The new year is only hours away, and with the promise of a new year also comes the promise of new adventures and experiences here in the lucky island. Let us all keep warm, eat our osechi, and welcome in the year of the inoshishi(wild booar.) The zodiac year of the boar is the last in the 12-year zodiac animal cycle, and it is noteworthy in that it is the only Japanese zodaic year different from the Chinese zodiac, where it is the year of the pig. To our Akabeko’s still travelling for the holidays, safe journeys and we can’t wait for your adventure to start fresh here in the lucky island!
Name: 13th Annnual Koriyama Station Illuminations
Date: Now – Monday, January 14th
Area: Koriyama City
Time: 5:30pm – 11:30pm
Address: Around the west exit of Koriyama station
Details: Check out Koriyama’s annual illumination with over 330,000 lights during the holiday and winter season around the station!
Details: This event is one of the main illuminations in Fukushima City. 200,000 lights will illuminate Paseo Street during December and January. This illumination has occurred annually since 2007 and is a signal of the winter holidays to the people who live there.
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 Area: Nihonmatsu 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 Area: Aizuwakamatsu Time: Sunset – 9pm Address: 福島県会津若松市追手町1-1
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/
Pardon the delay, all: October came in like a lion, and everything went from 0 to 60. However, there’s still plenty to do this month. Autumn has finally begun, despite the still warm temperatures across the prefecture and humid, rainy days. If you’re still looking for a way to beat the weakening heat, why not try to have fun while doing it with some new events!
This post will update as new events come in, so be sure to check back to see what all you can get up to this month in Fukushima!
Autumn has officially arrived, and with it, onsen season is fully in swing. Aizu Wakamatsu, the samurai city, is home to the famous onsen district of Higashiyama. However, did you know Aizu Wakamatsu is home to another lovely onsen district, Ashinomaki, located on the city’s southern border?
The seasons have turned from “Seatbelt Buckle on Your Bare Arm” Summer to “Wow, it’s livable and not so bad, isn’t it?” Autumn, and for many of us, that means it’s time to go out for the Autumnal Festivals across the prefecture. And what better what to kick off your festival season than with the Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival, which happens next week!
Need convincing? Well, read on and let’s see if I can!