Off base events

The big chef statue on top of the Niimi kitchenware store is one of the landmarks at Kappabashi in Tokyo in Japan.


By STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 16, 2017

Events are as accurate as possible at press time. Since times or event schedules can change, please verify events before attending.


AUTUMN ROSE FESTIVAL AT KEISEI ROSE GARDEN (Chiba prefecture):Through Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 10,000 roses in 1,600 varieties bloom with attractions such as rose garden tour, flower arrangement and concerts; 15-minute walk from Yachiyo Midorigaoka Station on Toyo Rapid Railway; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen seniors, 200 yen middle and elementary school students, free children, accompanied by guardians; 047-459-0106.

AUTUMN ROSE FESTIVAL IN KYU-FURUKAWA TEIEN GARDEN (Tokyo): Through Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; this garden has a Western-style garden with blooming roses, and a Japanese garden and features 30-minute concerts noon & 3 p.m. Oct. 14 & 21; 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.

AUTUMN ROSE FESTIVAL IN IKUTA RYOKUCHI GARDEN (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends holidays; 440 varieties of roses; 15-minute walk from Shukugawara Station on JR Nambu-Line; free; 044-978-5270.

KAGURAZAKA MACHITOBI FESTA 2017 (Tokyo): Through Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; 70 varieties of events on stage of a hill and an alley, including experiencing an entertainment session in a private room with geisha girls, drawing paintings whatever you want on a street, Japanese traditional entertainment of Noh and rakugo as well as modern art scheduled at Kagurazaka areas; Iidabashi Station on Yurakucho, Nanpuku and Tozai Lines; 03-6426-1728; http://machitobi.net.

AUTUMN FESTIVAL OF NIKKO TOSHOGU SHRINE (Tochigi prefecture): Oct. 16 & 17; the festival’s highlight is the Samurai-style procession Oct. 17, which commemorates the moving of the spirit of Ieyasu Tokugawa from Mount Kuno to Nikko; events include 1 p.m. Oct. 16, yabusame horseback archery at Sannai;  Oct. 17, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m., the parade of 1,000 samurai at Toshogu Shrine; two-hour ride from Asakusa on Tobu Asakusa-Line; Nikko Tourist Association; 0288-54-2496.

ANNUAL GRAND AUTUMN FESTIVAL OF YASUKUNI SHRINE (Tokyo): Oct. 17-20; entertainment and traditional arts of Japan 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Noh-gakudo stage; see chrysanthemums 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. 20-Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; chrysanthemums bloom and maple leaves turn red at 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.

SHINYOKO STREET DANCE FES 2017 (Kanagawa prefecture): Oct. 21 & 22; street dance contest starts noon Oct. 21, new school and freestyle dance battle, 9 a.m. for preliminaries, 1 p.m. for finals Oct. 22 at Nissan Stadium, five-minute walk from JR Kozukue Station on Yokohama-Line or a 15-minute walk from JR Shin Yokohama Station; 045-476-0747.

HIBIYA PARK GARDENING SHOW 2016 (Tokyo): Oct. 21-29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; gardening contest, seminars on care of flowers and gardening, concerts and sales; two-minute walk from Kasumigaseki Station on Marunouchi and Chiyoda lines; 03-3232-3097.

SHIKISHIMA PARK AUTUMN ROSE FESTIVAL (Gunma prefecture): Oct. 21-Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 7,000 roses in 600 varieties at Shikishima Park Rose Garden, 20-minute bus ride from JR Maebashi Station on Ryomo Line; free; 027-232-2891.

KASAMA INARI JINJA CHRYSANTHEMUM FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): Oct. 21-Nov. 26; festival started in 1890 and is Japan’s oldest; also features Kasama Inari Museum and Kasama Inari special chrysanthemum-decorated dolls exhibition; 800 yen adults, 400 yen kids;a 70-minute ride from Ueno Station on Joban Line to Tomobe, then take a 10-minute ride to Kasama Station on Mito Line; 0296-73-0001; www.kasama.or.jp/english/index.html.

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, Jidai Matsuri (Festival of Ages), is one of the three biggest festivals in Kyoto. The highlight of the festival is a procession of 2,000 people dressed in the various styles of the different historical epochs. Procession starts at the Imperial Palace at noon, heading for Heian Shrine; 075-752-0227.

HARUNOBU FROM THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS BOSTON (Chiba prefecture): Through Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., closed Oct. 1; featuring ukiyo-e of Harunobu Suzuki from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston at Chiba City Museum of Art; 1,200 yen adults, 700 yen students, kids free; 043-221-2311; www. Ccma-net.jp.

COSMOS GARDEN (Yokosuka): Through Oct. 29; one million cosmos flowers in bloom and 2-4 p.m. Oct. 29, visitors can pick the flowers at Kurihama Flower World, 1 Shinmei-cho, 15-minute walk from Kurihama Station, Keikyu and JR Yokosuka Lines; free; 046-833-8282.

TOKYO BIG SIX BASEBALL LEAGUE: Through Oct. 29; Jingu Stadium, six-minute walk from JR Suidobashi Station; 1,300-1,500 yen infield bleachers, 800 yen outfield bleachers; 03-3409-5610.

HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA “THIRTY-SIX VIEWS OF MOUNT FUJI” (Tokyo): Through Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Mon.: all 46 works of “Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji on display at 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/eng.

OEDO ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 250 licensed antique dealers at Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 03-5805-1093; www.antique-market.jp/english.

HARVEGETABLE HALLOWEEN (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Oct. 31; featuring Halloween parades, street performances and more at Nagai Seaside Park – Soleil no Oka; free; 046-857-2500; http://www.seibu-la.co.jp/soleil/common/pdf/pam_eng.pdf.

YOMIURILAND HALLOWEEN 2017 (Tokyo): Through Oct. 31; parade, attractions and more and Yomiuriland Amusement Park; wear Halloween costume to get free entry, discount for one-day pass; 044-966-1111; www.yomiuriland.com/english.

DISNEY HALLOWEEN (Chiba prefecture): Through Oct. 31; 45-minute parade with more than 95 Disney-costumed characters on six floats twice daily at Disneyland and 25-minute performances by 120 Disney-costumed characters on five barges three times daily at DisneySea; 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN – HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHT (Osaka): 6 p.m. Fri.-Mon. through Nov. 5; join in the daily Halloween costume parade, go trick-or-treating and experience Halloween Horror Night – “Street Zombie,” “Deadman’s Forest,’ “Cult of Chucky,” “The Maze 3,” “The Exorcist,” “Trauma 3” — and more at Universal City Station on JR Yumesaki-Line; 06-6465-3000; www.usj.co.jp/e.

YOKOHAMA TRIENNALE 2017 (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; art exhibition with the theme of island, constellations and Galapagos at Yokohama Museum of Art and Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1 Yokohama Port Opening Memoriel Hall and others; 1,800 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 800 yen senior high school students; 045-61-2278; www.yokohamatriennale.jp/english/2017.

THE ART OF EDO RIMPA (Tokyo): Through Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; art of Hoitsu Sakai (1761-1828), Edo-Rimpa artist at Idemitsu Museum of Art, five-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station on Yamanote Line or three-minute walk from Hibiya Station on Hibiya Line; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen students, kids free; 03-5777-8600; http://idemitsu-museum.or.jp/en.

FT - FESTIVAL/TOKYO: Through Nov. 19; Japan’s leading performing arts festival at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Theater, 1,500 yen for advance ticket; www.festival-tokyo.jp.

FELICE BEATO PHOTOGRAPHS (Chiba prefecture): Through Dec. 3, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; featuring photos taken by Felice Beato (1834-1903) who lived in Japan from the late Edo into the Meiji period and from his base in Yokohama, depicted landscapes and scenes of the people’s daily life and customs on display at Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art; 1,300 yen adults, 1,000 college students, 600 yen children; 050-5541-8600; http://kawamura-museum.dic.co.jp/en/exhibition/next.html.

MARC CHAGALL – THE THIRD DIMENSION (Tokyo): Through Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. on Fri.; featuring 170 art works by Marc Chagall, displaying his sculptures along with related sketches, paintings and ceramics, guiding visitors around the 3-D world of Chagall at Tokyo Station Gallery; 1,300 yen adults, 1,100 yen senior high school and college students, free aged 15 & younger; 03-3212-2485; www.ejrcf.or.jp/gallery.


YOMITAN VILLAGE MATSURI: Oct. 28 & 29; 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; featuring traditional live stage of dance and performances by 300 local musicians and dancers and more at Yomitan Athletic Field, 60-minute ride from Naha Airport; free; 098-982-9201.

South Korea

BUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Through Oct. 21; featuring selected 298 films from 75 countries at Busan Cinema Center, Lotte Cinema Centum City, CGV Centum City, Busan Cinema Center, Dongseo University Sohyang Theater, MEGABOX Haeundae, MEGABOX Busan Theater & Dongseo University Sohyang Theater; +82-2-1330.

BUSAN JAGALCHI FESTIVAL: Oct. 19-22, noon-7 p.m.; Busan Jagalchi Market is the largest seafood market in South Korea. The event features catching fish with bare hands, tasting some seafood and more; +82-2-1330.

KOREA HOT SPRING FESTIVAL (North Gyeongsang province): Oct. 19-22; performances and experience programs for visitors to heal their body and mind; front area of Hotel Nongshim, Hurshimchung and Oncheongjang Station; take a KTX train bound for Cheonan-Asan Station from Seoul Station, transfer to the subway to Onyangoncheon Station; free; +82-2-1330.

MINDUNG MOUNTAIN EULALIA FESTIVAL (Gangwon province): Through Oct. 29; features weekend mountain climbing, talent contests, singing contests, horseback riding and more; +82-2-1330; jeongseon.go.kr.

“SISTER ACT,” MUSICAL, KOREAN PREMIERE: Nov. 24-Jan. 21; Blue Square Samsung Electric Hall, Seoul; 60,000-80,000-120,000-140,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

“BILLY ELLIOT,” THE MUSICAL: Nov. 28-May 7 (2018), D Cube Art Center, Seoul; 48,000-140,000 won; http://tinyurl.com/3e6rwhe.

GWANGJU WORLD KIMCHI FESTIVAL: Through Dec. 10; learn more about kimchi, and Korean culture at this kimchi-themed park; kimchi.gwangju.kr.


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