JapanTORAY PAN PACIFIC OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT 2011 (Tokyo): Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 10:30 a.m., Sept. 30, 11 a.m. & Oct. 1-2, 1 p.m.; world top-ranked women’s tennis pros such as Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova, Na Li, Kimiko Date and others challenge for $2,000,000 in prizes; Ariake Colosseum, an eight-minute walk from Ariake Station on Yurikamome Line (monorail); 3,000-4,000-5,000-10,000 yen on Sept. 26-28, 3,500-5,000-10,000-14,000 yen on Sept. 29-30, 4,000-6,000-8,000-12,000-16,000 yen on Oct. 1-2; 0570-06-99971; www.toray-ppo.co.jp/web/pc/english/.
33RD PIA FILM FESTIVAL (Tokyo): ends Sept. 30; features 17 films selected from 602 films; National Film Center; one-minute walk from Kyobashi Station on the metro Ginza-Line; 1,000 yen for one movie ticket, 03-3265-1425; www.pia.co.jp/pff/.
TOKYO SUMMERLAND GREAT JOURNEY/ADVENTURE LAGOON (western Tokyo): ends Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends and Japanese holidays; pools, water slides and tubes, waterfalls and more in a tropical atmosphere; admission for Summerland (including Adventure Lagoon) is 3,500 yen adults, 2,500 yen children and a one-day pass including swimming pool/unlimited rides in amusement park is 4,500 yen, 3,000 yen children, 2,000 yen infants & seniors; 600 Kamiyotsugi, Akiruno-city, Tokyo; half a km from Akiruno I.C., Ken-o-do Expressway; 042-558-6511; www.summerland.co.jp/index.html.
2011 MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – 15th ROUND JAPAN (Tochigi prefecture): Sept. 30-Oct. 2; Twin Link Motegi; 9,000-12,000-14,000-16,000-18,000-20,000 yen adults, 500-1,000-1,500 yen ages 15 and younger; 0285-64-0080; www.twinring.jp/motogp/.
OKTOBERFEST AT YOKOHAMA REDBRICK WAREHOUSE (Yokohama): Sept. 30-Oct. 6, annual event expected to have more than 85,000 visitors and 170,000 glasses of beer this year; Yokohama Redbrick Warehouse; 045-227-2002.
TSUCHIURA ALL JAPAN FIREWORKS (Ibaraki prefecture): Oct. 1, 6-8:30 p.m.; about 20,000 fireworks; Sakuragawahan, Tsuchiura city, 20-minute walk from Tsuchiuwa Station on JR Jyoban Line; 029-826-1111.
HAGI FESTIVAL AT MUKOJIMA HYAKKA-EN GARDEN (Tokyo): through Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; hagi is a Japanese bush clover and is one of the symbolic autumn flowers; Mukoujima Hyakka-en Garden, 3-18-3 Higashi-Mukoujima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, eight-minute walk from Higashi-Mukoujima Station, Tobu Isezaki Line; 150 yen admission; 03-3611-8705; http://teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/mukojima/index.html.
THE DINOSAURS EXPO AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE (Tokyo): ends Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed Sept. 20 & 26); this exhibition includes a full-scale Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops duel; 1,500 yen adults, 600 yen children; five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 03-5777-8600; www.kahaku.go.jp/english/.
OMOTESANO COLLECTIONS HAIR TRENDS 2011-2012 (Tokyo): Oct. 4, 3-5 p.m., hair styles from 17 top-ranked hair salons are featured along with makeup and fashion; National Yoyogi Gymnasium No. 2, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station and Meiji Jingu-Mae Station on Metro Chiyoda Line; 5,000-6,500 yen; 03-5469-1570; www.omotesandocollections.com/.
ADACHI FIREWORKS (Tokyo): Oct. 8, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; 14,000 fireworks beside the Arakawa River; 15-minute walk from Kitasenju Station on Tobu-Line/JR/Metro/Tsukuba Express; 03-3880-5853.
CORMORANT FISHING (Gifu prefecture): ends Oct. 15; cormorant fishing on Nagara River is a famous type of traditional fishing in Japan. More than 40 sightseeing ships are set on Nagara at 6:15, 6:45 & 7:15 p.m., to watch usho (cormorant fishermen) catch sweetfish using trained cormorants. Boat fare is 3,000-3,300 yen/person; Nagara River Cormorant Fishing Boat Reservations 058-262-0104; www.kankou-gifu.jp/en/ukai/index.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 or www.ukai-iwakuni.com/.
TOKYO BIG SIX BASEBALL LEAGUE (Tokyo): ends Oct. 30; Keio University 2011 spring tournament champion will challenge to win consecutive tournaments in this event; Jingu Stadium, six-minute walk from JR Suidobashi Station; 1,100 yen infield bleachers, 700 yen outfield bleachers; 03-3409-5610; www.big6.gr.jp/.
DISNEY HALLOWEEN (Chiba prefecture): ends Oct. 31; three times daily; parade including more than 90 Disney characters; Tokyo Disneyland, 15-minute walk from Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,200 yen adults, 5,300 yen ages 12-17, 4,100 yen ages 4-11; 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/tdr/english/news/index.html.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN - WONDER HALLOWEEN (Osaka): through Nov. 3; daily Halloween costume parade you can join in, plus go trick or treating; Universal City Station on JR Yumesaki-Line; 6,200 yen adults, 4,100 yen children, discount pass after 3 p.m.: 4,800 yen adults, 3,500 yen children); 06-6465-3000; www.usj.co.jp/e/.
YOKOHAMA TRIENNALE OUR MAGIC HOUR (Kanagawa prefecture): ends Nov. 6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; featuring world famous contemporary works including Nobuyoshi Araki, Paul Delvaux, Jeppe Hein, Man Ray, Isamu Noguchi, Yoko Ono, Tadanori Yokoo; Yokohama Museum of Arts, a five-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai Line, NYK Waterfront Warehouse BankART Studio NYK, a four-minute walk from Bashamichi Station on Minato Mirai Line) and Yokohama Creative Center, a five-minute walk from Bashamichi Station on Minato Mirai Line; 1,600 yen adults, 1,000 yen college students, 600 yen senior high school students; 045-671-2278; http://220.127.116.11/en/.
TOKYO DISNEYSEA 10TH ANNIVERSARY “BE MAGICAL” (Chiba prefecture): ends March 19; Mickey Mouse and 100 of his friends perform at the 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; 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/en/index.html.
FANTASMIC (Chiba prefecture): open-ended run; night-time show, featuring 27 animation characters such as Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and others, filled with special effects using water and fire, on Mediterranean Harbor; Tokyo DisneySea, three-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; one-day passport adults 6,200 yen, discount passport after 3 p.m. entry adults 4,900 yen; Tokyo Disney Resort Information 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/en/tds/index.html.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL “ZED” (Chiba prefecture): Open-ended run; show is a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment; 7,500-9,500-12,500-15,000 yen; 0473-55-9621; www.zed.co.jp/home_en.php.
BLUE MAN GROUP (Tokyo): open-ended run; New York-based avant-garde artists; Invoice Theatre, five-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line and Azabu Jyuban Station on Nanpoku Line; 7,500-8,500 yen; 03-5414-3255; www.blueman.jp.
MEIJI JINGU ICE SKATING (Tokyo): year-round, noon-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends; adults 1,300 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.
Okinawa24TH IZENA 88 TRIATHLON: Oct. 2, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; swim (2 km), bicycle (66 km) and marathon (20km) race held at Izena Beach, Izena Island; 0980-50-7220.
OKINAWA BOOK FAIR: ends Oct. 5; more than 1,500 varieties of books by 20 local Okinawan publishers on sale; Ryubo Book Center, three-minute walk from Kencho-mae Station; includes Oshiro Bookstores in Uruma city and Ishikawa city; 098-835-2777.
HIGASHI HEN-NAZAKI TURTLE MARATHON 2011: Oct. 9, 9:30 a.m.; half-marathon (22.8 km), 9 km, 4.8km and 2 km races follow; Miyakojima-shi Track and Field, 10-minute ride from Miyako Airport and Taira Port; 2,000 yen/adults, 1,000 yen for children; 0980-73-4469.
KoreaMUSICAL “GREASE” (Seoul): open-ended run, 8 p.m., Mon., Wed.-Fri., 3 & 7 p.m., Sat., 2 & 6 p.m., Sun. & 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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