July 2017 – The Lucky Island Events

July 2017 – The Lucky Island Events

Name: Fuku-ing Fabulous Drag Ball

Date: Saturday, July 1st

Area: Fukushima City

Time: 18:00

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  

Facebook Event

Name: ゲレンデ逆走マラソン2017 (Ski Slope Reverse Marathon)

Date: Sunday, July 2nd  

Area: Minowa ski area

Time: Registration starts at 8:30, Opening Ceremony at 10:20cd

Price: 3,300

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.

Japanese Website 

 Name: Summer Festa IN KORIYAMA 2017 Beer Festival

Date: 7/19 – 7/23

Area: Koriyama

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.


FuJET Leaver’s Party 2017

Date: Saturday, July 22nd

Area: Tenjinhama Auto Camping Grounds

Time: 10:00

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.

Facebook Event 

Name: Aizu Tajima Gion Festival

Date: Saturday July 22nd – Monday July 24th

Area: Minami Aizu

Price: free

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

Area: Minamisoma

Time: 9:30

Price: 1000 per seat (?)

Address: 〒975-8686福島県南相馬市原町区本町二丁目27番地

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 newseditor@fujet.org!

The Lucky Island September 2015 Events

The Lucky Island September 2015 Events

Name: Hinoemata Kabuki

kabukiDate: Saturday, September 6, 2015

Area:  Minami Aizu

Time: Seating starts at 6pm, performance starts at 7pm

Price: 1,000 for day-trip people; free for those staying in hotels in the town

Address: 〒967-0521 福島県 南会津郡檜枝岐村 字居平

Details: Watch traditional Edo-period Kabuki that has been passed down by Hinoemata villagers for more than 260 years. It is held in an outdoor theater and will only be cancelled due to heavy rain. It is only accessible by car and a bit out of the way, but I am sure if you ask nicely, one of the Minami Aizu JETs will let you crash at their apartment!

English Website: http://www.aizu-concierge.com/map/spot/10133/en/


Name: Aizu Fruit and Flower Festival

Date: Sunday, September 13th

Area: Aizuwakamatsu

Time: 9am – 1pm

Address: Yasuragi Firefly Park

24 Miyanohigashi Kitaaizumachi Shimoarai  Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken 965-0111

〒965-0111 福島県会津若松市北会津町下荒井宮ノ東24

Details: Although the name says it is a fruit and flower festival, it appears to be more like a farmers market. Kita Aizu is known for producing great agricultural foods, so if you are looking for some cheap, delicious fruits, vegetables and other produce, stop by!

Japanese Website: http://www.aizukanko.com/event/174/


Name: FuJET Canyoning Trip

Date: Friday, September 18th – Sunday, September 20th

Area: Gunma

Time: Friday evening – Sunday evening (depending on your pick up location)

Price: Check out the Facebook event for more details, but I guarantee it is worth the money!

Address: Gunma! You don’t have to worry about the address, our chartered bus will shuttle you there and back from a select number of stations (Fukushima, Koriyama and Aizuwakamatsu)

Details: Get your outdoorsy on with river rafting, paragliding or bungee jumping – after you are sent splashing down rivers and jumping off cliffs first, of course.  Check out the Facebook event for more details!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/131376433870348/


Name: Aizu Samurai Festival 2015

Date: Monday September 21st – Wednesday September 23rd

Area:  Aizuwakamatsu

Time: Lantern Parade: (Mon.) 6pm – 7pm; Obon Dance: (Mon. / Tues.) 7pm – 8:30pm; Drum and Fife Parade (Tues.) from 10am; Aizu Clan Parade (Wed.) 9:25am – 3pm

Address: near the castle and all around that area. It is hard to miss. The closest station is Nanukamachi Station. Aizuwakamatsu Station is the closest major station, but is a further walk to the castle. You can also catch a bus from the station to shinmei or the castle.

Details: Aizuwakamatsu is known as the Samurai City, and with good reason. Thick with history, Wakamatsu pulls out all of the stops every September 21-23 and takes you back to a time of the Shinsengumi, White Tiger Brigade, Niijima Yae…the time of Samurai. This is one of the BIG festivals that Fukushima is famous for! Some of the events to look forward to is the lantern parade (Mon.), Obon dance (Mon., Tues.), Drum and Fife Parade (Tues.) and the Aizu Clan Parade on Wednesday, which is the main event.


There should be a Facebook Event page sent out soon for more information!

Japanese Website: http://www.aizukanko.com/kk/data/2015aizuguide07.pdf


Name: Abukuma Cave Autumn Festival

Date: Saturday, August 26th – Sunday, August 27th

Area:  Kenchuu Area

Time: 10am – 4pm

Address: Abukuma Dou (Cave)

Higashikamayama-1 Takinemachi Sugaya

Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture 963-3601

Details: Celebrate Autumn with some stage events and food! What makes this festival unique is that it is set up in front of Abukuma Cave, so you can do some cave exploring at the same time! Or you can do a little more serious spelunking in the nearby, less touristy Irimizu Cave (check out the article I wrote about it here!)

Japanese Website: The 2015 event is not posted on their website yet, so here is the 2014 one for reference! http://abukumado.com/archives/432


Name: Raramyu Yosakoi Dance Festival

Date: Sunday, September 27th

Area:  Iwaki

Time: 10:30am – 4:30pm

Address: Iwaki Station, South and West entrance areas.

Details: Enjoy the yosakoi festival dance that is popular all over Japan and the world! There will be over 20 teams participating from all over the prefecture!

Japanese Website: http://www.lalamew.jp/index.php?module=View&action=EventMore&EID=591


Name: Furudono Sumo

Date: Saturday, September 12th

Area:  Iwaki

Time: 11am – 5pm

Address:  37.091872,140.598579

Details: Get your Sumo on. Literally. Who wants to just watch sumo when you can actually be a sumo? Or watch your friends body slam each other in nothing more than a loincloth? How about winning some prizes? Come over to Iwaki and enjoy a day in the mountains with other Japanese spectators and participants. It is a lot of fun, lots of drinking (spectators, we recommend you bring some! Participants, you will probably get more than you want.), and all around a good experience. Unfortunately the wrestlers are male only, but women, you can admire some farmer tans and more skin than you probably wanted to see from your male friends. Also – this IS a traditional Japanese event (not a tourist trap) that we have been graciously invited to, so please be respectful of the rules and the Japanese people participating / spectating at the event.


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/879008128852378/


2015 FuJET Leaver’s Party! FUKUSHIMA COMIC CON

2015 FuJET Leaver’s Party! FUKUSHIMA COMIC CON

savethedatePaging all Browncoats and bronies! Whovians and Potterheads! Cosplayers, trekkies, gamers, and moviephiles! Join us for FUKUSHIMA COMIC-CON! The FuJET 2015 Leaver’s Party!
You can RSVP and send in your award nominations here!

Check out the Facebook Event Page here!

**WHO** All of Fukushima and beyond. Leavers, stayers, locals, teachers, everyone. The more the merrier.
**WHAT** Costumed Dance Party & 3 hour nomihoudai
**WHERE** Fukushima City, Area559
**WHEN** Friday, July 3rd, 8:00PM-Midnight (Nomihoudai stops at 11)
**WHY** Because this is one of our last opportunities to party all together. Let’s celebrate our time together and their bright futures with dancing, merriment, and costumes!
**COST** ¥3,000 yen with a costume ¥3,500 yen without

This year’s theme is:

Here in Fukushima, we’re proud of our diverse hobbies, tastes, and fandoms. Let’s celebrate what we love, with who we love, and get together. Into Magic the Gathering? Love your some Adventure Time or perhaps you’re more keen on the Wheel of Time? Let’s your geek-flag show.
We will have prizes for the following categories:
– Best Overall Costume
– Best Group Costume
– Best Handmade Costume
– Most Unique Costume
– Funniest Costume

The cost is 3,000 yen for those in costume, 3,500 yen not in costume. We’ll have an amazing soundtrack playing all night long as we accomplish our mischief. Want to hear a specific song? Let us know! Stay tuned for updates on music and entertainment!


One leaver’s tradition that has been going on for over ten years is the ‘Leaver’s Awards’. A bit of silly fun to top the night off! This year’s categories are:

  • The Yoda Award: Best sempai
  • The FTW Freshman Award:Best new JET
  • The Good Cheese Award: Person most likely to be missed
  • The I’d Tap That for Him Award: Most attractive male
  • The I’d Tap That for Her Award: Most attractive female
  • The Bromance Award: Most beautiful broship
  • The Awwwww Award: Most adorable couple
  • The Oh God Stop Being So Genki Award: Cheery person most likely to make your morning hangover worse
  • The Kawaaaaiiiiiiiii~! Award:Worst abuse of annoying Japanese phrases
  • The Natto Award: Person most likely to try anything once
  • The Tyrion Lannister Award:Person most likely to stave off impending death with a witty comeback
  • The Charlie Sheen Award: The person with the craziest drinking antics
  • The Nobel Prize Award: The person most likely to go on to achieve great things after JET

The Lucky Island June 2015 Events

The Lucky Island June 2015 Events

FuJET 2015 Mt. Bandai Hike

bandaiDate: Sat. June 13th
Area: Inawashiro (Aizu)
Time: The hike starts at 9am at Happodai Trailhead (八方台), so please allow yourself time to get the trail head before 9am! (It takes about 40 minutes by car from Aizwakamatsu Station / Inawashiro station to reach Happodai Trailhead)

Address: We are meeting at Happodai Trailhead (八方台) on Mount Bandai. Check the Event page for more details and access information.

Details: Join your fellow JETs on a hike up Mt. Bandai! This hike is in preparation for our annual Mt. Fuji hike in July. Whether you need to start warming up those legs for Mt. Fuji or just want to spend a weekend with your JET companions, join us! After we have stumbled our way back down the mountain, we will gorge ourselves on dinner and soak in the onsen next door to Aizuwakamatsu station. See our JET Facebook event for more details on how to get there, what to bring and updated information!

The facebook event page can be found here.

Contact: fujetcouncil@gmail.com


29th Mishima Handicrafts Festival

Date: Sat. June 13th – Sun. June 14th
Area: Okuaizu
Time: Sat: 9am – 4pm; Sun: 9am – 3pm

Address: (三島町生活工芸館)
Suwanoue-395 Nairi
Mishima, Onuma District, Fukushima Prefecture 969-7402
Details: Come to a handicraft festival held in Okuaizu where artists come from all over Japan to showcase their handmade products! From Woodworking, pottery and metalwork to weaving and painting, there is no end to the variety of gifts (for yourself or someone else!) or things to see! You will also have an opportunity to try your hand at making some crafts.

There is also a Facebook event page that you can access here.

Contact: Japanese: http://www.okuaizu-amikumi.jp/?p=708


Hawaiian Festival at Fukushima Iizaka

hawaii2015sDate: June 12th – June 14th
Area: Fukushima Station (12th) Iizaka Hot Springs (13th/14th)
Friday the 12th = 1pm in front of JR Fukushima Station East exit
Saturday the 13th = 1pm in front of the Iizaka Hot Spring Station
Sunday the 14th = 10am in front of the Iizaka Hot Spring Station

Address: 12th is in front of the east exit of Fukushima Station (福島駅), 13th and 14th is in front of the Iizaka Hot Spring Station (飯坂温泉駅).

Details: Enjoy three days in Hawaii without actually leaving the country! People who love Hawaii travel from all over Japan for this three-day event to experience the atmosphere of Hawaii, watch hula dancing, listen to music and  eat food. It is also conveniently located in a hot spring town!

Website (Japanese): http://www.iizaka.com/sankasuru-campaign/hawaii-fes2015/

Contact: Iizaka Hot Spring Tourism Association; 024-542-4241 (Japanese)


Aizu Wakamatsu International Association (AWIA) World Tour Series: New Zealand Music

Kia Kaha for webDate: Sunday, June 14th
Area: Aizu Wakamatsu
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Address: Aizu Keikodō, 1st floor Event hall
〒965-0871 福島県 会津若松市栄町3-50

Details: World Tour is here to take you on a musical journey to New Zealand. Come enjoy the international music of the acoustic guitar and flute duo , Black Orpheus. Enjoy the distinct sounds of Roger Buckton and Kim Rockell, as they perform in a variety of styles including Jazz and Brazilian Bossa Nova.

Price: Free for members, 500 yen for non-members

Contact: Aizu Wakamatsu International Association (AWIA); Margaret Price: <mail@awia.jp>


June Volunteer Weekend in Odaka

odaka before afterDate: Sat. June 20th and Sun. June 21st
Area: Minamisoma
Time: 8:30am – 4pm

Address: TBA (check the event page for updated information)

Details: Come assist the community in Minamisoma who suffered in the 2011 disaster. There is still a lot to be done and we can help! You can volunteer on one day or both and it involves manual labor, so please bring long sleeved work clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. There will be boots at the center that you can borrow and you will need to provide your own lunch (There will be hot water available for instant ramen).

As for lodging, there is most likely space at Tenri temple in Kashima for 1,000 yen a night.

Please check out the facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1436222360012357/

Contact: Sarah Jones (through the Facebook event page)


Aizu Firefly Festival

ranbu-nisiasouDate: June 20th to June 21st
Area: Aizuwakamatsu
Time: 12pm – 9pm

Address: 22 Miyanohigashi Kitaaizumachi Shimoarai
Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken 965-0111

Details: Wanna see some fireflies? Yes! Enjoy a traditional festival by day with food, music and stage events and enjoy fireflies by night.

Contact (Japanese): 0242-58-2381 http://www.city.aizuwakamatsu.fukushima.jp/docs/2013050800016/


29th Annual Tipsy Walk (第29回ほろ酔いウオーク2015)

horoyoi2015-1Date: June 26th – 27th
Area: Iizazaka Hot Spring (Fukushima City)
Time: 6pm – 10:30pm

Address: 飯坂温泉街
Price: 3,500 yen advance, 4,000 the day of, which gets you alcohol from a bunch of booths set up in 5 different areas.

Details: The festival name explains it all. Stumble from booth to booth and receive stamps for drinks (you already paid for the drinks with your ticket)so you can enter the raffle! They also have package deals for hotels nearby so you can stay in the onsen town and sleep off your drinks and take a dip in an onsen!

Website: http://www.iizaka.com/sankasuru-campaign/29thhoroyoi/
Contact: TEL024-542-3568(飯坂町商工会)


FuJET 2015 Oze National Park Hike

ozeDate: Sat. June 27th
Area: Minami Aizu
Time: 7:15am meet at Aizuwakamatsu station, leave by 7:30am.

Address: If you have a car, we are meeting at Aizuwakamatsu Station to caravan to Oze. If you do not have a car, you will need to figure out transportation .Check out the facebook event page for more information.

Details: Now that you have conquered Bandai (or not), let’s hike through Oze national park as the last step before the JET hosted Mt. Fuji climb in July! Even if you aren’t interested in the Mt. Fuji hike, come join us anyway!

Check out our Facebook page for more information about transportation, what to bring and updated details: https://www.facebook.com/events/799193126855185/

Contact: fujetcouncil@gmail.com


Tipsy Local Aizu Sake Train

tipsytrainDate: June 27th
Area: Aizuwakamatsu
Time: 5pm – 6pm; 8pm – 9pm

Address: Nishiwakamatsu Station (NOT Aizuwakamatsu station!)

Details: Literally named “tipsy local sake train,” there isn’t much to explain. Reserve your ticket to ride an old train with traditional Japanese tatami seating which includes roundtrip from Nishiwakamatsu station to Tajima, snacks and of course drinks.

Price: 5,500, reserve by phone up until 3 days prior. (limit of 80 participants)

Contact: 0242-23-1527

Let the 2015 Hiking Season Commence~!

Let the 2015 Hiking Season Commence~!

Spring is in the air! And despite Japan’s claims of it’s four unique seasons… we all know thtat spring lasts all of a month before the bugs and the humidity and the heat of summer is upon us. Let’s make the most of this while we can and get our hiking on! How? With these awesome FuJET events! Everyone is free to join us for the Oze National Park and Mt. Bandai hikes. Mt. Fuji will require reservation (details on Fuji to follow soon!).

Mt. Bandai Hike- Saturday June 13bandai

Facebook Event

We’ll take the Happodai Trail (八方台) to the mountain’s peak and get a great view of the recently planted rice fields all over the Aizu valley. We’ll leave early in the morning and for more information, check out the event page or send an email to fujetcouncil@gmail.com! We’ll end the day with a nice onsen at Aizuwakamatsu Station’s Fuji no Yu! (Their sauce katsu is amazing)

Oze National Park Hike- Saturday June 27oze

Facebook Event

Japan’s 29th National Park, Oze, spreads across four different prefecture– Fukushima, Tochigi, Gunma, and Niigata. The Oze hike is a bit more difficult than Bandai but arguable more rewarding, in the middle of pristine Japanese nature. If you have any questions, please again– ask them and we’ll do our best to answer them ASAP! Just drop us a message at our Facebook page or send an email to fujetcouncil@gmail.com.