Japan ATAMI PLUM BLOSSOMS FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): through March 6; Plum blossoms in Atami are the earliest in Japan and the celebration is at the Atami Baien Koen (Plum Garden) in Atami city – a resort town near Tokyo; 0557-85-2222; www.ataminews.gr.jp/ume/ (Japanese only).
FURUSATO MATSURI TOKYO 2011 (Tokyo): through Jan. 16; enjoy Japan’s local major festivals, including Iida Toroyama Matsuri of Ishikawa prefecture, Kanto Matsuri of Akita prefecture, Yosakoi Matsuri of Kochi prefecture, Morioka Sansa Matsuri of Iwate prefecture, Inuyama Matsuri and All Island Eisa Matsuri of Okinawa prefecture, Koenji Awa Odori and Oedo Mai Matsuri of Tokyo and more in one place; Tokyo Dome, six-minute walk from JR Suidobashi Station on Sobu-Line, seven-minute walk from Metro Korakuen Station on Marunouchi-Line; 1,500 yen adults, children free; 03-5800-9999; www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/furusato/event/ (Japanese only).
SANKEIEN GARDEN – BONSAI EXHIBITION (Kanagawa prefecture): through Jan. 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; see bonsai of pines, plums, maples in the outer garden of this Japanese-style garden; 500 yen; 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Station; www.sankeien.or.jp; 045-621-0634/5.
GRAND SUMO TOURNAMENT — JANUARY BASHO (Tokyo): through Jan. 23; Grand Champion Hakuho challenges his consecutive winning streak again; Ryogoku Kokugikan; one-minute walk from JR Ryogoku Station on Sobu-Line; 03-5237-9310; www.sumo.or.jp/eng/index.html.
KANCHU MISOGI (GAMAN TAIKAI) (Tokyo): Jan. 15, 10 a.m.; an annual event at Kanda Myojin; five-minute walk from Ochanomizu Station on Marunouchi and Chiyoda Lines; www.kandamyoujin.or.jp/; 03-3254-0753.
SETAGAYA BORO ICHI (“Rag Fair”) (Tokyo): Jan. 15-16, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; merchandise including vintage clocks to mallets for pounding New Year’s mochi; take Tokyu Den-en Toshi Line from Shibuya to Sangenjaya Station and change to Tokyu Setagaya Line to Kamimachi Station or Setagaya Station: no parking; 03-5432-1111.
THE 29th JAPAN INTER-CITY WOMEN’S EKIDEN KYOTO 2011 (Kyoto): Jan. 16, 12:30 p.m.; women’s marathon-relay; Kyoto-shi Nishi-kyogoku Sogo Undojo; 075-213-0367; www.kyoto-np.co.jp/kp/kyo_np/info/ekiden/08ekiden/index.html (Japanese only).
YOKOHAMA AKARENGA (RED-BRICK) WAREHOUSE ART & ICE SKATING: ends Feb. 28, 1-10 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m-10 p.m. weekends; art of lights with the theme of “Ice Painting Dreams,” designed by XLR Project illuminated the warehouse and neighboring ice skating rink; 500 yen adults, 400 yen children; 500 yen shoe rental; 045-211-1515; www.yokohama-akarenga.jp (Japanese only).
UJIKYU HIGHLAND ICE SKATING (Yamanashi prefecture): Ends March 21, (closed Dec. 21, Jan. 18 & Feb. 8); three ice skating rinks and skate all night Dec. 31 & Jan. 1-2; Fujikyu Higland Ice Skating, 5-6-1, Nishihara, Fuji-Yoshida city, Yamanashi prefecture, in front of Lake Kawaguchi I.C. on Chuo Express, 90-minute drive from Tokyo or a three-minute drive from Fuji-Yoshida I.C. on Higashi-Fuji Highway; 1,200 yen adults, 600 yen children; 1,000 yen shoe rental; 0555-23-2111; www.fujiq.jp/en/. SAYAMA SKI & SNOWBOARD: ends April 3; indoor ski and snowboarding slope; 2167 Kami-yamaguchi, Tokorozawa city, Saitama prefecture, Seibu Kyujo-mae Station, Seibu Line; one-day pass on weekdays: 3,500 yen adults, 2,500 yen junior and senior high school students and 2,000 yen elementary school students, 2,500 yen seniors, weekends: 4,000 yen, 2,800 yen, 2,200 yen and 2,800 yen each, three-hour pass: 2,500 yen, 2,000 yen, 1,500 yen and 2,000 yen each; 04-2922-1384; www.sayama-ski.jp/ (Japanese only).
MEIJI JINGU ICE SKATING (TOKYO): year-round, 12-6 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.); 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (weekends); adults1,300 yen per day, children 900 yen per day and after 3 p.m., adults 1,000 yen and children 700 yen and 500 yen for shoe rental; Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku-ku, one-minute walk from Kokuritsu Kyogijyo on subway Oedo Line or five-minute walk from JR Shinanomachi Station on JR Sobu Line; 03-3403-3458; www.meijijingugaien.jp/english/ice-skating.html
Okinawa MIYAKO ISLAND 100K ULTRA LONG WALK: Jan. 15, 5 a.m.; Miyako Island Tokyu Resort Hotel; 16,000 yen; 45-minute flight from Naha Airport or a 15-minute drive from Miyako Airport; 042-797-5383.
OKINAWA FLOWER CARNIVAL 2011: Jan. 15-May 5; showcasing flowers; Shuri Castle Park, Okinawa Commemorative Government Park, Okinawa Kenritsu Budokan, Nakijin Castle Park and Yaedake Cherry Park; Okinawa Sightseeing Convention Bureau 098-859-6129.
32nd OCEAN EXPO PARK TRIM MARATHON: Jan. 16; 10km “Fukugi-tree” avenue course at 9:30 a.m., 5.9km flower-garden course 10 a.m. and 3.5 km family course at 10:30 a.m.; two-hour drive from Naha Airport; 2,000 yen adults, 1,000 yen children; 098-48-2741; oki-park.jp/en/index.html.
THE 21st MIYAKO ISLAND 100K WIDE MARATHON: Jan. 16; 100K race at 5 a.m., 50k race at 11 a.m.; Ueno German Culture Village, 10-minute ride from Miyako Airport; 15,000 yen for 100K, 8,000 yen for 50K; 0980-73-1046; www.city.miyakojima.lg.jp/site/view/index.jsp.
Korea PINE TREES AND BAMBOO – GREEN SOUNDS, BRIGHT SCENTS (Seoul): Ends Jan. 29; Ewha Womans Univ. Museum; free; 02-3277-3152.
PYEONGCHANG TROUT FESTIVAL (JINBU-MYEON): Ends Feb. 6; Jinbu-myeon, free; 82-33-1330.
MUSICAL, “GREASE” (Seoul): open-ended run, 8 p.m., Mon., Wed.-Fri., 3 & 7 p.m., Sat., 2 & 6 p.m., Sun. and holidays, Dongsoong Art Center; 40,000-60,000 won; 1588-5212.