December 2014//January 2015 Event Information

Date

Name

Area

Details 

November 21st – February 14th

Big Tree Pageant Festival IN KORIYAMA

Koriyama

Koriyama station will be decorated for the winter period (including Christmas and Valentine’s Day). There will be music concerts on December 19 and January 16 from 5pm.

November 29th – December 25th

Aquamarine Christmas

Iwaki

Plenty of Christmas activities for everyone to enjoy!

December 6th – January 12th

Iwaki Cherry Blossom Illumination Festival

Iwaki

Lights will decorate the trees in Taira to give the impression of flowering cherry blossoms. On the opening night of the festival, there will be a lighting ceremony from 3:15pm and live music from 5:50pm at the plaza by the southern entrance of the station.

December 6th – January 25th

Abukuma Caves Concert

Tamura

Musicians will perform in the open space in the 8000 year-old limestone caves. Don’t miss out!

December 6th – January 26th

Iwaki New Year’s Events Exhibition

Iwaki

This exhibit provides an introduction many of the events and decorations that can be found in Iwaki over the New Year’s period.

December 12th

Iwaki Citizen’s Christmas

Iwaki

There will be a candle service and Christmas carols by kindergarteners from Taira, a women’s choir performance and a performance by the charity idol group Baby Tiara.

December 14th

6th Nihongo de Hanasou

Aizuwakamatsu

Come give a speech in Japanese about the culture of your country, things that are different from Japan, daily life, family, friends, or anything else you would like to talk about! Come offer support to each other with your daily lives in Japan, enjoy a fun cultural exchange, and make some new friends!

December 20th

Park Festival and Yosakoi

Iwaki

30pm. This event is part of the Cherry Blossom Illumination Festival. The Park Festival will include a variety of performances including choral performances, Jangara, high school hula and other dance performances. There will be two rounds of yosakoi (first round from 2:45pm, second round from 5:30pm) with a lighting ceremony including a daruma-mikoshi from 4:45pm.

December 20th

Xmas Parade 2014

Iwaki

Take to the streets of Taira in your favourite Christmas cosplay. Prizes and awards too!

December 31st

Asakawa New Years Fireworks

Asakawa Town, Kennan

Welcome in the new year by watching 108 fireworks being set off, and get sound health for the next year!

December 31st – January 1st

Nanukamachi Countdown and Temple Bell Ringing

Aizuwakamatsu

Both Western and Japanese New Years traditions are combined at this event! Ring in the new year with a countdown, enjoy the café which will be open late, and help ring the temple bell 108 times!

January 6th – 7th

Nanukado Mairi

Koriyama

Buy plenty of lucky charms and talismans at this traditional new year’s market!

January 7th

Yanaizu Naked Man Festival

Yanaizu, Aizu

Come welcome in the new year with this amazing festival! Local men strip down to their fundoshi loinclothes, drink a bunch of sake, then run barefoot up the snowy hill to the temple, wrestle each other to climb up a rope to the rafters and ring a gong! 

January 7th

Uneme Fireworks

Koriyama

Welcome in the new year with fireworks and taiko drums!

January 10th

Tenth Day Market

Aizuwakamatsu

Visit the traditional new year’s market with over 400 years of history! There will be over 400 street stalls selling lucky charms and talismans, food, traditional goods, and much more!

January 10th

Giant Straw Bale Tug of War

Aizu Misato

Two teams pull ropes attached to a giant bale of straw, with the winning team getting good luck for the year as their prize!

January 10th

Kotohira Shrine Festival

Iwaki

The streets between this shrine and Yumoto Station are filled with over 450 stalls selling lucky charms and talismans from early morning to late at night!

January 12th

Numanouchi Festival

Iwaki

This strange festival began over 400 years ago. Newly married men wear a single thin yukata and get buckets of water dumped over their heads to protect them against illness, and give them safety and abundant harvests, etc.

January 13th

Thirteenth Day Market

Inawashiro

This market started in 1336 sells delicious food and local products such as daruma, okiagarikoboshi, windmills, and much more!

January 14th

Bange New Years Tug of War

Aizu Bange

Two teams compete in a tug of war over a giant bale of straw weighing over five tonnes!

January 14th

Sai no Kami Bonfire

Hinoemata, Minami Aizu

Burn your old new year’s decorations in this bonfire!

January 18th

Miharu Daruma Market

Miharu

Come to the market and buy your very own daruma and papier maché dolls!

January 24th

Minami Aizu Snowshoe Walk and Snowball Fight

Minami Aizu

Take advantage of the heaps of snow in the Miz and go for a snowshoe walk and snowball fight!

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