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120th anniversary party and exhibition in Kyoto

120th anniversary party and exhibition in Kyoto

The Japan Times is inviting readers to a celebration of the paper’s 120-year legacy to be held in Kyoto on May 26. There will be a special exhibition of historic front pages, and members of The Japan Times staff from Tokyo and Kansai will ...

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Tokyo International Art Fair

Tokyo International Art Fair

Shibuya Ward’s Hikarie Hall will greet a burst of artistic globalism when more than 150 artists from over 40 countries take part in the Tokyo International Art Fair on May 26 and 27. Appearing at the fair, now in its third year, will be ...

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Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Fuji Shibazakura Festival

When it comes to beautiful Japanese landscapes, there’s no beating Mount Fuji. And when the shibazakura (moss phlox) comes into bloom nearby, it’s just the icing on the cake. The Fuji Motosuko Resort near Lake Motosu in Yamanashi Prefecture will be carpeted in the ...

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Tokyo: Ozumo Gogatsu Basho

Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan. Dohyo-iri (the ring-entering ceremonies) by Yokozuna (the grand champions) take place around 3:55 p.m. daily. Then the main matches by Maku-uchi (upper-rank Sumo wrestlers) start. Advance tickets are sold at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Ticket Pia, convenience stores and so ...

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Tokyo: Yushima Tenjin Sai

Annual Festival of the shrine. Mikoshi parade through the neighborhood, and Edosato-Kagura (Shinto dance with music) is performed several times a day. The festival is rather small in scale this year. Schedule & Key events: ● May 25  midmorning Edosato-Kagura performance on Kaguraden stage ...

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T3 Photo Festival Tokyo

T3 Photo Festival Tokyo

Talent, technology and tolerance are all requirements for cities to prosper, according to urbanist Richard Florida, and the organizers of the T3 photo festival agree. The largely outdoor event will be held throughout Tokyo’s Taito Ward until May 28. Ueno Park, for example, will ...

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Tokyo: Hanazono-jinja Reitaisai

Annual Festival of the shrine. The highlight of the festival is a procession of eight mikoshi owned by towns, parading through the neighborhood of the shrine. The festival is rather small in scale this year. Schedule & Key events: ● May 28 from 11:30 ...

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Ibaraki: Suigo Itako Ayame Matsuri

Ayame (iris) Flower Festival. A million iris flowers of 500 species are in bloom in the garden. Admission is free. Yomeiri-fune (a boat escorting a bride) and local Japanese entertainments are performed during the festival period. Schedule & Key events: ● daily 6:30 p.m.-10 ...

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Belgian Beer Weekend 2017

Belgian Beer Weekend 2017

There are a barrel of events beloved by drinkers in Japan, one of the biggest is Belgian Beer Weekend, which has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Happening in Nagoya and Fukuoka this week and later in seven cities across Japan, the ...

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Kamo River Summer Terraces

Kamo River Summer Terraces

Over the centuries, Japanese people have thought up many ways to combat the muggy summer weather. Kyotoites in particular have always beat the heat with a certain elegance, one way has been to take their meals on kawayuka (dining terraces built on rivers). This ...

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Gifu: Nagaragawa Ukai

Gifu: Nagaragawa Ukai

Cormorant fishing. It will be held every day during the period except on the night of the full moon (Oct. 4 this year) or when the water is excessively muddy. Fee is 3,100 JPY or 3,400 JPY without meal. For reservation, please call 058-262-0104 ...

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