JapanTOKYO INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL 2011 (Tokyo): Jan. 21-29, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; features more than 450 masterpieces from a variety of countries and includes Amish quilts; Tokyo Dome, adult 2,000 yen, ages 12 & under free, must be accompanied by a guardian;; JR Suidobashi Station on Sobu Line/Korakuen Station on Marunouchi Line; 03-3817-6335.

ZUSHI ANTIQUE FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Zushi Kameoka Hachimangu Shrine; three-minute walk from JR Zushi Station & Keikyu Shin Zushi Station; 090-5442-3778.090-5.

TAMA ANTIQUE FESTIVAL (western Tokyo): Jan. 22, annual antique festival; at Tachikawa Suwa Shrine; 10-minute walk from JR Tachikawa Station south exit; 042-576-5753.

USA REGIONAL CHEERLEADING COMPETITIONS 2011 (Saitama prefecture): Jan. 22, 11:30 a.m.; at Kasukabe Sogo Gymnasium; take a bus from Kasukabe Station on Tobu Noda-Line to Wing Hat or a 30-minute walk from on Takesato Station onTobu Isesaki-Line; 1,700 yen, Kyodo Tokyo 0570-064-708.

NEXT GENERATION WORLD HOBBY FAIR 2011 WINTER (Chiba prefecture): Jan. 22-23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Japan’s largest hobby exhibition for children including games and booths of major hobby manufacturers; free; at Makuhari Messe Exhibition Halls 9-11; five-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on JR Keiyo-Line; free; 03-5389-8101; (Japanese only).

EMPEROR AND EMPRESS TROPHY JAPAN TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS (Tokyo): Jan. 22-23; at Tokyo Gymnasium; 2,900 yen (arena); Sendagaya Station on JR Sobu-Line or National Stadium Station on Oedo-Line; Tokyo Table Tennis Federation Jimukyoku 03-5389-2965.

ILLUMINATION GARDEN AT ASHIKAGA FLOWER PARK (Tochigi prefecture): Ends Jan. 23, 3:30-9 p.m. weekdays & 3:30-9:30 p.m., weekends & holidays; illuminations using 1,300,000 lights and 800,000 LEDs; 15-minute drive from Sano Fujioka I.C. on Tohoku Expres; 600 yen adults, 300 yen children; 0284-91-4939;

BIRD WATCHING MEETING AT ZENPUKU PARK (Tokyo): Jan. 23, 9 a.m.; see the many varieties of birds in the park at this time of the year; take a Kanto bus for Minami Zenpukuji from JR Ogikubo Station on Chuo-Line and get off at Zenpukuji Koen-mae bus stop; 03-3396-0825.

BONSAI FESTIVAL IN JINDAI BOTANICAL GARDEN: Ends Jan. 23, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed Mon); see bonsai in the Botanical 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;

THE 16th JAPAN INTER-CITY MEN’S EKIDEN 2011 (Hiroshima prefecture): Jan. 23, 12:30 p.m.; New Year’s annual men’s marathon-relay in the city of Hiroshima; Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park; 082-292-0601; (Japanese only).

HISTORIC CAR RIDE (Tokyo): Jan. 23 & 30, 1:40-5:40 p.m.; among the legendary historic cars, you can enjoy a ride in a 1970 Toyota Carina TA12, a 1972 Nissan Fairelady Z432 and a 1972 Lotus Elan S4 at MEGA WEB; 1,000 yen; three-minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on Rinkai-Line or Oumi Station on Yurikamome-Line; 03-3599-0808;

SANKEIEN GARDEN – BONSAI EXHIBITION (Kanagawa prefecture): Ends Jan.23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; see bonsai in the outer garden of this Japanese-style garden; 500 yen; 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Station;; 045-621-0634/5.

GRAND SUMO TOURNAMENT — JANUARY BASHO (Tokyo): Ends 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;

ROPPONGI ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): Jan. 27-28; 25 licensed antique dealers participate in the center of Roppongi on the fourth Thursday of the month; Roppongi Roi Building, five-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Hibiya-Line; 03-3583-2081.

KAWAGOE NARITA FUDOSON FLEA MARKET (Saitama prefecture): Jan. 28; at Naritayama Kawagoe Bestuin next to Kitain; 15-minute walk from JR Honkawagoe Station; 03-5996-4105.

NARCISSUS FESTIVAL AT KASAI RINKAI PARK (Tokyo): Ends Feb. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 200,000 narcissus flowers in bloom along with live performances and concerts at the largest park in Tokyo; one-minute walk from Rinkai Koen Station on JR Keiyo-Line; 03-5696-1331;

COUNTRY FARM GERMAN VILLAGE WINTER ILLUMINATION (Chiba prefecture): Ends Feb. 13, 4-8 p.m.; one of the biggest illuminations in Japan with 2,000,000 LEDs; 1,000 yen for one vehicle, 500 yen for walk-ins; five-minute drive from Anesaki Sodegaura I.C. on Tateyama Express or an eight-minute drive from Kisarazu Higashi I.C. on Ken-oh Express; 0438-60-5511.

TOKYO DOME CITY WINTER ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Ends Feb. 14, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Tokyo Dome City is lit with 1,500,000 LED lights; Sobu Line Suidobashi Station; 03-5800- 9999.

SHINJUKU TERRACE CITY ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Ends Feb. 14, 5 p.m.-midnight; decorated with blue & white lights; Shinjuku Terrace City Event Park, one-minute walk from JR Shinjuku South exit;

MARUNOUCHI BUILDING BRIGHT CHRISTMAS (Tokyo): Until Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; 220 trees with 850,000 champagne gold LED lights; one-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station; 03-5218-5100.

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; (Japanese only).

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL “ZED” (Chiba prefecture): show is a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment and through March 6, neighboring Tokyo Disneyland is offering tourists and non-Japanese living in Japan a 25 percent discount from regular prices: 7,500-9,500-12,500-15,000 yen to discounted prices: 5,620-7,120-9,370-11,250 yen; get tickets by visiting then, choose the page in English, Chinese or Korean and go to; 0473-55-9621;

FUJIKYU HIGHLAND ICE SKATING (Yamanashi prefecture): Ends March 21, (closed 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;

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; (Japanese only).

OkinawaURUMA BULLFIGHTING & EISA DACE: Jan. 22, 7-9 p.m., Jan. 23, 2-4 p.m.; Okinawa bullfighting (bull vs. bull) is popular in central Okinawa along with Eisa dance; Ishikawa Multi-purpose Dome, Uruma city, seventy-minute drive from Naha Airport; 1,500 yen adults, 1,000 yen children; 098-965-4441; (Japanese only).

THE 9TH ISHIGAKI ISLAND MARATHON: Jan. 23, 9 a.m.; full and half marathons and 10km race start and finish at Ishigaki city Chuo Undo Koen Kyogijo, Ishigaki Island Marathon Jimukyoku; 4,000 yen adults, 3,000 yen senior high school students; 098-088-6666;

YAEDAKE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: Ends Feb. 7; earliest cherry blossoms in Japan; Motobu-cho, four miles northwest of Nago city; 098-47-2700; (Japanese only).

NAKIJIN CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: Jan. 22-Feb. 7; take a walk from approach to ruins of Nakijin Castle with illuminations, traditional entertainments and more; 2-hour-and-45-minute ride from Naha Airport; 0980-56-2256.

OKINAWA FLOWER CARNIVAL 2011: Ends 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.

KoreaPINE 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.

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