International Taiko Class

04Sep 2017 Kai

Practice the Taiko and the Shinobue (the Japanese flute). Then perform in traditional clothing at local festivals during the spring, summer and fall of 2018.


Omura City Sea Hat music rehearsal hall. 25-33 Saiwai-mach Omura City Nagasaki.


Begins: Thursday, October 5, 19:00-21:30 (you may come late depending on your


Classes will be every Thursday after that or otherwise noted by the teacher.


¥4000 per month (costume and stick costs are separate)


Please e-mail for more information:  taiko_tataite_dondodon@docomo.ne.jp




Free Noh Performance at Shimabara Castle!

04Sep 2017 Kai

Held with the backdrop of Shimabara castle, this Noh performance is one of the most popular events in the prefecture.

“In the Noh Theater, many different arts -poetry, music, dance and mime- converge at a level that does justice to all. The Noh Theater makes maximum demands on the audience. The texts are difficult and the relatively scant mimetic elements contribute more to establishing the inner tensions of the characters than to clarifying the words or actions. Some plays indeed are so exceedingly slow-moving as to lull a sizable part of the audience to sleep. But precisely because it takes this risk Noh succeeds in its unique domain.” ~ 20 plays of the NŌ Theater

Shimabara castle Noh performance

Time: 2017/10/14(Sat) 16:00 Opening
17:00 Starting
20:00 Closing


Place: In front of Shimabara castle

Part Ι: Shimabara Kyogen Performance
-Shizen Shimabara Kids Kyogen

Shinto ritual : A ritual heating first lighting

Part II: Noh Performance
– Kanze style Noh dance in plain clothes
“Well crib” Kanze Yoshimasa
“Yamori” Kanze Atsuo
-Izumi style Kyogen
“Springwater” Nomura Manroku
-Kanze Style Noh play
“Kumasaka” Nomura Masaki

What is a Noh?
Noh drama is the oldest surviving form of Japanese theater. It combines music, dance, and acting to communicate Buddhist themes. Often the plot of a Noh play recreates famous scenes from well-known works of Japanese literature such as The Tale of Genji or The Tale of the Heike.

What is Kyogen?
Kyogen is a form of traditional Japanese theater that developed as a sort of intermission and comic relief between the solemn noh acts. The kyogen is very short, so costumes, masks, and props are simple and minimal.

Tensho Embassy Adventure!

09Feb 2017 Kai

Come celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the International Plaza.
February 20 marks the 435th anniversary of the Tensho Embassy,  a group of 4 boys who traveled from Japan to Rome on a 3,000 day journey!


In the afternoon, there will be a Tensho Adventure for children,
including a stamp rally to learn about the countries the Tensho boys visited, a history corner, Tensho Boy’s costumes for pictures and small presentation by an Omura historian.

In the evening, there will be a presentation on the Tensho Embassy in
Japanese and English and afterwards, an International Exchange Party
including foods from the Tensho Era and drinks.

  • When : Saturday, February 25, 2017
  • Time : Daytime  2:00pm-4:00pm
    Evening 5:30pm-20:30pm
  • Place : Plaza Omura   (Omura-shi, Hon-machi 326-1)
  • Cost : [Daytime] Free
    Adult ¥1,500
    Junior/Senior High Students ¥1,000
    Elementary School Students ¥500
  • Limit : 70 people
  • To join :  Please call.  You may also FAX or E-mail your name, address, age
    range and phone number  to:
    TEL/FAX: 0957-51-1048  info@kokusai-omura.com
  • Please reserve your spot by Wednesday, February 22

Chinese Ink Painting Lecture, Workshop and Exhibition!

15Sep 2016 Kai

Chinese Ink Painting Lecture, Workshop and Exhibition!

Ko Sensei from Nankin is a master painter and excited to share his art with the city of Omura. Come and see his works and practice your artistic skills!


Ko Sensei’s Discussion and Demonstration of Ink Painting

The teacher will speak about history and technique of Ink Painting.

You can also practice your own painting skills with him.

All will be conducted in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.

Monday, September 19 (Holiday), 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Plaza Omura 2F Hall Omura-shi, Hon-machi 326-1



Ink Painting Exhibition at Machikado Community Gallery

This exhibition will display the works of two Chinese Ink Painting artists. The resident artist will all do some demonstrations during this time. (Demonstrations are unscheduled)

Paintings will be available for purchase.

Tuesday, September 20 – Monday, September 26

10:00am – 6:00pm (closes at 2:00pm on Sept. 26)

Machikado Community Gallery   Omura-shi, Hon-machi 328-2



International Exchange Scroll Performance

Ko Sensei (Chinese artist) and Local Celebrity, Mr. Hosui will both do a large scroll writing performance!

Sunday, September 18, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Koremo Omura Event Hiroba Omura-shi, HigashiHon-machi 604



“Let’s Draw Autumn” Ink Painting and Calligraphy Lesson

Have a small group lesson with Ko Sensei and Hosui Sensei to create an autumn work of art. You will practice using ink to paint a picture and then practice kanji writing with Hosui to accompany the drawing.

Sunday, September 25, 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Mr. Hosui’s Classroom   Omura-shi, Mizuhakari-machi 1121-2

2,000yen   10 people limit

To reserve, Call 0957-51-1048 or

Send me an e-mail at dirksenkai@yahoo.com or

Give me a Facebook message.


Any Questions, Please call, e-mail or FB message!

0957-51-1048 dirksenkai@yahoo.com


14Sep 2016 Kai

A brand new event to promote tourism in the Hizen area.

 GURU GURU means “to go round and round” and Hizen is the former name for Hasami, Arita, Ureshino, and Takeo Areas

 Silver Week

Thursday, September 22 to Sunday, September 25

10:00am ~ 17:00pm

Here is how it works

You have to get yourself to Hasami by car or train-and-bus.

If you go by car, you can park for free at the Yakimono Koen (Hasami Pottery Park).


Method 1. You buy a 500 yen “guide book” (Japanese only) from a local vendor or they are also available when you arrive in Hasami. Once you get to Hasami, your book is the ticket for a FREE shuttle bus between all four cities; Hasami, Arita, Ureshino and Takeo. Each city has different events during the 4-day period. You do not have to participate in the activities to use the shuttle bus, it can be an easy way to check out these four historic cities during Silver Week.


Method 2. You can go for one day and buy a one-day-shuttle-bus pass for 300 yen. With this one-day pass, you also get a free entrance to Yujiro Onsen in Ureshino!


Hasami Activities:


Kyushu Nature time and beginner survival trainingWhile enjoying nature, we can spend time with our family and friends, learning about the great outdoors and survival skills. Kid’s mountain climbing experience, outdoor cooking, building a Native Peoples’ tent, and you can even camp! *the program may change daily depending on weather and number of people. You need to reserve and there is a fee. Please call 0955-42-2777 for more information. September 22-25, 10:00-17:00


Japanese Trades Workshop

Try your talents out on some Japanese crafts and traditional trades!

Painting Ceramics

Cloth printing

Japanese Washi Paper making

Senko Hanabi making (a Japanese sparkler, firework)

Japanese Wood Craft making

And others…

All require a fee ranging 500yen to 2,500yen for supplies.

September 22-15, 10:00-17:00


Various Markets and Food

Flea markets and hand-made crafts, about 7 different curry stands from all over the area, cafe, snack shops, Artist booth, etc…

September 22-25, 10:00-17:00


Beer Garden

Kirin on Tap for your enjoyment and refreshment!

September 22-25 10am-5pm

On September 24, they have an ALL-DAY (10am-6pm) all-you-can-drink beer ticket for 3,000yen. This includes a Hasami Pottery Beer mug you can take home!


Live Music

There are 6 bands to enjoy during the day.

OilWorks Presents, Kyushu Rockers, J-REXXX, CHOMORANMA, Sho, and Velocityut

September 24, 12:00-18:00

Arita Activities:


Sanma Tasting

Sanma is the delicious autumn fish of Japan! The local young potters are taking the day off to grill over 400 of these fish and let the matsuri-goers have a free taste! There will also be different goods shops and if you purchase 2,000 yen or more, you can get a free 300 gram sample of YumeShizuku rice.

September 24 and 25, 9:00-17:00


Alice in Wonderland Tea Time and Pottery Treasure Hunting

Spend tea time in Wonderland; all languages welcome. Tea sets are all Arita Pottery, you can even rent a costume! There will also be a pottery-making experience available.

If you really LOVE Pottery, you can pay 5,000yen and raid a warehouse filling a box with all your favorites! No limits, apparently…

September 22-25, 11:00-15:00



Takeo Activities:


MABOROSHI Festival by TaicoClub!

Come experience Japanese taiko drums mixed in with techno, electronica, post-rock, etc.

A live event with live performers and DJs.

September 25, 2pm-8pm


Takeo Lantern Exhibition by Team Labo

Take a stroll through extraordinary light shows by Team Labo that will be displayed all over the city.

September 25, 8pm-10pm


Astronomy Festival

Learn about the heavens and enjoy the Takeo Planetarium.

September 24, 11am-10pm


Ureshino Activities:


Party with a Geiko; DJ style!

A DJ night of dancing with Geiko at the famous OmuraYa Ryokan.

September 23, 9pm~  1,500yen with one drink


There are three terms that are associated with the foreign idea of Geisha…

  1. Geisha, the more prominent women trained in Japanese arts that perform shows on a stage.
  2. Geiko are the younger women who accompany people to dinners for entertainment and playing games.
  3. Maiko are a specific geiko only in Kyoto.


Traditional Games with a Geiko

Practice your Japanese traditional games skill with Geiko! Free!

September 24, 8:30~


Funeral for the Ureshino Sex Museum…!

For those who do not know, there used to be a museum on the outskirts of Ureshino that housed many an artifact of the risqué… This funeral will be a show/performance to pay final respects to a museum that devoted itself to life, literally…

September 23, doors open 7pm, show starts at 8pm

2,500yen for advanced tickets/ 3,000yen at door.


Yukata and Slippers Ping-Pong Match

For those considering a stay in Ryokan at the end of the day, Wear your ryokan’s yukata and grab their slippers for an evening of friendly ping pong!

September 25, registration 8pm, games start at 9pm.


For information in Japanese, please check out the Maruhiro Website!



(For additional information, please contact the Maruhiro Group at 0955-42-2777. Events listed are not the only events. Please purchase the book or contact Maruhiro Group to get a full listing of activities.)