Groups of traditional Sansa Odori Dance with the tremendous drumming sounds of Taiko (Japanese drums) perform in dynamic motion in vibrantly-colored kimono on main streets of Morioka city, Iwate prefecture, Japan 6-9 p.m. Aug. 1-4. On Aug. 4, see the world’s largest taiko parade; 20-minute walk from JR Morioka Station; 019-624-5880.
Events are as accurate as possible at press time. Since times or event schedules can change, please verify events before attending.
HAKONE KOSUI MATSURI (Kanagawa prefecture): July 31; Shinto ritual at Hakone Shrine 6 p.m., and fireworks and 3,000 lanterns on Ashino Lake 8-8:30 p.m.; 40-minute bus ride from Hakone Yumoto Station on Odakyu-Line; 0460-85-5700.
KYOTO GION FESTIVAL: Through July 31; an annual festival of Yasaka Shrine started about 1,100 years ago with prayers to prevent the spread of plague; six-minute walk from Gion Shijo Station on Keihan Line; 075-752-7070.
HACHINOHE SANJA TAISAI FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): July 31, 6-9 p.m., Aug. 1, 3 p.m., Aug. 2, 6 p.m., Aug. 3, 3 p.m. & Aug. 4, 6-8 p.m.; features 27 decorated floats in parades on the central streets of Hachinohe city, along with people in samurai clothes, lion dance and more, and Yabusame horseback archery 2 p.m. Aug. 2 at Shinra Shrine, five-minute walk from JR Hachinohe Station; 0178046-4040.
TSUKIJI HONGANJI TEMPLE BON ODORI FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through Aug. 1, 7-9 p.m. & Aug. 2, 6-8:30 p.m.; bon odori, live 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; 03-3541-1131; free.
ANTIQUE JAMBOREE (Tokyo): Aug. 1-3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 500 dealers at Tokyo Big Sight East Exhibition Hall No. East-1,-seven-minute walk from Kokusai Tenjijo Station on Rinkai Line (monorail); fee charged, advance tickets available; 080-1001-3261.
HACHIOJI SUMMER FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 1-3; parade of 19 floats 6-9 p.m. Sat. & 5-9 p.m. Sun. along streets of Koshu Kaido near JR Hachioji Station; along with lion dance, folk dance, taiko (Japanese drum) and food booths; JR Hachioji Station; 042-648-1531.
MORIOKA SANSA ODORI FESTIVAL (Iwate prefecture): Aug. 1-4, 6-9 p.m.; traditional sansa odori dance parade and performances by Miss Sansa Odori dancers, sansa taiko (Japanese drum) 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.
AOMORI NEBUTA FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 1-7; one of the largest and the most famous festivals in Japan, it features huge, illuminated papier-mache floats in a parade on the streets in Aomori city; Aug. 1, eve celebration 6-9 p.m., fireworks 7-8:40 p.m. at Asamushi Onsen (hot spring), Aug. 2-6, Nebuta parades 7:10-9 p.m., Aug. 7, Nebuta parades 1-3 p.m., fireworks and Nebuta boat parades on the ocean 7:15-9 p.m.; JR Aomori Station; 017-723-7211.
HIROSAKI NEPUTA FESTIVAL (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 1-7; 80 papier-mache floats of warriors parade the streets in Hirosaki city and the floats are illuminated after sunset; 7 p.m. Aug. 1-4 parade along Dotemach streets; 7 p.m. Aug. 5 & 6 parade around Hirosaki Station; Aug. 7, parade along Dotemachi streets at 10 a.m. and finale with papier-mache floats at River Iwaki near Akane Bridge; 20-minute walk from JR Hirosaki Station to Dotemachi streets; 0170-35-3121.
AKIRUNO SUMMER FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 2, noon-9 p.m.; flute and taiko (Japanese drum), folk dance by more than 1,000 local residents, followed by a parade of floats along the streets of Ekimae Odori near JR Akikawa Station; 042-558-1111.
SETAGAYA SUMMER FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 2 & 3, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; taiko (Japanese drums), hula dance, folk entertainment and more at JRA Baji Koren and Keyaki Hiroba, 15-minute walk from Sakura Shinmachi Station on Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line; -3-5432-3333.
UKULELE PICNIC IN YOKOHAMA (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 2, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; ukulele players from Hawaii and Japan along with hula and eisa dance and more at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, 15-minute walk from JR Kan-nai Station; free; 03-6427-4596.
NAKAMEGURO NATSU MATSURI (Tokyo): Aug. 2 & 3, 6:30-9 p.m.; awa odori on Sat., Yosakoi Festival on Sun., with processions of 57 groups of dancers parade through the streets to the beat of shamisen (three-stringed Japanese music instrument), flutes, sho (Japanese gong) and drums; Nakameguro Ginza Shotengai (shopping street), two-minute walk from Nakameguro Station on Hibiya Line; 03-3712-2944.
GODZILLA SPECIAL EFFECTS PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: 60-YEAR-OLD LEGENDS (Tokyo): Aug. 2-17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; commemorating 60th anniversary of Godzilla’s debut in screen, features settings and properties used in the Godzilla movies; Sunshine Exhibition Hall A, World Import Mart 4F; 1,200 yen adults, 700 yen children at door, 1,000 yen and 500 yen in advance; three-minute walk from Higashi Ikebukuro Station on Yurakucho Line or eight-minute walk from JR Ikebukuro Station; 03-6369-8105.
FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Aug. 2, 23 & 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; more than 200 dealers; in the entrance path to Yasukuni Shrine, five-minute walk from the Metro Kudanshita Station and 10-minute walk from JR Ichigaya Station and Iidabashi Station; free admission; 03-5610-4305.
MOUNT FUJI EKIDEN (RELAY-RUNNING) (Shizuoka prefecture): Aug. 3, 8 a.m.; teams of six runnings goes from Gotemba (Shizuoka) City Athletics Stadium to the top of Mount Fuji, then down to the Gotemba (Shizuoka) City Athletics Stadium (11 stages, 29.225 mile); 0550-84-0414.
ODAWARA PORT FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; marine products on sale, and fishing derby for ages 6+ from chartered ships for 5,000 yen, catching sweetfish with hands, scuba diving and more at Odawara Fishery Port, one-minute walk from JR Hayakawa Station on Tokaido Line; 0465-22-5002.
WIND BELL FESTIVAL AT NISHI-ARAI DAISHI (Tokyo): Through Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., until 5 p.m. weekends; more than 500 varieties of wind bells on display and on sale at Nishi-Arai Daishi is closely associated with Kobo Daishi (774-835), founder of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism; Daishi-mae on the Tobu Daishi Line branching off at Nishiarai Station on the Tobu Isezaki Line; 03-3890-2345.
AJINOMOTO STADIUM BIG FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; about 800 booths; five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station, Keio Line; 300 yen adults, kids free; 03-3226-6800.
WORLD PRESS PHOTO EXHIBITION 2014 (Tokyo): Through Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Thu. & Fri., closed Mon.; photos from 53 photographers from around the world; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 10-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station; 800 yen adults, 600 yen college students, 400 yen children; 03-3280-0099.
AKITA KANTO MATSURI (Akita prefecture): Aug. 3-6, 7 p.m.; one of northern Japan’s three largest festivals, Kanto refers to a bamboo framework supporting 46 lanterns. Local citizens show off their balancing skills by carrying kanto — more than 39 feet tall — on their palms, forehead, shoulders, or waist. Each town has its own kanto motifs symbolizing longevity and good harvest; 018-866-2112.
OEDO ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): Aug. 3 & 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 250 licensed antique dealers participate in the largest open-air antique fair in Japan at the courtyard of Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, one-minute walk from Yurakucho Station, JR Yamanote Line; 03-5805-1093.
POTTERY FAIR (Tokyo): Aug. 4-6, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Japanese and European pottery are on sale at Ningyocho dori streets near Ningyocho Station on Hibiya Line; 03-3666-9064.
MORIOKA TANABATA FESTIVAL (Iwate prefecture): Aug. 4-7, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; bamboo grass decorations along Sakanacho Arcade, 6-9 Sakanacho, Morioka city; two-minute walk from Morioka Bus Center stop after taking a bus at JR Morioka Station; 019-625-1515.
TAITO TAKIGI NOH (CANDLELIGHT NOH) (Tokyo): Aug. 5, 5:45 p.m.; Takigi Noh is a beautiful and mystic musical theater lit up by candlelights in the evening darkness; at Asakusa Kokaido, five-minute walk from Asakusa Station on Ginza Line; 2,500-3,500-4,500 yen; 03-5828-7591.
SENDAI TANABATA FESTIVAL (Miyagi prefecture): Aug; 6-8; the most famous of the star or weaver festivals. Sendai’s Tanabata is counted among the big three Tohoku summer festivals and huge decorations festoon the shopping arcades and main streets; 022-265-8185.
FUKUSHIMA TANABATA FESTIVAL (Fukushima prefecture): Aug. 6-8, noon-5 p.m.; more than 100 bamboo grass decorations of the star or weaver along Paceo 470 Street and Bunka-Dori Street, five-minute walk from JR Fukushima Station; 024-521-1515.
ASAGAYA TANABATA FESTIVAL 2013 (Tokyo): Aug. 6-10, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; arcade streets of Asagaya Pearl Center are decorated with bamboo leaves and colorful streamers and a jazz concert at Asagaya Station Fountain Square at 4:35 p.m. Aug. 6, Nebuta dance 7 p.m. Aug. 9; JR Asagaya Station on Chuo and Sobu Lines; 03-3312-6181.
KAMEN RIDER FESTIVAL 2014 (Tokyo): Aug. 6-21; 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 & 4 p.m.; exhibition on Kamen Rider, a Japanese superhero and super robot; Tokyo Dome City Prism Hall, six-minute walk from JR Suidobashi Station on Sobu-Line or nine-minute walk from Korakuen Station on Metro Marunouchi-Line; fee charged; 03-5800-9999.
FUSSA TANABATA FESTIVAL 2014 (Tokyo): Aug. 7-10; streets from Fussa Station to Fussa city office are decorated with bamboo leaves and streamers to celebrate this annual festival,which features a dance parade 7:25-8:40 p.m. Aug. 7, Miss Vega beauty contest and more; Tanabata festival originated from a Chinese legend that told of two stars, Vega and Altair – separated lovers allowed to meet only once a year on July 7; JR Fussa Station, 15-minute walk from Yokota Air Base; 042-551-1699.
SANKEIEN GARDEN – EARLY MORNING LOTUS VIEWING (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Aug. 10, 6 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends & holidays; Sankeien Garden, built by a silk trading businessman, Sankei Hara, was opened to the public in 1906 and features historic buildings and flowers and the best time for viewing lotus flowers is 7 a.m.; 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Station; free; 045-621-0634/5.
ISAWA CORMORANT FISHING FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., 8-8:50 p.m. Through Aug. 19; Isawa cormorant fishing is unique – usho (cormorant fishermen) walk into Fuefuki River along with trained cormorants to catch sweetfish; shore of Fuefuki River near Isawa Town Hall, 18-minute walk from JR Isawa Onsen Station; 055-262-4111.
THE GROWTH AND BEHAVIORS OF DINOSAURS (Kanagawa prefectures): Through Aug. 28; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; full-scale skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex from Museum of the Rockies and more at Pacifico Yokohama, three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai Line or 12-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 1,800 yen adults, 900 yen children; 045-664-6610.
GODZILLA IN TOKYO MIDTOWN: Through Aug. 31, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; one-seventh scale model of Godzilla on display on the lawn garden at Tokyo Midtown, along with a huge footprint of the kaiju monster, illuminated 6-11 p.m.Also, see three-minute special stage effect performance every 30 minutes 7-9 p.m.; three-minute walk from Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line or Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line; free; 03-3475-3100.
MOUNT FUJI (Yamanashi prefecture): Japan’s highest — 12,388 feet — and most famous peak is open for the climbing season through Aug. 31; getting there: buses take climbers to the fifth station, where it takes six hours to walk up and five down; Keio buses run from the west exit of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo at 6:40 a.m., 7:40, 8:40, 9:40 & 10:40 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:40, 3:30, 4:30, 5:50 & 7:30 p.m.; 2,700 yen one-way; 03-5376-2217 or 0555-72-5111 Keio Bus; 0555-72-1111 Kawaguchiko Town Hall.
PLANETARIUM – FUCHU KYODO-NO MORI MUSEUM (Tokyo): Through Aug. 31, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; programs with animated characters such as Doraemon and Meitantei Conan; 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 and younger; 042-368-7921.
GO-BETWEENS: THE WORLD SEEN THROUGH CHILDREN (Tokyo): Through Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., until 5 p.m. Tue.; features 110 works by 26 of the world’s top artists; Mori Art Museum; Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or four-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Oedo Line; 1,500 adults, 1,000 yen student, 500 yen senior junior student; 03-5777-8600.
SHOTARO KOBAYASHI PHOTO ARCHIVE EXHIBITION/THE CARS I HAVE SEEN IN PRE-WAR JAPAN (Tokyo): Through Aug. 31, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; featuring 500 photos taken by editor Shotaro Kobayashi on Tokyo streets at the History Garage of Odaiba Mega Web, Tokyo Teleport Station on JR Saikyo Line (Rinkai) or Aomi Station on Yurikamome (monorail); free; 03-3599-0808.
TOKYO DISNEYSEA DISNEY SUMMER FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Through Aug. 31; tons of spraying water at Mediterranean Harbor; three-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,200 yen adults, 5,300 yen ages 12-17, 4,100 yen ages 4-11, pass after 5 p.m. is 3,300 yen; 0570-00-8632.
TOKYO DISNEYLAND “DISNEY NATSU MATSURI” (Chiba prefecture): Through Aug. 31; two dancing groups on two floats perform at the castle forecourt; two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,200 yen adults, 5,300 yen ages 12-17, 4,100 yen ages 4-11, pass after 5 p.m. is 3,300 yen; 0570-00-8632.
THE RINGS FROM THE HASHIMOTO COLLECTION OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART (Tokyo): Through Sept. 15, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; features 300 rings form the Hashimoto Collection made during the ancient Roman Period through today; one-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,400 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 700 yen senior high school students; 03-5777-8600.
TREASURED MASTERPIECES FROM THE NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM, TAIPEI (Tokyo): Through Sept. 15, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., until 6 p.m. weekends and holidays; features items from China’s cultural assets from National Palace Museum, Taipei, at Tokyo National Museum, 10-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 700 yen senior high school students, free children; 03-5777-8600.
SPACE EXPO 2014: THE GREAT CHALLENGE OF NASA/JAXA (Chiba prefecture): Through Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; featuring 300 items, including replica space shuttle forward fuselage and crew cabin, replica Apollo Lunar roving vehicle, a 1/25th scale model of the Epsilon, a next-generation solid-fuel rocket; at Makuhari Messe Exhibition Hall N. 10 & 11, five-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on Keiyo Line; 2,500 yen adults, 1,500 yen senior high school and college students, 900 yen children; 03-5777-8600.
SPECTERS, GHOSTS AND SORCERERS IN UKIYO-E (Tokyo): Through Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Mon., except July 21 & Sept. 15; see seasonal ukiyo-e on display; specters July 1-27, ghosts Aug. 1-26 and sorcerers Aug. 30-Sept. 25; 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.
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, 500-yen discount for making a reservation on the website July 2 & 3, 7-10 and 14-17; 03-3437-6119.
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 along with little animals excavated in Japan; five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,600 yen adults, 600 yen kids; 03-5777-8600.
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.
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.
ORION BEER FEST 2014 IN MIYAKOJIMA: Aug. 2, 3:30-9 p.m.; Orion Beer, an Okinawa-originated brewery, will hold an annual beer festival includes beer, food, taiko drums, live music and fireworks 8:55 p.m.; Zenpuku Multi-purpose Athletic Field, 2-1-1 Moromizato, Okinawa City; 098-877-1133.
YAMBARU YOUTH EISA MATSURI: Aug. 2, 5 p.m.; eisa is a traditional Okinawan dance with taiko drums during Obon, a Buddhist holiday to honor the spirits of ancestors and youth eisa groups from Motobu town perform at Motobu-cho Tancha Koen, 90-minute drive from Naha Airport; 0980-47-5211.
GINOWAN HAGOROMO FESTIVAL: Aug. 2 & 3, 3-9 p.m.; parade in costume along Kankaimon, Convention and Naka streets, live performances, fireworks at 9 p.m. and more at Ocean Park Multi-purpose Square; free; 098-897-2764.
KUMEJIMA FESTIVAL 2014: Aug. 2 & 3, 4:30 p.m.; traditional entertainment, taiko (Japanese drums), fireworks at 9:20 p.m., and more at Kumejima Fureai Park; 098-985-7134.
OGIMI VILLAGE EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 2 & 3, 1-9 p.m.; eisa dance, fireworks; Shioya Fishery Port, 100-minute ride from Naha Airport or 30-minute drive from Nago city; 098-44-3007.
GINOWAN YOUTH EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 2 & 3, 3-9 p.m.; at Ginowan Ocean Park Multi-purpose Square (Tamokuteki Hiroba), 35-minute ride from Naha Airport or 20-minute ride from Kitanakagusuku IC or Nishihawa IC on Okinawa Express; 098-897-2764.
OKINAWA CHILDREN’S KINGDOM EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 2 & 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 and dancers and drummers gather at Okinawa Children’s Kingdom and children’s eisa groups perform 4 p.m., youth eisa groups at 6:30 p.m.; 098-933-4190.
YOMITAN BULLFIGHTING: Aug. 3, 1 p.m., Okinawa bullfighting (bull vs. bull) is particularly popular in central Okinawa, event includes eisa; Ishikawa Multi-purpose Dome, Uruma city, 70-minute drive from Naha Airport; 2,500 yen adults; 098-965-4441.
10,000 PEOPLE’S EISA PARADE: Aug. 3, 1 p.m.; eisa is a traditional Okinawan dance with taiko drums during Obon, a Buddhist holiday to honor the spirits of ancestors and 10,000 dancers and drummers parade along Kokusai Dori Street, Naha city. Anyone can participate with advance practice sessions; 098-863-2755.
YOUTH EISA FESTIVAL IN CHATAN: Aug. 3, 5:30-10 p.m.; nine eisa groups in a parade to display the traditional Okinawan dance; Kuwae Sogo Baseball Field, 40-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-982-5678.
KINCHO YOUTH EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 3, 5-9 p.m.; more than 3,000 residents including seven youth eisa groups scheduled to participate in this festival and fireworks at 8:30; Kin-District Park, 80-minute drive from Naha Airport or five-minute drive from Kin IC on Okinawa Express; 098-968-8996.
ITOMAN EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m. & Aug. 10, 8:30 p.m.; eisa parade on streets of Itoman 7:30 p.m. Fri., and eisa performance in front of Osato Community Center 8:30 p.m. Sun; 35-minute ride from Naha Airport; 080-1760-0403.
IESON (VILLAGE) YOUTH EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 8 & 9, 7:30 p.m. & Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m.; eisa parade on the streets of Ieson (village) with taiko (Japanese drum); 30-minute ferry ride from Motobu Port; 0980-49-2334.
SUMMER ALL OKINAWA BULLFIGHTING: Aug. 10, 1 p.m.; Okinawa bullfighting (bull vs. bull) is popular in central Okinawa along with eisa dance; Ishikawa Multi-purpose Dome, Uruma city, 70-minute drive from Naha Airport; 3,000 yen adults; 098-965-4441.
KADENA EISA MATSURI: Aug. 11, 7 p.m.; eisa groups from Kadena town parade at Shinmachi Streets, 60-minute drive from Naha Airport; 098-956-2810.
YOMITAN VILLAGE TAKASHIHO STREETS EISA PARADISE: Aug. 11, 3-6 p.m.; youth eisa groups parade along with standard-bearers, street dancers’ performance and more; Takashiho Streets of Yomitan village; 098-958-6494.
HESHIKIYA EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 11, 6 p.m.; youth eisa groups perform at Uragahama Park, with fireworks at a finale; Uruma city; 098-979-2231.
59TH ALL OKINAWA EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m. & Aug. 16 & 17, 3 p.m.; more than 600 local children in 10 groups perform eisa, lion dance and taiko at Koza Athletic Park Athletic Field, plus fireworks at 8:45 p.m.; 1,000-1,500-2,500 yen; 098-989-5566.
ORION BEER FEST 2014 IN KOZA: Aug. 16-17, 4-9 p.m.; features beer, food, live music and more; Okinawa city Koza Athletic Park, 2-1-1 Moromizato, Okinawa City; 098-877-1133.
URUMA EISA MATSURI: Aug. 22, 6-9 p.m. and Aug. 23 & 24, 4-9 p.m.; youth eisa groups parade along the street of Uruma City Hall Gushikawa Office Building on Aug. 22, and at Yonashiro Sogo Koen Athletic Field on Aug. 23 & 24; includes fireworks at 8:40 p.m. on weekend; 70-minute drive from Naha Airport; 098-965-5634.
ITOMAN EISA FESTIVAL/FURUSATO MATSURI: Aug. 23-24, 2-9 p.m.; eisa performance along with dance competitions, hip-hop music, catching fish with hands, harii dragon race and fireworks 9 p.m. Aug. 23 & 8:55 p.m. Aug. 24 at Itoman Fishery Port North District; 098-840-8135.
YOUTH FURUSATO EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 23 & 24, 3 p.m.; this is the largest youth eisa; at Okinawa Cellular Stadium, five-minute walk from Yui Rail Ohnoyama Station; 500 yen adults, ages 18 & younger free; 098-868-1756.
GINOWAN YOUTH EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 23 & 24, 5-9 p.m.; youth groups from Ginowan perform at Ginowan Citizen Square (Shimin Hiroba), and fireworks 8:50-9 p.m. Sun.; 20-minute ride from Kitanakagusuku IC or Nishihawa IC on Okinawa Express; 098-893-4431.
YOMITAN VILLAGE YOUTH EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 24, 2 p.m.; includes fireworks 8:30-9 p.m.; Yomitan Village Heiwa-no Mori Stadium, 30-minute ride from Okinawa North IC on Okinawa Express, 70-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-982-9200.
KITANAKAGUSUKU VILLAGE EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 24, 3-9 p.m.; includes fireworks 9 p.m. at Kitanagagusuka Joseki (site of the castle); 50- minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-935-2233.
WORLDWIDE EISA CONTEST 2014: Sept. 13 & 14; worldwide contest and is held at National Theatre Okinawa, 20-minute taxi ride from Naha Airport; 1,500 yen; 098-987-0926.
ISHIKAWA FESTIVAL/IHICHA YOUTH EISA FESTIVAL: Sept. 14, 4-9 p.m.; includes fireworks; Ishikawa Athletic Field; 90-minute drive from Naha Airport or five-minute drive from Ishikawa I.C. on Okinawa Express; 080-3950-2010.
NANJO EISA FESTIVAL: Sept. 14, 5-9 p.m.; youth groups and local entertainments at Gusuko Road Koen, 40-minute ride from Naha Airport; 090-5470-0123.
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.
SACHEON INTERNATIONAL PERCUSSION FESTIVAL (South Gyeongsang province): July 31-Aug. 3; promoting Samcheonpo Korean farm music; Samcheonpo Bridge Park; take a bus from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal to Samchenpo Terminal, then take a taxi to Samcheonpo Bridge Park; +82-2-1330.
HAMYANG WILD GINSENG FESTIVAL (South Gyeongsang province): July 31-Aug. 6; the Hamyang region is known for its wild ginseng and medicinal herbs, and this event features ginseng on display, ginseng flowerpot making, wild ginseng liquor and rice cake making, symposium, fireworks and more; Sangnim Park area, take an intercity bus to Hamyang from Dong Seoul Terminal or Nambu Terminal, then take a taxi to the festival site; +82-2-1330.
YANGGU CENTER FESTIVAL: Aug. 1-3; attractions include military band performance, dance performance, concerts and magic show at Yanggu Leports Park area; take a bus bound for Yanggu Intercity Bus Terminal from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, 25-minute walk to park; free; +82-2-1330.
MOKPO MARITIME CULTURAL FESTIVAL: Aug. 1-3; programs include maritime cultural activities and performance on a floating stage; Samhakdo, Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do; free; take an express bus bound for Mokpo, take a bus 200 and get off at DongMyeong-dong intersection bus stop, then 10-minute walk to Samhakdo; +82-2-1330.
JEONGNAMJIN JANGHEUNG WATER FESTIVAL: Aug. 1-7; water fight, natural herb healing pool, laser & fireworks show and more; Pyeonbaek Forest Woodland, take an express bus bound for Jangheung from Seoul Central Bus Terminal, then take a bus bound for the Jangheung-Woodland to the Woodland bus stop; +82-2-1330.
BUSAAN SEA FESTIVAL: Aug. 1-7; windsurfing, beach volleyball tournament, pin-swimming and other water events at Haeundae Beach, Gwangalli Beach, Songdo Beach and Songjeon Beach; Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 3 or 5; +82-2-1330; seafestival.co.kr.
THE GREAT MOUNTAINS INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL & SCHOOL (Gangwon province): Through Aug. 3; concertos and chamber music by top-class artists; 70,000-250,000 won concert hall & music tent, +82-2-1330.
GANGJIN CELADON FESTIVAL (South Jeolla Province): Through Aug. 3; Gangin area was a celadon production site from 10th to 14th centuries, and see celadon production; take express bus to Gangjin Bus Terminal, then take local bus bound for Goryeo Celadon Porcelain Kiln; +82-2-1330; eng.gangjinfes.or.kr.
MUSICAL “SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN” (Seoul): Through Aug. 3; Chungmu Art Hall, Grand Theater, 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won.
“MOZART!” MUSICAL (Seoul): Through Aug. 3; Grand Theater, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, 30,000-130,000 won.
BUSAN INTERNATIONAL MAGIC FESTIVAL: Aug. 7-10; Largest magic festival in Asia held on Haeundae Beach and Busan Citizen’s Hall; +82-2-1330.
CHUNCHEON PUPPET FESTIVAL: Aug. 8, 6-8 p.m., Aug. 9-12, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. & Aug. 13, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Chuncheon Puppet Theater; 10,000 won at door, 9,000 won in advance; +82-2-1330.
GEOCHANG INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THEATER: Through Aug. 10; live performance with the theme of nature, man and drama at Outdoor Theatre in Geochang-gun Suseungdae, three-minute walk from Suseungdae Intercity Bus Terminal after taking a intercity busy bound for Suseungdae Intercity Bus Terminal; 15,000 won adults, 10,000 won students; +82-2-1330.
TAEBAEK SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL (Gangwon Province): Through Aug. 16; celebrating of the area’s colorful wildflowers and fields of sunflowers in Guwau village, along with art exhibitions, concerts, nature films and more; take intercity bus to Taebaek Terminal from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal; +82-2-1330.
“BLACK MARY POPPINS” MUSICAL (Seoul): Through Aug. 31; Daehakro Art One Theater 1, 20,000-30,000 won.
MUSICAL, “SALIERI” (Seoul): Through Aug. 31; Sejong Center for the Performing Arts M Theater; 33,000-55,000-66,000 won.
MUSICAL, “DRACULA” (Seoul): Through Sept. 5; Seoul Arts center, Opera Theater, 50,000-140,000 won.
DONG GANG INTERNATIONAL PHOTO FESTIVAL (Gwangwon province): Through Sept. 21; held in and around Dong Gang Museum of Photography in Yeongwol-gun, since 2002, the event features various themes of photo exhibitions along with lectures and more; +82-2-1330.
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.
EDWARD MUNCH AND THE MODERN SOUL (Seoul): Through Oct. 12; Seoul Arts Center, Hangaram Art Museum, 10,000-12,000-15,000 won.
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.
To see your events here: SSPEDTlibrary@stripes.com.