. 7, 5-9:30 p.m.; it’s an annual festival of Kamogawa River between Kamogawa Sanjo Ohashi and Shijo Ohashi, featuring live performance and also to promote local and traditional crafts as well as conserving environmental circumstances and purifying the water; 075-241-2661.
YOYOGI PARK EARTH DAY MARKET (Tokyo): Aug. 7. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; about 40 dealers at market of organic products and more, 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; Earth Day Money Association 03-6806-9281.
TOKYO MIDTOWN GRAPHIC DESIGN IN JAPAN 2016: Through Aug. 8, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; featuring 300 graphics and contemporary video arts; Tokyo Midtown Design Hub, 5th Floor; free; 03-5770-7509; http://designhub.jp.
BROADWAY MUSICAL “CHICAGO” (Tokyo): Aug. 10-21; Tokyo International Forum Hall C; 5,000-9,000-13,000 yen; 0570-08-9940; www.t-i-forum.co.jp.
JOETSU LOTUS FESITVAL (Niigata prefecture): Through Aug. 16; lotus in outer moat of Takada Castle Ruins, believed to be best lotus paradise garden in Asia, along with attractions scheduled at Takada Park, 15-minute walk from Takada Station on Myoko Haneuma Line or 10-minute ride from Joetsu Takada IC on Joshinetsu Express; 025-512-6016; www.joetsu-kanko.net/pr_video.html.
KODO – TRADITIONAL JAPANESE DRUM BEAT WITH NEW JAPAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (Tokyo): Aug. 18, 6:30 p.m.; commemorating 35th anniversary of founding Kodo in Niigata prefecture, collaborating with New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Tatsuya Shimono, Suntory Hall, 6,800-7,800-9,800 yen; Ticket Space 03-3234-9999 or www.kodo.or.jp/news/20150917kodo35th_en.html.
MODEL RAILROAD CONTEST 2016 (Tokyo): Aug. 19 & 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Aug. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; includes model railroads produced by senior high school and college students and professional are on display and also on sale at Tokyo Big Sight East Exhibition Hall NO. 3, seven-minute walk from Kokusai Tenjijo Station on Rinkai Line (monorail); 1,200 yen adults, 1,000 yen middle and senior high school students, free ages 12 & younger; 03-3450-2516.
FROM EERIE TO ENDEARING: YOKAI IN THE ARTS OF JAPAN (Tokyo): Through Aug. 20, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Mon. except Aug. 8 & 15; event gives a comprehensive introduction to Japan’s strange apparitions – yokai in arts of Japan at Edo-Tokyo Museum, Special Exhibition 1st floor, three- minute walk from JR Ryogoku Station (west Exit) on Sobu Line; 1,350 yen adults, 1,080 yen college students, 680 yen children; 03-3626-9974; http://edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/en.
AMATEUR RADIO (HAM) FAIR: Aug. 20 & 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; featuring amateur radio equipment, computer related equipment and lectures at Tokyo Big Sight West 2 Hall, three-minute walk from Kokusai Tenjijo Shomen Station on Yurikamome Monorail; 1,500 yen adults, free for senior and junior high school students and elementary school students; 03-3988-8749; www.jarl.org/English/0-2.htm.
THE CARIBBEAN LATIN AMERICA FESTIVAL 2016 (Tokyo): Aug. 20 & 21, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Caribbean food, liquors and music at Yoyogi Koen, 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station and 15-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station; free; 090-5563-9930.
SUMMER MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; marching band and baton twirling performance at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall; 2,600-3,600 yen adults, 1,550 yen ages 15 & younger on Sunday; 03-6231-6033.
SAGAMI ONO MONJA FOODS & MUSIC FESTA (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 21, 2-9:30 p.m., Aug. 22, 2-9 p.m.; live performances by Haruchirudori, the Scarteries, Saori Iikubo, Kennel, Minoru Sakata Quartet, Tomoharu Taki on Sat., ‘S, Hoolors, K-mates, Masahiro Ota, Ann, Junjiro Kinoshita, Masaki Ueda on Sun; fireworks 9 p.m. Sat and Sun.; Sagami Ono Station on Odakyu Line; 042-749-2135.
RENOIR EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri.; more than 100 paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) from the Musee du Louvre and Musee de I’Orangerie’s collection at 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; http://renoir.exhn.jp/en.
EMILE GALLE EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through Aug. 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., closed Tue.; featuring masterpieces of glass, ceramics and furniture by Emile Galle at Suntory Museum of Art of Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line; 1,300 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, kids free; www.suntory.com/sma.
TOKYO MIDTOWN SUMMER LIGHT GARDEN: Through Aug. 28, 6:30-11 p.m.; featuring downsized Japan’s Great Three fireworks displays, with a six-minute fireworks display three times per hour, along with illumination at Tokyo Midtown Garden; through July 31, fireworks from Nagaoka Matsuri, Niigata prefecture, Aug. 1-14, from Omagari Fireworks Competition, Akita prefecture, Aug. 15-28, fireworks from Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition, Ibaraki prefecture; Roppongi Station on Oedo-Line or a three-minute walk from Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda-Line or a 10-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Nanboku-Line; free; www.tokyo-midtown.com/en.
THE GENIUS OF MICHELANGELO – MAJESTIC RENAISSANCE ARCHIECTURE (Tokyo): Through Aug. 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Wed. & Aug. 12-18; focusing on architecture of Michelangelo Buonarroti, featuring 70 items of authentic sketches, letters, models, photographs and videos at Panasonic Shiodome Museum, five-minute walk from Shiodome Station on Oedo Line or eight-mnute walk from JR Shimbashi Station; ; 1,000 yen adults, 900 yen college students, 700 yen senior high and middle school students, free children; 03-5777-8600; http://panasonic.co.jp/es/museum/exhibition/16/160625/index_en.html.
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.
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.
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).
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 Minato Mirai 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.
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.
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.
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 6 p.m. Aug. 11-17, 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. except Aug. 16; 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.
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; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.
EISA FESTIVAL: July 30, 7:30 p. m.; Okinawa city’s youth groups perform traditional Okinawan folk dance eisa at Koza Music Town Music Square; 098-937-3986; http://kozaweb.jp/event/detail.html?&sp=true&id=3148.
NAGO NATSU MATSURI: July 30 & 31, 8-8:15 p.m., annual summer festival featuring live performances, test-riding on a patrol boat, Orion beers, 60 food booths, and fireworks 8 p.m. each night; Nago Fishery Port; 0980-52-4243.
KANNA DAM MATSURI: July 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; experience kayaking, woodcraft workshops and more at Kanna Dam, eight-minute ride from Ginoza I.C. on Okinawa Express; free; 098-968-5125.
KOZA EISA FESTIVAL: July 31, 3:30-9 p. m.; Okinawa city’s youth groups along with neighboring groups perform Okinawan folk dance of eisa; Okinawa City Koza Middle School Athletic Field; 098-989-5566; http://kozaweb.jp/event/detail.html?&sp=true&id=3157.
GINOWAN HAGOROMO FESTIVAL: Aug. 6, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. & Aug. 7, noon-9 p.m.; featuring parade by 300 local residents in traditional clothes, children’s and youth’s eisa dance, taiko (Japanese drums) and live performances Saturday, water gun championship and performances Sunday; fireworks at Ginowan City Kaihin Koen Multi-purpose Square as a finale of the Ginowan Hagoromo Festival each day; 15-minute bus ride from Mashiki bus stop after taking a bus from Naha Bus Terminal; 098-897-2764.
KUMEJIMA MATSURI 2016: Aug. 13, 5:20-9:30 & Aug. 14, 4:30-9:30 p.m.; tug-of-war at 6 p.m., live concert of ET-King 8:30 p.m. Saturday, local folk songs at 7 p.m. and live concert of D-51 at 8:25 p.m. Sunday; fireworks 9:20 p.m. Saturday & Sunday at Kumejima Fureai Park; 098-851-9162.
MIRACLES BY MASTERS: VAN GOGH, CLAUDE MONET, & PAUL CEZANNE AT OKINAWA PREFECTURAL MUSEUM & ARTS MUSEUM: Through Aug. 14, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., closed Mondays; featuring masterpieces of artists from Impressionism at Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Arts Museum; 1,300 yen adults, 900 yen students; www.museums.pref.okinawa.jp/english/index.html.
KUNIGAMI VILLAGE MATSURI: Aug. 20, 4:30-9:30 p.m. & Aug. 21, 1-9:30 p.m.; performances, eisa by local youths, hari dragon races and more at Kunigami Middle School’s playground; fireworks 9:20 p.m. Sun.; free parking lot available 098-041-2101.
61ST ALL OKINAWA EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 26, 6-9 p.m., eisa parade at Goya crossroads; Aug. 27, 3-9 p.m., Okinawa City Youth Eisa; and Aug. 28, 2:30-9 p.m., All Okinawa Eisa at Okinawa City Koza Athletic Park; 1,000-1,500-2,500 yen; 098-989-5566.
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.
RYUKYUMURA SUMMER FESTIVAL: Through Aug. 31, 6-8:30 p.m.; all-you-can eat barbecue, performances and bug-viewing tour at 8 p.m.; hula Aug. 5 & 6, original entertainment Aug. 12 & 13, eisa by local youth group Aug. 19 & 20, live attractions by local artists 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 & 27; at Ryukyumura, 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; www.ryukyumura.co.jp.e.ls.hp.transer.com/official/information/detail/135.
2016 SHOUHASHI HALF-MARATHON: Nov. 6, 9 a.m.; half-marathon followed by 3K runs at Nanjyo City Sugar Hall parking lot; 4,000 yen adults, 2,000 yen ages 18 & younger; register by Aug. 10; 098-947-6866; https://jtbsports.jp/en/events/events-detail.php?id=5065.
SEOUL LOTUS FLOWER CULTURE FESTIVAL: July 30; Bongwonsa Temple hosts the lotus flower festival, featuring attractions and a lotus flowers; +82-2-1330; www.bongwontemple.cafe24.com.
BUSAN SEA FESTIVAL: Aug. 1-7; featuring cultural events and unique hands-on programs at Haeundae, Gwangalli, Songdo, Dadaepo, Songjeong and Busan Beaches; +82-2-1330; seafestival.co.kr.
ZIP-WIRE AT JARA-NAMI SKYLINE: Aug. 1-30; two types of 3,083-foot-zipline and more; 435-336-8800; http://ziprider.com/rides/nami-island.
BUSAN INTERNATIONAL MAGIC FESTIVAL: Aug. 4-7; largest magic festival in Asia, taking place at Busan Cultural Center with 100 magicians from around the world; +82-2-1330; www.hibimf.org.
GREAT MOUNTAINS INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL & SCHOOL (Gangwon province): Through Aug. 9; featuring concerts and chamber music performances by world-class artists; Pyeongchang Dagwallyeong Alpensia Resort; +82-2-1330; www.alpensiaresort.co.kr.
THE GREAT BATTLE OF HANSAN FESTIVAL (South Gyeongsang province): Aug. 11-15; commemorating one of the four most famous sea battles in Korean history features traditional dance and warriors’ performance at Tongyeong area (Culture Square & Tongjeyeong, Yi Sun-shin Park), take an express bus to Tongyeong Bus Terminal, then take city bus 41 or 42 from the Terminal to the festival venue; free +82-2-1330.
HANGANG SUMMER FESTIVAL (Seoul): Through Aug. 21; festival features camping, water leisure sports, concert, film screenings, cycling, paper boat racing, traditional art performance and more along Hangang River and parks; +82-2-1330; hangang.seoul.go.kr/project.
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.
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; www.arariomuseum.org/exhibition/#/inspace.php.