Thursday, 29 September 2016

Towada People's Culture Festival 2016

Towada People's Culture Festival 2016
第47回 十和田市民文化祭 (Towada Shimin Bunkasai)

A festival of performances and displays showcasing the various arts and cultural groups/clubs in Towada.

Towada People's Culture Festival 2016 schedule 第47回十和田市民文化祭 スケジュール Shimin Bunkasai Towada People's Culture Festival 2016 venue map 第47回十和田市民文化祭 会場案内図 Shimin Bunkasai

Date: November 5-6, 2016
Time: 10:00-17:00 (~16:00 on November 6)
Location: Towada Shimin Bunka Center (十和田市民文化センター) (map)
Admission: Free

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Mutsu Industry Festival 2016

Mutsu Industry Festival 2016
第19回むつ産業まつり
(Mutsu Sangyou Matsuri)

A festival to enjoy Mutsu local products and more!

Mutsu Industry Festival 2016 poster 第19回むつ産業まつり ポスター Sangyou Matsuri

Date: October 15-16, 2016
Time: 10:00-15:00
Location: Mutsu Kasamaikan, Mutsu-shi Event Hiroba & Masakari Plaza Parking Lot
むつ来さまい館・むつ市イベント広場・まさかりプラザ駐車場 (map)
Admission: Free

Good Fishing & Abundant Harvest Festival 2016

Good Fishing & Abundant Harvest Festival 2016
第23回 豊漁 豊作 祈願祭
(Houryou Housaku Kigansai)

Enjoy fresh seafood at this festival wishing for good fishing and an abundant harvest for the year.

Good Fishing & Abundant Harvest Festival 2016 flyer 第23回豊漁豊作祈願祭 チラシ Houryou Housaku Kigansai Mutsu City むつ市

Date: Saturday October 8, 2016
Time: 10:00-15:00
Location: Mutsu-shi Event Hiroba むつ市イベント広場 (map)
Admission: Free

Shovel Shamisen World Cup 2016

The Tenth Schop (Shovel) Jamisen World Cup 2016
第10回津軽すこっぷ三味線世界大会 (Tsugaru Sukoppu Jamisen Sekai Taikai)
Official Website (Japanese)

Tsugaru Shamisen (aka Tsugaru Jamisen) is a version of shamisen (a Japanese three-stringed lute played using a large pick) originating in the western (Tsugaru) side of Aomori Prefecture.

"Schop Jamisen" is an amusing imitation using a shovel for an instrument and a bottle cap opener in place of the pick to mimic the sound of an actual shamisen in a performance. It represents a new twist on a traditional Japanese instrument and performing art.

(Given the amount of snow in Aomori Prefecture, the shovel is quite the appropriate choice!)

Tenth Schop Shovel Shamisen World Cup 2016 poster 平成28年第9回津軽すこっぷ三味線世界大会 ポスター Goshogawara City 五所川原市

Date: Sunday, December 4, 2016
Time: 11:00-16:30 (Doors Open 10:00)
Location: Elm Mall, Elm Hall (2nd Floor), Goshogawara City
エルム街ショッピングセンター エルムホール(2階) (map)
Admission: Free

Apple Hill 20th Anniversary Fall Grand Harvest Festival

Apple Hill 20th Anniversary Fall Grand Harvest Festival
アップルヒル20周年祭 秋の大収穫祭

(Apple Hill Nijuu Shuunen-Sai Aki no Daishuukaku-Sai)

An event celebrating the 20th anniversary of Michi no Eki Namioka "Apple Hill" featuring apple picking, performances, evening fireworks and various other events & activities!

Apple Hill 20th Anniversary Fall Grand Harvest Festival flyer 平成28年アップルヒル20周年祭 秋の大収穫祭 チラシ 道の駅なみおか 青森市 Michi no Eki Namioka Nijuu Shuunen-Sai Aki no Daishuukaku-Sai Aomori City

Date: October 22-23, 2016
Time: 10:00~
Location: Michi no Eki Namioka "Apple Hill" 道の駅なみおか「アップルヒル」 (map)
Admission: Free
Events/Attractions:
    Both Days

  • 10:00-15:00 Apple Picking Experience
    Cost: Free (ticket required)
    Ticket Information:
    • Participate in a Walking Rally to the Nishiyama Viewing Platform to get a free "Apple Picking Experience" ticket
    • Max. 100 tickets/day
    • Max. 2 tickets/family
    • Pick 3 apples per ticket

  • Apple Photo Contest (Cell Phone/Smart Phone)
    Awards/Prizes:
    • Gold Prize (1): 10,000yen Restaurant Apple Hill Gift Certificate
    • Silver Prize (3): 5,000yen Restaurant Apple Hill Gift Certificate
    • Bronze Prize (10): Apple Hill Original Apple Juice 1L Bottle x 6
    • "Station Master" Award (3): Tsugaru Roman Rice 10kg Bag
    Eligbility:
    • Photos must be taken at the event venue during the event period (Oct. 22-23)
    • Photos should include apples in some way (food products, event activities, etc.)
    • Maximum submission of 3 photos per person
    Contest Submission:
    • Photos should be submitted by email to applehill[at]applehill.co.jp
    • Email should include:
      1. Name (名前)
      2. Phone Number (電話番号)
      3. Apple Photo(s) (りんご写真)
    • Submission Deadline: Monday October 24, 2016
  • Results will be announced on the Apple Hill website on October 30.

  • Saturday October 23 Only

  • 10:00 & 14:00 Apple Weight Guessing Contest
    Try to put 2kg* of apples into the basket--succeed and you win the apples!
    (*plus or minus a 5% error margin)
    • Cost: Free
    • Max. Participants: 30 per time slot
    • Max. 1 participant/family
    • Max. 2 tries (if you don't succeed on the first try)

  • 11:00~ Apple Sweets Competition
    Try various apple sweets and vote for your favorite!

  • Sunday October 23 Only

  • 10:30-17:30 Fall Apple Hill Live
    Schedule:
    • 10:30-11:00 Move On Dance Performance
    • 13:00-13:20 Yoshinoda Shishi Odori Lion Dance
    • 13:30-13:50 Namioka Tozan Bayashi Mountain Climbing Sacred Music
    • 14:00-14:45 Tsugaru Te Odori Dance
    • 15:00-15:50 Sonia & Masashi(?) Saitou Acoustic Live
    • 16:00-17:00 Aomori Nightingale Live
    • 17:00-17:30 Yoko Harima Mini Live

Michi no Eki Namioka "Apple Hill" 道の駅なみおか「アップルヒル」
Nojiri-2-3 Namioka Ōaza Megasawa (青森県青森市浪岡大字女鹿沢野尻2番地3)
Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture 038-1331
TEL: 0172-62-1170


More Information:
Michi no Eki Namioka "Apple Hill" Website (Japanese): https://www.applehill.co.jp/infodetail/?topic=93

Monday, 26 September 2016

Shichinohe Taiko Festival 2016

Shichinohe Taiko Festival 2016 しちのへ太鼓まつり

Enjoy performances by various taiko (Japanese drumming) groups.

Shichinohe Taiko Drum Festival 2016 poster 平成28年 しちのへ太鼓まつり ポスター 七戸町

Date: Sunday October 16, 2016
Time: 13:00~ (Doors Open 12:00)
Location: Shichinohe Indoor Sports Center 七戸町屋内スポーツセンター (map)
Admission: Free

Hirosaki Apple Halloween 2016

Hirosaki Apple Halloween 2016
ひろさきりんごハロウィン
(Hirosaki Ringo Halloween)

Halloween fun for all ages featuring a children's costume parade, costume contest, evening dance show & battle, and more!

Hirosaki Apple Halloween 2016 flyer 平成28年ひろさきりんごハロウィン チラシ Hirosaki Ringo Halloween

Date: Sunday October 9, 2016
Time: 11:00~
Location: Park in Front of Hirosaki Station 駅前公園 (map) & Hiroro ヒロロ (map)
Admission: Free (some paid events)

Hachinohe Alley Month "Love Drunk" 2016

Hachinohe Alley Month "Love Drunk 2016"
八戸横町月間 酔っ払いに愛を2016
(Hachinohe Yokocho Gekkan Yopparai ni Ai wo)
(Event Website (Japanese): http://yopparai8.jp/2016/

A month of various drinking, performance, and other events held around Hachinohe Alleys and central Hachinohe.

Hachinohe Alley Month "Love Drunk 2016" 八戸横町月間 酔っ払いに愛を2016 Hachinohe Yokocho Gekkan Yopparai ni Ai wo


Date: October 1-31, 2016
Location: Central Hachinohe (Various) 八戸中心街

Friday, 23 September 2016

Hirakawa Festa 2016

Hirakawa Festa 2016 ひらかわフェスタ

A festival celebrating Hirakawa's local products and foods.
Hirakawa Festa 2016 flyer front 平成28年ひらかわフェスタ チラシ表 Hirakawa Festa 2016 flyer back 平成28年ひらかわフェスタ チラシ裏

Date: October 1-2, 2016
Time:
    October 1: 9:00-16:00
    October 2: 9:00-15:00
Location: Rakuten Eagles Hirakawa Dome 楽天イーグルス ひらかわドーム (map)
Admission: Free

Lake Towada Tasting Journey

Lake Towada Tasting Journey
十和田湖味紀行
(Towadako Aji Kikou)

A special event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the designation of Lake Towada and Mount Hakkoda as part of the Towada-Hachimantai National Park. Enjoy local products and cuisine from the Kamitosan area (上十三 Kamikita, Lake Towada and Misawa).

Lake Towada Tasting Journey flyer front 十和田湖味紀行 チラシ表 Towadako Aji Kikou Lake Towada Tasting Journey flyer back 十和田湖味紀行 チラシ裏 Towadako Aji Kikou


Date: October 1-2, 2016
Time: 10:00-15:00
Location: Lake Towada Yasumiya Special Event Venue (near Yasumiya North Parking Lot)
十和田湖畔休屋特設会場(休屋北駐車場付近)(map)
Admission: Free (purchase required for some activities)

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Aomori Bar-Gai 2016 Vol 8

Aomori Bar-Gai 2016 Vol 8 あおもりバル街

Enjoy a special "bar menu" (1 drink + small appetizer/snack) at a maximum of five participating drinking establishments in Aomori City.

Aomori Bar-Gai 2016 Vol 8 あおもりバル街

Noheji Zuppado Wakkado Industry Festival 2016

Noheji Zuppado Wakkado Industry Festival 2016
2016のへじずっぱどわっかど産業まつり

(Noheji Zuppado Wakkado Sangyou Matsuri)

An autumn harvest festival featuring fresh produce, food, craft, &etc. sales as well as various musical and dance performances.

Noheji Zuppado Wakkado Industry Festival 2016 poster 平成29年のへじずっぱどわっかど産業まつり ポスター Sangyou Matsuri

Date: September 24-25, 2016
Time:
    September 24: 10:00-17:00
    September 25: 10:00-16:00
Location: Noheji Central Community Center & Parking Lot
野辺地中央公民館及び同駐車場内 (map)
Admission: Free

Tomabechi Festival 2016

Tomabechi Festival 2016
とまべちまつり
(Tomabechi Matsuri)

A festival featuring nagashi odori dance, traditional performing arts, and a parade with floats from 4 neighborhoods within the Tomabechi area of Nanbu Town.

Tomabechi Festival  とまべちまつり 南部町 Matsuri Nanbu Town
Source: Nanbu Town Website
Date: September 17-18, 2016

Time:
    September 17: 15:00-21:00
    September 18: 12:00-21:00
Location: Fureai Park (Nanbu Town) ふれあい公園 (map)

Admission: Free

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Harvest Thanksgiving & Kuraishi Beef Festival 2016

Harvest Thanksgiving & Kuraishi Beef Festival 2016
2016夢の森収穫感謝祭&倉石牛肉まつり
(Yume no Mori Shuukaku Kanshasai & Kuraishi Gyuu Niku Matsuri)

An autumn event celebrating the harvest with local produce sales as well as local brand Kuraishi Beef.
Harvest Thanksgiving & Kuraishi Beef Festival 2016 poster 平成28年夢の森収穫感謝祭&倉石牛肉まつり ポスター 五戸町Gonohe Town Yume no Mori Shuukaku Kanshasai & Kuraishi Gyuu Niku Matsuri

Date: October 8-9, 2016
Time: 9:00-16:00
Location: Kowataritai Park, Gonohe Town  小渡平公園 (map)
Admission: Free (purchased required for Kuraishi Beef)

Michi no Eki Towada 15th Anniversary Festival

Michi no Eki Towada 15th Anniversary Festival
道の駅とわだ15周年祭
(Michi no Eki Towada Juugo Shuunen Matsuri)

A weekend of fun events--rock festival, dance contest, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, & more!--celebrating Towadapia's 15th Anniversary.

Michi no Eki Towada 15th Anniversary Festival poster 平成28年道の駅とわだ15周年祭 ポスター Michi no Eki Towada Juugo Shuunen Matsuri Towadapia

Date: October 8-10, 2016
Time: 10:00-16:00 Location: Michi no Eki Towada "Towadapia" 道の駅とわだ とわだぴあ (map)
Admission: Free

Monday, 12 September 2016

Sanmaru Jomon Days 2016

Sanmaru Jomon Days 2016
さんまる縄文の日
(Sanmaru Jomon no Hi)

Sanmaru Jomon Days encompasses three events held at Sannai Maruyam Site annually in September: Jomon Festival, Aomori Traditional Performing Arts Festival & Workshops, and Feel the Roots.

Jomon Festival 2016
縄文大祭典
(Jomon Taisaiten)

A festival celebrating Jomon history and culture.

Jomon Festival 2016 flyer front 平成28年縄文大祭典 青森市三内丸山遺跡 チラシ表 Jomon Taisaiten Aomori City Sannai-Maruyama Site Jomon Festival 2016 flyer back 平成28年縄文大祭典 青森市三内丸山遺跡 チラシ裏 Jomon Taisaiten Aomori City Sannai-Maruyama Site

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Tohoku Happy Holiday 2016 in Aomori

Tohoku Happy Holiday 2016 in Aomori 東北ハッピーホリデーin青森

A festival bringing together musicians from across Tohoku as well as guests from around Japan.

Tohoku Happy Holiday 2016 in Aomori poster 平成28年東北ハッピーホリデーin青森ポスター 弘前市 Hirosaki City

Date: Saturday October 22, 2016
Time: 13:30~ (doors open 13:00)
Location: Hirosaki Mag-Net 弘前まぐねっと(map)
(Note: No parking available at venue. Please park at a nearby pay parking lot.)

Nakano Momiji Yama Light Up "Light Fantasy"

Nakano Momiji Yama Light Up "Light Fantasy" 2016
中野もみじ山ライトアップ 光のファンタジー


Nakano Momiji Yama's gorgeous autumn foliage makes the whole mountain look like it is on fire during the day and "moving light" illuminations make it an equally enchanting sight in the evenings.

Of particular note, around the Nakano Momiji Yama Shrine there are 200-year-old maple and fir trees, as well as 500-700-year-old Japanese cedar trees.

Nakano Momiji Yama Light Up "Light Fantasy" 2016 poster 平成28年中野もみじ山ライトアップ 光のファンタジー ポスター 黒石市 Kuroishi City


Date: October 13-November 6, 2016
Illumination Times: Dusk~21:00
Location: Nakano Momiji Yama (Kuroishi City) 中野もみじ山 (map)

Halloween Festa in Misawa 2016

Halloween Festa in Misawa 2016 ハロウィンフェスタ イン 三沢

Halloween event featuring a costume parade and contest, trick or treating for children, and more!

Halloween Festa in Misawa 2016 English poster 平成28年ハロウィンフェスタ イン 三沢  英語版ポスター Halloween Festa in Misawa 2016 Japanese poster 平成28年ハロウィンフェスタ イン 三沢  日本語版ポスター

Date: Saturday October 15, 2016
Time: 11:00-17:00
Location: Misawa Shopping Arcade~American Park (Sky Plaza)
 アーケード商店街~アメリカ広場 (map)
Admission: Free

Misawa Local Products for Local Consumption Fair 2016

Misawa Local Products for Local Consumption Fair 2016
第8回 みさわ地産地消フェア (Misawa Chisan Chishou Fair)

An event celebrating Misawa's local products and foods with various performances, activities, and sales booths.

Misawa Local Products for Local Consumption Fair 2016 flyer front 平成28年第8回みさわ地産地消フェア チラシ表 Misawa Chisan Chishou Fair Misawa Local Products for Local Consumption Fair 2016 flyer back 平成28年第8回みさわ地産地消フェア チラシ裏 Misawa Chisan Chishou Fair

Date: September 18, 2016
Time: 9:30-16:00
Location:JA Oirase West Side Storehouse (Misawa Horiguchi) おいらせ農協西側倉庫(三沢市堀口) (map)
Admission: Free
Events/Attractions:
  • 9:30 Opening Stage
  • 9:40 & 14:20 Hokki Guy Hero Show
  • 9:50 Komaodori Horse Dance
  • 10:15 & 13:40 Kei Truck Market
  • 10:30 & 13:55 GMU (Gourment Music Unit) Performance
  • 11:00 Shinon Performance
  • 11:35 Nagaimo (Chinese yam) Smoothie Speed Drinking Competition
  • 12:05 & 14:35 Impersonation Performance by Takenoko
  • 12:40 Bay Side Blues (Aomori Jazz Band) Performance
  • 13:15 Ultraman Mini Show
  • 15:10 BINGO Competition
  • 15:55 Final Stage
  • Mochi (rice cake) making experience
  • Prize Drawings
  • Local Product & Food Sales
    • Gobozuke (pickled burdock root)
    • Paika (pork cartilage) Simmered in Red Wine
    • Paika-Don (pork cartilage rice bowl)
    • Thai Food
    • Grilled Squid
    • Gobo (burdock root) Soba
    • Fresh Produce
    • Etc. 
  • Etc.
JA Oirase West Side Storehouse おいらせ農協西側倉庫
Horiguchi-17-89 Misawa (青森県三沢市三沢堀口17−89)
Misawa City, Aomori Prefecture 033-0022


More Information:
Misawa Tourist Association (Japanese): http://kite-misawa.com/event/第8回-みさわ地産地消フェア/

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Kadarube Craft Beer Fes 2016 in Hirosaki

Kadarube Craft Beer Fes 2016 in Hirosaki かだるクラフトべビアフェスinひろさき
Event Facebook Page (Japanese): https://www.facebook.com/beerfeshirosaki

Try out craft beers from around Japan!


Date: Sunday October 2, 2016
Time: 12:00-18:00
Location: Hirosaki Community Park A-Kan (Multipurpose Hall & Pomme Hiroba)
弘前コミュニティパークA館 多目的ホール(屋内)及びポム広場(屋外)(map)
Admission: Free (ticket purchase necessary for beer)

Tsugaru Food & Industry Festival 2016

Tsugaru Food & Industry Festival 2016
津軽の食と産業まつり
(Tsugaru Shoku to Sangyou Matsuri)

A festival where you can enjoy local foods and products along with various performances and more!

Tsugaru Food & Industry Festival 2016 poster 平成28年 津軽の食と産業まつり 弘前市 ポスター Tsugaru Shoku to Sangyou Matsuri Hirosaki City


Date: October 14-16
Time: 9:30*-17:00 (*October 14, Opening Ceremony from 9:00)
Location: Hirosaki Sports Park 弘前運動公園 (map)
(Free shuttle bus between Hirosaki Station Joto Exit 弘前駅城東口 and venue, takes ~15min, runs in ~30min. intervals)
Admission: Free

Shimokita the 4th Cup 2016

Shimokita the 4th Cup 2016
第4回下北杯野球大会 「下北カップ」
(Shimokita-hai Yakyuu Taikai "Shimokita Cup")

A baseball event that pits Shimokita teams against teams from other areas in Aomori Prefecture!

Shimokita the 4th Cup 2016 poster 平成28年 第4回下北杯野球大会 「下北カップ」 ポスター Shimokita-hai Yakyuu Taikai

Date: September 17-18, 2016
Location: Mutsu Sports Park むつ運動公園 (map)
Admission: Free?

Kuroishi Local Sake Festival

Kuroishi Local Sake Festival
黒石地酒まつり
(Kuroishi Jizake Matsuri)

An event planned in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Kuroishi's sister city relationship with Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture. Try over 60 types of sake from 22 local breweries from northern Tohoku (Aomori, Akita, Iwate).

Kuroishi Local Sake Festival flyer front 黒石地酒まつり チラシ表 Jizake Matsuri Kuroishi Local Sake Festival flyer back 黒石地酒まつり チラシ裏 Jizake Matsuri

Date: Saturday October 1, 2016
Time:
  • Ichijikai 1次会: 14:00-17:00
  • Nijikai 2次会: 17:30-20:00
Location:
  • Ichijikai 1次会: 中町こみせ通り (map)
  • Nijikai 2次会: グリーンパレス松安閣 (map)
Admission:
  • Ichijikai 1次会: Free (advance sale tickets available)
  • Nijikai 2次会: 4,000yen (max. 250 people)

Monday, 5 September 2016

Misawa Sky Festa 2016

Misawa Sky Festa 2016
大空のまち 第7回みさわスカイフェスタ
(Ooozora no Machi Misawa Sky Festa)

A festival featuring model airplane flying competitions, hang gliding and paragliding experiences and more!

Date: Sunday October 2, 2016
Time: 9:00-15:00 (Registration from 8:30)
Location: Umi no Mieru Sougen 湖の見える草原 (map)
Admission: Free (some paid activities)
Events/Attractions:
  • Opening Ceremony & Event Commemorative Picture Photo Taking
  • Model Airplane Flying Competition
  • Model Airplane Flying Workshop
  • Mini Miss Veedol Individual and Pair Competitions
  • Radio-Controlled Airplane Demonstration Flight
  • Hang Gliding & Paragliding Experiences
  • Etc.

Umi no Mieru Sougen 湖の見える草原
72-1 Hirahata (三沢市平畑72-1)
Misawa City, Aomori Prefecture 033-0022


More Information:
Aomori Sightseeing Guide aptinet (Japanese): http://www.aptinet.jp/Detail_display_00003348.html
Take-Off Misawa (Japanese): http://takeoff-misawa.net/date/2016?cat=4

Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival 2016

Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival 2016
平成28年度 弘前城菊と紅葉まつり
(Hirosaki-jou Kiku to Momiji Matsuri)
Enjoy the beauty of the autumn foliage and the sight and scents of chrysanthemum-decorated dolls, boats, and more!

Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival 2016 poster 平成28年弘前城菊と紅葉まつり ポスター Hirosaki-jou Kiku to Momiji Matsuri

Date: October 21-November 13, 2016
Time: 9:00-17:00 (16:30 last entry)
Location: Hirosaki Castle Botanical Garden 弘前城植物園 (map)

Halloween of Blue Forest 2016

Halloween of Blue Forest 2016
青い森のハロウィン2016
(Aoimori no Halloween)

Aomori City Shinmachi shopping arcade Halloween event with a costume parade & contest and other activities!

Halloween of Blue Forest 2016 poster 平成28年青い森のハロウィン ポスター Aoimori no Halloween Aomori City Shinmachi 青森市新町商店街

Date: Saturday October 1, 2016
(Event will be held in the event of light rain)
Time: 10:00-15:00
Location: Shinmachi Shopping Arcade 新町通り商店街 (map)
Admission: Free

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Oirase Momoishi Festival 2016

Oirase Momoishi Festival 2016
おいらせ百石まつり
(Oirase Momoishi Matsuri)

A fall festival featuring float and portable shrine parades, a costume contest & parade, various stage performances, and more!

Oirase Momoishi Matsuri Festival 2016 poster 平成28年おいらせ百石まつり


Date: September 16-19, 2016
Location: Oirase Town, Momoishi Honmachi Area (Various)
Admission: Free

Nakadomari Katsuhama Festival 2016

Nakadomari Katsuhama Festival 2016
中泊活ハマまつり
(Nakadomari Katsuhama Matsuri)

A festival celebrating the fresh seafood of Natsudomari with fresh seafood sales, various performances and activities!

Nakadomari Katsuhama Matsuri Festival 2016 poster 中泊活ハマまつり ポスター


Date: Sunday September 4, 2016
Time: 10:00~
Location: Kodomari Fishing Harbor (Omatsuri Hiroba) 小泊漁港内(お祭り広場)(map)
Admission: Free