Hey! Get off base and check out these events!
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published: April 23, 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 April 23)
BUNKYO AZALEA FESTIVAL AT NEZU SHRINE (Tokyo): Through May 5, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; about 3,000 bushes of 100 varieties of azaleas peaking late April; Nezu Shrine’s compound, Bunkyo Ward, five-minute walk from Sendagi Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-3822-0753.
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.
TATEBAYASHI AZALEA FESTIVAL (Gunma prefecture): Through May 10, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; about 10,000 bushes of 50 varieties of azaleas bloom, peaking in late April; includes live performance, open-air tea service, local products on sale, street performance at Kenritsu Tsutsujigaoka Koen, 30-minute walk from JR Tatebayashi Station plus 60-minute ride from Asakusa on Tobu-Isesaki Line or five-minute ride from Tatebayashi I.C. on Tohoku Express; 300 yen adults or 600 yen during a week in full bloom, kids free; Tatebayashi City Tourism Section 0276-74-5233.
UENO TOSHOGU SHRINE PEONY FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through May 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 3,200 peonies in 250 varieties from Luoyang Botanical Garden, China, along with koto performance noon April 26; six-minute walk from JR Ueno Station; 03-3822-3675.
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 adult, 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.
HITSUJIYAMA MOSS PHLOX PLANT FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Through May 7; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; more than 350,000 moss phlox plants bloom mid-April-mid May at Hitsujiyaka Park; 10-minute walk from Chichibu Station on Seibu-Line or 11-minute walk from Shibasakura Station on Chichi-Line; 300 yen adults; 04994-25-5209.
WISTERIA FLOWER FESTIVAL AT KAMEIDO TENJIN (Tokyo): Through May 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; flowers ares also illuminated at sunset; 15-minute walk from Kameido Station on JR Sobu Line; 03-3681-0010.
FLOWER JAPAN CUP 2017 (Nagasaki prefecture): Through May 8; enjoy varieties of flower decoration in flower contest by nine flower artists group; www.huistenbosch.co.jp.
WISTERIA FLOWER FESTIVAL (Tochigi prefecture): Through May 21, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; more than 350 trees in bloom at Ashikaga Flower Park, illuminated after 5:30 p.m. April 22-May 15; 15-minute drive from Sano Fujioka I.C. on Tohoku Express; 900-1,700 yen adults, 500-800 yen kids, 300 yen discount after 5:30 p.m.; 0284-91-4939; www.ashikaga.co.jp.
DINOSAUR LIVE – DINO SAFARI (Tokyo): April 26-May 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; at Hikarie Hall A, Shibuya Hikarie 9th floor; 2,800 yen, 5,300 yen (pair ticket); www.hikarie.jp/hall.
41ST JAPAN HOBBY SHOW (Tokyo): April 27-29,10 a.m.-6 p.m.; crafts including scrapbooking, home decoration, herbs and more at Tokyo Big Sight International Exhibition Hall East 4, 5, 6 & 7 Halls; 1,500 yen (three-day tickets), 1,200 yen (advanced ticket), free ages 18 & younger; 03-5206-5499.
ODAIBA OKTOBERFEST 2017 (Tokyo): April 28-May 7, 4-10 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends; German beers and live performances at Symbol Promenade and Central Park, five-minute walk from Daiba Station on Yurikamome or Tokyo Teleport on Rinkai Line; free admission; 03-3524-0788.
YOKOHAMA FRUHLINGS FEST 2017 (Kanagawa prefecture): April 28-May 7, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; German beers along with sausages, live music, sweets, miscellaneous goods and more at Yokohama Redbrick Warehouse, 15-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho and Kan-nai Stations; free admission, charge for drinks & food; 045-227-2002.
TOKYO 2017 WONDERLAND - MEAT FEST AT ODAIBA (Tokyo): April 28-May 7, 4-10 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-10.m.; at Odaiba Symbol Promenade Park Dream Square, Tokyo Teleport Station on Rinkai Line or five-minute walk from Aomi Station on Yurikamome (monorail); free admission, 700 yen per food coupon; 03-6418-5786.
TATEBAYASHI KOINOBORI MATSURI (Gunma prefecture): Through May 7; more than 5,000 koinobori (carp streamers) stream along the Tsuruudagawa River, Kondonuma Pond, Morinjigawa River and Tsutsujigaoka Parkin in Tatebayashi city, 20-minute walk from Tatebayashi Station on Tobu Line; 0276-72-4111.
SEIBUEN AMUSEMENT PARK - FISHING POND (Saitama prefecture): Through May 7, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, until 8 p.m. weekends; rainbow and mountain trout fishing; 2,100 yen adults, 1,400 yen children; Seibu Yuenchi Station on Seibu Tamako Line; 04-2922-1371.
FLOWER & LIGHT KINGDOM AT NAGASAKI HUIS TEN BOSCH (Nagasaki prefecture): Through May 7; 13 million light bulbs; 0956-58-0080.
SPRING PARADISE OF SUPER ILLUSION AT YOKOHAMA HAKKEIJIMA SEA PARADISE: Through May 7, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. weekdays, until 10:30 p.m. weekends; dolphin show and illusion of 70,000 sardines with the theme of sakura (cherry blossom tree); www.seaparadise.co.jp. for a picture: http://www.seaparadise.co.jp/aquaresorts/event/sakurafubuki.html.
SPECIAL EXHIBITION COMMEMORATING THE 8TH WORLD BONSAI CONVENTION (Saitama prefecture): Through May 10, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; featuring Bonsai of world-famous brand from Saitama, including bonsai of the crown-jewell “Higusashi” (sunset) on display; Collection Gallery, Special Exhibition Room, Bonsai Garden; 300 yen adult, 150 yen college and senior high school student, 100 yen children; www.bonsai-art-museum.jp/en/exhibition/exhibition-2320.
PICTURE SCROLL ENTHUSIASTS (Tokyo): Through May 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., close Tue.; picture scrolls, or e-maki, which blend literature and painting, are an art form original to Japan and this exhibition focuses on some of the classic examples, including the retired emperor G-Shirakawa, Emperor Hanazono, and the aristocrat Sanjonishi Sanetaka; Suntory Museum of Art of Tokyo Midtown; 1,300 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, free children; 03-3479-8600; www.suntory.com/sma/exhibition/2017_2.
KASAFUKU EXHIBITION (Yamagata prefecture): Through May 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; see kasafuku, good luck decorations hung from strings on an umbrella -- a tradition since the Edo Period (1603-1867) -- in rooms at Sanno Club, an eight-minute walk from Shiyakusho-Higashi bus stop after taking a loop-line bus; 600 yen adults, 210 yen college and senior high school students, 100 yen children; Kasafuku making classes available weekends, 600-1,000 yen, pre-registration required at 080-4317-3867; 0234-22-9311.
ORSAY NABIS EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through May 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Mon. except May 1 & 15; featuring 80 masterpieces from the collections of Musee d’Orsey 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; http://mimt.jp.
SUPER UKIYO-E THE EDO CODE (Tokyo): Through May 21, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., weekdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends and holidays, until 11 p.m. Fri. & Sat.; digitally decodes the secrets hidden within ukiyo-e at Nihonbashi Kayabacho “Special Meeting Place;” 1,600 yen adults, 1,000 yen ages 15 & younger; one-minute walk from Kayabacho Station on Tozai-Line; https://superukiyoe.com.
YAYOI KUSAMA: MY ETERNAL SOUL (Tokyo): Through May 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Tuesday except May 2; featuring 130 artworks, including painting, sculpture and video 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.nact.jp.
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.
ANIMALS IN UKIYO-E (Tokyo): Through May 28, closed April 10, 17, 24, 27-30, May 1, 8, 15 & 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; http://www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp/eng.
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.
TREASURE OF THE NATURAL WORLD (Tokyo): Through June 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 30-May 4; 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.
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 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.
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.