School is back in session, new FuJETs are getting used to their new homes, and the weather is finally (finally!) starting to cool down. Just when you thought the festival season was over, we now enter autumn and harvest festival seasons! No matter what you’re keen to do, there’s something on every weekend in the Lucky Island!
Name: Hinoemata Kabuki
Date: Saturday, September 1
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 well worth the journey!
Details: From 1pm. Men can join the bouts, women can watch as the men compete in actual sumo bouts in little more than their underwear. A car is needed to access this mountainous spot. If you wish to fight, contact John Loynes asap via the Facebook event page.