Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Marché Arts Towada 2017

Marché Arts Towada 2017 マルシェ アーツ・トワダ

Enjoy a produce, food, and craft market, workshop and performances in the Towada Art Park!
Marché Arts Towada 2017 flyer マルシェ アーツ・トワダ チラシ

Date: Saturday August 26, 2017
Time: 10:00-16:00
Location: Towada Art Park 十和田現代美術館アート広場 (map)
(In the event of rain: Towada Civic Center Plaza 十和田市民交流プラザ「トワーレ」(map) )
Admission: Free

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Towada Fall Festival 2017

Towada Fall Festival 2017
平成29年度十和田秋まつり (Towada Aki Matsuri)

The Fall Festival is the biggest annual festival in central Towada. Enjoy various performances, parades of large floats and portable shrines, a festival music competition (drum, flute, and hand cymbal), a variety of different food stalls and more!
Towada Fall Festival 2017 poster 平成29年度十和田秋まつり ポスター Aki Matsuri

Date: September 8-10, 2017 *Rain or Shine*
Location: Central Towada (various - see map)
Admission: Free

Friday, 28 July 2017

Gonohe Summer Festival 2017

Gonohe Summer Festival 2017
ごのへ夏まつり
(Gonohe Natsu Matsuri)

Enjoy special guest performances and night time fireworks!

Gonohe Summer Festival 2017 poster 平成29年ごのへ夏まつり ポスター Natsu Matsuri

Date: Saturday August 5, 2017
Time: 15:30~
Location: Hibarino Park ひばり野公園 (map)
Admission: Free

Oma Blue Marine Festival 2017

Oma Blue Marine Festival 2017 大間町ブルーマリンフェスティバル

A summer festival featuring a tuna carving demonstration, various performances, and fireworks!
Oma Blue Marine Festival 2017 poster 大間町ブルーマリンフェスティバル ポスター

Date: Monday August 14, 2017
Time: 9:00~
Location: Omakou (Oma Harbour) 大間港 (map)
(In the Event of Rain: Kita Doori Sougou Bunka Center "Wing" 北通り総合文化センター・ウイング (map))

Oirase Beer Fes 2017

Oirase Beer Fes 2017
奥入瀬ビールまつり
(Oirase Beer Matsuri)

A dinner event (6 course meal and 2 hours all-you-can-drink*) celebrating the 20th anniversary of Oirase Beer! (Drink selections: 5 types of Oirase Beer, (non-alcoholic) Oirase Cider, Oirase Water, and Oolong Tea.)

Oirase Beer Fes 2017 poster 奥入瀬ビールまつり ポスター 十和田市 Towada City

Date: Friday August 25, 2017
Time: 18:00~ (doors open 17:30)
Location: Fujiya Grand Hall 冨士屋グランドホール (map)
Admission: 6000yen (advance ticket purchase required)

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Inaoi River Lantern Floating 2017

Inaoi River Lantern Floating 2017
稲生川灯ろう流し
(Inaoigawa Tourou Nagashi)

During the Bon Festival period in Japan, people return to their family homes to pay their respects at family altars/graves. It is believed that ancestors/deceased relatives return to "visit" during this period. Tourou Nagashi (floating lanterns down rivers) is a common event toward the end of the Bon Festival period. The lanterns are believed to help guide the souls of ancestors back to the after life/spirit world. People often write wishes on the lanterns.

Inaoi River Lantern Floating 2017 flyer front 平成29年稲生川灯ろう流し チラシ表 Inaoigawa Tourou Nagashi Towada City 十和田市 Inaoi River Lantern Floating 2017 flyer back 平成29年稲生川灯ろう流し チラシ裏 Inaoigawa Tourou Nagashi Towada City 十和田市

Date: Wednesday August 16, 2017
Time: 19:00-19:45
Location: Inaoi River 1st West Bridge 稲生川第一西裏橋 (map)
Admission: Free
(Lanterns available for purchase, but homemade lanterns (less than 1m in size) are welcome!)

Friday, 7 July 2017

Art Station Towada Beer Garden 2017

Art Station Towada Beer Garden 2017 ASTビアガーデン

Enjoy an outdoor beer garden in central Towada!

rt Station Towada Beer Garden 2017 poster 平成29年 ASTビアガーデン  ポスター アートステーショントワダ 十和田市

Date: August 8-10, 2017
Time: 17:30-20:30 (20:00 last order)
Location: Art Station Towada Parking Lot アートステーショントワダ駐車場 (map)
Admission: 2000yen (advance ticket)
    Ticket Includes:
  • 2 Original Drinking Snack Tickets
  • 2 Drink Tickets (545ml Draft Beer/Shochu/Sour, 300ml Sake, or Non-Alcohol Beer)
  • Entry to Prize Drawing

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Towada Nouryou Festival 2017

Towada Nouryou Matsuri 2017 十和田納涼まつり

A festival to enjoy the cool of summer evenings with food, drink, and entertainment!
Towada Nouryou Matsuri 2017 poster 平成29年十和田納涼まつり ポスター

Date: Friday July 28, 2017 (rain or shine)
Time: 17:00-20:30
Location: Towada Chamber of Commerce & Industry 商工会議所 (map)
Admission: 1500yen (price includes 2 drinks & 2 types of drinking snacks)

Friday, 30 June 2017

Kamikita Summer Festival 2017

Kamikita Summer Festival 2017
2017 かみきた夏まつり
(Kamikita Natsu Matsuri)

A summer festival with something for everyone: a drinking rally, basketball tournaments, festival food and games, and more!
Kamikita Summer Festival 2017 poster 平成29年かみきた夏まつり ポスター 東北町 Tohoku Town
Date: July 1-2, 2017
Time: July 1: 19:00-21:00; July 2: 10:00-17:00
Location: Kamikitacho Station Plaza 上北町駅前広場 (map)
Admission: Free (some paid events)

Misawa Ogawarako Lake Festival 2017

Misawa Ogawarako Lake Festival 2017
みさわ小川原湖 湖水まつり
(Misawa Ogawarako Kosui Matsuri)

A festival kicking off the start of summer lake season with performances, a prize draw, and more! Fun for the whole family!

Misawa Ogawarako Lake Festival 2017 poster 平成29年みさわ小川原湖湖水まつり ポスター Misawa Ogawarako Kosui Matsuri

Date: Sunday July 23, 2017
Time: 9:15~
Admission: Free
Location: Misawa City Lake Ogawara 三沢市小川原湖水浴場付近 (map)

Rokunohe Summer Festival 2017

Rokunohe Summer Festival 2017 ろくのへサマーフェスティバル

Enjoy a summer beer garden, BINGO game, stage performances and more!

Rokunohe Summer Festival 2017 poster ろくのへサマーフェスティバル ポスター

Date: July 21-22, 2017
Time:
    July 21: 17:00-19:00
    July 22: 15:00-20:00
Admission: Free (some paid events)
Location: Rokunohe Gymnasium West Side Parking Lot 六戸町総合体育館 西側駐車場 (map)

Towada Summer Festival Fireworks Display 2017

Towada Summer Festival Fireworks Display 2017
十和田市夏まつり第60回花火大会 (Towada-shi natsu matsuri hanabi taikai)

Food stalls and fireworks right in the heart of the city--great chance to wear a yukata (cotton summer kimono)!

Towada Summer Festival Fireworks Display 2017 flyer 平成29年 十和田市夏まつり第60回花火大会 チラシ

Date: Monday August 14 Saturday August 19, September 16, 2017
(*Rain Dates: September 17, 18, 2017*)
Time: 19:00-20:30 (road closures 17:30-21:00)
Location: Kanchogai Street 官庁街通り (map)
Admission: Free
Opening Attraction: 18:30-18:50 Towada Bayashi (Festival Music) Performance

Kanchogai Street 官庁街通り
Nishinibancho (青森県十和田市西二番町)
Towada City, Aomori Prefecture 034-0082


More Information:
Towada Sightseeing Promotion Division (Japanese): https://www.facebook.com/十和田市観光推進課-468874536643716/

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Romantopia Dance Contest Star Festival in Souma 2017

Romantopia Dance Contest Star Festival in Souma 2017
第17回ロマントピア"舞"コンテスト 星まつりinそうま

(Romantopia "Mai" Contest Hoshi Matsuri in Souma)

A yosakoi dance contest where the winner is determined by attendees!

Star Festival in Souma 2017 flyer front 平成29年第17回ロマントピア Hirosaki City 弘前市 Star Festival in Souma 2017 flyer back 平成29年第17回ロマントピア Hirosaki City 弘前市

Date: Sunday July 16, 2017 (Rain or Shine!)
Time: 11:00-17:00
Location: Hoshi to Mori no Romantopia Souma, Hirosaki City
弘前市星 星と森のロマントピア・そうま (map)
Admission: Free

Towada Rock Festival 2017

Towada Rock Festival 2017 十和田ロックフェスティバル
Event Website (Japanese): http://towada-rock-festival.jimdo.com/

Enjoy free performances by musicians from around Aomori Prefecture!
Towada Rock Festival 2017 poster 平成29年十和田ロックフェスティバル ポスター

Date: Sunday August 27, 2017
Time: 10:30~
Location: Michi no Eki Towada "Towadapia" 道の駅とわだ とわだぴあ (map)
Admission: Free
Performers:
  • TOKMANZ (Towada) (Facebook)
  • Hana Rockets 鼻ロケッツ (Rokunohe)
  • Metro Garden 美羅花園ーメトロガーデン (Aomori City) (Facebook)
  • Tsushima Kenta ツシマケンタ (Hirosaki) (Website)
  • THE TRINITY VOICE (Hachinohe) (Facebook)
  • Hanadensha 花電車 (Aomori City)
  • Marmalade マーマレード (Misawa)
  • Chocoratto 猪虎鼠 (Goshogawara) (Facebook)
  • BABY KING BLUES BAND (Tohoku Town) (Facebook)
  • TRIAD (Shichinohe)


Michi no Eki Towada "Towadapia" 道の駅とわだ とわだぴあ
Tairakubo-37-2 Denpōji (青森県十和田市伝法寺平窪37−2)
Towada City, Aomori Prefecture 034-0051
Tel: 0176-28-3790


More Information:
Event Website (Japanese): http://towada-rock-festival.jimdo.com/
Event Facebook Page (Japanese): https://www.facebook.com/Towada-Rock-Festival-1435303880120179/

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Goshogawara Tachineputa 2017

Goshogawara Tachineputa 2017 立佞武多

Goshogawara Tachineputa 2017 poster 平成29年 五所川原立佞武多 ポスター

Goshogawara Tachineputa features extremely tall, towering Neputa floats. The average float is 20 metres tall! The oldest records of Tachineputa date back to 1907, but with the increase in electrical power lines during the Taisho Period (1912-1926), the size of the floats had to be scaled back. Then two devastating post-war fires destroyed records and schematics for the large floats and consequently Tachineputa was lost to obscurity until schematics and pictures were found in 1993, enabling the revival of the tradition. But even then it took several years to re-wire the city's power lines to create a safe path for the floats, so the revival of Goshogawara's Tachineputa Festival didn't come about until 1998--nearly 80 years since the last time the event had been held!

Festival "Shout": Yattemare, yattemare!
Dates: August 4-8
Location: Central Goshogawara City (map)
Schedule:
    (August 3: Festival Eve: Fireworks (19:30 start))
    August 4-8: Night Time Parade (19:00 start)
Admission: Free (paid seating available)

Aomori Nebuta 2017

Aomori Nebuta 2017 青森ねぶた

Aomori Nebuta 2017 poster 平成28年青森ねぶた ポスター

Aomori Nebuta is one of the most well known Japanese summer festivals both domestically and internationally. In 1980 it was designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan. Aomori Nebuta floats mostly feature human figures. When they come to an intersection, the floats are spun around at an impressive speed considering their size. Anyone dressed in the appropriate garb (many shops offer costume rental and dressing services) is welcome to join in the jumping and shouting, making Aomori Nebuta a lively and interactive experience.

Festival "Shout": Rassera, rassera!
Dates: August 2-7
Location: Central Aomori City (map)
(Road closures and parking map (Japanese))
Schedule: 
    (August 1: Festival Eve: Performances (18:00 start)
         Fireworks (19:00 start))
    August 2-3: Children's Neputa & Large Floats (19:10 start)
    August 4-6 Large Floats (19:10 start)
    August 7: Daytime Large Floats Parade (13:00 start)
         Fireworks & Boat Parade (19:15 start)
Admission: Free (paid seating available)

Hirosaki Neputa 2017

Hirosaki Neputa 2017 弘前ねぷた
Hirosaki Neputa 2017 poster 弘前ねぷた 平成29年 ポスター

Hirosaki Neputa features fan-shaped with illustrations representing images and themes from Chinese literature such as The Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Water Margin. There is often nudity and/or grotesque images such as severed heads and bloodied people depicted on Hirosaki Neputa. The often darker tone and relatively smaller size of the floats, as well as the strong involvement of community groups in the making of the floats as well as in participating in the parade itself give Hirosaki Neputa an intimate feeling that belies the size of the event.

Festival "Shout": Yayado, yayado!
Dates: August 1-7
Location: Central Hirosaki (map) Schedule: 
    August 1-4: Dotemachi Course (19:00 start)
    August 5-6: Ekimae Course (19:00 start)
    August 7: Nanuka-bi (Final Day) Dotemachi Nanuka-bi Course (10:00 start)
Admission: Free (paid seating available)

Hachinohe Sansha Taisai 2017

Hachinohe Sansha Taisai 2017
2017 八戸三社大祭 (Hachinohe Three Shrine Grand Festival)

Hachinohe Sansha Taisai 2017 poster 平成29年八戸三社大祭 ポスター Hachinohe Three Shrine Grand Festival

Although perhaps not quite as well known as the Nebuta/Neputa festivals of Aomori, Hirosaki, and Goshogawara, Hachinohe's Sansha Taisai is another famous summer festival in Aomori. It has a history of over 290 years and was recognized in 2004 as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. In 2016 it was added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

It is a festival for 3 major Shinto shrines in Hachinohe, Ogami Shrine (おがみ神社), Shinra Shrine (新羅神社), and Shinmei Shrine (神明宮). The festival features a parade of 27 large dashi floats, mikoshi (portable shrines) from the 3 shrines, and Toramai tiger dancing, etc., as well as other events such as Kagami-style Kiba Dakyu (a polo-like horseback sport).

All-Japan University & High School Sumo Tournaments in Towada 2017

All-Japan University & High School Sumo Tournaments in Towada 2017
第52回全日本大学選抜相撲十和田大会 & 第66回選抜高校相撲十和田大会

(Nihon Daigaku Senbatsu Sumo Towada Taikai & Senbatsu Koukou Sumo Towada Taikai)

Cheer on local Sanbongi Agricultural High School sumo wrestlers and other young wrestlers at the All-Japan Sumo Tournaments in Towada City.

All-Japan University & High School Sumo Tournaments in Towada 2017 poster 第52回全日本大学選抜相撲十和田大会 & 第66回選抜高校相撲十和田大会 ポスター Nihon Daigaku Senbatsu Sumo Towada Taikai & Senbatsu Koukou Sumo Towada Taikai

Date/Time:
  • Sunday August 14, 2017, 9:00~ - University Sumo
  • Monday August 15, 2017, 8:30~ - High School Sumo/li>
Location: Towada Sumo Dohyo 十和田市相撲場 (map)

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Children's Hip Hop Paradise 2017

Children's Hip Hop Paradise 2017
こどもヒップホップパラヂアス
(Kodomo Hip Hop Paradise)
Event Website (Japanese): http://hiphop-towada.net/

Various hip hop performances from nursery school children to high school aged students! Special guest appearance by Towada mascot characters "Towada Families"!

Children's Hip Hop Paradise 2017 poster 平成29年 こどもヒップホップパラヂアス ポスター

Date: Saturday October 21, 2017
Time: 13:00-15:00 (doors open 12:30)
Location: Towada Shimin Bunka Center, Dai Hall 十和田市民文化センター 大ホール (map)
Admission: Free

Towada Shimin Bunka Center 十和田市民文化センター
2-1 Nishi Sanbancho (十和田市西三番町2-1)
Towada City, Aomori 034-0083


More Information:
Event Website (Japanese): http://hiphop-towada.net/

Towada Samba Carnival 2017

Towada Samba Carnival 2017 十和田サンバカーニバル
Official Website (Japanese): http://sanba-de-samba.net/

A summer event featuring a music festival (music and dance performances, etc.) and samba parade!
Towada Samba Carnival 2017 poster 十和田サンバカーニバル 平成29年 ポスター

Date: Saturday August 5, 2017
Time:
    Music Festival: 12:00-16:00
    Opening Ceremony: 16:45-17:00
    Parade: 17:00-19:00
Location(s):
    Music Festival
  • Central Parking Lot (in front of Towada City Hall)
    十和田市役所向かい、中央駐車場 (map)
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Intersection in front of Towada Art Center
    現代美術館前交差点
  • Parade
  • Kanchogai Street (from Towada Art Center to Central Parking Lot)
    官庁街通り(現代美術館~中央駐車場)
Admission: Free

Friday, 23 June 2017

Jakkudo Festival 2017

Jakudo Festival 2017
第26回ジャックドまつり (Jakudo Matsuri)
Event Facebook Page (Japanese): https://www.facebook.com/Jakkudomatsuri/

Nanbu Town summer festival featuring various performances, food booths, fireworks, and more!
Jakkudo Festival 2017 poster 平成29年第26回ジャックドまつり ポスター Matsuri Nanbu Town 南部町 Jakkudo Festival 2017 venue map 平成29年第26回ジャックドまつり 会場案内図 Matsuri Nanbu Town 南部町


Date: July 8-9, 2017
Time: Jul 8: 13:00~21:00; Jul 9: 9:00~17:30(?)
Location: Fureai Park (Nanbu Town) ふれあい公園 (map)
Admission: Free

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Towadako Kosui Matsuri 2017

Towadako Kosui Matsuri 2017 (Lake Towada Lake Festival)
十和田湖湖水まつり 2017
Official Website (Japanese): http://www.kosuimaturi.com/

Fireworks by Lake Towada, performances, and various other events!
Lake Towada Lake Festival 2017 poster 平成29年十和田湖湖水まつり ポスター

Date: July 15-16, 2017 (Sat.-Sun.)
Time: 9:00~21:00
Location: Lake Towada, Yasumiya 十和田湖畔 休屋 (map)
Admission: Free

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Hachinohe Fireworks Display 2017

Hachinohe Fireworks Display 2017
第37回八戸花火大会2017
(Hachinohe Hanabi Taikai)

An impressive fireworks display of about 5000 fireworks against the backdrop of Hachinohe Harbour.
Hachinohe Fireworks Display 八戸花火大会 Hanabi Taikai

Date: Sunday August 20*, 2017 (*Rain Date: Sunday August 27, 2017*)
Time: 19:00
Location: Hachinohe Tatehana Harbour 八戸館鼻漁港 (map)

Hachinohe Tanabata Festival

Hachinohe Tanabata Festival 2017
八戸七夕まつり (Hachinohe Tanabata Matsuri)
Event Website (Japanese): http://www.8cci.or.jp/tanabata/

Enjoy Tanabata (Star Festival) decorations, performances, and shopping at various street vendors along the streets of Central Hachinohe.
Hachinohe Tanabata Festival 八戸七夕まつり Matsuri
(Photo Source: Japan Attractions)

Date: July 14-17, 2017
Time: 18:00-21:00
Locations: Central Hachinohe 八戸中心街 (Hachinohe Chuushingai), Honchō Minatomachi 湊町本町
Venue & Road Closures Map
Hachinohe Tanabata Festival 2017 Venue & Road Closures Map 平成29年第65回八戸七夕まつり歩行者天国 交通制限図

More Information: Event Website (Japanese): http://www.8cci.or.jp/tanabata/

Aomori TKG Festival 2017

Aomori Tamago Kake Gohan Matsuri 2017 (Aomori Raw Egg on Rice Festival)
2017 あおもりたまごかけごはんまつり

Tamagao kake gohan ("TKG") is a simple and popular Japanese dish: just crack a raw egg onto a bowl of warm rice and add soy sauce/other condiments to taste. Try TKG with various locally made soy sauces and different types of eggs at the Aomori Tamago Kake Gohan Matsuri.

Aomori TKG Festival 2017 flyer  平成29年 あおもりたまごかけごはんまつり あおもり大畜産まつり チラシ 青森市アスパム Tamago Kake Gohan Matsuri Raw Egg on Rice Aomori TKG Festival 2017 flyer  平成29年 あおもりたまごかけごはんまつり あおもり大畜産まつり チラシ 青森市アスパム Tamago Kake Gohan Matsuri Raw Egg on Rice
Aomori TKG Festival 2017 flyer  平成29年 あおもりたまごかけごはんまつり チラシ 青森市 Tamago Kake Gohan Matsuri Raw Egg on Rice

Date: June 30-July 2, 2017
Location: Aomori Prefecture Tourist Center "Aspam" 1st Floor Event Hall
青森県観光物産館アスパム1階イベントホール (map)
Time: 10:00-15:00
Admission: Free (purchase required for some events)

Towada Summer Dance & Miss Yukata Contest 2017

Towada Summer Dance & Miss Yukata Contest 2017
第10回とわだ夏おどり&第8回ゆかたの似合う女性コンテスト

(Towada Natsu Odori & Yukata no Niau Josei Contest)

Enjoy dancing various local folk dances in yukata (summer cotton kimono) in Towada Central Park.
Towada Summer Dance & Miss Yukata Contest 2017 poster 平成29年 第10回とわだ夏おどり 第8回ゆかたの似合う女性コンテスト ポスター 十和田市

Date: Friday August 11, 2016 (Mountain Day Holiday)
Time: 16:00-21:00
Location: Towada Central Park (Chuo Koen) 十和田市中央公園緑地 (map)
Admission: Free

Oirase Roman Park Festival 2017

Oirase Roman Park Festival 2017
奥入瀬ろまんパークフェスティバル 2017

Enjoy various performances, giveaways and more at the Michi Eki Towada "Oirase Roman Park" Festival.

Oirase Roman Park Festival 2017 poster 平成29年奥入瀬ろまんパークフェスティバル 十和田市 Towada City

Date: July 1-2, 2017
Time:10:00-17:00 (Sat. Jul. 1); 9:30-17:00 (Sun. Jul. 2)
Location: Oirase Roman Park 奥入瀬ろまんパーク (Map)
Admission: Free

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Shiro Fes 2017

Shiro Fes 2017

Hirosaki Dance and Performance Festival
Shiro Fes 2017 poster Hirosaki University Castle Park 弘前市 弘前城 弘前公園 弘前大学

Date: June 30-July 2, 2017
Time:
   Fri. Jun. 30: 16:00-21:30
   Sat. Jul 1: 10:00-21:30
   Sun. Jul 2: 10:30-20:30
Location:
   Jun. 30-Jul.1: Hirosaki University 弘前大学 (map)
   Jul 2: Hirosaki Castle Honmaru 弘前公園本丸敷地内 (map)
Admission: Free* (*events in park paid zone require admission fees)

Monday, 12 June 2017

Kuroishi Neputa Festival 2017

Kuroishi Neputa Festival 2017
黒石ねぷた祭り
(Kuroishi Neputa Matsuri)

Two days with parades of about sixty fan-shaped Neputa floats! (The other days of the festival, the floats go around their respective local areas.)

Kuroishi Neputa Festival 2017 poster 平成29年 黒石ねぷた祭り ポスター Matsuri

Date: July 30-August 5, 2017
Admission: Free
Location: Various

Goshogawara Fireworks Display 2017

Goshogawara Fireworks Display -Festival of Water, Light & Sound-
第68回五所川原花火大会 -水と光と音の祭典-

(Goshogawara Hanabi Taikai - Mizu to Hikari to Oto no Saiten)

A fireworks display set to music. The finale features an 80m-wide "water curtain."
Goshogawara Fireworks Display Festival of Water, Light & Sound 2017 poster 平成29年 第68回五所川原花火大会 水と光と音の祭典 ポスター Hanabi Taikai Mizu to Hikari to Oto no Saiten

Date: Thursday August 3, 2017
Time: 19:30-20:45
Location: Iwaki River Floodplain "Hokuto Ground" 岩木川河川敷「北斗グラウンド」 (map)
Parking: 1,000yen (limited spaces; parking available from 15:00)
Admission: Free (paid seating available)

Sai Sea Urchin Festival 2017

Sai Sea Urchin Festival 2017
佐井村うに祭り
(Sai-mura Uni Matsuri)

Enjoy fresh sea urchin on rice for 1000yen.
Sai Sea Urchin Festival 2017 poster 平成29年 佐井村うに祭り ポスター Uni Matsuri

Date: June 17-18, 2017
Time: 10:00-14:00
(Sea Urchin Rice Bowl Ticket Distribution from 9:00)
Location: Location: Tsugaru Kaikyo Bunkakan Arusasu Shiosai Hall
津軽海峡文化館アルサス しおさいホール (map)

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Nango Summer Jazz Festival 2017

Nango Summer Jazz Festival 2017
南郷サマージャズフェスティバル2017
Official Facebook Page: https://ja-jp.facebook.com/NangoJazz

A full day outdoor summer jazz festival. Get food and drinks at the various food stalls available at the venue.

The 28th Nango Summer Jazz Festival 2017 flyer front 平成29年 南郷サマージャズフェスティバル チラシ表 八戸市 Hachinohe City The 28th Nango Summer Jazz Festival 2017 flyer back 平成29年 南郷サマージャズフェスティバル チラシ裏 八戸市 Hachinohe City

Date: Saturday July 29, 2017 (Rain or Shine!)
Time: 13:00-20:30 (venue opens at 12:00)
Location: Kakko no Mori Ecoland Outdoor Stage カッコーの森エコーランド野外ステージ (Map)
Admission:
  • Adult: 6000yen (5000yen advance)
  • Junior High-Senior High School Students: 3000yen (2000yen advance)
  • Elementary School-Aged & Younger: Free

Niji Rock Fes 2017

Niji Rock Fes 2017
虹の湖ロックフェスティバル2017
(Nijinoko Rock Festival)
Website (Japanese): http://www.nijirockfes.jp/

An outdoor summer rock festival by Nijino Lake with over 20 artists performing!

Niji Rock Fes 2017 poster 平成29年 虹の湖ロックフェスティバル ポスター 黒石市 Kuroishi Nijinoko Rock Festival

Date: Saturday August 19, 2017 (Rain or Shine!)
Time: 10:00~
Admission: Free
Location: Michi no Eki "Nijinoko Park" 道の駅「虹の湖公園」(map)

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Towada Horseback Riding Club Horse Show 2017

Towada Horseback Riding Club Horse Show 2017
十和田乗馬倶楽部ホースショー2017
(Towada Joba Club Horse Show)

A once-a-year event where you can interact with horses, watch yabusame (horseback archery) and quadrille (choreographed dressage).
Towada Horseback Riding Club Horse Show 2017 poster 平成29年十和田乗馬倶楽部ホースショー ポスター Joba Club Towada Horseback Riding Club Horse Show 2017 program 平成29年十和田乗馬倶楽部ホースショー プログラム Joba Club

Date: Sunday June 18, 2017
Time: 10:00-14:30
Location: Towada Horseback Riding Club Dome Area
十和田乗馬倶楽部 ドーム周辺 (map)
Admission: Free (some paid activities)

Monday, 5 June 2017

Shichinohe Rose Festival 2017

Shichinohe Rose Festival 2017
しちのへバラまつり2017 (Shichinohe bara matsuri)
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.shichinohe-kankou.jp/rose

Enjoy rose flavoured soft serve ice cream while wandering around rose gardens in full bloom.

Shichinohe Rose Festival 2017 flyer 平成29年しちのへバラまつり チラシ

Date: June 17 - July 9, 2017
Time: 9:00-16:00
Location: Higashi Hakkouda Rose Country 東八甲田ローズカントリー (Map)
Admission: Free

Friday, 2 June 2017

Towada Tanabata Rally 2017

Towada Tanabata Rally 2017 第2回とわだ七夕ラリー

Enjoy a drink at 5 designated bars around Towada and complete the event stamp card within the time limit to be entered into a prize raffle drawing.

Towada Tanabata Rally 2017 poster 第2回とわだ七夕ラリー ポスター

Date: Wednesday July 5, 2017
Time: 18:00-20:00 (Registration from 17:00)
Location: Towada Chamber of Commerce & Industry 十和田商工会議所 (map)
Fee: 3000yen (limited number of tickets; if not sold out in advance, at-door tickets will be 3500yen)

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Marine Festa in Ominato & Ominato Navy Festival 2017

Marine Festa in Ominato & Ominato Navy Festival 2017 poster 平成29年 マリンフェスタIN大湊 同時開催 大湊海軍まつり ポスター むつ市 Mutsu City
Marine Festa in Ominato 2017 マリンフェスタIN大湊

Date: Saturday June 10, 2017
Time: 9:00-15:00
Location: Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) Ominato Base (Headquarters District)
海上自衛隊大湊基地(総監部地区) & Ominato Air Base 海上自衛隊大湊航空基地 (map)
Parking:
  • Ominato Air Base 大湊航空基地内
  • Kamafuseyama Ski Resort Parking Lot 釜臥山スキー場駐車場 (map)
Admission: Free
Events/Attractions:
  • Naval Fleet Open to the Public
  • Tugboat Bay Cruise
    (整理券 numbered tickets will be distributed from 9:15 (first 200 people) & 11:15 (first 250 people))
  • Ground & Air Force Vehicle Display
  • Disaster Relief Operation Equipment Display
  • Corner to Try on Uniforms
  • Stamp Rally
  • Airplane Display
  • Railroad Car Display (Fire Engine, Snow Plough, etc.)
  • Control Tower Tour
  • Dog Tag Making
  • Etc.

Love Festa Gagyuuzan Festival in Kouryuu no Mori Hiroba 2017

Love Festa Gagyuuzan Festival in Kouryuu no Mori Hiroba 2017
第19回LOVEフェスタ 臥牛山まつりin交流の森広場

(Love Festa Gagyuuzan Matsuri in Kouryuu no Mori Hiroba)

A festival at the base of Hashikami's Gagyuuzan mountain, featuring live stage events, food stalls, and more!
Love Festa Gagyuuzan Festival in Kouryuu no Mori Hiroba 2017 poster 平成29年 第19回LOVEフェスタ 臥牛山まつりin交流の森広場 ポスター 階上町 Matsuri Hashikami

Date: June 3-4, 2017
Time: 10:00~
Location: Hashikami Town, Kouryuu no Mori Hiroba 交流の森広場 (map)
Admission: Free

Tohoku Horse Power Competition in Shichinohe 2017 (Summer)

Tohoku Horse Power Competition in Shichinohe 2017 (Summer)
第35回東北馬力七戸大会
(Tohoku Bariki Shichinohe Taikai)

A draft horse racing event where horses pull sleds with weights--some weighing almost 1 tonne!--across a straight track with a slope at the end.

Tohoku Horse Power Competition in Shichinohe 2017 (Summer) poster 平成29年(夏) 第35回東北馬力七戸大会 ポスター Bariki Taikai

Date: Sunday June 4, 2017
Time: 8:30~
Location: Aomori Prefecture Livestock Market Yard 青森県家畜市場構内 (map)
Admission: Free?

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Beer Terrace 2017 at A-Factory

Beer Terrace 2017 at A-Factory ビアテラス・アット・エーファクトリー

Enjoy cold beers with an ocean view on a hot summer night!
Beer Terrace 2017 at A-Factory poster 平成29年ビアテラス・アット・エーファクトリー ポスター 青森市 Aomori City

Date: June 9-August 31, 2017 (closed during Nebuta, Aug. 1-8)
Time:
    Weekdays: 18:00-21:00 (20:30 last order)
    Saturdays: 16:30-21:00 (20:30 last order)
    Sundays: 17:00-20:00 (19:30 last order)
Location: A-Factory 1st Floor Terrace (map)
Cost: 1500yen (90min all-you-can-drink)
(food NOT included; available for purchase 500yen~)

Okutsugaru Mushi to Hi Matsuri 2017

Okutsugaru Mushi to Hi Matsuri (Insect & Fire Festival)
奥津軽虫と火まつり
Official Website (Japanese): http://goshogawarajc.com/matsuri/

This is a festival to ward off insects that harm the rice fields. It originated from "mushi okuri"(literally "sending off (driving away) insects"). Large "insects" with wooden heads and straw bodies were paraded down the street and then hung up at the entry points to the village to ward off insects. From 1983, the city decided to combine the mushi okuri festival with "fire"--another powerful symbol for warding off bad things--to give birth to the Mushi to Hi Matsuri.

Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 18:00-21:00
Location:Goshogawara City Hokuto Ground 五所川原市北斗グラウンド (map)
Parade Route & Road Closure Map
(Blue = Parade Route; Red = Road Closures)
Okutsugaru Mushi to Hi Matsuri 2017 road closures parade course map 平成29年奥津軽虫と火まつり案内図 交通制限・運行コース 五所川原市 Goshogawara City Insect & Fire Festival
Admission: Free
Events/Attractions:
  • 9:00-18:00 "Mushi Okuri" Float Displays
    (In front of Goshogawara Station (map) & Tachineputa No Yakata (Tachineputa Museum) (map))
  • "Mushi Okuri" Float Parade
  • Bonfires
  • & More!

Goshogawara City Hokuto Ground 五所川原市 北斗グラウンド


More Information:
Official Website (Japanese): http://goshogawarajc.com/matsuri/
Okutsugaru Sightseeing Website, "The festival 'Mushito Himatsuri'" (English): http://www.okutsugaru.com/e/shichoubetu/goshogawara/mushitohimatsuri.html