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Hey! Get off base and check out these events!

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published: March 25, 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 March 25)

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.

2017 MARCH GRAND SUMO TOURNAMENT (OSAKA): Through March 26; at Osaka Municipal Gymnasium; 06-6645-9999; www.sumo.or.jp/en/index.

TOKYO OPERA NOMORI SPRING FESTIVAL: Through April 16; featuring opera and classical concerts including Wagner Series “Ring,” “Gotterdammerung” and more at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall, National Museum of Nature and Science Japan Gallery & Global Gallery, Ueno Royal Museum Exhibition Room and more; JR Ueno Station; 03-5205-6497; www.tokyo-harusai.com/index_e.html.
ART FAIR TOKYO 2017: March 29, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; works from more than 150 galleries from around the world, featuring antiques to contemporary art, along with discussion sessions and more at Tokyo International Forum, B2F Hall Exhibition Hall; 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 2,800 yen for one-day pass, at doors, 2,300 yen one-day pass advanced ticket; 03-5797-7911; https://artfairtokyo.com.
KOGA PEACH BLOSSOM FESTIVAL (Ibaraki prefecture): Through April 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 1,500 peach blossom trees in five varieties; performances, open-air tea services and more at Koga Sogo Koen, 10-minute ride from Shin Koga Station on Tobu Nikko-Line or 20-minute ride from Tatebayashi IC on Tohoku Express; 0280-47-1129.
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.
HACHIJOJIMA FREESIA FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Through April 2, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; enjoy 350,000 freesia flowers in bloom at the foot of Mount Hachijo-Fuji, along with taiko (Japanese drum) performances and open-air tea ceremony and more at the Special Freesia Festival Stage; 15-minute walk from Hachijojima Airport; 03-5355-0700. 
ALL JAPAN CHEERLEADING & DANCE COMPETITION/USA NATIONALS 2017 (Chiba prefecture): Through March 28; at Makuhari Messe, five-minute walk from JR Kaihin Makuhari Station on Keiyo Line; 3,200 yen; 03-5216-5545; www.usa-j.jp/competition/nationals.
TOKYO SUMMERLAND CURRY ADVENTURE: Through May 31; curry tasting from nine restaurants, 042-558-6511; http://www.summerland.co.jp/english.
2017 MARCH GRAND SUMO TOURNAMENT (Osaka): Through March 26; at Osaka Municipal Gymnasium; 06-6645-9999; www.sumo.or.jp/en/index.
NISSAN STADIUM FLEA MARKET (Kanagawa prefecture): March 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., more than 400 dealers participate at Yokohama Stadium, five-minute walk from JR Kozukue Station on Yokohama-Line or a 15-minute walk from JR Shin Yokohama Station; 03-3226-6800.
EXHIBITION — SORI YANAGI AND HIS FOLLOWERS (Tokyo): Through March 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.; featuring art made by the Mingei Therory by Sori Yanai at The Japan Folk Crafts Museum, seven-minute walk from Komaba Todai-mae Station on Keio Line or 15-minute walk from Higashi Kitazawa Station on Odakyu Line; 1,100 yen adults, 600 yen youth, 200 yen children; 03-3467-4527; www.mingeikan.or.jp.
OSHIMA TSUBAKI (CAMELLIA) FESTIVAL: Through March 26; Oshima Island is famous for camellia flowers and camellia oil products and this annual festival is held when camellia is in full bloom. During Oshima Camellia Festival, ferry available from Kurihama (Yokosuka) Port to the island; Oshima Tourism Association; 04992-2-2177, Tokai Kisen (ferry): 03-5472-9999.
SPLENDID VIEWS OF EDO – SNOW, MOON AND FLOWERS (Tokyo): Through March 26, closed Mondays; featuring splendid Ukiyo-e by Hiroshige Utagawa, Hokusai Katsushika, Kuniyoshi Utagawa displaying by the themes on snow, moon and flowers; 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/index-E.html.
SHIBAURA KONAN FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): March 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; annual flea market at Shibaura Konan Kumin Center Square, 4-13-1, Shibaura, Minatoku, 10-minute walk from JR Tamachi Station or 12-minute walk from Mita Station on Asakusa Line; 03-3769-8864.
KO-KARATSU POTTERY EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through March 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mondays; features 180 ko-karatsu pottery produced in Kyushu during Keicho Period (1596-1616) and Genwa Period (1615-1624); 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, kids free; 03-5777-8600.
MATISE ET ROUAULT (Tokyo): Through March 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; featuring 140 art works by Henri Matisse and Georges Rouault, along with letters exchanged 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; http://panasonic.co.jp/es/museum/exhibition/17/170114/index_en.html.
TOKYO GIRLS COLLECTION – MUSIC FES. 2017: March 26, 4-9 p.m.; featuring Nissey, Sakurako Ohara, the RAMPAGE, Dai-iCE, My First Story, the Beat Garden, Miyuu and more at Yoyogi National Stadium No. 1 Gymnasium; 6,000 yen ; Kyodo Tokyo 0570-550-799; http://girlswalker.com/tgc/16ss/whats_en.
PICTURE SCROLL ENTHUSIASTS (Tokyo): March 29-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.
VOCA EXHIBITION 2017 (Tokyo): Through March 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; contemporary art produced by artists age 40 and younger with the theme of VOCA the Vision of Contemporary Art on display at the Ueno Royal Museum; 600 yen adult, 500 yen college student, free children; http://ueno-mori.org/about/?enlang.
RAINBOW TROUT FISHING & BBQ AT LE SOLEIL (Kawagawa prefecture): Through March 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; enjoy rainbow trout fishing & BBQ at a pond of Le Soleil; 620 yen includes fishing gear and catching a rainbow-trout, additional 310 yen per fish, 310 yen for BBQ three rainbow trout; free admission; Le Soleil (Soleil-no oka); 046-857-2500; www.seibu-la.co.jp/soleil/attraction.
ILLUMINATION AT FUJI-Q HIGHLAND - ICE SKATING (Yamanashi prefecture): Through March 31; illumination decorated with 55,000 lights at three ice skating rinks; skate all night Dec. 31; 5-6-1, Nishihara, Fuji-Yoshida city; 1,500 yen adults, 900 yen kids for park entry; 1,000 yen for shoe rental; 0555-23-2111.
COUNTRY FARM GERMAN VILLAGE WINTER ILLUMINATION 2016 (Chiba prefecture): Through March 31, sunset-8 p.m.; one of the biggest illumination in Japan; a fantasy world created using 2,500,000 LEDs in the theme Great Adventure; 2,000 yen for one vehicle after 3 p.m., 500 yen for walk-in; five-minute drive from Anesaki Sodegaura I.C. on Tateyama Express or an eight-minute drive from Kisarazu Higashi I.C. on Ken-oh Express; 0438-60-5511.
HOKUSAI MUSEUM: Through April 2, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Mon.; featuring 130 ukiyo-e prints of Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849) from the collections of Peter Morse (1935-1993) and Muneshige Narazaki (1904-2001) at Hokusai Museum, five-minute walk from Ryogoku Station or nine-minute walk from JR Ryogoku Station (East Exit); 1,000 yen adult, 700 yen college and senior high school student; 300 yen middle school student; 03-5777-8600; http://hokusai-museum.jp.
KAII HIGASHIYAMA – JAPANESE PAINTINGS ON SLIDING DOORS AT TOSHODAIJI TEMPLE (Ibaraki prefecture): Through April 2; featuring 68 Japanese paintings of sliding doors by Kaii Higashiyama at Toshodaiji Temple, in honor of Ganjin (Jianzhen) who introduced Buddhism and culture from China to Japan and built the temple in skirt of Nara in 759; Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki; 029-243-5111; www.modernart.museum.ibk.ed.jp/english/index.html.
SAGAMIKO ILLUMINATION (Kanagawa prefecture): Through April 9; fantasy world created by 6 million LED lights in sync with music; 10-minute bus ride from JR Sagamiko Station on Chuo-Line and Hashimoto Station on JR and Keio-Lines or seven-minute ride from Sagamiko Higashi I.C., exit only on Chuo Express; 800 yen adults, 500 yen kids, 500 yen pet dog, 1,000 yen parking; 042-685-1111.
DAVID BOWIE is – WORLD TOUR EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through April 9, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., until 8 p.m. on Fri., close on Mon.; featuring more than 300 iconic items from his works, costume and music/video on display at Warehouse Terrada G1 Building, 2-6-10, Higashi Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo; five-minute walk from Tennozu Isle Station on Tokyo Monorail or one-minute walk from Shin Tokaibashi Bus Stop after taking a Bus 98 bound for Ota Shijo; 2,400 yen adults, 1,200 yen senior high school and middle school student, free children; http://davidbowieis.jp/en/.
YASUYUKI NAMIKAWA AND JAPANESE CLOISONNE (Tokyo): Through April 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed 2nd & 4th Wed.; cloisonné, one of Japanese artistic handicraft in Meiji Period (1868-1912) and most of cloisonné works were exported overseas. Yasuyuki Namikawa reached the very top of cloisonné-making with sophisticated skills and delicacy, featuring 90 works of cloisonné by Yasuyuki Namikawa (1845-1927) from his early to late career and others on display; Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum; seven-minute walk from JR Meguro Station on Yamanote Line; 1,100 yen adults, 880 yen college students, 550 yen children/senior; 03-3443-0201; www.teien-art-museum.ne.jp/.
SAYAMA SKI & SNOWBOARD (Saitama prefecture): Through April 9; indoor ski and snowboarding slope; 2167 Kami-yamaguchi, Tokorozawa city, Seibu Kyujo-mae Station, Seibu Line; one-day pass 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: 4,100 yen adults, 3,300 yen junior & senior high school students, free for elementary school students; six-hour pass 10 a.m.-9 p.m.: 3,700 yen adults, 3,100 yen junior & senior high school students and free for elementary school students; four-hour ticket: 3,100 yen adults, 2,600 yen junior & senior high school students; all-night tickets 4,100 yen adults; 04-2922-1384.
O-GAUGE MODEL SPECIAL EXHIBITION (Yokohama): Through April 10, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Tue.; collection of O-Gauge models trains produced by Nobutaro Hara at Hara Model Railway Museum, two-minute walk from Shin Takashima Station on Minato Mirai Line or five-minute walk from JR Yokohama Station; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen senior and junior high school students, 500 yen kids; http://hara-mrm.com.
THIS IS KYOSAI? (Tokyo): Through April 16, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., until 9 p.m. Fri. & Sat.; featuring 80 ukiyo-e prints by Kyosai Kawanae (1831-1889) filled with wit and humor from the Israel Goldman Collection on display; 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 children; www.bunkamura.co.jp/english/museum/20170223.html.
NAGASAKI HUIS TEN BOSCH TULIP FESTIVAL & (Nagasaki prefecture): Through April 17; enjoy a million tulips are in full bloom during the day and also illumination in the evening at Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch-style theme park; 0956-58-0080; http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/.
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.
ORSAY NABIS EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through May 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Mon. except March 20, 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.
THEODORE CHASSERIAU: PARFUM EXOTIQUE (Tokyo): Through May 28, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; feature 40 paintings, 30 drawings and watercolors and 10 prints by Theodore Chasseriau (1819-1856), considered one of the major French Romantic painters, as well as 20 works by his teacher and compatriots from the collections of the Louvre 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; 03-5777-8600; www.nmwa.go.jp/en.
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.
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