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published: May 19, 2017
Editor's note: There's a lot of stuff happening off base, so read below and then head off for some fun! (This was updated May 19)
MANPAKU 2017 – FOOD FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through June 5, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., until 6 p.m. June 5; food, including meat, seafood and ramen at National Showa Memorial Park, Midori Bunka Zone, 500 yen admission on weekdays, 800 yen on weekends, 800 yen admission plus Showa Memorial Park weekdays, 1,000 yen weekends; 10-minute walk from JR Tachikawa Station; http://manpaku.jp/201705.
JAPAN TOUR OF JAPAN (CYCLEING): Through May 28, 8 teams of Japan and another 8 teams of Italy, Australia, Malaysia, U.S.A., Iran, and U.A.E. compete in an eight-stage race over 747.45 km; 03-3586-6230; www.toj.co.jp/english.
SANKEIEN GARDEN — LIGHTNING BUG FESTIVAL (Yokohama): Through June 2, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; best time to view lightning bugs is 7:30-9 p.m.; 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Station; 500 yen adults, 200 yen kids; 045-621-0634/5; www.sankeien.or.jp/pdf/guidemap_english.pdf.
55TH AIKIDO PERFORMANCE (Tokyo): May 27, 12:20-5:30 p.m.; at Bodokan, five-minute walk from Kudanshita Station on Metro Tozai and Hanzomon Lines; free admission; www.aikikai.or.jp/eng/index.html.
LAOS FESTIVAL 2017 (Tokyo): May 27 & 28, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; traditional music from Laos performed, Laos food booths and more at Yoyogi Koren, 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station and 15-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station; free; 03-6276-3090.
YOKOHAMA HANDMADE MARCHE (Kanagawa prefecture): May 27 & 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; featuring handmade crafts, accessories, art, food and more by 2,500 creators on display and on sale at Pacifico Yokohama Halls B, C, D, three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai Line; 1,000 yen at door, 800 yen advance tickets; https://handmade-marche.jp.
IRIS FESTIVAL AT IZU NIJI-NO-SATO (Shizuoka prefecture): May 27-June 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends; 7,000 irises at Izu Niji-No-Sato, 15-minute ride from Shuzenji Station, 90-minute ride from Numazu I.C. on Tomei Express; 1,000 yen adults, 500 yen ages 4-12 years old; 0558-72-7111; www.nijinosato.com.
ITAKO IRIS FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): May 27-June 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; one million irises at Maekawa Garden, five-minute walk from Itako Station on JR Kashima-Line or 15-minute ride from Itako I.C. on Higashi Kanto Express; free; 0299-63-1187.
LUPINUS FESTIVAL IN TOWADA (Aomori prefecture): May 27-June 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; pink, violet, red, orange, yellow and other colorful 10,000 lupinus in one-acre garden at Risokyo, 15-minute ride from JR Towadashi Station; 550 yen adults, 200 yen kids; 0176-27-2516; www.risoukyo.com/event/index.html.
FUJI MOSS PHLOX FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Through May 28, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; more than 800,000 moss phlox plants bloom in bright purple at Fuji Motosuko Lake Resort, 25-minute ride from Kawaguchiko I.C. on Chuo Express; 600 yen adults, 250 yen children; 0555-89-3031; www.shibazakura.jp/eng/index.html.
SANKEIEN GARDEN – AZALEA BONSAI EXHIBITION (Yokohama): Through May 28, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; azalea bonsai on display in the Outer Garden, 10-minute bus ride from JR Negishi Station; 045-621-0634/5; 500 yen adults, 300 yen seniors, 200 yen kids; www.sankeien.or.jp/pdf/guidemap_english.pdf.
GRAND SUMO TOURNAMENT - MAY BASHO (Tokyo): Through May 28; at Ryogoku Kokugikan, one-minute walk from JR Ryogoku Station on Sobu-Line; 03-5237-9310; www.sumo.or.jp/eng/index.html.
TOKYO BIG SIX BASEBALL LEAGUE: Through May 28; at Jingu Stadium, four-minute walk from JR Sendagaya Station on Sobu-Line or four-minute walk from Kokuritsu Kyogijo Station on Oedo-Line; 1,300 yen infield bleachers, 800 yen outfield bleachers; 03-3409-5610.
THEODORE CHASSERIAU PARFUN EXOTIQUE (Tokyo): Through May 28, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fridays, closed Mondays; art by Theodore Chasseriuau (1819-1856); National Museum of Western Art, one-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 800 yen senior high school students; www.nmwa.go.jp/en/exhibitions/2017chasseriau.html.
SKAGEN: AN ARTISTS’ COLONY IN DENMARK (Tokyo): Through May 28, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fridays, closed Mondays; Skagen, located on the northern tip of the Jutland peninsula, touches upon both the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. Interest in Skagen’s unique scenery spread among artists, and this tiny village without a train station or harbor attracted Nordic painters, poets and composers from the late 19th century to early 20th century, where they formed an international artists’ colony. The exhibition features 59 works from the Art Museums of Skagen and introduces the Skagen painters that represent the best of modern Danish art; New Wing, The National Museum of Western Art; 430 yen adults, 130 yen college students, ages 18 and younger free; www.nmwa.go.jp/en/exhibitions/2017skagen.html.
RYUICHI SAKAMOTO SOUND EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through May 28, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., until 9 p.m. Wed., closed Monday; featuring the sound world of musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, including his written score and books that inspired at the Watarium Museum, eight-minute walk from Gaien-mae Station on Ginza Line; 1,000 yen adults, 800 yen students; 03-3402-3001; www.watarium.co.jp.
ANIMALS IN UKIYO-E (Tokyo): Through May 28, closed May 22; featuring ukiyo-e paintings of splendid views of snow, moon and flowers in Edo Period, including works by Hiroshige Utagawa, Kuniyoshi Utagawa and Hokusai Katsushika and more on display; fifty-three stages of the Tokaido road and thirty-six Mount Fuji by Hiroshige Utagawain display; Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art; 700 yen for adults, 500 yen for senior high school and college students, free for children; five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 03-3403-0880; www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp/eng.
KYU-FURUKAWA TEIEN GARDEN (Tokyo): Through May 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Spring Roses Festival, illuminated until 9 p.m. May 17-21, concerts noon & 3 p.m. May 28; 150 yen; seven-minute walk from JR Kaminakazato Station; 03-3910-0394; www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english.
SPRING ROSE FESTIVAL IN JINDAI BOTANICAL GARDEN (Tokyo): Through May 31, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., open 8 a.m. weekends, closed Mon.; 100,000 trees and shrubs, and 5,200 roses in 409 varieties; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 20 & 21, workshops for making rose flavor; 5-31-10 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu City, Bus from Mitaka Station, JR Chuo Line, or Chofu Station, Keio Line, Jindaiji Shokubutsu Koen Mae bus stop; 500 yen adults, 200 yen children; 0424-83-2300; www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english.
AMERICAN JASMINE FLOWER FESTIVAL (Shizuoka prefecture): Through May 31; 1,000 flowers at Ryosenji Temple, where the Japan-U.S. Treaty of Amity was signed in 1854; 3-12-12 Shichikencho, Shimoda city, 10-minute walk from Izukyu Shimoda Station; free; 0558-22-0657.
PAEONIA LACTIFLORA FESTIVAL IN TOWADA (Aomori prefecture): Early June to mid-June, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 160 varieties of paeonia lactiflora and 2,000 paeonia lactifloras bloom; Risokyo, 15-minute ride from JR Towadashi Station; 550 yen adults, 200 yen kids; 0176-27-2516; www.risoukyo.com/event/index.html.
36TH YOKOHAMA KAIKOSAI FESTIVAL 2017 (Kanagawa prefecture): June 2 & 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; celebrate the Yokohama Port opening; entertainment showcase, live concerts, gourmet booths, air balloon ride, short film fest and more at Queens Stage and Rinkai Park Stage, Minato Mirai 21 and Rinkai Park, four-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai-Line or 13-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station on JR Keihin Tohoku-Line; 045-212-5511; www.kaikosai.com.
KANAZAWA HYAKUMANGOKU MATSURI (Ishikawa prefecture): June 2-4; celebrating Toshiie Maeda, a master of Kaga clan; parade from JR Kanazawa Station East Square to Kanazawa Castle 2-6 p.m., dancing on parade on Hirosaka-dori Streets 6-8 p.m., Takigi Noh (Bonfire Noh), a beautiful and mystic musical theater lit up by bonfires at Kanazawa Castle Park 7-9 p.m. June 3, and more; JR Kanazawa Station and neighboring areas; 076-220-2194.
HIBIYA OKTOBERFEST (Tokyo): June 2-11, 4-10 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends; German beers and music performed at Hibiya Park, one-minute walk from Hibiya Station on Hibiya and Chiyoda-Lines; free admission; 03-3524-0788.
WARRIORS BASED ON NOVELS OF KYOKUTEI BAKIN (Tokyo): June 2-25, closed June 5, 12 & 29; commemorating 250th anniversary of Kyokutei Bakin’s birth, featuring 80 ukiyo-e paintings of warriors based upon novels by Kyokutei Bakin at Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 700 yen adults, 500 yen senior high school and college students, kids free; 03-3403-0880; www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp/eng.
TOKYO BAY OPERATION CLEANUP (Tokyo): June 3, 10 a.m.; volunteers needed for Operation Cleanup at Odaiba Kaihin Koen shore, Odaiba Kaihin Koen Station on Yurikamome (monorail); 03-5770-6837.
ECO LIFE FAIR 2017 (Tokyo): June 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., & June 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; featuring eco friendly attractions, along with live performances, food booths, workshops and more: Keraki Street Event Square, Yoyogi Park, 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 03-5418-5062.
RED BULL AIR RACE (Chiba prefecture): June 3 & 4, 1-4 p.m.; see acrobatic flights along with the low-altitude courses at Makuhari Seaside Parkaihin Koen, 15-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on Keiyo Line; http://rbar.jp/en.
ODAWARA HYDRANGEA & IRIS FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): June 3-18; at Shobuen (iris) Garden of Odawara Castle East Moat, illuminated 7-8 p.m., JR & Odakyu Odawara Stations; free; 0465-22-5002; www.odawara-kankou.com.
GARDEN NECKLACE YOKOHAMA 2017: Through June 4; see on million flowers — tulips, roses and more — at Minato Garden and Satoyama Park; www.yokohamajapan.com/upcoming-events/garden-necklace-yokohama-2017.
POPPY FESTIVAL AT CHICHIBU KOGEN FARM (Saitama prefecture): Through June 4; about 15,000 blooms, and events include local products on sale, food booths and more May 21, 22, 28 & 29; shuttle bus available from Oyahana and Minano Stations on Chichibu Railways; 200 yen; 0494-62-1462.
ODAWARA ROSE FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Through June 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; roses and 500 Welsh onion flower heads bloom at Odawara Flower Garden, 20-minute walk from Iidaoka Station on Izu Hakone Railways-Daiyuzan Line; free; 0465-34-2814.
CHANOYU – THE ARTS OF TEA CEREMONY, THE ESSENCE OF JAPAN (Tokyo): Through June 4, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., until 6 p.m. on weekends and May 3-4; the exhibition to focus on how the arts of the tea ceremony evolved from the Muromachi period to modernity. It’s a great chance to experience “Essence of Japan;” 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen collge student, 900 yen senior high school student, free ages 15 and younger; Heisikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park); 10-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=1828.
SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL AT THE NAGASAKI HUIS TEN BOSCH (Nagasaki prefecture): Through June 5; musicians Romania Opera Ensemble, Hungary Ensemble, Trio Maximum and more, at the Amsterdam Square; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp.
ALFONS MUCHA (Tokyo): Through June 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Friday, closed Tue.; featuring 100 paintings of Alfons Mucha (1860-1939), including “The Slav Epic” – a series of 20 large-format canvases depicting the history of Slavic people and civilization — this is the first time in the world all 20 pieces are shown together outside of the Czech Republic; the National Art Center, Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Line, or five-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Hibiya Station; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 800 yen high school students; www.nact.jp/english/exhibitions/2016/alfons-mucha.
KURIHAMA FLOWER PARK POPPY GARDEN (Yokosuka): Through June 11; about 1 million poppy flowers, and June 4 & 11, enter free and pick poppy flowers; 15 minute walk from Keikyu Line or JR Kurihama Station; free; 046-833-8282.
TREASURES OF THE NATURAL WORLD (Tokyo): Through June 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; featuring 370 specimens from the collections of the Natural History Museum, London at the National Museum of Natural and Science; 1,600 yen adults and college students, 500 yen ages 18 & younger, 2,000 yen for pair of tickets 5-8 p.m. Fri.; http://treasures2017.jp/outline/english_index.php.
ROSES FESTIVAL AT KEISEI ROSE GARDEN (Chiba prefecture): Through June 12, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; 10,000 roses in 1,500 varieties bloom, and festival along with seminars, talk show and more, 15-minute walk from Yachiyo Midorigaoka Station on Toyo Express Line; 755 Shinden, Owada, Yachiyo city; 1,200 yen adults, 400 yen junior high school students, 200 yen elementary school students; 047-459-0106; www.keiseirose.co.jp/english/index.html.
TOKYO DISNEYLAND EASTER SPECIAL: Through June 14; the bunny-eared, mischief-making egg characters, Usatama, make their debut in the park, featuring in the Hippity-Hoppity Springtime parade set into the garden with the Disney friends and guests can do the free new egg hunt program Search for Usatama with a provided map and can follow the hints to find the hidden Usatama characters; two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.
EASTER SPECIAL “MICKEY & DUFFY’S SPRING FAIR” (Chiba prefecture): Through June 14; 25-minute special show, performed three times daily by Mickey Mouse, Minnie and friends at ports of Mediterranean Harbor; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.
OLD MASTERS FROM THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM (Tokyo): Through June 18, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., until 5 p.m. on Tue.; featuring 16th-18th-century European paintings from the State Hermitage Museum, including Titian, Cranach, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Fragonard at Mori Arts Center Gallery; 1,600 yen adults, 1,300 yen college students, 800 yen senior high school and middle school students; 03-5777-8600; http://hermitage2017.jp/english.html.
HUIS TEN BOSCH EASTER (Nagasaki prefecture): Through June 18; enjoy Easter at Huis Ten Bosch with varieties of attractions, such as Easter-decoration, Easter Egg-tree decorated with 10,000 eggs, Easter-egg hunt, coloring on eggs for Easter and more; www.huistenbosch.co.jp.
THE ELEGANT OTHER: CROSS-CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS IN FASHION AND ART (Yokohama): Through June 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Thu.; Yokohama served as a gateway, accepting Western culture and sending Japanese culture aboard after opening Yokohama Port in 1859. The exhibition focuses on fashion and art from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries and to examine how cultural exchanges between the East and West influenced people’s lives and aesthetics at Yokohama Museum of Art; 1,500 yen adults, 900 yen college and senior high school students, 600 yen middle school students, kids free; http://yokohama.art.museum/eng/exhibition/index/20170415-485.html.
PHOTOGRAPHER SAUL LEITER: A RETROSPECTIVE (Tokyo): Through June 25, closed June 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 9 p.m. Fridays; featuring Saul Leiter (1923-2013), a leading fashion photographer in New York, including his works (monochrome, color), paintings and other material from the Saul Leiter Foundation at Bunkamura The Museum, seven-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station; 1,400 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, 700 yen middle and elementary school students; 03-5777-8600; www.bunkamura.co.jp/english/museum/20170429.html.
ODAIBA NIGHT RUN 2017 (Tokyo): June 30, 7:30 p.m.; 4 or 8 km at Symbol Promenade and Central Park, five-minute walk from Daiba Station on Yurikamome or Tokyo Teleport on Rinkai Line; 3,000 yen; register by May 19; 03-5439-6201.
COLLECTION OF MUSEUM BOIJMANS VAN BEUNINGEN BRUGEL’S “THE TOWER OF BABEL” AND GREAT 16TH CENTURY MASTERS (Tokyo): Through July 2, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; featuring “The Tower of Babel” by Pieter Bruegel, his forerunner and artistic model, Hieronymus Bosch, along with numerous paintings, prints, and sculptures of the 16th-century Netherlands at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; 1,600 yen adults, 1,300 college students, 800 yen senior high school students; JR Ueno Station; 03-5777-8600; www.tobikan.jp/en/exhibition/2017_babel.html.
THE ART OF ERIC CARLE EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through July 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Mon.; works by Eric Carle, a picture book writer famous for “The Very Hungry Caterpillar, including original drawings and more; Setagaya Art Museum, 1,200 yen adults, 800 yen college and senior high school student, 500 yen children; www.setagayaartmuseum.or.jp/index_e.html.
THE ART OF DISNEY – THE MAGIC OF ANIMATION (Tokyo): Through Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; featuring 450 artworks including from “Steamboat Willie,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Frozen” and “Moana” at Miraikan; 1,800 yen adults, 1,200 yen ages 7-18, 600 yen ages 3-6; http://da2017.jp/english.html.
CORMORANT FISHING (UKAI) (Gifu prefecture): Through Oct. 15; cormorant fishing on Nagara River is a type of traditional fishing in Japan. More than 40 sightseeing ships are set on the river at 6:15, 6:45 p.m. & 7:15 p.m. to observe cormorant fishermen — usho — catch sweetfish using trained cormorants. Boat fare is 3,100-3,400 yen/person, 1,700 yen/child; Nagara River Cormorant Fishing Boat Reservations 058-262-0104; www.gifucvb.or.jp/en/01_sightseeing/01_01.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.