Posts by Current Residents of Nagasaki Prefecture

GURU GURU HIZEN Festival

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.)