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post date : 2016.05.26

【Chiba Prefecture】  The fastest Air Race in the world held in Chiba City (June 4 - 5, 2016) 


The Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which was held last year for the first time in Japan and brought thrills and excitement to an audience of 120,000 people, is returning to Chiba City.  The most skilled pilots in the world will race against the clock at low altitude at speeds of up to 370kph, pulling up to 10Gs. This fierce competition will heat up the skies of Chiba.


■ Date: Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5  1:00pm-4:00pm   ■ Place: Makuhari Kaihin Park 

■ URL: 

■ Inquiries: The Red Bull Air Race Japan Executive Committee  (TEL:0570-084-615)

Chiba Prefecture International Affairs Division  TEL:043-223-2436




【Chiba Prefecture】 Race across Kujukuri Beach in the Hama Marathon (June 5, 2016)


The Hama Marathon, held on Sunday, June 5, is a new type of race in which runners race across the beautiful curved coastline of Kujukuri Beach.
A unique feature of this race is that runners must carry water and anything else they need during the race with them on their backs. The race aims to raise awareness about environmental issues while allowing runners to enjoy the beautiful nature of Kujukuri Beach.


■ Date: Sunday, June 5 (Race starts at 10:00am)  ■Place: Motosuka Beach in Sanmu City (Start/Finish)
■ Categories: 40km, 20km, 10km, long distance relay race (10km x 4 people)
■ URL:
 Inquiries: Hama Marathon in Sanmu/Kujukuri Executive Committee  TEL: 03-5280-1352
Chiba Prefecture International Affairs Division TEL: 043-223-2436




【Nara Prefecture】 Nara Marathon 2016 (December 10-11, 2016)  Application Information

Started as a commemorative event of the 1300th anniversary of the Nara Heijo-kyo Capital, the seventh annual Nara Marathon will be held this year. The course includes the Heijo-kyu Palace Site and World Heritage shrines and temples. The runners are provided with zenzai (sweet azuki-bean soup with pieces of rice cake), and the exuberant cheering from the residents captures the hearts of the runners from Japan and overseas.


□ Online Application (first-come-first-served basis)
People outside Nara Prefecture: 8 p.m. on June 15 (Wed.) to June 20 (Mon.)

□ Via Dedicated Application Form (by lottery)
People outside Nara Prefecture: June 15 (Wed.) to 29 (Wed.)


■ Details: (currently Japanese only)
■ Contact:  Nara Marathon Executive Committee (Nara Prefecture)   +81-742-81-8752




【The Japan-Denmark Society】 Seminar and Reception “Energy Strategy in Japan” on June 20, 2016


Mr. Tsutomu TOICHI, exploring the global energy market and policy issues at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, is addressing the energy strategy in Japan. He has so long and devotedly served for this strategy in research and policy-making process that you may have a good insight after the seminar followed by the reception, where you can enjoy some dialogue with him over “wines and dines”.

We sincerely hope you can join us!


■ Date & Time:  June 20, 2016(Mon) 18:00~19:30 Seminar   19:30~21:00 Reception

■ Venue: The Tokai University Club

■Please apply by  June 15, 2016  with the following information to the Japan-Denmark Society:

Name, Phone, E-mail, Company (Affiliation) Name. Admission fee required.

■For inquireries: The Japan-Denmark Society (Secretary Office, KDDI CORPORATION)





Kyoto City】 Kyoto Ikebana Presentation 2016 (Traditional and Contemporary) June 4-5, 2016


The Kyoto Ikebana Presentation is planned in association with the June 6 Ikebana Day, which is an auspicious day for improvement in performing arts. This event is being held to showcase the charms of flower arrangement from its birthplace, Kyoto. This is the 4th Kyoto Ikebana Presentation, and based on this year’s theme of “Traditional and Contemporary” 61 people, including 34 masters from different schools of flower arrangement together with younger members of ikebana various families, will compete using their many skills and techniques to show beauty. In addition, related programs include an Ikebana Experience with two classes, one for parents and children and one for beginners.


■Date: Sat. June 4 - Sun June 5, 2016

■Location: Kyoto Art Center- Japanese-style Hall, Auditorium, Entrance, etc.

■Fee: Free admission ■For Details, Related Events: (Japanese only)

■For Inquiries: Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation (Tel: 075-213-1003) or

Culture and Arts Planning Section, Culture and Arts City Promotion Office of the Kyoto City Culture and Citizens Affairs Bureau (Tel: 075- 366-0033)




 【Kyoto City】 242nd Shimin Kyogen-kai (May 27, 2016)


In Kyoto City the first Shimin Kyogen-kai was held in 1957, and based on the cooperation of the Okura School Shigeyama Troupe, it is held every year so that the residents of Kyoto can experience Kyogen.


■ Date: Friday May 27, 2016  Doors open at 6:30pm    ■ Location: Kyoto Kanze Kaikan

■ Program: Suehirogari, Akagari, Hachikurennga, Inuyamabushi

■ Featured Performers: Shigeyama Sengorou, Shigeyama Akira, Shigeyama Senzaburou, etc.

■ For Inquiries: Kyoto Art Center  Tel: 075-213-1000  Fax: 075-213-1004  

Website:   (Japanese only)  or

Culture and Arts Planning Section, Culture and Arts City Promotion Office of the Kyoto City Culture and Citizens Affairs Bureau Tel: 075- 366-0033




【Kyoto City】 NEW INCUBATION 8 - Ryusuke Ito x Yumi Nakata Exhibition


This is an exhibition series that features works produced by a young artist and a veteran artist. This time, the exhibition opens with everyday items combined to create spectacular scenes of science fiction animation and movie special effects. The installation by both artists utilizes different media, such as painting, photography, video, and 3D modeling, combined to disturb the viewer’s sense of scale, perspective, and reality.


■ Date: Fri June 10- Mon July 18, 2016 (7/18 is a National Holiday) 10am- 8pm* 

*July 14-16 the exhibition will close early at 5pm for Gion Festival

■ Location: Kyoto Art Center, North Gallery and South Gallery   ■ Free Admission

■ Sponsor: Kyoto Art Center, in cooperation with Kodama Gallery, Higashiyama Artist Placement Service

■ Contact: Kyoto Art Center  Tel: 075-213-1000  URL:  Email:

Culture and Arts Planning Section, Culture and Arts City Promotion Office, Culture and Citizens Affairs Bureau, City of Kyoto




【Yamanashi Prefecture】 Fujisan World Heritage Center Will Open on June 22nd, 2016.


Fujisan World Heritage Center will open on June 22nd as the source of information about Mt. Fuji, the World Cultural Heritage Site. At the center of the museum, 1/1000-scaled paper object of Mt. Fuji has been installed so the different colorful scenery of Mt. Fuji can be projected on it. We also introduce the beginning of Mt. Fuji, the history of the mountain worship, art and literary works inspired by Mt. Fuji, and so on.


■ Opening hours 8:30 am – 5:00 pm    *It may change during summer season. Museum is closed on 4th Tuesday every month.

■ Admission JPY420 per adult.

■ Address 6663-1, Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minami-tsuru-gun, Yamanashi Pref.

■ Website

■ Inquiry

Yamanashi Pref. World Heritage Mt. Fuji Division: +81-(0)-55-223-1316

Fujisan World Heritage Center: +81-(0)-555-72-2314




[City of Kawasaki] Exhibition: The Okinawa That Taro Okamoto Loved (April 23 – July 3, 2016)


The Taro Okamoto Museum of Art is holding an exhibition in order to consider what Okinawa meant to Okamoto, by introducing a number of photos taken by Okamoto himself in Okinawa as well as his works from before and after his visit. Taro Okamoto traveled to Okinawa to conduct field work in 1959, and later he published his impressions from this trip in a book called “Wasurerareta Nihon – Okinawa Bunkaron ” (The Forgotten Japan – Discussions on Okinawan Culture).


■  Exhibition Period: April 23rd  (Sat.) – July 3rd (Sun.)   Closed: Mondays and on Friday, May 6th

■  Museum Hours: 9:30 – 17:00 (Admission Ends at 16:30)  

■  URL:

■  Inquiries: Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki   044-900-9898

Citizens' and Cultural Affairs Promotion Office, Kawasaki City 044-200-3713




[Chiba Prefecture]  Enhancing the image of Chiba Prefecture through video


Chiba Prefecture has produced a video introducing the prefecture in order to attract training camps and invite more foreign tourists for the upcoming 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. In each of the two versions (30 seconds long and 2 minutes long), seasonal images of Japanese beauty—spring cherry blossoms, summer fireworks, autumn festivals, and so on—are accompanied by music. The videos are available on the Chiba Prefectural website.


■Chiba Prefecture PR video:


Chiba Prefecture Government Office, Press and Public Relations Division

TEL: 043-223-2265  FAX: 043-227-0146





【Kyoto City】First in Japan! Foreigner-Friendly Taxi Stand trial has started!


The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in cooperation with the taxi industry has established Foreigner-Friendly Taxi stands in Kyoto at the JR Kyoto Station Central Entrance (available 9:00am-5:00pm) and at the Shinkansen Hachijo Entrance (available 24hrs).


All drivers of the Foreigner-Friendly Taxi have had training in foreign languages; the taxis accept credit cards and IC cards, and have enough space for more than 2 suitcases. No additional fee is required.


Although the taxis give priority to foreigners, they are also available for people with large luggage and others. 



■For inquiries:Tourism and MICE Promotion Office, Industry and Tourism Bureau, Kyoto City

TEL: 075-746-2255





Kyoto City】 Nijo Castle : Awaiting the Shogun in Winter

– Matsu-zu and Hamamatsu-zu Murals from inside the Kuroshoin (April 21, 2016 ~)


The Kuroshoin was a receiving room that was only available to those close to the Shogun, such as daimyo of feudal domains owned by a Tokugawa family branch or hereditary daimyo, and with the Sannoma functioning as a waiting room. This exhibition features all the murals from the Sannoma.


Date: April 21, 2016 (Thurs) - June 19, 2016 (Sun) ■ Location: Nijo-jo Castle 400th Anniversary Gallery

Website:   Inquires: Nijo Castle Office  Tel: 075-841-0096




 City of Kyoto】 Kyoto Minyo Festival- Japanese Folk Ballads and Dance (April 17)


A performance featuring members of the Kyoto Minyo Minbu Federation, featuring skilled professional singers and dancers. This program features traditional folk ballads and dances from all across Japan, including Miyazubushi (Kyoto), Rankyoukogouzuka (Kyoto), Kanchororinbushi (Fukushima), Onikikusakariuta (Kumamoto). This event is ROHM Theatre Kyoto Opening Program/ Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation 35th Anniversary Program.


■  Date: April 17, 2016  Performance starts at 1pm    ■  Location: ROHM Theatre Kyoto

■  Ticket Prices: Advanced tickets 2,300yen, Same-day tickets 2,500yen

■  Inquiries: Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation  Tel: 075-213-1003

Culture and Arts Planning Section, Culture and Arts City Promotion Office,

Kyoto City Culture and Citizens Affairs Bureau  Tel: 075-366-0033




【Oita Prefecture】Special Concert by the World-Famous Pianist Martha Argerich (May 23, 2016)


The "Beppu Argerich Music Festival" has been held in Beppu-City, Oita Prefecture, since its kick-off in 1998 under General Director Martha Argerich’s guidance. The Argerich Arts Foundation will welcome Martha Argerich for the special concert at Shiiki presents Argerich’s Haus.


■Date & time: Monday May 23  19:00 - 21:00 (planned)

■Place: Salon, Shiiki presents Argerich’s Haus (Beppu City)


■Inquiries: Oita Prefecture Art Culture Sports Station art Cultural Promotion Division






City of Kyoto67th Takigi Noh (June 1-2, 2016)


The annual Kyoto Takigi Noh performance will be once again held under the colors of early summer. This year marks 67th time the Kyoto Takigi Noh has been held at Heian Shrine. This year’s performance features the Kanze, Kongo, and Okura Schools of Noh and Kyogen.


■ Date: June 1, 2016 (Wed), June 2, 2016 (Thurs)      5:30pm-8:30pm

Location: Heian Shrine* (Okazaki Nishi-Tennou-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto)

*In case of rain the performance will be held at the ROHM Theatre Kyoto 

■ Inquiries: Kyoto Takigi-Noh Office     Tel: 075-771-6114

Culture and Arts Planning Section, Culture and Arts City Promotion Office, 

Kyoto City Culture and Citizens Affairs Bureau  Tel: 075-366-0033




【Yamanashi Prefecture】Smartphone Tourism App “FUJISAN ACITIVITIES” Available for Foreigners


In order to assist visitors to enjoy beautiful nature Yamanashi has to offer including Mt. Fuji and experience various programs, we have started smartphone tourism app. It provides information of tourist spots with pictures, navigation function with travel times and routes, and information on free Wi-Fi spots around the area (Supported OS:i OS, Android OS, free of charge).


■ Name:「FUJISAN ACTIVITIES」Yamanashi Official Guide by NAVITIME

■ Languages:Japanese, English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Korean, Thai, Indonesian

■ Main Services:Information on tourist spots, nearby facilities information (free Wi-Fi spots, ATM, and information centers), navigation functions, tourism brochures, and language assistance 

■ Download URL   iOS:

Android OS:

 ■Inquiries: Yamanashi Prefectural Tourism Department Tourism Promotion Division 055-223-1557




【Oita Prefecture】 Synchronized Swimming in Hot Springs? A New PR Video is Launched !


Oita Prefecture, which takes first place in Japan with both its number of hot springs and volume of spring water,  has released a new promotional video, “SHINFURO: Synchronized Swimming in Hot Springs”, combining Japanese hot springs and synchronized swimming.


■ Onsen Capital Oita Website:



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