August 10, 2011
Japan CLIMBING MOUNT FUJI (Yamanashi prefecture): Japan’s highest and most famous peak, at 12,388 feet, is open for climbing until Aug. 31; buses take climbers to the fifth station, and trip takes six hours up and five down; Keio buses run from the west exit of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo at 7:45, 8:45 & 9:40 a.m. and 4:50, 5:50 & 7:30 p.m., 03-5376-2217 or 0555-72-5111; 2,600 yen; Kawaguchiko Town Hall, 0555-72-1111.
TACHIKAWA SUWONO MORI PARK FLEA MARKET (western Tokyo): Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; more than 30 dealers; near JR Tachikawa Station; free; 090-3068-3534.
MEIJI PARK FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Aug. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; more than 800 dealers; seven-minute walk from Sendagaya Station and Kokuritsu Kyugijyo Station on Oedo-Line; free; 03-5611-2230.
TOMIOKA HACHIMANGU SHRINE ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): Aug. 14, 6 a.m.-5 p.m., about 140 licensed antique dealers participate in a shrine compound; three-minute walk from Monzennakacho Station on Tozai-Line; 0276-38-3417.
NOGI SHRINE ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): Aug. 14, 5 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda-Line; 0426-91-4687.
KUMAGAWA SHRINE ANTIQUE FAIR (western Tokyo): Aug. 14, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.; about 35 licensed antique dealers participate in a shrine compound; 10-minute walk from Kumagawa Station on JR Itsukaichi-Line or a 15-minute walk from Haijima Station on Seibu-Shinjuku Line; 090-2223-7973.
BEST FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 100 dealers participate in monthly flea market attracting nearly 57,000 visitors; courtyard of Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 03-5805-1093; www.t-i-forum.co.jp/english/index.html.
TACHIKAWA IKOINOBA MINI FLEA MARKET (western Tokyo): Aug. 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; more than 30 dealers; seven-minute walk from JR Tachikawa Station north exit; free; 042-337-0723.
INTERNATIONAL MODEL RAILROAD CONVENTION (Tokyo): Aug. 19-21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; model trains from old locomotives to super high-speed trains around the world; Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition West 4 Hall; three-minute walk from Kokusai Tenjijo Shomen Station on Yurikamome (monorail) or a seven-minute walk from Kokusai Tenjijo Station on Rinkai-Line; 1,500 yen; 03-3954-7773.
2011 MARCHING BAND & BATON TWIRLING INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 20-21; Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall; 3,000-4,000 yen adults; 03-6231-6033.
HACHIOJI MINAMINO FLEA MARKET (western Tokyo): Aug. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; more than 35 dealers; JR Hachoji Minamino Station; free; 042-337-0723.
AKIRUNO RUPIO MOTTAINAI FLEA MARKET (western Tokyo): Aug. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 80 dealers; Akiruno Square, two-minute walk from Akikawa Staton on JR Itsukaichi Line; 03-3384-6666.
ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): Aug. 21 & 28, until dawn; about 60-100 licensed antique dealers participate in this open-air antique fair; Yasukini Shrine in Tokyo, Subway Tozai Line and Hanzomon Line to Kudan-shita Station; 03-3261-8326.
OEDO ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): Aug. 21 & 28, 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.
TOMIKA (MINIATURES) EXHIBITION: Through Aug. 21, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., featuring miniatures of emergency vehicles and more; Tokyo, Makuhari Messe; five-minute walk from JR Keiyo Line, Kaihim-Makuhari Station; 900 yen adults, 700 yen children; 03-5435-0604.
WORLD CUP RUGBY 2011 (Tokyo): Aug. 21, 7 p.m.; Japan’s national team vs. USA’s national team; Prince Chichibu Rugby Stadium, five-minute walk from Gaien-mae Station on Ginza-Line or a 15-minute walk from JR Sendagaya Station; 2,000-4,000-5,000 yen; Japan Rugby Football Association 03-3401-3290.
BROADWAY MUSICAL “A CHORUS LINE” (Tokyo): ends Aug. 21; Akasaka Act Theater; one-minute walk from Akasaka on Chiyoda-Line or eight-minute walk from Akasaka Mitsuke Station on Ginza and Marunouchi Lines; 9,800-12,600 yen; 0570-000-407.
24th CHIBA PREFECTURE MARCHING BAND CONTEST & ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BAND FESTIVAL (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 40 bands from elementary to senior high schools; Makuhari Messe; five-minute walk from JR Keiyo Line, Kaihim-Makuhari Station; 1,000 yen; 043-227-6895.
JAPAN DIY HOMECENTER SHOW 2011 (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 26, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Aug. 27, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Makuhari Messe; five-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on JR Keiyo-Line; 500 yen; 03-3256-4475 www.diy.or.jp/members/english/index.html.
FUJI YOSHIDA FIRE FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Aug. 26-27; annual event to celebrate the end of Mount Fuji’s climbing season and honor the guardian spirit of the volcano and see a mikoshi (portable shrine) procession as well as large bonfires on the village road in front of homes, and 100 festival stalls; Fuji Sengen Shrine; 0555-22-1111.
AMATEUR RADIO (HAM) FESTIVAL: Aug. 27-28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; featuring amateur radio equipment, computer related equipment and lectures; Tokyo Big Sight International Exhibition Hall West 2 Hall, three-minute walk from Kokusai Tenjijo Shomen Station on Yurikamome Monorail; 1,500 yen adults, free for senior, junior high and elementary school students; 03-5395-3134; www.jarl.or.jp/English/0-2.htm.
TOKYO INTERNATIONAL TAIKO CONTEST 2011: Aug. 27-28; 10th annual solo and group taiko (Japanese drum) compete to test skills and originality; Children’s Castle Aoyama Theatre, 10-minute walk from Omote Sando on Metro Ginza and Chiyoda Lines; 2,500 yen adults, 1,000 yen children; 03-6910-2345; www.tokyo-np.co.jp/event/taiko/.
ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL 2011 (Tokyo): through Aug. 28, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; commemorating 45th anniversary of Ultraman’s debut, a Japanese superhero and super robot; Sunshine Bunka Kaikan Exhibition Hall B, three-minute walk from Higashi Ikebukuro Station on Yurakucho-Line or eight-minute walk from JR Ikebukuro Station East Exit; 1,800 yen adults,1,200 yen children; 0570-00-0660; http://2011.ulfes.com/ (Japanese only).
YOKOHAMA RED BRICK RESORT (Kanagawa prefecture): ends Aug. 28, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; bars are available nearby for drinks and also from dawn to 11 p.m. having night illumination at Yokohama Red Brick; 15-minute walk from JR Kan-nai Station; free; 045-317-7890.
TOKYO DISNEYSEA WATER PROGRAM “SUMMER OASIS SPLASH” (Chiba prefecture): ends Aug. 31; Genie uses his dynamic magic to splash away the summer heat; 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, discount pass after 3 p.m.: 4,900 yen adults, 4,300 yen youth, 3,400 yen children, summer discount until Aug. 31: 2,050 yen ages 4-11/one-day pass, 1,700 yen ages 4-11/starlight pass available after 3 p.m., Campus Day Pass until Aug. 31, show ID at box offices, 4,900 yen ages 18+, one-day pass, 4,300 yen ages 12-17, one-day pass; 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/en/index.html.
TOKYO DISNEYLAND WATER PROGRAM “COOL THE HEAT” (Chiba prefecture): ends Aug. 31; annual water program with the Disney friends dressed as pirates dancing with Mickey Mouse, Minnie or other Disney characters; two-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, discount pass after 3 p.m.: 4,900 yen adults, 4,300 yen youth, 3,400 yen children), kids discount until Aug. 31: 2,050 yen for ages 4-11/one-day pass, 1,700 yen ages 4-11/pass available after 3 p.m., Campus Day Pass (until Aug. 31, need to show ID at box offices): 4,900 yen, students 18 and over, one-day pass, 4,300 yen students ages 12-17, one-day pass; 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/en/index.html.
THE DINOSAURS EXPO AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE (Tokyo): ends Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed Sept. 5, 12, 20 & 26); this exhibition, which includes a full-scale Tyrannosuarus and Triceratops duel, is targetted for children; 1,500 yen adults, 600 yen children; five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 03-5777-8600; www.kahaku.go.jp/english/.
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 observe 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/.
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/.
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, Kids’ summer discount (until Aug. 31): 2,050 yen for children (ages 4-11)(one-day pass), 1,700 yen for children (ages 4-11) (Starlight Pass available after 3 p.m.), Campus Day Pass (until Aug. 31 , need to show ID at box offices): 4,900 yen (students ages 18 and over)(one-day pass), 4,300 yen (students ages 12-17) (one-day pass); 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; 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.
Okinawa YOMITAN VILLAGE YOUTH EISA FESTIVAL: Aug. 12, 1-9 p.m.; Yomitan Village Heiwa-no Mori Stadium, 30-minute ride from Okinawa North IC on Okinawa Express, 70-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-982-9200; www.vill.yomitan.okinawa.jp/ (Japanese only).
URUMA BULLFIGHTING & EISA DANCE: Aug. 14, 1 p.m.; Okinawa bullfighting (bull vs. bull) is particularly popular in central Okinawa along with Eisa dance; Ishikawa Multi-purpose Dome, Uruma city, 70-minute drive from Naha Airport; 3,000 yen adults; 098-965-4441; www.uruma-shoko.jp/ (Japanese only).
Korea 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; www.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=268128.
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