19 January 2011

Major Winter Festivals Throughout Aomori!

Hirosaki Castle Snow Lantern Festival(弘前城雪燈籠まつり

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Hirosaki castle illuminated with lights, as well as over 50 snow lanterns and 300 snow statues.

Dates: February 10th through February 13, 2011.
Location: Hirosaki City, Hirosaki Koen 
(青森県弘前市 弘前公園)
Time: Sunset to 21:00
Event Entry: Free
Questions: 0172-37-5501
(English assistance may not be available)
Directions: Click here for map from Jusco
Towada Snow and Light Fantavista(十和田湖冬物語)
Be part of the mysterious story that unfolds during this 24-day festival, which features fireworks everyday, shamisen performances, snow statues and snow lanterns.  In addition, sample Aomori and Akita local food, grab a drink at the ice bar, or try your hand at various local crafts.
Dates: February 4th through February 27, 2011.
Time: Weekdays: 15:00 to 21:00+
          Weekends and holidays: 11:00 to 21:00+
          (Most activities, such as fireworks, are at night)
Location: Towada City (click here for directions from Jusco)
018-5501 Aomori-ken Towada-shi Ooaza Okuseji Towada-ko Azekyuuya 486
Event Entry: Free (However, making local crafts costs money)
Questions: 0176-75-2425 (English assistance may not be available)

Hachinohe Enburi Dance (八戸えんぶり)

Come watch the performing art that is considered a Japanese national treasure. Donning lacquer head gear in the image of steeds, dancers pray for a bountiful harvest.  There are a variety of troupes and dances, so see below for one that fits your schedule and tastes.

Dates and Times: February 17th through February 20th, 2011.
Opening Enburi performance at Choujayamashinra Temple
17th (7:00)
Enburi Picture Taking Performance
Enburi Performance for the Hachinohe`s mayor
17th (12:30)
Large 30-Group Performance in Downtown Hachinohe
17th (10:40)
Bonfire Enburi Night Dance
17th,19th,20th (18:00,19:00, 20:00)
18th (18:00, 19:30)
Park Enburi Dance (Includes Sweet Sake and Soup)
17th~22nd (18:00, 20:00)
16:00 (only on the 17th, 18th)
Enburi Stage Performance (At a performance hall)
17th~18th (13:00~16:00)
General Performance
    19th~20th (13:00,14:00)
Location: Various locations throughout Hachinohe. If interested in a time, comment and I'll tell you where.
Event Entry: Park Enburi Dance \2000              (Reservations)
                     Enburi Stage Performance \1000   (Reservations)
Contact: 0187-27-4243
(English assistance may not be available)

**If you need help with reservations, let me know, and I`ll help!

Pictures from http://www.jreast.co.jp/tabidoki/winter/index.html?src=adw

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