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Eriko’s List Of Things To Do Wednesday, 1 February 2012 Ohayo gozaimasu! Eriko-no-show e yokoso! O-genki desu ka? Hai, genki desu (Yes, I’m fine.) OK! Let’s see what’s happening in Sasebo this week! We’ll talk about the Bean Throwing Festivals today! Spot Lights on Events You Don’t Want to Miss! “A Little Birdie Told Me” Lunch/Dinner Walking Tours Lunch Hunting Friday, 3 February 1130-1330 Dinner Hunting Friday, 17 February 1800-2000 We Meet at Albuquerque Bridge (Nimitz park side) Lunch / Dinner hunters tweet the password “cheap, cheap” to find other hunters. We will visit a new restaurant this time and ensure it is one we have not visited before. Call Eriko at 252-3102 for more information. Bean Throwing Festival Information For those who didn’t listen to my show or read the script last week, Setsubun (Parting the Season) festivals are seen all over Japan on February 3rd. The festival is held both at shrines and temples. It’s regarded as the last day of winter and we scatter roast soy beans to get rid of bad spirits and welcome happiness with warmth. People cry out “Oni wa soto (Go away, evil spirits)” and “Fuku wa uchi (Come in, good fortune).” If you would like to experience this custom, please come to the annual FFSC walking trip on Friday. If you can not make the walking trip please visit a shrine near your residence with your neighbors. The Good Luck Charm “Setsubun-Iwashi (fried sardine head on a holly branch)” Give Away Friday, 3 February Starting 0800 until the fish last Fish Market in Ainoura-cho Customers who shop this Friday will be presented with a good luck charm made of fried fish head by local fisherman. This is on a first-come-first-served basis. I’m not sure if you are pleased with their little gift or not, though For more information, please call the market at 0956-48-6111. Susa Shrine Bean Throwing Festival Friday, 3 February 1300 / 1700 Susa Shrine in Takanashi-cho Susa Shrine is also known as “Ana-myo-ken,” the tunnel-looking cave dug out by ocean current/waves over a thousand years ago. The rumor says the tunnel goes up to somewhere in Imari city. The shrine alter had been built at the entrance of the cave. So we can’t check to see if the rumor is true or not. However, Matsura Shigenobu, the 26th lord of Matsura clan, visited the shrine to wish for good luck on the war before he left for Korea about 400 years ago. So it sure has a long history and the shrine is registered as one of the 8 notable sights of Hirado. What? Susa shrine is in Sasebo city instead of Hirado? Please remember Sasebo village was once in Hirado Domain. When priests throw beans for the festival they mix some candy along with traditional roasted soy beans to entertain small kids and adults like me. I like it. People live in Hidamarino-oka Apartment, Susamachi-cho, and Takanashi-cho, take this chance to visit the shrine. It’s very close from your residence. Contact the shrine at 0956-23-3657 for more information. Ritual rite 1100 Bean Throwing 1200 Used amulet burning in bonfire 1630 Bean Throwing 1700 Star Festival (Star observation) 2100 Speaking of the 8 notable sights of Hirado, Fukuishi Kan’non is also one of them. Fukuishi Kan’non (Goddess of Mercy) Temple Bean Throwing Festival Friday, 3 February What is Kan’non? Kan’non is believed a people’s savior in Buddhism. He changes the figures (sometimes appears with 11 faces, one thousand hands, even trans-genders to female) to rescue people in need. The Kan’non at the temple is the carved figure (female) on the big rock and is not big (6 feet long) but has 11 faces. It’s counted one of the 7 important Kan’non figures in Kyushu. It’s believed that it had been built 1,300 years ago by the great priest, Gyoki. Fukuishi Kan’non is better known as the 1,000 days festival in August. But this bean throwing festival held there is also very popular among local people. They often invite Base personnel to the event. Call the temple at 0956-31- 8372 for more information. The schedule below is approximate and subject to be changed. Please be there 10 minutes earlier so that you are not missing the event. The event in the afternoon Ritual rite 1300 Bean Throwing 1350 The event in the evening Used amulet burning in bonfire 1830 Ritual rite 1900 Bean Throwing 1950 Saikyoji Temple “Baby Crying Sumo” Friday, 3 February 1000-1400 Saikyoji Temple in Hirado Island In 1607, the 26th load of Matsuura clan, Shigenobu believed in Shingon sect Buddhism seriously. He wanted to build the Saikyoji Temple in Singon sect where the temple is located now. But there was the Sho-on-in temple already where he wanted to build a new temple. The lord Shigenobu told the priest of the temple, Ryudon to move the temple to somewhere but the priest refused the order stubbornly. The lord Shigenobu was mad and set fire to the temple. Ryudon and his assistant Eitetsu cringed to the Buddha figurine and died in fire. Shigenobu built Saikyoji temple there. Since then Shigenobu saw ghosts of the priests and could not sleep at all. When Shigenobu was suffering, a baby cried. Then the ghosts were scared away. That’s how the Baby Crying Sumo started to get rid of bad luck. Babies who are around 1 year old get together at the temple on February 3rd. Two babies sit face to face in the sumo ring and the referee tries to have babies cry. The baby cries first wins the match. Any babies can attend. No need to sign up ahead of time. Just bring your baby and sign up at the office. Please call the temple at 0950-22-2469 for more information. Do you like to know where the temple is? Please visit your ITT office at the Fleet Landing and get a map. It’s very easy to locate the temple. The office you check in your baby is at the building next to the three-layered pagoda. Baby checking in 0830 Match starts 1000 Hachiman Shrine Bean Throwing Festival Friday, 3 February 1700-1900 Hachiman Shrine on Route 35 The ritual rite starts at 1700 and the bean throwing event starts at 1800. Anyone can attend to catch beans. Please contact the shrine at 0956-24-8983 for more information. FFSC Reach Out Walking Trip “Bean Throwing Festival Observation” Friday, 3 February 1800-2100 Meet at Albuquerque Bridge and walk to Miyajidake Shrine on Route 35 It only takes for 10 minutes to walk from the bridge to the shrine. You observe the ritual right, catch beans in plastic bags, and enjoy sipping cups of sweet bean soup. It’s totally free of charge. Call Eriko at 252-3102 for more information. Local people eat certain food for this occasion. The following information is for the people who would like to try them out. Yumihari-no-oka Hotel “Rolled Sushi” and “Rolled Cakes” Friday, 3 February 1000-1900 They say something good happen to you if you eat whole rolled sushi facing to the year’s lucky direction (North-North-West this year) in silent. If a whole rolled sushi is too much to eat for you, how about eating a whole rolled cake? Yumihari-no-oka Hotel is fixing lucky food for you. Please call the hotel 0956-26-0800 to order NLT Tuesday, 31 January. Oh, the cut off day was yesterday. Sorry, you can’t order them anymore. Oh, there are two more interesting events scheduled at the hotel. Well we take an easy way. We are planning to get rolled sushi at the convenience store on the way to the shrine and eat them at the shrine. Mariage (Marriage in French) of Home Made Breads and French Dishes Sunday, 5 February 1800 Fee: Y5,000 Two geniuses (bread making and French chef) work together and create a special French course meal in only one night. Please reserve your seat NLT Thursday, 2 February at 0956-26-0808 to eat the special dinner. All-you-can-eat Buffet Fast Eating Contest Sunday, 12 February 1200 Fee: Y1,500 (adult), Y750 (child) If you are not attending the first eating contest, you just enjoy wonderful buffet lunch at your own pace. But 9 men and 9 women who are attending the first eating contest fight against the following food. Man: 1kg (2.2 pounds) of steamed rice, 1kg (2.2 pounds) of curry sauce, and big deep- fried chicken cutlet on the top Woman: a special fruit cake (diameter 7 inches, 2.7 inches tall, whole cake) If you eat the buffet, you have a chance to sign you up for the contest. Well, I’d rather watch them devouring a lot of food. I want to enjoy eating food instead of fighting against it. Lobby Concert Saturday, 4 February 1400 Arkas Sasebo Lobby It’s a concert of Ms. Okada Mari (pianist) from Sasebo city and trio from Omura city; Ms. Nagatome Yuka (flute), Ms. Matsuura Chika (violin), and Ms. Ikeda, Yuki (fagotto also known as a bassoon, music instrument). It’s free of charge. Excavating Fossil Experience Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 February 1330-1430 Saikai National Park Kujukushima Zoological and Botanical Garden The admission is Y400 (adult) and Y100 (child) Fee: Y300 (the max number of attendees is 20) This event is held as a part of the special exhibition of dinosaurs. To join this, you must be older than 6 years old. Please call the zoo to sign up at 0956-28-0011. 99 Island Winter Oyster Festival Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 February 1000-1600 Saturday, 11 and Sunday, 12 February 1000-1600 Saturday, 18 and Sunday, 19 February 1000-1600 Saturday, 25 and Sunday, 26 February 1000-1600 Kashimae Pearl Sea Center There are 500 small BBQ grills lined up in the lawn park. Please call the center at 0956- 28-4187 for more information. Finding a Senior Wonderer Drill Sunday, 5 February 1300 Shimanose Park What is the event? The life span has been getting longer in Japan these days. The old citizens who are not sick but just senile sometimes wonder around alone and get lost. This is a drill to find those wonderers. If you see a group of people calling someone’s name and looking for someone in the Ginza are attending the drill. Sometimes those people passed out alone and found dead. They have to be found as quickly as possible before they are in trouble. It’s important to conduct the drill. Nagasaki Lantern Festival Until Monday, 6 February 1700-2200 Shinchi-machi, Nagasaki city China Town in Nagasaki city is the smallest but the oldest one in Japan. January 23rd is the New Year’s Day in the lunar calendar this year. Yes, Nagasaki Lantern Festival is a New Year’s celebration. Big and very unique 15,000 lanterns in vivid colors light up China Town very brightly. There are more than several festival sites and stage shows, music concerts, parade and much more are held. ITT is planning three tours to observe it. Traditional Chinese food is available at many stalls. I love steamy pork buns to eat. The dragon dance is fantastic. Don’t miss the yellow lanterns at Megane-bashi (Spectacle Rock Bridge). If you come with the ITT tour that I lead, you will see all of them. You can reach ITT office at 252-3433. To know about the festival itself, please call Lantern Festival Committee office at 095-829-1314 for more information. Emperor and Empress Parade Saturday, 4 February Maso Parade Sunday, 5 February Events Saikai-no-Megumi (Bliss of Western Ocean) Market Note: The market is closed on Mondays and Japanese holidays. It opens from 0800 to 1200 from Tuesday through Sunday. A 100lb Blue Fin Tuna cleaning demonstration is scheduled every Saturday and Sunday at 0900. I learned last week that the Japanese restaurant at the entrance of the market is closed. I’m afraid Seafood Donburi (Rice Bowl) dishes are not available any more. Too bad! For more information, please call the market at 0956-48-6111. Note the market is closed the following days. Mondays, 6, 13, 20, 27 February Tuesday, 8 February Big Tuna Cleaning Demonstration Saturday, 4 February 0900 Saturday, 11 February 0900 Saturday, 18 February 0900 Saturday, 25 February 0900 All-you-can-pack Sale Saturday, 4 February 1000 Saturday, 18 February 1000 What are you packing? You’ll figure it out when you get there. Mock Bidding Sunday, 5 February 1000 Sunday, 12 February 1000 Sunday, 19 February 1000 Sunday, 26 February 1000 Raffle Drawing Saturday, 11 February 0800-1200 Saturday, 25 February 0800-1200 In addition to live fish, processed fish such as fish jerky, fish cakes, flowers, manju dumplings and much more are on sale at the market. Plus, frozen fish are on sale. They are currently looking for new vendors. If you are interested please contact with the market at 0956-48-6111. Free Seafood Soup is contributed Sunday, 19 February 1000 Please bring a pair of chopsticks and a bowl of your own. Now you can get special rates when you take the Sasebo city bus. The fare is Y390 (Adult one-way). Children 4-12 are half fare (Y200). You can catch the bus from Sasebo Train Station (STS) or Motomachi Bus Stop (MBS) in front of the local General Hospital). STS MBS Fish Market 0811 0819 0848 1022 1030 1100 Fish Market MBS STS 1004 0930 0940 1115 1141 1151 For more information, please contact the market at 0956-48-6111. Free Noh Play Class Saturday, 4 February 1500 (adult), 1630 (elementary & middle school student) Arkas Sasebo Rehearsal Room (Basement) Noh player who lives in Fukuoka city comes to Sasebo and introduce the traditional Japanese art to us. There are two courses, Dancing and Singing. Mr. Morimoto is starting new classes in February and March. The tuition for one subject is Y6,000 per month. The tuition for 2 subjects is Y8,000 per month. The tuition for Noh Dancing for youth (elementary to middle school student) is Y3,000. New class starts Saturday, 18 February 1500 Saturday, 17 March 1500 Please contact Mr. Morimoto at 092-711-8888 for more information. Let’s Enjoy Cultural Exchange in Sasebo Monday, 6 February 1330 Spica in Arkas Sasebo It’s the third time for Spica to host the cultural exchange event. The theme this time is “What is Chinese New Year like?” Sasebo city hall official (Chinese) is going to give the special lecture. If you like to have day care center, please let them know it NLT Friday, 27 February. Please call Spica office at 0956-23-3828 for the event. Recycle Shop Mook House 50% Off Sale Until Sunday, 26 February 1000-1900 Mook House in Oroshihonmachi-cho close from AEON Daito JUSCO I have found very reasonable kimonos for Boy’s Day and Girl’s Day. If you are looking for kimonos, this is your chance. Call the store at 0956-59-4020 for more information. Sports Event Sechibaru Mountain Hiking Saturday, 4 to Sunday, 5 February Sechibaru Youth Nature Center Fee: Y1,800 This overnight hiking trip is for youth and their families. The max number of the attendees is 50. Please call the center at 0956-76-2769 for information. The sign up deadline was Friday, 27 January and I’m afraid it’s too late to sign up. Let’s cheer them up. 2012 Jogging Festival in Saza Sunday, 4 March 0900 Saza-cho Ground Entrée fee: Y2,500 (adult), Y800 (elementary, middle school, high school and college student), Y3,000 (family rate per family) There are 3 courses (2 km, 3 km, and 10 km) to choose. 2 km race is for elementary school students in 4th to 6th grade. The 3 km race is for middle school and high school boys and girls. The sign up deadline has been passed. Please call the committee at 0956- 62-2128 for more information. Festivals Umegae Sake Factory Open Barrel Festival Saturday, 11 and Sunday, 12 February 1000-1500 Umegae Sake Factory in Joma-cho on Route 205 It’s an annual event of one of the oldest sake factories in Sasebo. Koto, Japanese harp concert is held on both days. Free pork and vegetable soup is distributed to first 1,000 visitors. Free sake tasting is held for sure. Local products sale and factory tours are held as usual. The local music band Milk Boys have their live show three times on both days (6 mini concerts in total). There are more events are scheduled. Please see below. Saturday, 11 February Tea ceremony by Tea Ceremony Club students of Nagasaki International University Star Light School on Stage (Dance performance, two stages on Saturday) Miyazu-cho Women Sumo Club Demonstration (two stages on Saturday) Sunday, 12 February Yosakoi Dance performance Free shuttle bus service between JR Huis Ten Bosch Train and Sake Factory The shuttle bus leaves from Huis Ten Bosch train station at 0920 and runs every 20 minutes thereafter until 1600. Please contact the sake factory at 0956-59-2311 for more information. Saikai, Sasebo Shocking (“King of Food” in Japanese) Kingdom, Eat S-class Gourmet! What’s S-class food? They are super delicious, super gourmet dishes in Saikai-cho and Sasebo city. 1) Port Town Sasebo Style “Solid Soup” Until Wednesday, 29 February 2012 18 restaurants in Sasebo city What is “Solid Soup?” It’s a bowl of soup with a lot of ingredients. You have to chow to eat the soup. 2) Kujira (Whale) Gourmet Fair Until Wednesday, 29 February 2012 Restaurants in Higashisonogi-cho, Kawatana-cho and Sasebo city Where are the whales from? It’s a very good question. 3) Saikai, Sasebo Shocking (King of Food) Kingdom Beef Gourmet Fair Until Sunday, 11 March 2012 Restaurants in Hasami-cho, Higashisonogi-cho, Kawatana-cho, Saikai-cho, Sasebo city and Saza-cho 4) Food in Hasami Chinaware Gourmet Grand Prix January 2012 Restaurants in Hasami-cho 5) 99 Island Oyster Festival in Winter February 2012 Saikai Pearl Sea Resort 6) The 11th Saikai-don Fair Saturday, 11 February to Monday, 30 April 2012 Restaurants in Saikai-cho and Saikai Bridges 7) Shirouo (White Fish) Fair Sunday, 4 March 2012 Citizen of Saza General Center Park in Saza-cho “Shirouo (White Fish)” are not white. They are transparent and very tiny. Fishermen scoop them up from water with fine nets. People put a soy sauce in a bowl of fish and swallow it. It’s only available for a week or so in a year. Please do not miss it. Hirado Hirame (Flounder) Festival Until Sunday, 8 April Hotels and Restaurants in Hirado City Thos who taste flounders in Hirado city during the festival, you are granted discount tickets to Hirado spa resorts, Hirame Clear Files (first 1,000 customers), and 10% discount tickets to purchase goods in Hirado city. Please take your chance during the festival. Call Hirado Tourism Association office at 0950-22-3060 for more information. Flea Markets Aeon Daito Shopping Center Flea Market Wednesday, 8 February 1000-1500 Wednesday, 22 February 1000-1500 Daito Jusco Parking Lot This monthly flea market event is held on the second Wednesday and 4th Wednesday every month. Due to the holiday season, the flea market today has been cancelled. Please contact Mr. Yasunaga at 090-4572-1899 for more information. It will be held rain or shine. 99 Island Events Saikai Pearl Sea Resort (a.k.a. Kashimae Pier) Aquarium Admission: Y1,400 (10th grader and above), Y700 (4 years old to 9th grader) Please call the office at 0956-28-4187 for more information. Special Discount for Sasebonians (Sasebo habitants): Y990 (high school student and older), Y500 (4 years old to middle school student) Please show your Military ID card Three dolphins will greet you at the new tank. There is a Jellyfish tank too. Parking over one hour is cost (Y100). Please visit the website: http://www.parlsea.jp/ Dolphin Show Everyday 1020-1040, 1320-1340, 1520-1540 Pearl Queen Cruise 1000, 1100, 1300, 1400, 1500 Duration of the tour: 50 minutes Fare: Y1,200 (middle school student and older), Y600 (elementary school student) Kaio (Ocean King) Adventure Cruise 1130, 1330, 1430 on Saturdays, Sunday, and Japanese holidays Fare: Y1,200 (middle school student and older), Y600 (elementary school student) Class Amamoba (Shallows) Playroom in Umikirarra (Shining Ocean) Aquarium If not mentioned, the tuition is free. The admission to the aquarium is still required, though. Story Telling Saturday, 4 February 1130-1200, 1430-1500 99 Island Visitor Center Programs Programs held at the 99 Island Visitor Center require small amount of fee. Contact the center at 0956-28-7919 or visit website: http://www.kujukushima-visitorcenter.jp/ Please e-mail the visitor center your information (address, name, phone number and the event you want to participate in. 1) Winter Bird Watching in the Ainoura River Sunday, 19 February 1000-1200 Fee: Y100 Attendees meet at the parking lot of Ainoura Sogo (General) Sports Ground. The max number of attendees is 20 and they should be elementary school student and older. Please sign up NLT Monday, 6 February. 2) What is it? Drift Objects Detective Experience Sunday, 18 March 2012 1300-1500 Fee: Y100 Attendees meet at the parking lot of Shirahama Beach. The max number of attendees is 20 and should be elementary school students and older. Please sign up NLT Monday, 5 March. Ocean Breeze Guided Walking Tour Sunday, 12 February 1400-1500 Sunday, 11 March 1400-1500 Note: Cancelled if rain Fee: Y100 It only takes for 5 minutes to get the beach from the center. The experienced guide leads you there and explains fish, flowers, local plants, and more. The max number of the tourists is 20. Call the visitor center at 0956-28-7919 for more information. The max number of pairs is 5. Saikai National Park Kujukushima Zoological and Botanical Garden Events The admission is Y400 (adult) and Y100 (child). The phone number there is 0956-28- 0011. Tuition for the following classes is free unless it is specifically noted. You only pay the zoo admission fee. The whole zoo becomes non-smoking area. Please be careful. Renewal Open “Petting Zoo” It’s open! You can pet bunnies and guinea pigs, feed goats and sheep, and ride on ponies. Valentine Zoo Saturday, 4 to Tuesday, 14 February 0900-1630 The photo spot is created with a lot of pink, red, and white flowers and hart-shaped colorful papers at the greenhouse so that you can take photos with your loved ones. In Japan, boys receive chocolates from girls on February 14th. All male visitors visit the zoo during the campaign are granted chocolate gifts from the zoo. It’s worth visiting there for it. Container Garden Making Class Sunday, 12 February 1030-1200 Tuition: Y2,500 The max number of students is 40. Please call the zoo at 0956-28-0011 to sign up NLT Tuesday, 7 February. Please bring a pair of work gloves and a pair of branch-snipping scissors. Flowers and Plants Information Center Fridays to Mondays and Japanese holidays 1030-1500 The SAZANBOSU volunteers answer your questions for free. Zoo Annual Pass Ishidake Zoo is issuing their annual passes, “Zoo to Pasupo.” The annual pass for adults costs Y1,000 and for elementary and middle school student it costs Y250. Please bring a photo (2cm X2.5cm) for your annual pass. Zoo Volunteer “SaZanBoSu” Wanted What is “SaZanBoSu?” It’s Sasebo Zoological and Botanical Garden Supporters (Volunteers). They are instructors from the zoological and botanical classes and guides of special exhibitions. They are also musicians who play music for zoo visitors and train visitors to play music at the zoo. You don’t have to have special knowledge or a degree to do that. You’ll be trained by the zoo staff. Sazanbosu Activities! The tent next to the zoo entrance, every Sunday Herb Tea Tasting and Sale A variety of herb teas are lined up! Zoo Animal Quiz Rally Costs Y100 but you can win zoo animal post cards! Original Cookies for Sale Home made vanilla, almond, marble, raisin, and sesame cookies are for sale in reasonable price. Zoo Animal Caps for Sale The cap costs Y1,000 but worth more than that. The Original Post Cards are for Sale Now the Ishidake Zoological and Botanical Garden Post Cards have amazing photos of zoo animals and plants for sale. A set of 6 post cards costs Y500. Note: The nursing room is available in the zoo. The facility is for parents with babies. The facility has a nursing room to change diapers and feed babies. Please refrain from bringing your pets to the zoo. Mt. Eboshi Sports Village Information “Dog Run” Park has been Completed! It’ opens now at Mt. Eboshi Sports Village Wednesdays, Saturdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Japanese Holidays. Admission: Y300 per dog, Annual membership: Y3,000 per dog Do you know what we mean when we say “Dog Run”? Now, I know it’s been very difficult for you to find parks to walk or run your pet dogs freely in Sasebo. This facility is only for dogs but they must be pre-registered at the park office. The registration fee is Y500. The owner of dogs should be at least 18 years. Your dog’s shot records and owner’s ID card is required when you register your dog(s). Please call Sasebo City Hall Park Maintenance Office at 0956-24-1111 for more information. Youth Science Museum Wednesday to Sunday and Monday 0900-1700 Closed on Tuesday and Japanese holidays. Phone number: 0956-23-1517 Sasebo Planetarium was closed and newly the Youth Science Museum opened in Hotate- cho. Visit there once. It’s a new facility with decent and free parking lot. Planetarium Max number of attendees is 68. The duration of the show is 45 minutes. Admission: Y300 (adult), Y150 (middle school student and under) Winter Constellations Wednesday, 1 to Friday, 3 February 1600 Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 February 1600 Monday, 6 February 1600 The Night of Galaxy Train Wednesday, 1 to Friday, 3 February 1500 Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 February 1500 Monday, 6 February 1500 Educational Film Saturday, 4 February 1000, 1100 Pocket Monster “Best Wish” Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 February 1300 Observation of Winter Constellations Saturday, 4 February 1830-2030 Fee: Free The max number of attendees is 50. Please call the museum to sign up at 0956-23-1517. Observation of Nature Sunday, 19 February 1300-1500 Hananomori (Flower Woods) Park in Tawaragaura-cho on the way to Shirahama Beach Fee: Y500 (accident insurance) The max number of the attendees is 30. This is an observation meet for elementary school students, middle school students and their parents to study about eggs of amphibians such as frogs in winter. The center starts taking the sign-ups commencing on Saturday, 14 January. Call the center at 0956-23-1517. Sasebo Local Library Events Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 1000-1800 Thursday and Friday 1000-2000 Closed on Mondays and Japanese holidays. Contact the library at 0956-22-5618 for more information. Story Telling Volunteer Training Monday, 6 February 1000-1600 Fee: Free (max number of trainees is 20) Please fax (22-9535) your information to sign up. The attendees are to take both of the classes. CD Check Outs Commencing February this year, you can borrow 6 CDs instead of 3 CDs. The local library opens until 2000 on Thursdays and Fridays until December. I like it. Huis Ten Bosch Events Below is the admission chart and fee for the New Huis Ten Bosch. I have just learned you can bring your pet with you now. It started last week. Of course it’s not free. You pay Y500 per pet. Regular Ticket Period Adult 7th – 12th grade 4 years old – 6th grade Monday – Friday Y2,500 Y1,800 Y800 Regular Season Saturday, Sunday Y3,000 Y2,000 Y1,000 Japanese Holiday Busy season Busy Season: March 1 – March 31 Moonlight Ticket Period Adult 7th – 12th grade 4 years old – 6th grade Monday - Friday Y2,000 Y1,300 Y500 Regular season Saturday, Sunday Y2,500 Y1,800 Y800 Japanese Holiday Busy season Busy Season: March 1 – March 31 White Ferris Wheel Opens! Huis Ten Bosch Ticket to ride: Y700 + admission to Huis Ten Bosch is required (Y3,000) 700,000 lights lit up Huis Ten Bosch last year. This year, there are 820,000 lights! New “White Ferris Wheel” is now in service. The tickets are Y700 for 11-minute ride. 1% of ticket sales go to the charity fund for the Northern Japan Earthquakes and Tsunami Victims. Please see Huis Ten Bosch information section. There are a lot of events scheduled. Call Huis Ten Bosch at 0570-064-110 for more information. “KINGDOM of LIGHTS” Chapter 1 Until Sunday, 4 March 2012 Over-the-Ocean 3D Theater “Bon Voyage” 1000, 1030, 1100, 1130, 1200, 1230, 1300, 1330, 1400, 1430, 1500, 1530, 1600, 1630, 1700, 1730, 1800, 1830 Fee: Y500 (3 years old and older) A new attraction theater will be open. ONE PIECE is a series of animated films. Ruffy and his friends run around in 3D theater. The 12-minute-long film is a Huis Ten Bosch original. Don’t miss it! The Daytime Parade Until Friday, 25 February 2012 1300 (for 20 minutes) Nieuwstad to Binnenstad Palace of Lights Until Sunday, 4 March 2012 1830, 1900, 1930, 2000, 2030 (for 12 minutes) The Palace Huis Ten Bosch is lit up by colorful jewel-like illumination. The light up show “The Palace Jewel Illumination Show” is held every day. Palace Huis Ten Bosch Thriller Fantasy Museum Illumination Until Sunday, 4 March 2012 1830, 1900, 1930, 2000, 2030 (for 8 minutes) Museumstad The Electric Parade Until Sunday, 4 March 2012 1800 (for 25 minutes) Nieuwstad to Binnenstad Chapter 2 Until Sunday, 29 January Hot Spot Rest Stop World Bazaar Tulie-chan (Tulip Girl) is a mascot of Huis Ten Bosch. She has a tulip head and wears Dutch dress. Her head is larger than her body. Small cakes designed after Tulie-chan are for sale. Or you would like to toast marshmallows on bonfires? Acrobat with Fire Until Sunday, 4 March Alexander Circle in Binnenstad area The first-class acrobat artists of the world will perform with fire. The schedule of the shows is to be announced at the site. Electric Parade Until Sunday, 4 March 1730 The starting time of the parade may change due to the time of sunset. Along with the parade go, the lights of the town are turned on. It’s held in concord with 3D Projection Mapping until Sunday, 29 January. Chapter 3 Saturday, 4 February to Sunday, 4 March 12 The Japan First English-speaking Hotel Open Watermark Hotel Nagasaki, Huis Ten Bosch The manager is Australian. All the clerks speak in English. This is very new in Japan. You would like to stay in this hotel? Please contact the hotel at 0956-27-0785 to make a reservation. English Square Renewal Open English Square Japanese people who would like to learn conversational English visit this English Square. If you would like to involve this project, please contact the office at 0956-27-0785. Huis Ten Bosch English Square Tomodachi Factory in Free Zone, Huis Ten Bosch The following programs are held and taught in English. For more information on the following events, please contact Tomodachi Factory office at 0956-27-0785 or visit the web site: englishsquare.jp Thriller Fantasy Museum Illumination Show Everyday 1930, 2000, 2030, 2100, 2130 The show of lights and music lasts for 11 minutes. It’s held every 30 minutes after dark. Huis Ten Bosch Wander Vehicle “Duck Tour” Everyday, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600 Fee: Y2,500 (adult), Y1,800 (4 to elementary school student), Y500 (3 years old and under) Have you seen the amphibious bus at the Huis Ten Bosch yet? When I saw it, it was crossing the street. Yes, it looks like a boat but yet can drive on the road! The bus drives on the road for 25 minutes and ducks in the water for 20 minutes. You don’t have to sign up, come to the Huis Ten Bosch Entrance 15 minutes prior to the tour that you wish to take. I’m thinking to take my brother and his family to ride on this bus. Please call HTB Tourism Office at 0956-27-0290 for more information. Open Season “Sea Ten Bosch” Fishing Pond It’s open until it’s noticed. If you want to feel scared in Japanese style, please visit Obake-yashiki (Haunted House). Nihon no Kaidan Yashiki (Japanese Haunted House) Admission: Y300 Thriller Fantasy Museum It’s an on-going business and it stays what it is until noticed. Good. 5D Miracle Tour 5D doesn’t mean 5 dimensional. 5D stands for Dramatic, Dream, Delightful, Different and to Discover. Whatever. That’s Japanese English and you are not expected to understand. The screens are all over and you feel like you are floating in the air. The duration of the show is only 8 minutes. They only take 32 Max people for a tour. Fee is Y500 (4 years old and over). If you have a membership of Huis Ten Bosch, the fee is Y400. The location of the show is in the district of Thriller Fantasy Museum, where you find the Japanese Haunted House. Special Events Events featuring one of the popular animated films in Japan, “One Peace” are held at Huis Ten Bosch. The Memory of the “Going Merry” Quiz Digest Rally Fee: Y500 There are 6 stations you have to clear (getting points). In completion, you can get a little moment as a keepsake. Let’s ride on the “Going Merry” Fee: Y500 Riding on the mini size “Going Merry” pirate boat makes you feel like you are in the “One Piece” world. Take a Picture of the Thousand Sunny with You Fee: Picture pin (Y600), Picture in the paper frame (Y500) They take your photo when you are in the boat and make a picture pin or picture in the paper frame. Please tell them which you would like to have. Shabondi House (Restaurant) Opens! The “One Piece” featured goods that you can only get at Huis Ten Bosch and dishes featured “One Piece” that you can only eat at Huis Ten Bosch are served. The Thousand Sunny Cruise Write your message to Ruffy and his crew in the flag. Tickets: Y1,000 (adult, non-member), Y800 (adult, HTB member), Y600 (4 to elementary school student), Y500 (child, HTB member) HTB Activity Center Craft Classes For more information about the following classes, please contact HTB activity center at 0956-27-0131. Music Box Making Class On going 1030-1730 (Please check in by 1630) Fee: Y1,365 Wax Perfume Making Class On going 1030-1730 (Please check in by 1630) HTB Activity Center Fee: Y1,200 Magic Show On going Pub “Moon Shower” Admission: Y1,500 (including a drink and snacks) Other Events Sea Ten Bosch, Fishing at Huis Ten Bosch Fee: Y300 per hour (special campaign fee only until the end of August), Y500 per hour The fee includes a rental fishing rod and bait. Fish you caught: Y600 (black snapper) Zipangu Detective Club (Treasure Hunting) “Zipangu” was the name that Italian explorer, Marco Polo gave Japan in 1270’s. He didn’t visit Japan but he heard about Japan as the golden islands. He introduced Japan as “Zipangu” in his journal. It’s said this “Zipangu” turned into Japan later. You are going to read the mysterious map in Japanese and find the treasure somewhere in Huis Ten Bosch. Sure it’s difficult. Basic Course (Y200) Beginner’s Course (Y300) Intermediate Course (Y500) Advanced Course (Y500) Super Advanced Course (Y1,000) Classes ESL and Japanese Phrase Class English as a Second Language Tuesdays, 7, 14, 21, 28 February 1000-1100 Tuition: Free Community & Education Center Classroom “B” Tuition: Free Lesson 5 “How to count” in Japanese Tuesday, 7 February 1130-1230 Lesson 6 “Colors” in Japanese Tuesday, 14 February 1130-1230 Lesson 7 “Food” in Japanese Tuesday, 21 February 1130-1230 Lesson 8 “Directions” in Japanese Tuesday, 28 February 1130-1230 Lesson 9 “When and what time” in Japanese Tuesday, 6 March 1130-1230 Lesson 10 “How to use local transportation” in Japanese Tuesday, 13 March 1130-1230 Lesson 11 “I don’t feel well” in Japanese Tuesday, 20 March 1130-1230 Lesson 12 “Special occasions” in Japanese Tuesday, 27 March 1130-1230 No need to sign up. You don’t have to complete the course. Please stop by and learn Japanese phrases. The new series starts on Wednesday, 10 January 2012. Cooking Class for Workers Wednesday, 15 February 1830-2130 Central Health and Welfare Center Tuition: Y200 (Max number of students is 30) This is a cooking class for busy people who work during day time. It doesn’t say what they are cooking but the menu should be very healthy and economical. They only ask for Y200 for ingredients. The class is taught in Japanese. Hope you have a Japanese speaking friend goes with you. Contact Sasebo city hall Health Promoting Office at 0956-24-1111 for more information. I’m wondering if I sign up for the class. Let me know if you are interested in it, too. Art Exhibition Shimanose Art Center Exhibition Hours: 1000-1800. Closed on Tuesdays. Phone number is 0956-22-7213. The 7th Nagasaki Prefecture Excellent Artist Exhibition Wednesday, 1 to Sunday, 5 February The 4th Indian Ink (Black-and-White Brush Painting) Art Exhibition Wednesday, 8 to Sunday, 12 February Nagasaki Prefectural Tosho High School Art Club Graduate Artwork Exhibition Thursday, 9 to Sunday, 12 February Matsumoto Takayuki Memorial Art Exhibition Wednesday, 8 to Sunday, 12 February Artistic Apron Exhibition Wednesday, 15 to Sunday, 19 February Shimanose Art Center Sketching Class Art Exhibition Thursday, 16 to Wednesday, 29 February The 60th Japan Water Paint Association Sasebo Branch Art Exhibition Wednesday, 15 to Sunday, 19 February Sasebo City Middle School Art Club Art Exhibition Thursday, 16 to Sunday, 19 February Emiko Solo Art Exhibition Wednesday, 22 to Sunday, 26 February The 8th Hosokawa Chizuru Art Class “Crayon” Art Exhibition Saturday, 25 to Sunday, 26 February Furukawa Taketoshi Art Exhibition Until Wednesday, 29 February 0900-1800 Sasebo Kyosai Hospital Lobby The themes of his artworks are “Colors of 99 Islands” and “Mindscape of Hearts.” His artworks are all drawn by color pencils. The admission is free. Please call Mr. Furukawa at 090-8224-5838 for more information. Ultraman Art Exhibition Until Saturday, 31 March 1000-1800 Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum in Nagasaki city Admission: Y1,000 (adult), Y800 (university student, 70 years old and older), Y600 (high school student), Free for middle school student and under Please call the art museum at 095-833-2110 for more information. Concert Arkas Sasebo Concert The following concerts are held at Arkas Sasebo Convention Center. Please call Alkas Sasebo regarding the concerts at 0956-42-1111. Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Friday, 24 February 1900 Arkas Sasebo Big Hall Admission: S seat (Y7,000), A seat (Y5,500), B seat (Y4,000), Student late (Y1,000) I believe they are good. Café EASEL concerts Unless it’s mentioned, the admission is free. For more information, please contact the café at 090-8220-0363. New Year Big Party Sunday, 12 February 1530 (Doors open at 1500) Leo Plaza Hotel Y3,000 Please call Café EASEL for tickets at 090-8220-0363. Mitchy Solo Live Saturday, 18 February Time is to be announced Kudo Takashi & Kawasaki Misako Concert Saturday, 25 February Time is to be announced Sudo Mitsuru New Album Tour Wednesday, 7 March Time is to be announced Arkas Sasebo Rehearsal Room Latin Jazz Night Tuesday, 20 March Time is to be announced Goto Yoshifumi and Takahashi Getao are performing. Theatrical Play Minato-machi (Port Town) Sunset Saturday, 18 February 1400, 1900 Sunday, 19 February 1400 Arkas Sasebo Admission: Y500 (adult), Y300 (middle and high school student), Free for elementary school student and under It’s a story about the people in a port town where the jazz music flows at the sunset. It’s unsaid but it apparently “Sasebo.” It’s spoken in Japanese without subtitles. Please call the theatrical company at 090-2394-6231 for more information.
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