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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!
August 2017 The Lucky Island Events
Name: Uneme Festival うねめ供養祭
Date: Thursday to Saturday 8/3-8/5
Time: ~12 pm
Address: In front of Koriyama Station
Details: This is the biggest festival in Koriyama which originated from the legend of Uneme (court lady) in the Nara period. As a symbol of summer, the town is adorned with Uneme lanterns and the drums can be heard all throughout the streets while everyone joins in dance and wearing yukata.
Name: Waraji Festival わらじまつり
Date: Friday 8/4 and Saturday 8/5
Area: Fukushima City
Time: 4 pm on Friday, 10 am on Saturday
Address: 960-8034 Okitamacho, Fukushima-shi, Fukushima
Details: Would you like to see some locals parade around a straw sandal that is 12 meters long and weighs 2t? well You’re in luck because this is the festival for you. Accompanied by many groups of dancers and festival food, the Waraji Festival is one of the biggest festivals in all of Tohoku.
Name: Iwaki Fireworks いわき花火大会
Date: Saturday 8/5 (Rain day Sunday 8/6)
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm
Address: 971-8101 Onahama, Iwaki-shi, Fukushima
Details: Watch 12,000 fireworks of different shapes, sizes and colors light up the Iwakian sky. This year’s theme is “Magic in the night sky”
Name: Soma Bon Odori Festival 相馬盆踊り大会
Date: Sunday 8/13- Monday 8/14
Area: Soma City
Time: 5 pm
Address: 976-0042 相馬市中村字北町55-1相馬市千客万来館１階
Details: Observe the Soma Bon Odori dance competition in this year’s festival that has been expanded to two days! The dance is performed to the town song “相馬盆歌”Enjoy general festival food and a fireworks display.
Name: Motomiya Summer Festival
Date: Tuesday 8/15- Saturday 8/16
Area: Motomiya City
Time: 12 pm- 7pm, Fireworks display on Wednesday 8 pm- 9 pm
Details: Although only a local festival, this one promises to bring you plenty of enjoyment. You will find events from typical festival games to a haunted house! Even though it’s during the week, it will be worth your time.
Name: Date Drum Festival だてな太鼓まつり
Date: Sunday 8/20
Time: 8:30 am – 9:00 pm
Address: 960-0634 Fukushima Prefecture, Date, 保原町大泉宮脇２６５
Details: Come and enjoy a day full of Taiko drumming, brought to you by some local drumming groups, Ryozan Taiko as well as high school groups and other performances.
Name: Kawamata Shamo Festival 川俣シャモまつり
Date: Saturday 8/26- Sunday 8/27
Area: Kawamata, Fukushima
Time: Sat 10a-8p and Sun 9a-3p
Address: 960-1463 川俣町字樋ノ口11
Details: Do you enjoy chicken or just eating in general? If so, this is the perfect festival for you! You can find chicken in any shape you can imagine, enjoy dance performances, taiko performances among others and be witness to the breaking of the world record for the longest chicken spin. Can’t miss it! Buy yourself a whole chicken.
Name: Sukagawa Shakado River Fireworks Festival
Date: Saturday 8/26
Area: Sukagawa City
Time: 7 pm- 8:30 pm
Address: 962-0851 Nakajuku, Sukagawa-shi, Fukushima
Details: This is the spectacle that promises to be the biggest fireworks display of all of Fukushima prefecture. Enjoy gazing at the night sky as thousands of colorful pyrotechnics illuminate it. Choreographed to the rhythm of the music, you’ll see famous fireworks such as the Niagara.
Date: Saturday, July 1st
Area: Fukushima City
Address: Fukushima Daiyu Max Bldg., AOZ: 〒960-8051 Fukushima-ken, Fukushima-shi, Sonedachō, １ 曽根田町1−10 4F
Details: A fundraiser event aimed at raising awareness of the LGBT presence in Fukushima and Japan. Drag will be used as medium to educate and entertain. Entrance ticket is ￥1000
Date: Sunday, July 2nd
Area: Minowa ski area
Time: Registration starts at 8:30, Opening Ceremony at 10:20cd
Address: 〒969-2751 Fukushima Prefecture, Yama District, 猪苗代町横向
Details: Do you like running? How about skiing? Well now you can run up a ski slope in a reverse race. Starting point is about 1,050 m above sea level and the goal is 1,500 m
Name: BeerFes Fukushima (English Website)
Date: Friday July 14th to Sunday July 15th
Area: Fukushima City 街中広場
Time: Fri 15:00-20:00, Sat/Sun 10:00-20:00
Price: 500 per drink/ 10,000 for 21 drink set
Address: 〒960-8035 Fukushima Prefecture, Fukushima, Motomachi, ２−３
Details: Try out a variety of beers from different brewers, some crafts and some the flavors you’re used to.
Date: 7/19 – 7/23
Time: Wed – Fri 17:00～21:00 ・Sat/Sun 14:00～21:00
Price: 2000 in advance / 2500 the day of.
Address: 〒963-8851 福島県郡山市開成1-5
Details: Koriyama’s version of Octoberfest of Germany. You can enjoy an arrange of draft beer while listening to live performances. There is classic fair open space and anyone from child to adult can enjoy.
Date: Saturday, July 22nd
Area: Tenjinhama Auto Camping Grounds
Price: Free, but we will be collecting donations for the JCN.
Address: 〒969-2271 福島県耶麻郡猪苗代町大字中小松字四百刈乙１９５９−２
Details: It is with a single tear that we say “see you later” to our departing JETs, but not before having a party! FuJET will provide the meat but feel free to bring dishes to share. It is BYO alcohol.
Date: Saturday July 22nd – Monday July 24th
Area: Minami Aizu
Address: 〒967-0004 福島県南会津郡南会津町田島字中町地内
Details: This is the Aizu Tajima Gion Festival having a history of 800 years. The highlight of the festival is the Nanahokai Procession held in the early morning on July 23. A total of 100 people, men in Hakama and women in Japanese wedding dress, walk to the shrine. Four big Yatai floats are carried from the evening on July 22 and 23, and Children’s Kabuki plays are performed on the floats.
Name: Soma Nomaoi
Date: 7/29 – 7/31
Price: 1000 per seat (?)
Details: Experience a tradition that spans over 1000 years. In the Soma District of Fukushima Prefecture, which is a famous horse-breeding region, a festive event called Soma-Nomaoi has been held since ancient times. See how the locals of the area have been taming wild horses for years and experience an intense battle to capture flags falling from the air, among others.
Questions, comments, or assistance with attending upcoming events? Contact Felipe at email@example.com!