JapanDISASTER PREVENTION DAY: Sept. 1 is the anniversary of the great Kanto earthquake which struck Tokyo, Yokohama and surrounding regions in 1923. In 1960, the date was made Disaster Prevention Day. Emergency drills organized by local governments will be held throughout the country.
OWARA KAZE-NO-BON (BON ODORI OF WIND) (Toyama prefecture): Sept. 1-3; streets of the town of Yatsuo in Toyama will be filled with the strains of a single-string violin (kokyu) accompanied by dancing women in cotton summer kimonos and men in happi coats. People enjoy the dance until late at night, singing folk songs unique to their districts, As dusk falls, standing lanterns are lit in the street and the celebrating begins. 076-454-3111.
87TH JAPAN COLLEGE WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIP (Kanagawa prefecture): Sept. 1-4, 9 a.m.; Sagamihara Green Pool 10-minute walk from Kamimizo Station on Sagamihara Line; 1,000 yen; 03-3481-2306.
2011 AUTUMN/WINTER TOKYO GIRLS COLLECTION (Saitama prefecture): Sept. 3, 3 p.m.; Saitama Super Arena, one-minute walk from Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line; 5,000-7,000 yen; 03-3498-9999.
KOBE COLLECTION 2011 AUTUMN/WINTER IN TOKYO (Hyogo prefecture): Sept. 4, four stages: 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.; one of the largest fashion shows organized by apparel brands and designers in Kobe along with top models, and musicians; World Memorial Hall Kobe Port Island Hall, two-minute walk Shimin Hiroba Station on Port Liner; 5,000-7,000 yen for two stages (stage 1 & 2 or stage 3 & 4); Kyodo Tokyo 06-7732-8888; www.kobe-collection.com/.
DISNEY HALLOWEEN (Chiba prefecture): Sept. 4-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.
TOKYO DISNEYSEA 10TH ANNIVERSARY “BE MAGICAL” (Chiba prefecture): Sept. 4-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.
OEDO ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): Sept. 4 & 18, 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.
2011 AUTOBACS SUPER GT FUJI GT 250 km (ROUND 6) (Shizuoka prefecture): Sept. 10-11; Fuji Speedway; 5,500 yen or 10,000 yen (a pair ticket); 15-minute ride from Gotemba IC or a 30-minute ride from Ohi-Matsuda IC on Tomei Express or a 10-minute ride from Subashiri IC on Higashi Fuji Goko Highway; Fuji Speedway 0550-78-1235; www.supergt.net/jp/.
TOKYO BIG SIX BASEBALL LEAGUE (Tokyo): Sept. 10-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/.
AJINOMOTO STADIUM BIG FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; about 800 booths; 300 yen for entrance; five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station, Keio Line; 03-3226-6800.
BEST FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 100 dealers; courtyard of Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 03-5805-1093.
GRAND SUMO SEPTEMBER TOURNAMENT (Tokyo): Sept. 11-25; Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Ryogoku Station, JR Sobu Line; 2,100-3,600-4,900-8,200 yen; 0570-02-9111.
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 Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops duel, is targeted 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://18.104.22.168/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 ages 4-11, one-day pass) 1,700 yen for 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 18 and over, one-day pass, 4,300 yen 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.
OkinawaSABANI SAILING RACE: Sept. 2-3, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sabani (local small-sized boats) are one of Okinawa’s traditions and race 21.8 miles from Furuzamami Beach on Zamami Island to Naha Port; 098-987-3009.
YOUTH FURUSATO EISA FESTIVAL: Sept. 3-4, 3-9 p.m.; Eisa groups from Okinawa and mainland Japan parade; Chatan Park Athletic Track Field, 25-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-868-1756.
NAHA YOUTH FESTIVAL: Sept. 3-4, 3-9 p.m.; Naha youth groups perform traditional Okinawan folk dances, such as eisa and shishi-mai; Shin Toshin Koen, Naha city; 098-891-3508.
ITOMAN HARII DRAGON BOAT RACE: Sept. 4, 9 a.m.; the dragon boat races are held in various fishing communities throughout Okinawa during the late spring and summer and the tradition of the harii is linked to the Kaijin-sai (Unjami), or Fisherman Festival, observed to give thanks to the sea god and pray for the safety and prosperity of fishermen; free; Itoman Fisher Pier, Nishizaki of Itoman city, 30-minute ride on regular streets from Naha Airport; 098-840-8135.
ITOMAN TUG-OF-WAR: Sept. 12, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; the giant tug of war, in which local citizens will pull a 180-meter giant rope on Route 331, is the highlight of Itoman Tug-of-war; 30-minute ride from Naha Airport or a 20-minute ride from Tomigusuku I.C.; 098-840-8137.
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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