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published: August 15, 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 August 15)
TOMIKA EXHIBITION (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Aug. 20, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall, three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai Line or 12-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 1,000 yen adults, 800 yen children; 03-5435-0604.
POKEMON X ISETAN (Tokyo): Aug. 16-21; featuring Pokemon, characters goods, and more at 7th Floor Exhibition Hall/6th Floor West Park/The Stage #6 of Isetan-Shinjuku; www.isetanguide.com/20170816/pokemon.
SUMIDA STREET JAZZ FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 18 &19; 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. & Aug. 20, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; featuring 40 stages by Dairo Suga, Yuji Katsui, Loop Pool, Speak No Evil, Afro Begue, Oki Dub Ainu Band, iammin’ Zeb and more Kinshi Koen, Triphony Hall and others; free; 03-5608-2581; http://sumida-jazz.jp/sj/en.
MINATO MIRAI BON ODORI FESTIVAL (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 18, 4:30-8:30 p.m. & Aug. 19, 3-8:30 p.m.; Bon Odori (dance) with local residents at Rinko Park, three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai Line or 12-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station on JR Keihin Tohoku-Line; free; 045-221-2155.
HAGOROMO NEBUTA MATSURI (Tokyo): Aug. 18, 6-9 p.m., Aug. 19, 5-9:30 p.m. & Aug. 20, 6-9 p.m.; seven Illuminated Papier-mâché floats from Aomori prefecture and 10 Hagoromo originated Papier-mâché floats parade the streets of Higashi Tachikawa Shotengai Dori, five-minute walk from JR Nishi Kunitachi Station on Nambu Line or 15-minute walk from JR Tachikawa Station; 042-528-3375.
HOSSAWA WATERFALL FURUSATO NATSU MATSURI (Tokyo): Aug. 19 & 20; registered as one of the best 100 waterfalls in Japan, featuring traditional Hinohara taiko, food booths, local products on sale, illuminations after and fireworks at Hossawa Waerfall, 25-minute bus ride from JR Musashi Itsukaichi Station on Itsukaichi Line; 042-598-0069.
SANCHA LATIN FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 19 & 20, noon-7 p.m.; Bossa nova live concerts with candle lights at Fureai Hiroba 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, six-team samba dancing teams beat the street of Chazawa Dori 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday at Sangenjaya Chazawa Dori streets; Sangenzaya Station on Tokyu Denen Toshi Line; 03-3412-6554.
33RD MINAMI KOSHIGAYA AWA ODORI (Saitama prefecture): Aug. 19 & 20, 5-8 p.m.; more than 70,000 people are expected to attend this festival, where 88 groups of dancers parade through the streets to the beat of Shamisen (three-stringed Japanese music instrument), flutes, sho (Japanese gong) and drums along the Minami Koshigaya Chuo dori streets; Shin Koshigaya Station on Tobu SkyTree Line and JR Musashino Line; 048-986-2266.
MITAKA AWA ODORI (Tokyo): Aug. 19 & 20, 6-9 p.m.; unique dancing performed in the Chuo and Sakura Streets of Mitaka city, JR Mitaka Station on Chuo and Sobu Lines; Mitaka Awa Odori Shinkokai Jimukyoku 0422-49-3111.
KIYOSE SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Aug. 19-Sept. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 100,000 sunflowers in bloom at Ishii Farm, Odera Farm and others, 3-chome, Shimo Kiyose, Kiyose city, free; 042-492-5111.
ALL JAPAN TUG OF WAR FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 20, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; tug of war by eight-person teams, along with food booths at Chuo City Sogo Sports Center; Hamamatsucho Station on Toei Shinjuku Line; 050-3469-5780.
EIHEIJI DAI TORO NAGASHI – KUZURYU MATSURI (Fukui prefecture): Aug. 20, 6 p.m.; 10,000 floating lanterns on the water of the River Kuzuryu from Eiheiji Temple Riverside Park Kasen Koen, after a Buddhist memorial service by 120 monks practicing asceticism, followed by fireworks at 8:20 p.m.; 10-minute walk from Shimoshii Station on Echizen Line or 15-minute ride from Fukui I.C. on Hokuriku Express; 1,500 yen for floating a lantern; 0776-61-3930; http://toronagashi.com/?lang=en.
HAKKIYOI KITTE (Tokyo): Aug. 20-27, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; check out the heritage of Japan’s national sport of sumo, including sumo wrestlers’ aprons, sample food a sumo wrestler eats, and more; 1st and 2nd floor seat tickets given by lottery after purchase at shops of Kitte on Aug. 11-18, free standing view from 3rd-5th floors; Kitte, JR Tokyo Station; 03-3216-2811; http://jptower-kitte.jp/en.
JAPAN DIY HOMECENTER SHOW 2017 (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 25, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. & Aug. 26, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; see self-build equipment and tools from around the world at Makuhari Messe Exhibition Halls 4-8, five-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on JR Keiyo-Line; 500 yen; 03-3256-4475; www.diy.or.jp/profile-2.html.
ODAIBA NATSU MATSURI 2017 (Tokyo): Aug. 25, 5-9 p.m. & Aug. 26, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Odaiba bon odori, and live performances, along with food market and booths at Odaiba Rainbow Koen, Odaiba Kaihin Koen Station on Yurikamome (monorail); 03-5500-2355.
HIBIYA PARK BON ODORI (Tokyo): Aug. 25 & 26, 6-9 p.m.; 40,000 visitors are expected at Fountain Square of Hibiya Park, Hibiya Station on Chiyoda and Hibiya Lines or eight-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 03-3503-1561.
2017 JAPAN CUP INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (Gunma prefecture): Aug. 25-27; at Jyonan Stadium, Takasaki, 16-minute bus ride from JR Takasaki Station, shuttle available, 100 yen; ; 2,500 yen adults, 1,000 yen ages 12-17.
FRIENDS ON ICE (Yokohama): Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m., Aug. 26-27, 12:30 and 5 p.m.; ice show with Takeshi Honda, Yuka Sato, Shae-Lynn Bourne, Irina Slutskaya, Meryl Elizabeth Davis & Charlie White, Ilia Kulik and more at Shin Yokohama Skate Center, five-minute walk from JR Shin Yokohama Station; 8,000-11,000-16,000-18,000-23,000 yen; 03-3478-2430.
MISAWA MATSURI (Aomori prefecture): Aug. 25-27, the event is to feature a parade of 14 floats departing from Fudo and Yakushi Shrines, costume parade, portable shrine parade at Misawa Arcade Streets and more in Misawa city; 0176-53-2175.
KENSHIN MATSURI (Niigata prefecture): Aug. 25-27; commemorating Kenshin Uesugi, a samurai hero of Joetsu city, featuring samurai warriors parade and a re-enactmen of the Kawanakajima Battle (1561) at the site of Kasugayamajo Castle 6-8 p.m. Sunday; 30-minute walk from Kasugayama Station on Myoko Haneuma Line or 15-minute drive from Joetsu I.C. on Hokuriku Express; 025-526-5111.
YOSAKOI FUCHU FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 26, 12:40-7 p.m. & Aug. 27, 11:15 a.m.-6 p.m.; more than 2,000 people are expected to attend this festival, in which 74 groups of dancers in parade the streets of Keyaki Avenue and Kyu Koshukaido near Fuchu Station on Keio Line, plus Yosakoi performances at stages nearby; 042-362-6421.
ROPPONGI HILLS BON ODORI FESTIVVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 25, 5-9 p.m. & Aug. 26 & 27, 3-9 p.m., Aug. 28, 5-8 p.m.; bon odori and food booths at Roppongi Hills Arena, Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or four-minute walk from Oedo Line; 03-6406-6000.
OTSUKA AWA ODORI (Tokyo): Aug. 26, 4:30-8 p.m.; processions of 20 groups of dancers parade the beat of shamisen (three-stringed Japanese music instrument), flutes, sho (Japanese gong) and drums; one-minute walk from JR Otsuka Station (south exit) on Yamanote Line; 03-3984-1501.
UDON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 (Tokyo): Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; eat local udons at Yoyogi Koen Hiroba, 10-minute walk from JR Harajuku and JR Shibuya Stations; free entry but charged for a cup of udon; 03-3406-5572.
HARAJUKU-OMOTESANDO GENKI MATSURI SUPER YOSAKOI 2017 (Tokyo): Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; started by the merchants of Harajuku-Omotesando in 2001, more than 5,000 people are expected to attend this festival, in which 106 groups of costumed dancers parade to the beat of noisemakers, 12:15-4:45 p.m. Sunday on Omotesando Avenue, along with Yosakoi performances at other special stages nearby; JR Harajuku Station on Yamanote Line or Omotesando Station on Ginza, Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Lines; 03-3406-5572.
C3AFA TOKYO (Chiba prefecture): Aug. 26 & 27, 10 a.m.-5:15 p.m.; Animation Trade and Game Show features animated character goods and hobby items at Makuhari Messe Exhibition Halls 1-3; 1,500 yen adults, ages 12 and under free; 03-3374-5226.
SAGAMI ONO MONJA FOODS & MUSIC FESTA (Kanagawa prefecture): Aug. 26 & 27, 2-9:30 p.m., live performance, fireworks 9 p.m.; Sagami Ono Station on Odakyu Line; 042-749-2135.
AZABU JUBAN SUMMER NIGHT FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Aug. 26 & 27, 3-9 p.m.; Juban’s traditional show, international bazaar and more; Azabu Juban Station on Oedo and Nampoku Lines or Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line; 03-3451-5812.
FUJI YOSHIDA FIRE FESTIVAL (Yamanashi prefecture): Aug. 26 & 27; celebrates the end of Mount Fuji’s climbing season and honors the guardian spirit of the volcano, see a mikoshi (portable shrine) procession during the festival, large bonfires line the village road in front of homes with 100 festival stalls and 150,000 spectators; at the Fuji Sengen Shrine, five-minute walk from Fujisan Station on Fujikyu Bus; 0555-22-1111; www.mfi.or.jp/himatsuri.
61ST KOENJI AWA ODORI (Tokyo): Aug. 26-27, 5-8 p.m.; more than million people are expected to attend this festival in which 169 groups of dancers parade through the streets to the beat of shamisen (three-stringed Japanese music instrument), flutes, sho (Japanese gong) and drums; JR Chuo Line to Koenji Station; 03-3312-2728; www.koenji-awaodori.com/english.
PHOTO EXHIBITION BY CHE GUEVARA (Tokyo): Through Aug. 27, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; commemorating 50th anniversary of Che Guevara’s death, featuring 240 photos of Guevara visiting Hiroshima, Mexico, India and more at Yebisu the Garden Place, Garden Room, five-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station; 1,000 yen adults, 800 yen college student, free ages 18 & younger; 03-5424-0111.
KAMEN RIDER FESTIVAL 2017 (Tokyo): Through Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Aug. 4 & 25; exhibition of Kamen Rider, a Japanese superhero and super robot at Tokyo Dome City Prism Hall, six-minute walk from JR Suidobashi Station on Sobu-Line or nine-minute walk from Korakuen Station on Metro Marunouchi-Line; www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/e.
SPECTERS BY YOSHITOSHI TSUKIOKA (Tokyo): Through Aug. 27, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Mon.; featuring complete series of specter ukiyo-e paintings by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892) at Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; 1,000 yen for adults, 700 yen for senior high school and college students, free for children; 03-3403-0880; www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp/eng.
HIROSHI YOSHIDA: A RETROSPECTIVE (Tokyo): Through Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Mon.; featuring prints, produced by a Japanese process, as well as oil and water-color paintings by Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950) on display at Sompa Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art; 1,200 yen adults, 800 yen college and senior high school students, free children; five-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station West Exit; 03-5777-8600; www.sjnk-museum.org/en.
ODAIBA WATER PARK BY HUIS TEN BOSCH (Tokyo): Through Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m./6-9 p.m.; featuring slides more, plus projection mapping and illuminations after 6 p.m. at Odaiba Aomi Area, 10-minute walk from Yurikamomedai Station and Tokyo Teleport Station; 2,500 yen adults, 2,000 yen children; 0570-092-888.
TOKYO MIDTOWN SUMMER LIGHT GARDEN: Through Aug. 31, 6:30-11 p.m.; featuring fireworks; free; www.tokyo-midtown.com/en/events_news/detail.php?id=827.
THE GIGA DINOSAUR EXHIBITION (Chiba): Through Sept. 3, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; featuring fossils and more at Makuhari Messe Exhibition Hall No. 11; 2,200 yen adults, 1,000 yen children; 03-5777-8600.
YOKOHAMA DINOSAUR EXHIBITION (Kanagawa prefectures): Through Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; exhibition of full-scale skeleton of Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, and more at Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall A, three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station on Minato Mirai Line or 12-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho Station; 1,800 yen adults, 900 yen children; 045-412-6580.
FORMS AND EXPRESSIONS OF PRAYER (Tokyo): Through Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., until 7 p.m. Fridays; features introduction to Buddhist art, focusing on three lessons of Buddhist Tantrism, Pure Land Buddhism, and Zen at Idemitsu Museum of Arts, five-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station on Yamanote Line or three-minute walk from Hibiya Station on Hibiya Line; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen students, free children; 03-5777-8600.
PLANETARIUM – FUCHU KYODO-NO MORI MUSEUM (Tokyo): Through Sept. 3, 11 a.m., 12:30, 2 & 3:30 p.m.; 10-minute ride from Kunitachi Fuchu I.C. on Chuo-Express or 20-minute walk from Fuchu Honmachi Station on Musashino/Nambu-Lines; 400 yen adults, 200 yen ages 15 & younger; 042-368-7921.
TOKYO TOWER ILLUMINATION: Through Sept. 3, 5-11 p.m.; 492-feet-high main observatory, open 9 a.m.-10 p.m., , is decorated with 197,000 blue and white LEDs and ornaments in the design “The Milky Way”; five-minute walk from Akabanebashi Station on Oedo Line; 900 yen adults, 500 yen junior and senior high school students; 03-3433-5111; www.tokyotower.co.jp.
ALBERTO GIACOMETTI COLLECTION FONDATION MARQUERITE ET AIME MAEGHT (Tokyo): Through Sept. 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., closed Tue.; Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) was one of the 20th century’s most important European sculptors. Initially, the artist admired African and Oceanic sculpture and Cubism. Exhibition features 132 artworks at 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.tbs.co.jp/giacometti2017.
MOUNT FUJI: Seasonal climbing until Sept. 10; Japan’s highest and most famous peak, at 12,388 feet, formally opens for the climbing season, which lasts until Aug. 31; getting there: buses take climbers to the fifth station, where it takes six hours up and five down; Keio buses run from the west exit of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo 6:45, 7:45, 8:55, 9:45 &10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., 2:45, 3:45, 4:45, 5:55 and 7:25, July 10-Sept. 10, no bus after 6 p.m., costs 2,700 yen (03-5376-2222/0555-73-8181 Keio Bus).
ARCIMBOLDO: NATURE INTO ART (Tokyo): Through Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fridays, closed Mondays; featuring 100 works of Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526-1593), including 10 oil paintings lent by major museums at The 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/2017arcimboldo.html.
FUN WITH COLLECTION 2017: LE CORBUSIER’S ARTISTIC SPACE – HIS THOUGHT PROCESSES AS SEEN IN THE NMWA PLANS (Tokyo): Through Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fridays, closed Mondays; commemorating the Museum’s main building being designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2016 with an exhibition with 302 extant items related to the planning of the Main Building and more at The National Museum of Western Art; 500 yen adults, 250 yen college students, free ages 18 and younger; www.nmwa.go.jp/en/exhibitions/2017funwithcollection.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.
LEONARDO E MICHELANGELO (Tokyo): Through Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Mondays; featuring 65 pieces, including oil paintings, manuscripts, letters and rare drawings by two great Renaissance masters, Leonardo Da Vince (1452-1519) and Michelangelo Buonarrotti (1475-1564) at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, five-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station or three-minute walk from Nijyubashi-mae Station on Chiyoda Line; 1,700 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, 500 yen kids; 03-5777-8600; http://mimt.jp.
ECO EDO NIHONBASHI ART AQUARIUM 2017 (Tokyo): Through Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and 7-11:30 p.m.; featuring 8,000 goldfishes in water tanks with laser illumination at Coredo Muromachi, Nihobashi Mitsui Hall, Mitsukoshi-mae Station on Ginza and Hanzomon Lines; 1,000 yen adults, 600 yen children, free ages 3 & younger; 03-3270-2550; http://artaquarium.jp/en.
FUERZA BRUTA (Tokyo): Through Sept. 30; world premiere of 70-minute experimental entertainment at Prince Hotel Stella Ball; 7,600 yen (standing), 10,800 yen (2nd floor-designated seats, advanced ticket), 8,700 yen (standing), 12,000 yen (2nd floor-designated seats, at doors); Kyoto Tokyo 0570-550-799; http://fbw.jp.
AMBIENT – LIFESTYLE ITEMS DESIGNED BY NAOTO FUKASAWA (Tokyo): Through Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Wed. & Aug. 14-16; featuring award-winning products that Fukusawa has designed for MUJI, au, B&B Italia, Panasonic and other brands, including chairs, home appliance, household equipment and more at Shiodome Museum, five-minute walk from Shiodome Station on Oedo Line or eight-minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen college students, 500 yen ages 12-18, kids free; 03-5777-8600; https://panasonic.co.jp/es/museum/exhibition/17/170708/en.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.
TOKYO BAY CRUISE: Through Oct. 9, 7:15-9 p.m.; departing Takehashi Pier Terminal, cruise indludes all-you-can drink; seven-minute walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station (north exit); 2,600 yen adults, 1,050 yen senior and junior high school students, 550 yen elementary school students, 1,000 yen discount weekdays when you wear yukata costume, reservation at www.nouryousen.jp/payment.html.