Faster than the speed of sound, F1 Suzuka Circuit!

Faster than the speed of sound, F1 Suzuka Circuit!

          Overview   F1 is one category of motorsports. Suzuka Circuit is the leisure facility focused on international racing course, located in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture. Besides racing course, there are also amusement part, hotel, etc.           Event Schedule   Main events: March (Motorsports Fan Thanks Day), July (Suzuka 8 Hours endurance road race), August (SUPER GT International Suzuka 1000km), September (F1 Japan’s Grand Prix). In addition, Super Formula and All Japan Road Race Championship’s domestic premier race will be held in April…

Ascending to the Top! Mt. Fuji Climbing!

Ascending to the Top! Mt. Fuji Climbing!

      Overview   Mountaineering is a popular sport around the world, including Japan as well. In Japan, we would like to introduce mountaineering at Mt. Fuji, Japan’s most famous mountain.           Event Schedule   Early July ~ mid-September   Mt. Fuji Climbing Official Website http://www.fujisan-climb.jp/en/index.html   Please check for information regarding the time period to climb, the route, equipment, treatment in emergencies from the Official Website.           How to Enjoy   You can feel the sense of accomplishment when you…

Dance! Festival! Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

Dance! Festival! Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

              Overview   Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is a summer festival held in Aomori (青森市, the capital city of Aomori Prefecture). Each year, there are over 3 million people joining the festival. And it is most famous of Nebuta (giant figures on the festival-cars) and Haneto dance. (Dance with special costumes)           Event schedule   From 2nd to 7th in August 19:10〜21:00           How to Purchase the Ticket   Free for watching all the parade and events….

Shimanami Kaido Cycling, cycling through the picturesque scenery~

Shimanami Kaido Cycling, cycling through the picturesque scenery~

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thTQOflupZQ     Overview   Cycling sport is very popular all around the world, including as Japan well. In Japan, there are many cycling events are held as well. Here, we would like to introduce “Cycling Shimanami”, one of the largest cycling events in Japan.   Cycling Shimanami (http://cycling-shimanami.jp/english)   The event is held at Shimanami Kaido, the famous expressway that connects Japan’s main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea. The Shimanami Kaido is drawing…

Firey Lights on the Mid-Summer Night in MINATO KOBE FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

Firey Lights  on the Mid-Summer Night in MINATO KOBE FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30PIC1WwMpE     Overview   The Minato Kobe Fireworks Festival is an annual event, held on the first Saturday in August.         Event Schedule   First Saturday in August Upcoming Event: August 8, 2015 Time: 19:30 ~ 20:30 The festival may be postponed due to bad weather.         How to Enjoy   As Kobe is considered one of the Big Three Night Views, you can also enjoy the beauty of the night view. You can enjoy watching beautiful fireworks…

Parades of Bon Dance in Tokushima, Awa Odori!

Parades of Bon Dance in Tokushima, Awa Odori!

            Overview   Awa Odori is a summer festival that derives from Tokushima Prefecture. Awa Odori is the most famous Bon Dance (盆踊り) in Japan. It is Japanese traditional performing arts with more than 400 years history dating back to Edo Period. Groups of dancers and musicians, known as Ren (連), dance through the streets, typically accompanied by instrument such as shamisen (Japanese string instrument), Japanese drum, etc.           Event Schedule   August 12 ~ August 15 (every year) Time: 18:00…

Sendai Tanabata Matsuri, The Festival of the Stars

Sendai Tanabata Matsuri, The Festival of the Stars

          Overview   This festival started in the reign of a famous Japanese shogun, Date Masamune. You can see colorful ornaments for Tanabata, the Star Festival, exhibited around Sendai city center and in shopping arcades as well. Visitor can also enjoy the sight of fireworks and local taste from the food stalls in the festival.             Event Schedule   August 6 to 8 of every year Fireworks: August 5, from 5pm to 7:30pm   Tanabata Ornaments Exhibition: August 6 ~7: From…

The battle of youth: Koshien Japan National High School Baseball Tournament

The battle of youth: Koshien Japan National High School Baseball Tournament

          Overview   The National High School Baseball Championship of Japan, commonly known as “Summer Koshien” is held in August every year. The National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament of Japan, commonly known as “Spring Koshien” is held in March every year. “Summer Koshien” is the largest scale amateur sport event in Japan.             Event Schedule   Summer Koshien: mid-August Spring Koshien: late March             How to Purchase the Ticket   Advance ticket can be brought…

Mountain of Burning Letters, Kyoto Daimonji Okuribi Mountain Bonfire!

Mountain of Burning Letters,  Kyoto Daimonji Okuribi Mountain Bonfire!

      Overview   Mountain Bonfire, known as Gozan no Okuribi or Daimonji Okuribi in Japanese, is one of the major traditional seasonal events in Kyoto. Here, the giant bonfires, each with a distinct shape, are lit on mountains surrounding the city. This bonfire also signifies sending off spirits of deceased family members who came to visit during O-Bon.             Event Schedule   Every year on August 16 Time: from 8:00 P.M.             How to Enjoy   The bonfires…

Parades of Powerful, Traditional Dances ,, Yosakoi Matsuri!

Parades of Powerful, Traditional Dances ,, Yosakoi Matsuri!

    Overview   Yosakoi is a Japanese traditional dance, originated in Kochi, where this festival is held. During this festival, 19,000 dancers in bright colored costume from about 200 Yosakoi dance teams perform their original Yosakoi dance and music. By touring around the 12 venues of this festival and watch many different styles of performance, you can feel their passion for Yosakoi!       Event Schedule From 9 August to 12 August every year On 9 August: Opening ceremony and performance by the previous year awarded teams On…