April 2015 The Lucky Island Events

April 2015 The Lucky Island Events

Date: Sat. April 4th – Sun. June 28th (Sat. & Sun. weekly event)
Area: Aizu Wakamatsu
Name: Aizu Juuraku (会津十楽)
Time: 10am – 4pm

Address:
Tsurugajo Castle grounds

Details:
This weekly event pulls you back into Japan like it was 400 years ago. You can try food, crafts, and experience culture from hundreds of years ago!

Contact:
Samurai City Project Committee: 0242-39-6539
Japanese website: http://aizu-jyuraku.jp/blog/432


 

Date: Thurs. April 9th – Thurs. June 25th (weekly event)
Area: Aizu Wakamatsu
Name: Spring 2015 Japanese Classes
Time: 6:30pm – 8pm

Address:
Aizu Keikodo, 3rd floor (會津稽古堂)
3-50 Sakaemachi Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture 965-0871
(会津若松市栄町3番50号)
Details:
The AWIA would like to present the 2015 spring semester of our Japanese classes! Whether you’d like to study Japanese for your daily life here in Aizu, or are looking to challenge the JLPT, the AWIA is here to help. Each class is divided into small groups, according to level and language goals. For participants interested in joining for the first time, a Japanese language level assessment is provided before classes begin. Come kick-start your Japanese with the AWIA!
Price: AWIA members: 4,000 yen; Non-members: 6,000 yen (12 classes total)
Contact:
Margaret Price (mail@awia.jp)
*Please apply by April 9th*


Date: Fri. April 10th – Thurs. June 26th (weekly event)
Area: Aizu Wakamatsu
Name: Spring 2015 Japanese Classes
Time: 10am – 11:30am

Address:
Aizu Keikodo, 3rd floor

Details:
The AWIA would like to present the 2015 spring semester of our Japanese classes! Whether you’d like to study Japanese for your daily life here in Aizu, or are looking to challenge the JLPT, the AWIA is here to help. Each class is divided into small groups, according to level and language goals. For participants interested in joining for the first time, a Japanese language level assessment is provided before classes begin. Come kick-start your Japanese with the AWIA!
Price: AWIA members: 4,000 yen; Non-members: 6,000 yen (12 classes total)
Contact:
Margaret Price (mail@awia.jp)
*Please apply by April 9*


Date: Fri. April 10th – Wed. May 6th
Area: Aizu Wakamatsu
Name: Tsurugajo Illumination
Time: Sundown to 9:30pm (8:30pm after the cherry blossoms have bloomed)

Address:
Tsurugajo Castle (鶴ケ城)
1-1 Otemachi, Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture 965-0873
(〒965-0873 会津若松市追手町1-1)

Details:
Visit Tsurugajo Castle to see nearly 1000 cherry trees lit up against the night sky. Enjoy the lights, stars and beautiful scenery in one of the best large-scale illuminations in Eastern Japan!

Website:
http://www.aizukanko.com/event/102/


Date: Sat. April 11th – Sun. April 12th
Area: Shirakawa
Name: Shirakawa Dogtooth Violet Festival
Time: Saturday: 10am – 4pm; 2nd Sunday: 10am – 3pm

Address:
Shirakawa Seki no Mori (白河関の森公園)
7-3 Hatajuku, Shirakawa 961-0038, Fukushima Prefecture
(〒961-0038福島県白河市旗宿白河内7−3)

Details:
A festival celebrating Spring and Dogtooth Violets (cherry blossoms aren’t the only celebrated spring flower!). A two day festival with food, stage events, food, a flea market, food and more! (did I mention “food”?)

Contact:
Shirakawa Tourism Association, 0248-22-111
Japanese website: http://www.shirakawa315.com/


Date: Fri. April 24
Area: Aizu Wakamatsu (Iimoriyama)
Name: Byakkotai Memorial Service
Time: Starts at 10:30am

Address:
Mount Iimori / Iimoriyama (飯森山), by the graves
Bentenshita Ikkimachi Yahata Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture 965-0003
965-0003福島県会津若松市一箕町八幡弁天下

Details:
A memorial service for the Byakkotai (White Tiger Brigade), a group of teenage samurai who fought in the Boshin War. During battle, 19 of them committed ritual suicide under the mistaken belief that their lord had been defeated. The memorial service includes a Byakkotai sword dance performed by Aizu High School students.

Contact:
Aizuwakamatsu City Tourism Bureau, 0242-39-1251
Japanese webpage: http://www.aizukanko.com/event/110/


Date: Sat. April 19th – Sun. April 20th
Area: Higashishirakawa (Tanagura)
Name: Jumangoku Tanagura Castle Festival (Cherry Blossom Festival)
Time: Saturday: 10am – 7pm; Sunday 10am – 5pm

Address:
Tanagura Castle (Kamegajo Park) / 棚倉城跡(亀ケ城公園)
Jōseki Tanagura, Tanagura-machi, Higashishirakawa-gun, Fukushima-ken 963-6131
〒963-6131 福島県東白川郡棚倉町大字棚倉字城跡

Details:
A two-day festival with a parade of warriors (Saturday from 11am), stalls selling local goods, and stage events including Yosakoi (incredible Japanese dancing!) and comedians. Not to mention being surrounded by over 500 cherry trees in bloom!

Contact:
Tanagura Tourism Association: 0247-33-7886
Japanese webpage: http://www.town.tanagura.fukushima.jp/view.rbz?cd=282


Date: Sat. April 25th
Area: Aizu Wakamatsu
Name: AWIA Cherry Blossom Potluck Party (100 yen fee)
Time: Noon – 3pm

Address:
Kōtokuji Temple (behind the AWIA)
2-12 Sakae-machi, Aizu Wakamatsu
(会津若松市栄町2-12)
Details:
*Please RSVP by contacting the International Association by Friday, April 24th (mail@awia.jp)
Come eat great food and drink sake under the cherry blossoms at one of Aizu’s most beautiful, and least crowded spots for cherry blossom viewing, Kōtokuji Temple! This is a great chance to make new friends, learn more about the community, and just have fun!
Please bring one dish (main dishes, dessert, anything is fine. Doesn’t have to be handmade). We will provide the non-alcoholic drinks. Those who would like to drink alcoholic drinks are invited to bring them yourself. Also, Please bring your own chopsticks, cups and plates to help make this even environment friendly!

Contact:
Margaret Price (mail@awia.jp)


 

Date: Sat. April 25th
Area: Aizu Wakamatsu
Name: Aizu Sake Tasting
Time: 5pm – 8pm

Address:
Tsurugajo Castle (鶴ヶ城)
1-1 Otemachi Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture 965-0873
会津若松市追手町1-1

Details:
Wet your lips with some local sake and snacks inside Tsurugajo Castle grounds!

Contact:
Sake Brewing Cooperative, 0242-26-1515
Japanese webpage: http://www.tif.ne.jp/jp/event/event_disp.php?id=3128&year=2015&mon=4&day=0&area=4&keyword=


 

Date: Wed. April 29th – Thurs. April 30th
Area: Date
Name: Atago Shrine Annual Festival
Time: from 11am

Address:
Atago Shrine (愛宕神社)
Atagoyama-1 Hakozaki
Date-shi, Fukushima-ken 960-0502
(福島県伊達市箱崎字愛宕山1)

Details:
A two day festival to kick off Golden Week! Dancers will travel around Hakozaki calling upon newly built houses and households with a recently-born child and those in their yakudoshi (‘year of calamity’)

Contact:
Fukugonji Temple, 024-583-4633
Japanese webpage: http://www.rurubu.com/event/detail.aspx?ID=12078

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