November 2016 – The Lucky Island Events

Aizu FireworksName: Japan Fireworks Artists Association Fireworks Festival

Area: Aizu-Wakamatsu

Date: November 5th (Saturday) at 6 PM

Address: Near Nanukamachi Station

Details: Come see the first annual Japan Fireworks Artists Association fireworks festival in Aizu! The show will be set to music and will feature fireworks not often seen at fireworks shows in Japan. The gates open at 6 PM and the show starts at 6:30. Tickets are on sale through the website from October 29th.



Taimatsu AkashiName: Sukagawa Taimatsu Akashi Festival

Area: Sukagawa

Date: November 12th (Saturday)

Address: Midorikeoka Park 〒962-0867 福島県須賀川市愛宕山 (Fukushima-ken Sukagawa-shi Atagoyama)

Details: The people of Sukuagawa have been constructing their taimatsu (giant straw figures) for weeks in preparation for this event. Come watch these 10-meter tall figures be set aflame and burned down with the people of Sukagawa. This event draws many visitors every year and is an event not to be missed!




FuJET beer hallName: FuJET Mid-Year Conference Beer Hall Dinner

Area: Fukushima City

Date: November 15th (Tuesday)

Address: Arai jigawa Ishida 1-1, Fukushima, Fukushima 960-2156

Details: FuJETS, ASSEMBLE! There’s only one time all year when every single one of us is in the same place at the same time, and it’s coming up soon: Midyear! It’s a rare opportunity to hang out with all of your fellow FuJETs, and so of course we want to make sure you have the chance to both catch up with old friends and make new ones… and what better way to do that than over two hours of delicious eats and drinks?

Every year, FuJET books space at the Asahi Beer Garden on the first night of the midyear conference. It’s open to everyone: you, your JTEs, your friends and SOs, anyone you want to bring along! We’ll all be in town, so we may as well make the most of it! :D



Aizu ThanksgivingName: An Aizu Thanksgiving

Area: Aizu-Wakamatsu

Date: November 19th (Saturday)

Address: 〒965-0031 Fukushima, Aizuwakamatsu, Aioimachi, 7−17

Details: Autumn is slowly settling in. Winter is not far behind it. During this time of year, it’s customary to get together with those that we love and to indulge in a feast cooked with love, and to share what we are thankful for.

This is definitely not an American/Canadian thing but rather a feast celebrating friendship, food, and all the good things in life. After all, Thanksgiving is also celebrated in Germany(Ertendankfest), Grenada, Liberia, the Netherlands, and Norfolk Island! Not to mention the countless other holidays found around the world where friends, family, and community come together to celebrate the harvest and be thankful.

After eating, while waiting for our foods to settle down and make room for dessert, we’ll have a pub-quiz, complete with prizes!



Name: Soba-Making Event

Area: Aizu-Wakamatsu

Date: November 20th (Sunday)

Address: Minami Kominkan Community Center
Omichinishi 13 Mondenmachi Oaza Nakano, Aizuwakamatsu City, 965-0842 

Details: Join the AWIA as we celebrate November like the locals. November is the season for harvesting soba here in Tohoku. On Sunday, November 20th, join us in making soba noodles from the freshly harvested, local buckwheat crop. Learn about the varieties of soba, as well as the variety of ways to enjoy it.  Make sure to wear something you don’t mind cooking in!


date and time: Sunday, November 20th; 9:30am-1:00pm

things to bring: An apron, and something to cover your hair (like a bandana)

location: Minami Kominkan Community Center
Omichinishi 13 Mondenmachi Oaza Nakano, Aizuwakamatsu City, 965-0842

price:  500 yen for members, 1,000 yen for non-members


Aizu TourName: Let’s Aizu-ing! (Aizu-Wakamatsu Sightseeing Tour)

Area: Aizu-Wakamatsu

Date: November 26th (Saturday)

Address: Aizu-Wakamatsu Station

Details: All right all you beautiful people! I feel really bad that so many of you new folk missed out on touring beautiful Aizu during the Aizu Festival! (But, to be fair, canyoning was amazing! Almost as amazing as the folks who went!)
As such, I’d love for everyone to come visit my town and for me to show you around! Whether it’s your first or fiftieth time to Aizu, we’d love to have you! I’ll be your official tour guide of Aizu Castle, Iimoriyama, and so many other great spots! And we will *of course* stop and paint akabeko together too!!
We will top Saturday night off with a fabulous enkai and hitting up Aizu’s (admittedly sparse…) nightlife!

What will we do? We shall all meet at the station on Saturday morning and purchase day tickets for the Aizu tour bus line (¥500) and make our way to the various sites, enjoying the crisp autumn weather and the amazing history!

To get to Wakamatsu, you can drive, take the highway bus ( ), or train! (

If you need a place to crash, let me know and we’ll try and suss you out as best we can! I’ll hammer out exact tour details as we get closer to the date! If you have any questions, please ask. Let’s Aizu-ing!


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