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Kodaira International Friendship Festival in 2017

こだいら国際交流2017

Kodaira civil society organizations · Kodaira International Friendship Association of is the international exchange festival organized.

Contents
Let’s sing “WORLD SONGS”!
Discover the World Language
Experience Language in the World
World Traditional Costumes
Face Painting
Skype Interaction
Fair Trade Booth
Paper Folding
Portrait Drawing
Flower Arrangement
Japanese Tea Ceremony
Taiwanese Tea
Steamed Bean-Jam-Buns
Display and sale of Japanese art crafts
Free Consultation about Immigration, Visa and Status of Residence
Food stand etc.

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A Kansai Christmas: Things to See and Do this Winter

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A Kansai Christmas: Things to See and Do this Winter

The build up to Christmas — and holiday decorations — in Japan has officially begun. Gaudy? Yes. Over the top? Most definitely.

And yet, even then, there’s still something about the uniquely Japanese way in which Christmas is celebrated here that always brings a smile to my face. So, join me as we run down five beautiful attractions and illuminations to keep you occupied in the Kansai Region this Christmas.

1) Kobe Luminarie 2017

One of the things I have always admired about the Japanese is their uncanny ability to create beauty and hope from instances of tragedy. The Kobe Luminarie was created in the aftermath of the great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995, when much of the city centre was destroyed as a way of bringing hope and positivity back to a city in pain.

Photo by かがみ~

A Kobe holiday.

These days it has become an essential annual trip for families, couples and friends alike. Beginning near Motomachi Station, and running all along the street to Higashi Yuenchi Park, Kobe Luminarie sees the entire neighbourhood lit up in a stunning display of lights and patterns.

Entry is free, however the event only runs for a little over a week, so expect big crowds and be sure to wrap up warm, as it will inevitably be very cold in December in Kobe.

Location: Higashi Yuenchi Park, near JR Motomachi Station.

Date: Dec. 8-17

Admission: Free

Website: www.kobe-luminarie.jp

2) Osaka Festival of Lights 2017

As a city that never passes up an opportunity for a good party, Osaka is also getting in on the festive spirit again this year, with the return of their highly popular Festival of Lights.

The Festival incorporates a variety of events all across the city such as street performances, illuminated boat cruises and other things. However, the main focus of this year’s …continue reading

    

This Week(End): Tokyo Area Events For Nov. 25-26

Ninja Days

Iga Ueno Ninja Festa

If you’ve ever wondered what’s it like to experience the life of a ninja, this is your event. This unique event gives you the chance to learn the secret acts of ninjas and show off your inner spy spirit! On Saturday and Sunday the famous ninja group in Japan, the Ashura, will be putting on a spectacle that impressed Obama and the world during the 2016 Iseshima Summit — don’t miss out!

Date
THU, NOV. 23, SAT, NOV. 25- SUN, NOV. 26, 2017
Time
11 A.M.-6 P.M. (THU), 10 A.M.-6 P.M. (SAT), 10 A.M.-4 P.M. (SUN)
Location
UENO PARK, 5-20 Uenokoen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Fee
FREE

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This Week in Japan Nov. 20-26, 2017

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Fukuoka Grand Sumo Tournament

This year’s Fukuoka sumo tourney is underway, with Kakuryu from Mongolia looking to make a comeback here, where the yokozuna claimed last year’s championship. Wrestlers from Brazil to Egypt will look to cause him trouble, but the real competition will come from his fellow yokozuna. The last tournament of the year is already past its midpoint, meaning the action will heat up and seats become harder to reserve

From sumo to butoh to house beats, there’s something for everyone this week in Japan. If you’re doing something cool, leave us a comment or send us an email to have your event listed here.

Monday: Big boys collide

Fukuoka Grand Sumo Tournament

This year’s Fukuoka sumo tourney is underway, with Kakuryu from Mongolia looking to make a comeback here, where the yokozuna claimed last year’s championship. Wrestlers from Brazil to Egypt will look to cause him trouble, but the real competition will come from his fellow yokozuna. The last tournament of the year is already past its midpoint, meaning the action will heat up and seats become harder to reserve

Date
Nov 20-26
Time
8:30am-6 p.m.
Location
Fukuoka Kokusai Center, Hakata – Map
Fee
¥2,300-¥14,800

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Tuesday: Fish get glamorous

Art Aquarium Castle

With over 7 million visitors thus far making it a certified phenomenon, Art Aquarium comes to Kyoto’s elegant Nijo-jo Castle. The structure has a history of over 400 years, once served as an imperial villa and is usually not open to the public. However, on nights during the exhibition period, Art Aquarium will be held in its majestic spaces. Themed around the classicJapanese beauty of goldfish and colored carp brought alive with
the latest audiovisual production techniques, the program even features dance performances, the local sake and matcha of Kyoto, and traditional confections.

Date
Nov 21-Dec 11
Time
5-10 p.m.
Location
Nijo-Jo Castle, Kyoto – Map
Fee
¥1,500

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Wednesday: Dance with a diva

Danish singer Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted first …continue reading