The Lucky Island June 2018 Event Roundup!

The rainy season looms right around the corner, but there’s still plenty to enjoy as Summer warms Fukushima! Certainly here, in the capital, everyone’s looking to beat the humidity and heat. The rainy season will be a balm for us all before the dog days of summer really start to hit!
But, with an umbrella in hand, a ticket in your pocket, and an empty belly for every kind of treat you can imagine, you’ll find that June is packed with events from the start of the month to the very end!

Go out, seek adventure, and remember: have a good time!

This list, and all following event lists, will continuously be updated weekly throughout the month on Wednesdays until the month turns over to a new roundup. This list isn’t inclusive of all events, so please, feel free to contact the editors at newseditor@fujet.org if you have events you’d like to be included here.  

Now… let’s get to the main event! Here’s your continuously evolving list of June 2018 Events!

End of  the Month and Into the Next: May 25th to June 3rd
Week One: June 4th to 10th
Week Two: June 11th to 17th
Week Three: June 18th to 24th

End of the Month and Into The Next: May 25 to June 3rd


The 47th Bonsai Walk

The 47th Bonsai Walk

Date: June 1 – 3

When and Where: Kitakata; 966-0094 喜多方市字押切二丁目109番地

Time: 9:00 – 17:00

Cost: unlisted; be prepared just in case

How to get there:

  • By Train: Get off at Kitakata Station; it’s a 15-20 minute walk

Come to Kitakata to enjoy the 47th Bonsai Walk and the beautiful, cultivated skill of bonsai! The first fifty visitors each day can get free seedlings from the event: what a treat!

Contact No: 0241-24-5200

Website: http://www.kitakata-kanko.jp/event/detail.php?id=19

Available in: Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean

 

Oyama Festival

Oyama Festival

Date: June 1st to 30th

When and Where: Nishi-Aizu

  • 福島県耶麻郡西会津町野沢字大久保甲1445-2

Time: unlisted

Cost: Free

How to get there:

  • By Train: Get off at Nozawa Station where you can take a 15 minute bus to Okubo Bus Stop and walk for 1 minute

Come and visit the Oyama Shrine, the home of the mountain gods. Last year’s festival boasted 10,000 people, and they’re set to have even more this year. The shrine is said to have benefits for longevity, safety, and that any wish can be granted here.

A 100 car parking lot is available for free parking.

Website: http://www.rurubu.com/event/detail.aspx?ID=12768

Available in: Japanese

 

Odaka Volunteer Day June 2018

Odaka Volunteering Day

Date: June 2

When and Where: Odaka Station in Minamisoma

Time: 8:30 – 16:30

It’s suggested that you do the following things:

  • Bring a packed lunch (there are a microwave and hot water at the Volunteer Center available for use)
  • Wear long-sleeved work clothes and gloves that you don’t mind getting dirty; for those with larger hands and feet, I’d suggest bring your own gloves and shoes if possible, though the center has work boots available and may have your size
  • Bring items for an onsen if you’d like to enjoy the discounted onsen after your hard work!

Additional information available on the event page.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/171268073536725/ 

 

2nd Aizu Gastronomy Walking Tour

Aizu Gastronomy Walking Tour

Date: June 3rd

When and Where: Iimoriyama Municipal Sightseeing Parking Lot

  • 飯盛山市営観光駐車場

Time: 9:15 (opening ceremony) to 16:00

Cost: 3500 yen

How to get there:

  • By Bus: From Aizu-Wakamatsu Station, take the bus bound for 若松駅前行; it takes about five to six minutes
  • By Walking: The parking lot is a 25 to 30-minute walk from Aizu-Wakamatsu Station

Fancy yourself a connoisseur? Well, this is the trip for you! Enjoy a course of foods at Iimoriyama, Ichise Dream Highway, and Higashiyama Onsen on the Aizu Gastronomy Walking Tour!

The site recommends that you feel capable of walking about 10 kilometers. If you need assistance, please understand that it most likely will not be available on site.

There is a capacity of 300 people, so don’t hesitate: sign up soon!

Website: http://www.city.aizuwakamatsu.fukushima.jp/docs/2017082900010/

Available in: Japanese, English

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Week One: June 4th to 10th


The 35th Hime Sayuri Festival

The 35th Hime Sayuri Festival

Date: June 2nd to 3rd  and June 9th to 10th

When and Where: Kitakata

  • 966-0105 福島県喜多方市熱塩加納町東舘山2番地

Time: unlisted, but assume 9:00 – 17:00 at the least

Cost: various; entrance is free

How to get there:

  • By Train and Bus: Please get off at Kitakata Station; there is also a bus that goes to Hime Sayuri College.

The bus operates on all days. Here’s a quick look at the costs and timetable:
Adults: 500 yen one way, 1000 yen round
Children: half-price for elementary school students

  • “First flight” Kitakata station 11: 45 departure arrival 12: 10 Hime Sayuri group ground (tour 50 minutes) 12: 50 departure → Kitakata station 13: 15 arrival
  • “2nd flight” Kitakata station 13: 30 departure → arrival 13: 55 Hime Sayuri group ground (tour 50 minutes) 14: 20 departure → Kitakata station 14: 45 arrival

Come and enjoy the beautiful jewel of Kitakata City: the Hime Sayuri flower!

Various events will be held during the two weekends, including a market for fresh, local vegetables and the Hime Sayuri dance. Enjoy celebrating amongst a jewel of Kitakata!

Website: http://www.kitakata-kanko.jp/event/detail.php?id=20

Avaliable in: Japanese

Abukuma Lavender Garden

Abukuma Lavender Garden

Date: June 9 to July 1

When and Where: Abukuma Caves

  • 963-3601 滝根町菅谷東釜山1番地

Time: unlisted; most likely 8:30 – 17:00

Cost: Free; classes may have a cost; touring the caves begins at 1200 for a general ticket plus 200 if you choose the exploration course

How to get there (are there buses, a free shuttle, a train, ect):

  • By Car: Approximately 20 minutes from the Ono Exit on the Ban-etsu Expressway; there’s free parking on site

Brief Directions

  • Ono Exit on the Ba-etsu Expressway
  • Take Route 349 to Prefectural Road 36
  • Take Prefectural Road 36 to Prefectural Road 19
  • Turn right after the 7-11
  • By Taxi: Approximately 10 minutes from the Kan-mata Station on the Ban-etsu Tosen/East Line (roughly about 1600 yen)
  • By Train: Approximately 50 minutes walk from Kan-mata Station on the Ban-Etsu Tosen/East Line

Come and enjoy the delightful scent of 50,000 lavender blooms in the gardens spread over the slopes of Abukuma! When you’re done, head to the shop nearby for lavender related products and craft classes!

Website: http://japan-attractions.jp/nature/abukuma-cave-lavender-garden/

Available in: English

 

Self Defense Trial Class

Self-Defense Trial Class

Date: June 10

When and Where: Iwaki

  • 福島県いわき市平字堂ノ前14 (堂ノ前バス停すぐそば)

Time: 13:00 – 14:30

Cost: Free for beginners and women.

The class includes slap boxing and general self-defense. Instructions will most likely be given in Japanese, but should be accessible for most. Please wear t-shirts and loose, movable clothing along with a towel!

There is a capacity limit of twelve people, so sign up soon!

 

Reservation Information:
Panantukan Academy Fukushima
E-mail:pa_fukushima@yahoo.co.jp
TEL:090-9849-9908

Website: http://www.i-iwaki.jp/igo/events/event_details/?event_no=16181

Available in: Japanese

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Week Two: June 11th to 17th


The 43rd Flower Festival

The 43rd Flower Festival

Date: June 15 to 30th

When and Where: Kitakata

  • 喜多方市塩川町御殿場四丁目17

Time: unstated, but assume from 9:00 – 21:00

Cost: Varies; entrance is free

How to get there:

  • By Train: Walk 5 minutes from Shiokawa Station.

Come and see over 36,000 blooming flowers at the 43rd Flower Festival in Kitakata! You can enjoy local products, Shiokawa soba, local entertainment, and a flea market amongst other events! On Sunday, June 17th, there will be a special flower gallery appreciation party.

Some events include:
10:00 – 15:00: Tea Party, 300 yen
10:00 – 15:00: Shiokawa Soba, 600 yen
10:00 – 14:00: Local Performing Arts Showcase
Noon: Aizu Clan Gun Squadron ancient gunnery performance

Events may change due to weather, ect.

Website: http://www.kitakata-kanko.jp/event/detail.php?id=23

Avaliable in: Japanese

 

The Fuku-ing Fabulous Drag Ball: The Sequel

The Fuku-ing Fabulous Drag Ball: The Sequel

Date: June 16

When and Where: AOZ Space in MAX Fukushima, 4th Floor

  • 曽根田町1番18号 MAXふくしま 4階

Time: 18:00 – 20:30

Cost: donations encouraged

Note: all donations will go to ReBit (https://rebitlgbt.org/)

How to get there:

  • By Bus: Take the Momorin 1-Course to MAX Fukushima for 100 yen
  • By Walking: From the East Exit of Fukushima Station, walk north for ten minutes to reach MAX Fukushima; ride the escalators to the fourth floor and look for signage

Wanna support an excellent cause, engage with a historic culture, and live your best life all at the same time? Well, step through the curtains, take a seat and get yourself stoked for the 2nd Fuku-ing Fabulous Drag Ball!

Featuring folks from your community, come in and enjoy two and a half hours of performances and help support Japan’s LGBTQAII community through conversation, music, and an excellent time!

Additional information available on the event page.

Facebook Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1601570369956257/

 

Tea Tasting Party

ふだん着のお茶会 Tea Tasting Party

Date: June 16th

When and Where: Iwaki, いわき市生涯学習プラザ5階 茶室 ( Iwaki City Lifelong Learning Plaza, 5th Floor Tea Room)

  • 福島県いわき市平字一町目1 ティーワンビル

Time: 10:00 – 15:00

Cost: Free

Come and enjoy a full-fledged tea service for free in sunny Iwaki!  

You don’t need to apply prior to coming to this event, though you may want to consider semi-business casual dress just in case.

Website: http://www.i-iwaki.jp/igo/events/event_details/?event_no=16165

Available in: Japanese

 

June 2018 Blood Drive

June 2018 Blood Drive

Date: June 16th

When and Where: 福島県赤十字血液センター

  • 永井川字北原田17, Fukushima, Fukushima 960-1198

Time: 10:00 (Start)

Cost: Free

Wanna make a difference that can only come from you? Consider giving blood this month.

Donations take around 15-20 minutes with a 30 minute rest period. Please budget your time accordingly as there typically is a larger group at this event.

Please click attend by June 11th to give the center a rough estimate in advance. In addition, make sure to eat a solid breakfast before donating!

Additional information available on the event page.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/189297791892191/

 

Aizu Misato Iris Festival

Iris Festival

Date: June 15th to July 5th

When and Where: Aizu Misato

  • 福島県大沼郡会津美里町宮林甲4377

Time: unlisted

Cost: Free

How to get there:

  • By Train: Stop at the JR Aizutakita Station, then walk 20 minutes

You can enjoy thousands and thousands of iris blooms during the month of June and July! This festival has been held since 1980, and boasts over 15,000 visitors annually. You can also indulge in specialty goods while there.

A free 100 car parking lot is available on-site.

Website: http://www.rurubu.com/event/detail.aspx?ID=12809

Available in: Japanese

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Week Three: June 18th to 24th


Kita-Aizu Firefly Festival

Kita-Aizu Firefly Festival

Date: June 23rd to 24th

When and Where: Kita-Aizu, Aizu Wakamatsu

  • 福島県会津若松市北会津町下荒井宮ノ東24

Time: 12:00 – 21:00

Cost: Varies; entrance is free

How to get there:

  • By Bus: Get off at the ホタルの森公園前 stop

Come and spend a day -and then the night!- in Firefly City at the Kita-Aizu Firefly Festival!

Enjoy all sorts of events, including character shows for children, talks by the local commerce and industries in the area, and activities for visitors. Finish it all off with watching the Genji firefly, a symbol of Kitaizumi and the local area!

Website: https://www.aizukanko.com/event/162/

Available in: Japanese

 

Evolution of Iwaki’s Clan Exhibition

The 1st Exhibition Exhibition Evolution of Iwaki’s Clan exhibition Ⅴ “Makinahonahama / Kubota, Kasama clan, Town clan, Tanagura clan division”

Date: until June 18th

When and Where: Iwaki, 1st Floor of the Archeological Museum

  • 972-8326 福島県いわき市常磐藤原町手這50-1

Time: You can visit the exhibition from 9:00 – 17:00. The last entrance occurs at 16:30, so make sure to arrive early enough to get in if you visit in the afternoon.

Cost: unlisted

How to get there:

  • By Train and Bus: Get off at Harunomachi Station and take the bus bound for Hawaiians; from there, it’s about a 10-12 minute walk

This exhibition focused is a project focused on each clan located in Iwaki. It’s the fifth series, and focuses on the territory of Obatahi Onahama, the Kubota, the Kasama, Takanami, and the Tanagura clan divisions.

The museum closes on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.

Website: http://www.i-iwaki.jp/igo/events/event_details/?event_no=16086

Available in: Japanese

 

5th Annual FuJET Mt. Bandai Climb

5th Annual FuJET Mt. Bandai Climb 2018

Date: June 23rd

When and Where: Mt. Bandai (meeting place in Facebook Event)

Time: 9:00 am sharp

Cost: Free

Note: it is suggested that you do the following:

  • Wear warm, comfortable clothing: remember, layers over bulk
  • Bring rain gear
  • Wear comfortable shoes for walking a generous distance
  • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Bring snacks and at least a liter of water to keep from getting dehydrated
  • Bring a camera and backup battery (better safe than sorry!)
  • Enthusiasm!

Additional information available on the event page.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/232072747343979/

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