It isn’t hard to imagine the crisp frosts and early snows that are right around the corner. With Halloween done and dusted, it is time to knuckle down for the midyear conference. Even if you’re ready to get comfy under your kotatsu already, there is still plenty to see and do this autumn in the Lucky Island!
64th Annual Chrysanthemum Doll Exhibition
Date: October 10th – November 25th
Time: 9am – 4pm
Price: 700 yen for adults
Address: On the castle grounds of Kasumigajo
4 Chome Kakunai Nihonmatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken 964-0904
Details: View dolls, decorations and displays made from Chrysanthemums. If you haven’t had the chance to visit this beautiful city, this is a great chance!
Japanese Website: http://www.nihonmatsu-kanko.jp/kikuningyo.html
Tsurugajo Autumn Leaves Illumination
Date: October 19th – November 18th
Time: Sunset – 9pm
1-1 Otemachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken 965-0873
Details: Enjoy the castle lit up in the evening at the castle – Tsurugajo – in Aizu. It is gorgeous with fall colors, which you can view at the end of October. Even after the leaves fall, come walk through the peaceful castle grounds in the evening!
Japanese website: http://www.aizukanko.com/event/103/
Hayama Shrine Autumn Festival
Date: Saturday, November 3rd – Sunday, November 4th
Area: Date City
Time: 8:30-21:00 Saturday, 9:00-14:00 Sunday
Address: Takahata Ryōzenmachi Nakagawa, Date-shi, Fukushima-ken 960-0805
Details: This is an annual event in Date city where each of the seven regions decorates a float with flowers and parade them around the town. There will also be taiko and lots of festivals during this two-day event.
Japanese website: http://www.date-shi.jp/information/3260
Autumn Leaves Illumination in Iwaki
Date: November 3rd – November 11th
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Address: 〒973-8405 Fukushima-ken, Iwaki-shi, Uchigōshiramizumachi, Hirohata−221 国宝白水阿弥陀堂
Details: Located in Shiramizuamida-do Temple, food stalls will also be set up during the illumination. The entire illumination in the park is powered by solar energy. Why not enjoy this environment-friendly event, stopping by some food stalls for a snack? It sounds like a pretty relaxed way to spend an evening!
Facebook Event: http://kankou-iwaki.or.jp/event_festival/events__fall/83334
Taimatsu Akashi Fire Festival
Date: November 10th
Area: Sukagawa (Midorigaoka Park)
Time: 1pm – 7:30pm (The main event starts around 6pm)
Address: Atagoyama, Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture 962-086
Details: Fire. Teenage boys scrambling up ladders. Setting giant pillars on fire. Skittering back down the ladders. You – watching a bunch of pillars burn. Ash raining down around you. Your face flushed against the heat. Fire. Laughter. Fire. Crowds. Fire. Pillars on fire. FIRE EVERYWHERE. But seriously – this is a fantastic and unique event in Fukushima Prefecture with lots of history and it is just plain fun to watch. Talk to any of your fellow ALTs about how awesome it is. See you there!
Facebook Event: http://www.city.sukagawa.fukushima.jp/taimatsu/
Midyear FuJET Beer Hall
Date: November 16th
Area: Fukushima City
Time: 6:00pm – ?
Details: So what if midyear is only one day this year? It’s still a chance to see many faces that you don’t often do! Let’s get together and have a right royal time and enjoy a good meal together! Event details are still being decided to make sure to check the event page frequently for updates!
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1934769906825817/
Fukushima Charity Pub Quiz Vol. 3
Date: November 17th
Area: 郡山市郡山公会堂の利用案内//Koriyama City Auditorium
Time: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Price: 500 yen donation
Details: What’s most common blood type in Japan? Who won the first ever World Cup? How many years has ‘The Simpsons’ been running?
Whether you’re a secret trivia master or not– join us for the Fukushima Charity Pub Quiz vol. 3! For the last 2 years, we have worked together to raise and donate over 500,000 yen for Kumamoto’s earthquake recovery. This year, we are raising money for the ongoing tsunami relief efforts from the September 28th disaster which took the life of over 2,000 people, injured thousands others and left even more people homeless.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/272275233421629/
Namie Town Revival Festival
Date: November 24th – November 25th
Area: Namie Town Regional Sports Centre
Details: Come and support the slowly rebuilding coastal town of Namie through local culture and crafts! This event was able to be held in Namie Town once more as of last year, when the town was allowed to be repopulated, so this is a very special event!
Facebook event: https://rurubu.jp/andmore/spot/20000418?https://www.facebook.com/events/272275233421629/