FuJET Leaver’s Party 2015
Date: Friday, July 3rd
Area: Fukushima City
Time: 8AM – 12AM
Price: 3,000 yen with a costume; 3,500 yen without a costume
Address: Live Music & Entertainment Bar AREA559
万世町1-26 福電ビルB1F, Fukushima, Fukushima
Details: Come celebrate with your fellow JETs who are finishing up their contract this year with dancing and a 3 hour nomihoudai (8-11)! Everyone is welcome! The theme for the party this year is Fukushima COMIC-CON. If you wear a costume, you get a discount on your entrance fee and can potentially win some prizes! Check out our FuJET event on Facebook for more details!
4th of July/ Belated Canada Day Campout: Where We Cook Meat and Blow Things Up!
Date: Saturday, July 4th to Sunday, July 5th
Time: 3pm (or whenever) to sometime the next day
Price: Bring drinks, snacks and meat to grill! Bring a tent or bedding if you have them. Bringing extra grills or tents would be appreciated!
Details: Congregate at the Aizuwakamatsu river for some Fourth of July fun, sloshball (kickball + continuous drinking), fireworks, BBQ, games and more! This will be an overnight event in a pretty remote location, so you can party all night! There is a convenience store within walking distance if you need a refill on drinks and a bathroom nearby. Check out the Facebook event for a more colorful description of how this party is going down!
Contact: Get a hold of Maxwell over Facebook, he is spearheading this event!
FuJET Mount Fuji Climb 2015
Date: Saturday, July 11th
Area: Yamanashi, Japan (Mount Fuji!)
Time: Pick up from Iwaki, Fukushima or Koriyama on Saturday morning, dropped off at the same location Sunday evening (check the event page for more details)
Price: About 12,000 yen. The price will depend on the number of participants. This includes the bus, climb and onsen after the hike.
Address: We will be meeting at either Iwaki station, Fukushima station or Koriyama station. You will have to let us know which station you want to be picked up at.
Details: **You must RSVP by July 6th** It’s that time of year again! JETs climbing Mount Fuji! We will start climbing around 7pm, just in time to make it to the top for sunrise. Make sure you get lots of rest! A list of what to bring and other useful information can be found on the Facebook event page. Check it out!
Aizu Tajima Gion Festival
Date: Wednesday July 22nd – Friday July 24th
Area: Minami Aizu
Time: 22nd: 10am – 10:30pm; 23rd: 7:50am – 10:30pm; 24th: 1pm – 3pm
Address: Tajima Station. Exit the station and it is hard to miss. Roads are closed down for this event. Tajima, Minamiaizu-machi Minamiaizu-gun, Fukushima 967-0004
Details: This festival is one of Japan’s three major Gion Festivals and was designated as Important Intangible Folk Culture in 1981. Early in the morning on the second day they have an extravagant parade with women dressed in traditional clothing. Throughout the festival there will be shrine carrying parades and also floats with kabuki performed by children.
Website (Japanese): http://www.minamiaizu.org/gion/
Summer Festa – Oktoberfest in July
Date: July 22nd – July 26th
Time: 5pm – 9pm Wednesday to Friday; 2pm – 9pm on Saturday and Sunday
Price: 2,000 yen for preordered tickets; 2,500 at the gate
Address: 開成山公園 Kaiseizan Park
開成1丁目5, Koriyama, Fukushima 963-8851
Details: This annual event in Koriyama hosts Oktoberfest… in July! They even have a German band for your entertainment as you eat food, play festival games and go down the bouncy slides! They even have a fireworks display to finish the evening. Check out our FB event for more details! You can also finish off the night on Friday with a dance party at club DOOZ! Check out the details below.
Japanese website: http://www.ko-cci.or.jp/event/maturi/summer.html
Fukushima Regretro: One Last Party for the Road
Date: Friday, July 24th
Time: 9pm until you drop.
Price: about 1,500 yen
Address: DJ Bar DOOZ
2 Chome-1-1 Ekimae, Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture 963-8002
Details: Enjoy one last farewell party for the JETs who will be leaving! The DJs for the night will include your fellow JETs, playing music from the 80s, 90s and 00s. Check out the Facebook event for more details!
Contact: Maxwell through the facebook event. He is spearheading this event!
Soma Nomaoi Festival
Date: Saturday July 25th to Monday July 27th
Area: Minami Soma
Time: 9am – 3pm Check out the English (or Japanese) website for more details about time and locations!
Price: 1,000 yen (for the horse racing event and contest)
Address: Kashima Station / Haranomachi Station / Odaka Station are where most events will take place. It depends on the day and event, but it is hard to miss once you get into Minami Soma city.
Details: Dive back into history during this 3-day festival. Known for horse-breeding, this festival is chock full of horses and their riders clad in full samurai gear. Traditional racing, mock fights and even an event where men catch a wild horse with their bare hands are only a handful of things you can see at this event. I have heard from people that it is a festival you should see at least once during your time in Japan! You can do a day trip or find lodging. Be sure to book your hotel well in advance, this is a very popular and busy event! Check out the English website below for details on the events and times!
Japanese Website: http://soma-nomaoi.jp/index.htm
English Website: http://soma-nomaoi.jp/english.htm
67th Annual Bandai Festival
Date: Saturday, July 25th – Sunday, July 26th
Time: Saturday = 1pm – 9pm; Sunday = 9:30am – 8pm
Address: 100 Shirominami Inawashiro-machi, Yama-gun, Fukushima-ken 969-3123
( 福島県猪苗代町城南100 )
Details: Fire, Bingo, Taiko, fireworks and parades! Ever since Bandai erupted in 1888, they have held a festival in honor of the souls lost – by lighting fires, of course. Come experience this annual fire festival in the beautiful area of Inawashiro at the foot of Mount Bandai!
Website (Japanese): http://www.town.inawashiro.fukushima.jp/
Nakoso Summer Festival
Date: Saturday, July 25th
Address: Samegawa River Bank (Fireworks), Ueda Patio Street (Samba Parade)
Details: The samba parade is from 5:10pm. The Nakoso leg of Iwaki Odori is from 6pm. The fireworks are from 8pm. For inquiries, please contact the Nakoso Summer Festival Action Committee: TEL 0246-63-6521.
Yotsukura Nebuta & Iwaki Odori
Date: Saturday, July 25th
Address: Between Yotsukura Port and the Plaza in front of Yotsukura Station
Details: One big feature of summer in Iwaki is Iwaki Odori. The Yotsukura leg of Iwaki Odori is held at this festival. Afterwards, nebuta (large decorative lantern floats) will be paraded through the streets. For inquiries, please contact the Yotsukura Summer Festival Action Committee: TEL 0246-32-2900.
Onahama Marine Festival
Date: Saturday, July 25th – Sunday, July 26th
Address: Aquamarine Park
Details: Visitors will have the chance to try out riding on a variety of boats. There will be a Jet Ski acrobatic show performed by top professionals who are active across the world. There will also be other attractions that you don’t often get to experience, such as water walking balls. All attractions are free. For inquiries, please contact the Iwaki Fireworks Festival Action Committee: TEL 0246-53-5677.
Onahama Iwaki Odori
Date: Friday, July 31st
Address: Kashima Kaido, Onahama
Details: This is the Onahama leg of the Iwaki Odori. Every year around 50 teams and 1,500 dancers dance through Onahama. For inquiries, please contact the Iwaki Fireworks Festival Action Committee: TEL 0246-53-5677.
Chigo-Dengaku Dance and Furyu
Date: Friday, July 31st – Saturday, August 1st
Address: Kumano Shrine, Nakoso
Details: This event is a Nationally Designated Important Intangible Cultural Asset. Chigo-Dengaku is performed to ask for a fruitful harvest and the Furyu is performed to by children give thanks for one. A pre-event is held on July 31st with the main event held on August 1st. For inquiries, please contact Kumano Shrine: TEL 0246-62-2207.