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Let's try various kinds of Japanese cultural experience with this meetup group!
We organize cultural experience with the event hosts who know Japanese culture and the experiences.
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Upcoming events (4)See all
- SuperMoon Manjushage/EquinoxFlowers🌞Joyful Picnic@ ZenTemple & 21stCentury Pk.Matsudo Station, Chiba¥1,000.00
On Sunday October 1st from 11am-5pm, let's have a great time visiting lovely Soko-in Zen temple in Matsudo to witness the annual blooming of the gorgeous, red, white & gold "Manjushage", Spider Lilies, (a type of Narcissus).
YOU DON'T NEED TO GO TO SAITAMA WITH 100,000 OTHER PEOPLE to enjoy the beauty of these amazing flowers blooming in the temple forest!
Since the flowers are blooming late this year, I've rescheduled this event, plus, there will be a SUPER HARVEST MOON, so it's a great time to be enjoying nature!
We'll explore the area, including the magnificent Matsudo Museum & also have a sociable picnic & play time at one of the best parks I know of!
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Also called "Higanbana" ("O-Higan" is the Fall Equinox) these remarkable flowers bloom all at once in Mid-September, often accompanied by torrential thunder & lightning storms!
After seeing the blooms, we'll take an easy walk to old Kumano-jinja, then to the splendid Matsudo Municipal Museum, which is located beside an ancient Yayoi-era village, which has been carefully reconstructed.
After viewing, we'll walk through the woods to have a relaxing lake-side picnic at the big, wonderful, "Park for the 21st Century", where we can view a variety of wonderful plants, birds, waterfowl & perhaps hear a free lakeside concert, which are often presented on weekends!
There are many types of play apparatus, refreshments, and various exhibitions available to be enjoyed at the lakeside center, which is close to a wonderfully picturesque row of "Minka", or traditional Edo-era houses.
The superb Matsudo Municipal Museum, situated in the 50 hectare (LARGE!) "21st Century Park and Forest", preserves a fabulous permanent collection, including, among thousands of other items, some very rare Shinto festival costumes & masks, (like I'd never seen before), plus the ancient village, located on the wooded museum grounds. This environment provides a fascinating experience of ancient homes which I recommended highly!
👉🏻 IT'S EASY TO GET TO MATSUDO STATION from Tokyo, or Chiba, by the JR Joban Line, Shin-Keisei Line or Metro Chiyoda Line! Just 20 minutes with NO transfers on either the JR Joban Line from Nippori, or 42 minutes from Kasumigaseki on the Metro Chiyoda Line!
Locate the East Exit, we'll meet you there!
🦁 (OR, you may meet us just outside the ticket gate at Shin-Keisei Line Yabashira Station at 11:30)
Museum admission for adults is just 520 yen (plus 310 yen for any special exhibition). High School Students & above: 250 yen, kids below High School age are FREE.
WE HAVE NO SET EVENT FEE, but work hard to create interesting, enjoyable events for you, so PLEASE be generous (￥1000-3000🙏🏻)
👉🏻 This is an all-ages Meetup, so kids are FREE & welcome, but babes-in arms are discouraged due to possible noise & other factors. (Sorry!)
After Meeting at Matsudo, we'll take the Shin-Keisei line to Yabashira Station, and walk a few minutes to Soko-in from there. Shin-Yahashira station, served by the Musashino Line is also nearby, so you may go wherever you wish on either line afterwards.
WHAT TO BRING: We'll be walking for a while, so wear comfortable shoes & bring snacks or lunch, your beverage, a picnic sheet, a ball, a frisbee, maybe a folding umbrella. We'll stop at a convenience store on the way, but food & drink are available at the park!
Your questions or suggestions are always welcome, but if you have questions, please ask before the day our our Meetup!
Please join us. A good time is guaranteed & maybe sunny weather too!
Kerry D, your Meetup Organizer
- Admission Free !! Japanese bamboo flute Shakuhachi ConcertAkasaka Civic Centre, Tokyo
Admission Free!! Japanese bamboo flute Shakuhachi Concert
The Regular Concert of Minato Ward Japanese Music Study Group
This is a concert where you can enjoy Japanese music through various schools of shakuhachi music.
◎This venue will not be crowded, so you don't have to worry about new coronavirus infection.
・Date：on 5 Oct 2023 From 18:00（Doors open at 17:45）
・Veneu：Akasaka Civic Hall（in 3F Akasaka Community Plaza,4-18-13,Akasaka Minato-ku,Tokyo）
・Access：10 minute walk from Exit A of Akaska-mitsuke Station on Ginza line or Marunouchi line
・Admission fee：free（Please RSVP. All seats are free. You can enter after the start time.）
The Minato-district Japanese Music Study Group has players who belong to the various groups, such as the Fuke-meian, the Kinko, the Tozan and each school.The length of the shakuhachi also ranges from 30cm to 100cm.The form of shakuhachi pipe also ranges from unpainted ungrounded pipes to contemporary fine-tuned ones.
Pieces from the classical komuso shakuhachi to ensembles with a Koto and a shamisen and western music.It is very rich in variety.
In addition, every single piece, we have programmed a program to be played by shakuhachi with different styles and lengths (or pipe making methods). The concert takes about 3 hours, but if you listen for 1 hour, you will be able to enjoy the various charms of shakuhachi.
Please feel free to visit us if you are interested in Japanese music, art and culture.
【無料】流派を超えた尺八演奏会 港区邦楽研究会 定期演奏会
・アクセス：東京メトロ 銀座線・丸の内線「赤坂見附」駅下車 A出口から徒歩10分
- Day trip to Sawara's (佐原)🍁GIANT Float Festival🔆 Eat, drink, dance, & shop!🎉Ichikawa Station, Chiba¥2,000.00
Autumn is coming, with cooler weather, so let's leave noisy, crowded Tokyo for an exciting, exotic, tasty, authentic "Above Edo" old-Chiba style Harvest Festival, the "Sawara (佐原) Suwa-jinja Aki-Matsuri"!
FESTIVE FUN FOR EVERYONE on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14th!
(Kids attend for FREE with a parent)
This is the BEST festival I've found during 15 years in the Tokyo-Chiba area!
The Grand festival of Sawara, one of the Kanto area's three major festivals, has a 400 year history in which 14 different, amazingly lifelike handmade figures 4 meters tall are paraded on incredibly ornate festival wagons!
These massive but elegant floats will "dance" at street intersections in an impressive display of superb control, teamwork & muscle power!
(4 wheeled parade carts called "floats" in the USA are "dashi" or "yama" in Japan & are hand-crafted from wood, steel, brocade, bronze, lacquer, shell & gold!)
It's a truly impressive & exciting experience, NOT to be missed!
We had a GREAT meetup here in July until sundown, but this time, we can stay into the evening if you'ld like to enjoy the spectacular lamps, wild music, ecstatic dancing, feasting & canal-side parade of illuminated floats!?
BEST "PHOTO WALK" in JAPAN? COULD BE!
Do you know an old city, “Sawara” (佐原) an old & wealthy merchant town in Chiba-ken?
The main attraction of the Autumn festival (AKA: Shinjuku Suwa Shrine Festival) is a parade of 14 beautiful hand-crafted carts bearing giant figures of historical & mythological characters which are pushed, pulled or levered along the streets & canal-side lanes of Sawara.
The city flourished due to boats carrying people & cargo on its many canals, and is designated as Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings (重要伝統的建造物群保存地区 Jūyō Dentōteki Kenzōbutsu-gun Hozon-chiku).
These boats brought Edo culture & fads to Sawara. Since people could enjoy the real thing at home without traveling to Edo, Sawara was thought to be "Edo masari", or “better-than-Edo.”
Just 90 minutes from Tokyo Station by Rapid train, you can enjoy lots of beautiful country scenery on your way there!
Traces of this history remain along the Ono river & Katori street. Approximately 42 homes & shops are open to the public as a city-wide museum. http://www.adventurejapan.jp/en/archives/3480
Enjoy the glorious festival carts, the colors, the drums, the songs, the flutes, the dances, the food, the drinks, the sweets, the unusual shops, the history & more! (OMG, the SHOPPING!)
Sawara's festivals are not to be missed. They're more enjoyable than some festivals which are now overcrowded, smoky & risky. (Like the Kawagoe festival which has become quite difficult)
Sawara is often called a "Little Edo" due to the fine condition of many beautiful old timber & tile shops & fireproof storehouses, known as "kura" which stand beside a beautiful willow-lined stone canal in which the Ono River flows through the center of town & beneath several picturesque bridges.
Sawara's Katori-jinja is an important Shinto shrine. The town is famed as the home of Inoh Tadataka, the genius who created Japan's first accurate modern map, completed in 1821!
We may visit The Ino Tadataka Home Museum in Sawara during our tour: URL: http://www.city.katori.lg.jp/museum/
The Dashi Museum, or "Sawara Floats Hall" is located next to Yasaka shrine. URL: http://www.city.katori.lg.jp/dashikaikan/
NOTE: The Sawara festival is free, but we work hard to research & prepare interesting tours for you. Please give generously, so we can continue introducing you to more experiences & events!
Option #1: Meet us at JR Ichikawa station, (just 15 minutes East of JR Akihabara on the Chuo-Sobu Line. We'll meet BETWEEN 10:00 & 10:20 & ride with our happy crew by train to old Sawara!
(PLEASE be EARLY for this connection!)
The Sobu/Narita Rapid Train for Narita leaves JR Ichikawa station from Platform #4 at EXACTLY: 10:27. Our train will arrive at JR Sawara station at 12:12pm. Meet toward the front, onboard this train if you'd like, we'll transfer to the Choshi lane for Sawara at JR Narita station!
Option #2: Travel on your own to Sawara by train, car or highway bus & meet us near the South-Side Bus Stop of JR Sawara Station between 12:15 and 12:30. We'll leave on foot from JR Sawara station at 12:35!
(IF YOU CHOSE OPTION #2 PLEASE LET US KNOW! ~ Kerry)
*(See Highway, Bus & other information at the bottom of this page)
If you come late, do a "no-show" or cancel after the stated deadline, this makes life harder for the other members & organizers too, so please be kind to all!
Wear comfortable shoes. An umbrella is often handy in Japan!
Thanks! ~ Kerry D. 🌞
- Photowalk Bakaneko Supernatural Cat Festival 神楽坂 化け猫フェスティバル 2023Kagurazaka Sta., Tokyo
The Supernatural Cat Festival is one of the most popular festivals in October in Japan just before Halloween. There is a parade with people dressed up as Supernatural cats. There is a parade and booths set up all along Kagurazaka street. The parade starts at 10am-1:30pm. You can dress up as a cat or have make up done as a cat and join the parade for free (registration is done at the start of the parade near 7-11) The photowalk with mostly focus on taking photos. 神楽坂 化け猫フェスティバル 2023 (bakeneko.oops.jp)
We will meet at Kagurazaka station at 9:30am and walk to the middle of the temple area. The cat parade will be walking back and forth up and down the street four times so we can grab some good shots. Always ask the subjects if you can shoot them beforehand.
After the parade we may go over to the Natsume Soseki Cafe and park If you have read "I am cat" you'll know what I mean. 新宿区立漱石山房記念館 (soseki-museum.jp)
Free event. The event may be cancelled by the organizers in case of rain. Ill notify the group the day before.