JapanCLIMBING 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.
YASUKUNI SHRINE FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; more than 200 dealers; in the entrance path to Yasukuni Shrine; five-minute walk from the Metro Kudanshita Station and 10-minute walk from JR Ichigaya Station and Iidabashi Station; free; 03-5610-4305.
24th FIBA CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN (Nagasaki prefecture): Aug. 21-28; 24th annual Asian basketball championship among Taiwan, Korea, China, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Lebanon, and Japan and qualification for London Olympics at Sea Hat Omura, Nagasaki city; 15-minute walk from JR Omura Station on Omura-Line; 2,000-3,000-4,000-5,000 yen; 0957-47-9007.
ANTIQUE FAIR AT YASUKUNI SHRINE (Tokyo): Aug. 28, until dawn; about 60-100 licensed antique dealers participate in this open-air antique fair; Subway Tozai Line and Hanzomon Line to Kudan-shita Station; 03-3261-8326.
ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): Aug. 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. 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.
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.
GOOD DESIGN EXPO 2011 (Tokyo): Aug. 26-28; Good Design awarded items are on display at Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Hall East No. 5 & 6 Halls; three-minute walk from Kokusai Tenjijo Seimon (front exit) Station on Yurikamone (monorail) or a seven-minute walk from Kokusai Tenjijo Station on JR Rinkai-Line; 1,000 yen; 03-6743-3777; www.g-mark.org/english/.
SANTAFE & STA 2011 (Tokyo): Aug. 27; local products and sweets are on sale and there is a flea market and fireworks; Santafe Garden Hills Nursing Welfare; 6-4-17 Higashi Kojiya, Ota Ward, Tokyo; 18-minute walk from Anamori Inari Station on Keikyu Line; 03-5735-8060.
55th KOENJI AWA ODORI (Tokyo): Aug. 27-28, 6-9 p.m.; Started by the merchants of Koenji, more than million people are expected to attend this festival, where processions of 150 groups of dancers parade through the streets to the beat of Shamisen (three-stringed Japanese music instrument), flutes, kane (Japanese gong) and drums; JR Chuo Line to Koenji Station; 03-33312-2728; http://en.koenji-awaodori.com/.
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/.
STREET BASKETBALL HOOPERS LEAGUE FOURTH ROUND (Tokyo): Aug. 28, 3:30-7 p.m., Hoopers League will decide one of the strongest player among Japanese street basketball; Studio Coast; five-minute walk from Shin-Kiba Station on Metro Yurakucho-Line; 3,000-4,000-6,000 yen; 03-5778-8755; http://hoopers.jp/ (Japanese only).
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.
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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