May 6, 2011
MUSIC FESTIVAL ARGERICH’S MEETING POINT IN BEPPU (Oita prefecture): May 9-16; classical concerts organized by Argerich Arts Foundation at B-con Plaza, iichiko Sogo Bunka Center and Kita Kyushu Soleil Hall; 10-15-minute walk from JR Oita Station; 0977-27-2299; www.argerich-mf.jp/english.html.
13TH INTERNATIONAL ROSES AND GARDENING SHOW 2011 (Saitama prefecture): May 11-16, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; the nation’s largest roses and gardening show is expected to draw more than 250,000 visitors and roses; gardening contest, and sale of gardening products scheduled; Seibu Dome, Seibu Line, Seibu-Kyujo Mae Station; 2,000 yen adults, 600 yen children; 03-5777-8600; www.bara21.jp/index.html (Japanese only).
KAWAGUCHI FLEA MARKET (OLD CLOTHES) (Saitama prefecture): May 14-15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; about 100 booths; Kawaguchi East Exit Qupola Square; one-minute walk from JR Kawaguchi Station; Citizen Recycle Center 03-3226-6800; www.recycler.org/ (Japanese only).
OEDO ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): May 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 250 licensed dealers; courtyard of Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, one-minute walk from Yurakucho Station, JR Yamanote Line; 03-5805-1093; www.t-i-forum.co.jp/english/index.html.
AJINOMOTO STADIUM FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): May 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 800 booths; free; five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station, Keio Line; 03-3226-6800.
TATEBAYASHI AZALEA FESTIVAL (Gunma prefecture): ends May 15, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; about 10,000 bushes of 50 varieties of azaleas are in bloom, peaking in late April; Kenritsu Tsutsujigaoka Koen; 300 yen adults, 100 yen children; 30-minute walk from JR Tatebayashi Station or a 60-minute ride from Asakusa on Tobu-Isesaki Line or five-minute ride from Tatebayashi I.C. on Tohoku Express; Tatebayashi City Sightseeing Federation 0276-72-4111.
MOTHER FARM SPRING FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Ends May 29; three million field mustard are in bloom and you can pick strawberries and tomatoes; 10-minute drive from Kimitsu Parking or a 20-minute drive from Kimitsu I.C. or a 30-minute drive from Kisaratsu Minami I.C. on Tateyama Express; 1,500 yen adults, 800 yen children; 0439-37-3211; www.motherfarm.co.jp/ (Japanese only).
THE DINOSAURS EXHIBITION AT TOKYO TOWER: ends June 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; exhibition of Plateosaurus engelhardti, discovered in Germany, Tuojiangosaurus multispinus and Szechuanosaurus zigongensis, discovered in China, and others from collection of Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, including 80 fossils, 25 skeletal structures and reconstructed biological models; Tokyo Tower Exhibition Hall (1st floor); 1,000 yen adults, 500 yen children; five-minute walk from Akabanebashi Station on Oedo-Line or a seven-minute walk from Kamiyacho Station on Hibiya-Line; 03-5159-5895.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL “ZED” (Chiba prefecture): Open-ended run; show is a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment, brought in Chiba prefecture as a resident theater performing year-round in neighboring Tokyo Disneyland; 7,500-9,500-12,500-15,000 yen; 0473-55-9621; www.zed.co.jp/home_en.php.
MEIJI JINGU ICE SKATING (Tokyo): year-round, noon-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends; adults1,300 yen/day, children 900 yen/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 Sobu Line; 03-3403-3458; www.meijijingugaien.jp/english/ice-skating.html.
KoreaMUSICAL “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; www.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=268128.
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