April 30th~May 6th: Fukushima Ramen Show 2013 @ Kaiseizan Park, Jiyu Square, Koriyama City. From 10am~8pm. Famous Ramen restaurants from around Japan, Fukushima prefecture and Koriyama will be gathered in one place, so you can enjoy various types of unique ramen. For more information and inquiries please contact the Fukushima Central Television Business Promotion Division: 024-923-3264. http://www.fct.co.jp/event/ra-men/
May 2nd ~ 3rd: Iwaki Yumoto Onsen Satsuki Matsuri @ Yumoto Onsen Shrine, near Yumoto Station, Iwaki. This is an annual festival, with a small festival on the 2nd and the main festival on the 3rd. During the main festival 6 omikoshi (portable shrines) will be carried through the town. For more information and inquiries please contact the Yumoto Onsen Satsuki Matsuri Committee: 0246-42-4322.
May 3rd: Onahama Suwa Shrine Annual Matsuri @ Onahama, Iwaki, from 8am. This is an annual omikoshi (portable shrine) festival held in Onahama. There will be various types of omikoshi carrying in the Onahama area, including an omikoshi that weighs around 2 tons and children’s omikoshi. For more information and inquiries please contact Onahama Suwa Shrine: 0246-92-2656.
May 3rd& 4th: Okunitama Shrine Annual Matsuri @ Okunitama Shrine, Taira, Iwaki. There will be many traditional dance performances dedicated to the gods and omikoshi (portable shrine) carrying on the main festival day on the 4th. For more information and inquiries please contact Okunitama Shrine: 0246-34-0092.
May 3rd: Koshidai Sakura Matsuri @ Furudono Town, Ishikawa District. This festival will be held under the over 400-year-old prefecture designated natural monument, Koshidai Sakura Tree. There will be performances of Yosakoi dancing, Karaoke competitions, Yabusame Dakio drumming and festival stalls selling food. For more information and inquiries please contact the Furudono Town Industry Promotion Division: TEL: 0247-53-4620. Website: http://www.town.furudono.fukushima.jp/
May 5th: Kitashiobara Onsen Village Bear Matsuri @ Wasezawa Hama Camping Ground, Kitashiobara Village, Yama District. In the mountainous areas of Urabandai, Wasezawa, the culture of Matagi (traditional winter hunters of the Tohoku region) has been well preserved. During this festival you will be able to experience the tradition and culture that has been passed on for generations. There will be bear soup, radish soba, yaseuma noodles and other local cuisines available to try. You can also try making your own local sweets and there will be stalls selling local products as well. For more information and inquiries please contact the Urabandai Wasezawa Onsen「Bear Festival」Action Committee: TEL: 0241-34-2161. Website: http://www.urabandai-inf.com/event/index.php
May 5th: Niko Niko Festival @ Machinaka Hiroba, Fukushima-shi, from 10am – 3pm. This event was created three years ago to cheer up and support children after 3.11. There will be games, performances, lotta yakitori and others.
May 11th: World Café @ Fukushima-shi, from 10am – 2pm. This is an event created by Kevin Hsien to foster interactions between local citizens and foreigners in order to promote international exchange. After meeting at the Fukushima International Association the group will head to Fukushima City Fureai Museum to experience the history of Fukushima and to do arts and crafts. This will be followed up with lunch at Funaba Café. Spaces are limited so contact Kevin at 024-524-1315 or email@example.com. Website: http://www.worldvillage.org/fia/jigyo/report_pdf/worldcafe_e.pdf
May 12th: Atago Shrine Festival Kabuki Offering @ Hinoemata stage, in front of Chinju Shrine, Hinoemata Village, Minamiaizu District. Kabuki performance starts at 7pm, doors open at 6pm. This rural Kabuki is performed as an offering to the Atago god and has been a tradition from the Edo period. For more information and inquiries please contact the Oze-Hinoemata Onsen Tourism Association: 0241-75-2432. Website: http://www.oze-info.jp/eventguide/
May 18th: World Tour Australia @ Aizu Wakamatsu, from 10am. This is an Aizu Wakamatsu International Association event, where local JET Nicole Clarke will introduce Australia and Australian food in Japanese. The event is free for AWIA members and 300yen for everyone else. Places are limited so contact the AWIA by May 17 to secure a spot. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 25th: 5km Spring Hike in Oze @ Aizu Wakamatsu, from 6.45am – 6.45pm. The event will start and end at Aizu Wakamatsu Station. Join other hikers and enjoy the natural landscape of Oze. On the way back, participants will stop by a hot spring to relax. The trip cost (excluding hot spring entry) is 4800yen. Bring your own lunch. Apply to the Aizu Railway Co. by May 22nd for a place. Phone: 0242-28-5886.
June 1st: Black Light SHINE @ Pronto, Aizu-Wakamatsu, from 8pm – 2am. The next SHINE party is on! This night’s theme is black light graffiti. Guests are asked to wear black light-friendly clothing that other guests can decorate and display their artistic talent. See the SHINE Facebook page for more details: http://www.facebook.com/events/155973457895863/
June 1st ~ 2nd: Rokkonsai (The Six Soul Festival) @ Fukushima-shi. Set to be one of the highlights of the year. There are 6 prefectures in the Tohoku region and each has its own unique festivals.This weekend each prefecture will showcase their festivals in Fukushima-shi. A rare opportunity! Website: http://www.city.fukushima.fukushima.jp/soshiki/17/kankoushinkou121029-2.html
Big thanks to Nam-Hee in Iwaki, Kevin in Fukushima-shi and Andrew in Aizu-Wakamatsu for all of the event information!