September 2016 – The Lucky Island Events

Soma Shrine FestivalName: Soma Mikagura Festival

Date: September 4th (Sunday)

Area: Soma

Address: Soma Shrine (Kitamachi-101 Nakamura, Soma, Fukushima Prefecture 976-0042)

Details: Every year, the people of Soma city gather at the local shrine to pray for a good rice harvest. Come join the locals as they celebrate and pray for this year’s crops!

Website: http://www.tif.ne.jp/jp/event/event_disp.php?id=3726&year=2016&mon=9&day=0&area=&keyword=

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Naganuma FestivalName: Naganuma Festival

Date: September 10th (Saturday)

Area: Sukagawa

Address: Naganuma Kanamachi Street

Details: A festival featuring nebuta, yosakoi dancing, and a children’s mikoshi (portable shrine), this festival is celebrating the start of autumn with an evening of events.

Website: http://www.tif.ne.jp/jp/event/event_disp.php?id=3742&year=2016&mon=9&day=0&area=&keyword=

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Canyoning 2016 RSVP Form!

The time has finally come! RSVPs for the (in)famous FuJET Canyoning Trip are open! The RSVP confirmation list will be on the Facebook Event page first, with emails going out to double-confirm not long after. We ask that you please choose a first and second option for your activities in case your first choice is full. Remember everyone is welcome on this trip so please feel free to share and invite all of your friends!

Canyoning 2016 RSVP Form
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      Bungee Jumping&Canyoning
      Mountain Biking&Canyoning
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2016 Fuku-Orientation Party RSVP

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The Fukushima Orientation party is just around the corner! The party will start at 19.00 at the Grand Park Hotel’s rooftop beer garden in Fukushima City. You can check out all of the event details here! RSVPs for the party will close on August 10th so make sure to get your RSVP in!

RSVPs are now closed!

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August 2016 – The Lucky Island Events

Koriyama Fireworks Festival

Name: Koriyama Fireworks Festival

Date: August 6th (Saturday)

Area: Koriyama

Address: 富久山町河川敷多目的広場 Fukuyama-cho Kasenjiki Tamokuteki Park

Details: Summer is the time for fireworks festivals! Enjoy food stalls and street vendors during the day and then round out your festival experience by watching a fireworks show featuring 6000 fireworks! The fireworks show will be from 7:30-8:30 PM.

Website: http://fukuyama-s.or.jp/hanabi/

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Higashiyama Onsen Water Splashing FestivalName: Higashiyama Onsen Water-Splashing Festival

Date: August 6th (Saturday)

Area: Aizu-Wakamatsu

Address: Higashiyama Onsen

Details: Help the locals of Aizu-Wakamatsu carry a large mikoshi (portable shrine) while getting splashed with water from the local hot springs. If you don’t want to help carry the shrine, you can follow the shrine and help throw water on the people carrying it!

Website: http://www.tif.ne.jp/jp/event/event_disp.php?id=3757&year=2016&mon=8&day=0&area=&keyword=

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Iwaki Fireworks FestivalName: Iwaki Fireworks Festival

Date: August 6th (Saturday)

Area: Iwaki

Address: Onahama Aquamarine, between wharfs 1 and 2

Details: Watch a fireworks show set to music over the water on the coast of Iwaki. Although you will be able to see the fireworks from the surrounding areas, it’s recommended to get seats somewhere at the venue to ensure the best view.

Website: http://www.tif.ne.jp/jp/event/event_disp.php?id=3817&year=2016&mon=8&day=0&area=&keyword=

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Canyoning in Gunma

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Our Canyoning group at the mouth of the Canyon

Have you ever wanted to explore canyons while floating through rapids and jumping off of waterfalls? If so, the FuJET trip to Canyons in Minakami, Gunma is the perfect trip for you! This trip starts with an adventure-packed Saturday filled with a morning of exploring Fox Canyon (highlight: being lowered halfway down a 20-meter waterfall and then dropped the rest of the way into the pool at the bottom) and an afternoon of white-water rafting, bungee jumping, or mountain biking, followed by an evening barbeque and dance party. Sunday features a relaxing soak in an onsen with amazing views and some of the best curry around.

Even if the thought of floating through canyons and jumping off of waterfalls doesn’t give you an anticipatory adrenaline rush, I’d highly recommend this trip. It was one of the first big activities I participated in after arriving in Fukushima last year and it is definitely one of my favorite memories of my first few months. I am not a particularly adventurous person and, I’ll admit, when I first heard about the trip, I was pretty intimidated. It doesn’t help that I’m afraid of heights, so the thought of the waterfall in the middle of the course didn’t make me feel much better. However, I talked to a lot of people who had gone on the trip in the past (including someone who didn’t know how to swim when they went) and they all assured me that they felt completely safe and had a great time. After some deliberation, I signed up. I came to Japan for new experiences, after all, and this definitely counted as a new experience.

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