December and January The Lucky Island Events

December 2017/ January 2018 The Lucky Island Events 

Name: Emi Flamenco Academia Recital

Date: Sunday December 10th

Area: Koriyama

Time: 15:30 start time

Address: Koriyama Culture Center, Middle Hall

1-2 Tsutsumishitamachi, Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture 963-8878

Details: Enjoy the sounds of the guitars, singing and dancing performed.

Price: 2500 in advance, 2800 at the door.


Name: Pipe Organ Christmas Concert

Date: Sunday December 17th

Area: Fukushima

Time: 14:00

Address: Fukushima City Concert Hall

1-1 Iriecho, Fukushima, Fukushima Prefecture 960-8117

Details: If you enjoy Christmas carols and Christmas altogether, come and join this beautiful concert featuring the Fukushima Third Elementary school music department.

Price: 500


Name: Yanaizu Naked Man Festival

Date: Saturday January 7th

Area: Yanaizu

Time: 20:00

Address: Enzoji Shrine

Jikemachiko-176, Yanaizu, Kawanuma District, Fukushima Prefecture 969-7201

Details: Every year, the men of Yanaizu brave the snowy, Aizu weather wearing nothing but fundoshi and compete to climb a rope and reach a bell hanging at the top. Whether you participate or just watch, it’s sure to be an interesting event you won’t want to miss!


Name: Miharu Daruma Festival

Area: Miharu

Date: Sunday January 21st

Address: Matsuri Street

Details: On January 21st (Every year, the 3rd Sunday in January) daruma will line the streets of Miharu to bring luck for the coming year. Visitors to the festival can buy their own daruma, or just observe the different shapes and sizes of the daruma displayed along the street.


Name: Tawara Festival

Date: Sunday January 14th

Area: Aizusaka

Time: 12:50

Address: 〒969-6543 Fukushima Kenuma-gun Aizusaka-machi character Shiji Nijiru 3650

Details: Would you like to participate in the pulling of a bale of rice and pray for future good harvest and fortune? Well you can in this festival. You can also pray to be disease free and no suffering for one year. Application deadline for participation is December 22nd. Of course, you can just go and observe.


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FuJET Sapporo Snow Festival 2018 RSVP Form


FuJET Sapporo Snow Festival 2018 RSVP

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Lucky Island November 2017

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.

Price: Free


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.

Price: Free


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.

Price: Free



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Mid Year Beer Hall 2017 RSVP

RSVPs Closed!

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This is Fukushima Calendar Project 2018 Photo Submissions!

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.

Photo criteria:

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:

Let’s work together to produce another great calendar on behalf of the people of Fukushima!

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