Name: Aizu-Bange Planting Festival
Date: July 6th (Saturday)-7th (Sunday)
Area: Aizu-Bange town
Address: 栗村稲荷神社 Kurimura Inaka Shrine
Details: Join the people of Bange as they pray for a fruitful year and celebrate the beginning of summer. Featuring a Saotome dance performance, a sumo competition, and portable shrines, this festival is a great way to start the summer!
Name: Ura-Bandai Fireworks Festival
Date: July 21st (Thursday)
Address: 桧原湖第一駐車場 Lake Hibara First Parking Lot
Details: Ura-Bandai’s yearly fireworks festival will take place on July 21st this year. The festival will begin at 4PM with the fireworks commencing after dark.
Name: Aizu-Tajima Gion Festival
Date: July 22nd-23rd
Address: 南会津町田島地域 Minami-Aizu Town Tajima Region
Details: Tajima’s annual Gion festival will feature a crafts exhibition and kabuki performances, all aimed at recreating the feeling of an Edo period festival. As one of Japan’s three major Gion festivals, it’s definitely one to mark on your calendar. The festival runs from noon to 10:30 PM on the 22nd and from 7 AM to 11 PM on the 23rd.
Name: 2016 Tokyo Orientation A Welcome Party
Date: Monday, July 25th
Area: Shinjuku, Tokyo
Time: 7:45 PM
Price: 3000 yen for women, 3500 yen for men
Address: Lock-Up Izakaya: Shinjuku Square Bldg., 6/7F, 1-16-3 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Details: Welcome this year’s new Group A JETs with a 3-hour all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink welcome party at the Lock-Up Izakaya in Tokyo. Lock-Up is about a 15-minute walk from the Keio Plaza hotel. We will be meeting new JETs in the lobby of the Keio Plaza at 7:45. If you would prefer to meet us at the restaurant, the party starts at 8:30!
Name: Soma Nomaoi (Soma Horse Festival)
Date: July 23rd-25th
Area: Soma City
Address: 23rd: Soma Nakamura Shrine (Minami-Soma City)
24th: Hibarigahara Saijo (Minami-Soma City Hibarachi-ku)
25th: Nomagake (Minami-Soma City Odaka-ku)
Details: Soma-Nomaoi has over 1000 years of history and is one of the most popular events in the Soma/Minami-Soma area. The event features horse races reminiscent of those in the early days of the event. The three main horse races take place on Sunday, the 24th (Armed Horse race and Sacred Flag competition) and Monday, the 25th (Nomakake).
Name: Aizu-Wakamatsu International Association International Festival Volunteer Recruitment
Date: Application deadline is August 20th
Address: Aizu-Wakamatsu International Association
Price: Booth Rentals require a 5,000 yen cooperation fee. The fee for corporate members of the AWIA and organizations is 3,000 yen
*Rental fees: 1,500 yen for gas store, 500 yen for gas tank
Details: The AWIA is recruiting volunteers for the day before the festival and the day of (to help set up and run the event), as well as people interested in performing on stage, running cultural booths, or if they are interested, food booths. If it is an organization or food booth, a 5,000 yen booth fee is required (because they can sell merch. or food) but we are also looking for people to just run cultural booths with intros to their country, with maybe a game or craft (which would not necessitate pay).
Exchange Booths: International exchange and cooperation groups, country/cultural introductions, etc.
Food booths: Booths selling multi-cultural food/drinks*
Stage performances: dances, songs, instrumental, etc. (free participation)
Website: Interested parties should inquire with the International Association about participation terms and conditions: email@example.com
Name: Onbashira Festival
Date: July 30th-31st
Area: Koori Town
Time: 30th: 8 AM-10 PM
31st: 9 AM-11PM
Address: 諏訪神社社 Suwa Shrine
Details: This festival occurs every July to pray for a fruitful harvest for the year to come. It features five floats and a portable shrine that parade down the main street.
Name: Koriyama Summer Festa
Date: July 27th-31st
Time: 5 PM-9 PM on weekdays (27th, 28th, 29th); 2 PM-9 PM on weekends (30th, 31st)
Address: 開成山公園 自由広場 (Kaiseizan Park)
福島県郡山市 開成1-5 (Fukushima-ken Koriyama-shi Kaisei 1-5)
Details: Koriyama’s annual Oktoberfest in July! Featuring a German band, beer, food, and festival activities, this event is not one to miss. The festival runs from Wednesday through Sunday, with longer hours during the weekend to allow for more festivities!