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This Weekend: Tokyo Area Events For Jan 28-29

A New Year Spectacle

Chinese New Year 2017

Held for the 31st time, Yokohama Chinatown’s Chinese New Year celebration is now a popular annual tourist destination. Starting this weekend, celebrate the new year in an authentic Chinese style, with the countdown taking place from 12 a.m. on Saturday. Expect much fun, loud sounds and spectacular performances. Happy New Year to everyone celebrating the Chinese style!

Date
Sat, Jan. 28-Sat, Feb. 11, 2017
Time
Varies depending on events
Location
Around Yokohama Chinatown areas, Yamashitacho, Naka, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Fee
Free

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For Good Luck

Daruma Doll Fair

Daruma dolls are a symbol of good luck and prosperity and they are celebrated here at this event in all shapes and sizes. Bring your old ones and leave them at the temple for good luck, while you browse through the many stalls selling new ones. Visit this colorful temple for a great traditional Japanese experience at the company of good matsuri-style food, toys and games for children.

Date
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time
All day
Location
Takahata Fudoson Temple, Takahata 733, Hino-shi, Tokyo
Fee
Free

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Edo Period Laughs

Comical Edo People by Utagawa Hirokage

Sometimes true art is about parody and taking things not that seriously. Utagawa Hirokage’s famous work “Comical Views of Famous Places in Edo” comically depicts Edokko (slightly spoiled Edo people) having fun and goofing around in the late Edo period. With all 50 works in the series on display, this is a great chance to …continue reading

    

2017 Top Jobs In Japan Week 4

Source: Gaijin Pot

Check back every week as we look through the database of jobs in Japan that have been posted to GaijinPot and pick out the ones that we think are the most interesting. Apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot Jobs.

Jr. High School Teachers

  • English: Native level
  • Nara
  • ¥290,000 / Month
  • Must have BS/BA degree
  • Must currently reside in Japan
  • Visa sponsorship available

Berlitz Japan has openings for native English instructors in the following subjects at a private junior high school in Nara for the 2017/2018 school year: English, physical education, fine art and performing arts (drama/dance/theater/musical).

Apply

Apple Store Leader Program

  • English: Fluent
  • Japanese: Business level
  • Must currently reside in Japan

Join Apple‘s hands-on Apple Store Leader Program and master the art of leadership in this 24-month training program across Japan. Fluency in English and a passion for technology are a must. Must currently be living in Japan.

Apply

Business English Instructor (Evening Class)

  • English: Native level
  • Nagoya
  • ¥3,300 / Hour
  • Must currently reside in Japan
  • Must have a university degree
  • Must have at least 1-year teaching experience
  • Must have valid workable visa

Communication Training Support (CTS) provides ESL and business skills training to a wide range of private sector companies, public bodies and academic institutions across Japan. As a business English instructor, you will conduct evening business English conversation classes on one or two evenings per week.

Apply

Private JH/HS English Teacher 2017

  • English: Native level
  • Japanese: Business level
  • ¥280,000 ~ ¥320,000 / Month
  • Must currently reside in Japan
  • Teaching certificate (TESOL, CELTA, etc.) preferred
  • Visa sponsorship available

Educational Network has outstanding job offerings with major private schools in the Kanto region for English teachers, ALTs and other English teaching staff. Great full-time and part-time opportunities for those with a passion …continue reading

    

Bowl of Ramen in a Perfect Japanese Ambience

I have heard some conflicting opinions on where Ramen actually originated. Is it China or Japan? Unless I was a food researcher I’d barely worry about the origin of it. My sole interest lies in enjoying the taste of it. I have nothing to say if you cannot embrace foreign local lifestyle. Some people just hesitate trying new food. But if you try you will love the way Japanese people make changes to their eating habits in winter. In general too Japanese drink a lot of soup but specially in winter they emphasize on having food like Ramen ( comes with several choices- miso, siyo, soyu to name few), Nabe (all together soup-veggies, meat and noodles) etc.. In this post, I am going to talk about my recent visit to my favorite Ramen place in Niigata. So anyone visiting Niigata for the first time may want to try my favorite place for Ramen-Sanpotei.It was a cold chilly evening with heavy snow outside. I thought what a perfect weather and excuse for a bowl of Ramen. My husband and I decided to go to my favorite place- Sanpotei in Toyosaka, Niigata. This place is close to Toyosaka train station if some one is travelling by train. It is a franchise restaurant with branches in other parts of Niigata as well, including some in the downtown area. Well, apart from Ramen you also get to order other Japanese specialties as well. I never miss ordering Gyoza because for me Gyoza and Ramen is a perfect combination. How can one not order those yummy shinny Gyoza when ordering the Ramen. Well, time to order now ! A young lady waitress came to note down our order. In a typical Japanese manner she knelt down with a pen and paper. Japanese people have so …continue reading

    

This Week in Tokyo for Jan 23-29, 2017

Source: Gaijin Pot

This week, step into the exciting, fast-paced and informative world of Pecha Kucha or the also exciting, fast-paced but action-packed world of Donnie Yen. All those and more are happening this week in Tokyo. If you’re organizing, planning or promoting an upcoming event, leave us a comment or send us an email to have your event listed.

Wednesday: 20/20

Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha is a fast-paced presentation style that originated in Tokyo but has spread to over 700 cities worldwide. Each speaker only has time to show 20 slides for 20 seconds each, allowing for an array of different ideas to be shared in one night. This Pecha Kucha night will feature artist Seiichiro Osawa, writer Tomomi Furukawa and Yumi Takahashi of Reactive in Tokyo.

Date
Wed, Jan. 25
Time
8 p.m.
Location
Super Deluxe, B1F, 3-1-25 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku
Fee
¥1,000

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Thursday: Hindsight


FuckUp Nights Tokyo, Vol. IX

FuckUp Nights is a global movement that started in Mexico in 2012 and has spread to 100+ cities in more than 35 countries around the world. The concept is simple: to break away from the stigmas surrounding “failure.” The lessons we can learn from failure are often more valuable and interesting than stories about success.

Date
Thu, Jan. 26
Time
7-9:30 p.m.
Location
Hub Tokyo 2-11-3 Meguro, Meguro-ku
Fee
¥1,000

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Saturday: Donnie’s dollhouse


Daruma Doll Fair

Takahata Fudoson temple is hosting a festival for “daruma” dolls this Thursday. You can take home one of these beautiful souvenirs, and enjoy traditional food and performances.

Date
Sat, Jan. 28
Time
2 p.m.
Location
Takahata Fudoson …continue reading
    

ANA C-3PO airplane starts domestic flights in Japan in March

ana c3po airplane jet star wars domestic flights

In 2015, ANA generated interest worldwide and a collective jaw-drop when it announced three Star Wars airplanes for its fleet.

Evidently the planes in Star Wars-themed exteriors are popular and proving a good promotional strategy, since ANA has returned with a new Boeing 777 with a design borrowed from another of the droids from a galaxy far, far away.

Originally announced last year, the C-3PO ANA Jet will be in the air from March 21st, flying domestic routes between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and cities such as Kagoshima, Itami (Osaka) and Hiroshima.

ana c3po airplane jet star wars domestic flights

ana c3po airplane jet star wars domestic flights

ana c3po airplane jet star wars domestic flights

ana c3po airplane jet star wars domestic flights

ANA says: “You will be able to experience the specially designed paper cups, headrest covers and aprons for the flight attendants only on board this special livery Boeing 777-200.”

There will also be special boarding certificates for people who board the jet in the first few days of flights.

There are now four Star Wars jets in the ANA fleet: R2-D2, BB-8, C-3PO, and a general Star Wars design. It’s curious that they have only stuck to the droids so far. Why not a Galactic Empire plane? Or an X-Wing jet?!

ANA, the largest airline in Japan, has a general tie-up deal with Disney’s Star Wars franchise. For example, it used footage from Rogue One in one of its recent TV commercials.

Previously notable Star Wars tie-ups in Japan include themed hanten clothes and folding screens at a temple in Kyoto.

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