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November 2017 The Lucky Island Events
Name: 9th Takasato River Side Walk
Date: Saturday November 4th
Area: Takasato, Kitakata City
Time: Registration 8 am, Opening Ceremony 9 am
Address: Kaminodai Takasatomachi Kamigō
Kitakata-shi, Fukushima-ken 969-4301 (旧雷神山スキー場 Parking lot)
Details: There are 2 courses prepared for this river one, the first one is a 7 km course that takes you through the power station and the second, a 10 km course which follows the Aga River Romantic course. There is only 100 spots per course and they’re on a first come, first serve bases. Pre-registration is on the website although you can register on site.
Price: ￥600 per adult, ￥300 kids of Junior HS or under.
Name: Iizaka Food Festival
Date: Saturday November 4th and Sunday November 5th
Area: Fukushima City, Iizaka Onsen
Time: Saturday 13:00 to 19:00 and Sunday 9:00 to 16:00
Address: Paruse Iizaka 福島市飯坂町筑前27-1
Details: Come and enjoy this onsen town’s locally grown food and produce made available to you by local shops. With food and drink provided by 12 different shop, this little festival is bound to give you a taste of what Iizaka has to offer. Among the things you can try are curry, wine and local made sake. And after you are done stuffing your face and enjoy, hop into one of the many onsens in town.
Name: Sukagawa Taimatsu Akashi
Date: Saturday November 11th
Area: Sukagawa City
Time: Food stalls and such start at 11 am, torches are lit at 6:30 pm
Address: Midorigaoka Park, Atagoyama, Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture 962-0867
Details: Following a tradition that spans centuries, this festival is one of Japan’s largest fire festivals right here in our back yard. Gaze at the torches burn as you enjoy the background beating of the taiko, truly a spectacle worth attending.
Name: FuJET 2017 Midyear Beer Hall
Date: Thursday November 16th
Area: Fukushima City
Time: 17:45 meet up outside of the Sun Route Plaza Hotel in Fukushima City
Address: Asahi Beer Garden in Shikinosato 四季の里 アサヒビール園
荒井字川石田1-1, Fukushima, Fukushima 960-2156
Details: There is only one time every year where we have all of us in one place and therefore can expect prefecture wide shenanigans. If you like eating, and drinking, partying and clinking (your glasses that is) come join us at the Midyear celebration dinner, forget the stress of the day’s conference. All you can eat and drink for 2 hours plus transportation from and to the hotel. Please make sure to RSVP, we still have some spots left!
Price: ￥4550 (Please have exact change and pay the day of)
Name: Odaka Volunteer Day
Date: Saturday November 18th
Area: Odaka, Minami Soma
Time: 8:30 am~ 4 pm
Address: Odaka Station
Details: After the 2011 disaster Odaka town in the Minami soma region was one of the most heavily affected areas, now six years later, efforts are still being made to recover and helping to allow people to return to their home. The day’s work can range from anything from cutting grass and raking to chopping down trees. Rain or shine, volunteers from all over the prefecture and even as far as Tokyo come together once a month. If you have a free day, come join, you can even enjoy the discounted onsen after.
The production team of the annual This is Fukushima calendar project are announcing the start of photo submissions for the 2018 edition. From the production team:
Now in our sixth consecutive year, we are excited at the prospect of another excellent production. The photographs we publish in the calendar are critical to the success of each year’s project, because without them there can be no calendar!
If you have any photographs you would like to submit to us for consideration for the 2018 Calendar, you can submit them to us via email to:
The final deadline for photo submissions is October 31st, but please don’t wait until the final days to submit your photos! The calendar is completed by December each year, after which it is distributed to every prefecture in Japan as well as to many recipients in countries around the world. If we do end up using your photos, we’ll gladly send you your own copies of the new calendar to share with family and friends.
The photos must have been taken in Fukushima prefecture. It doesn’t matter when although images taken post-2011 would be more ideal for the purposes of the calendar. Our theme is: Beautiful Fukushima – The Land and Its People. Any submitted images that support this theme are given greater consideration in the selection process.
For more information about photo criteria and technical specifics, as well as our calendar project in general, please visit our website: ThisisFukushima.org
Let’s work together to produce another great calendar on behalf of the people of Fukushima!
Hey Akabekos and Akabekettes! We’re so excited for this year’s canyoning trip so get those RSVPs in starting from August 20th at 9AM!
RSVPs are now closed! See you all in Gunma in less than a month!