Monthly Archives: July 2014

FESTIVAL SEASON is underway! (2017)

UPCOMING matsuri:

the incomparable Nago Sairei, July 15-16
small-town intimacy at fishermen’s Mera and Banda Festivals, July 15-16
Funakata Sairei, a riot of floats, flags, and fishermen, July 29-30
Tateyama no matsuri, August 1-2
fireworks and flamenco, August 8, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
ancient festivals of Awa Shrine (August 10) and Sunosaki Shrine (August 20-22)
downtown Yawatan-machi extravaganza, September 16-17

For details and annual calendar, see:

These’s a possibility that schedule may be modified.

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OCEAN + FESTA TATEYAMA, June 17-18, 2017

Ocean and beach sports event for kids and adults, at Hojo Beach. Swimming races, stand-up paddle-board races, beach tug-of-wars, relay races, canoe races, beach sumo, lifesaving classes, run-swim-run courses, kids’ sumo, etc. Group and individual registration. TO PARTICIPATE, REGISTER BY June 12. 

TATEYAMA WAKASHIO 51.5 k TRIATHLON, June 25, 2017:  Get into the summer spirit  with Standard- and Sprint-courses and relays for men and women, aqua-thlons for elementary aged kids, and a challenge course for middle schoolers on up.  Coastal running and inland biking routes, swimming off of Okinoshima. Related events an lots of food and entertainment.   REGISTRATION from April 1 ~ April 30, 2017.

For information in Japanese, see  For inquiries, contact:

18TH ANNUAL TATEYAMA OPEN WATER SWIM RACE, July 16-17, 2017 in Kagamigaura (Mirror Bay), welcoming participants from 1st graders through the over-75 crowd.  5-k on the 20th, and 3-k, 1-k, relays, and kids’ OWS clinics on the 21st.  Rankings by age.

Note:  Registration from April 4~ May 25, 2017.

For information in Japanese,


SEA AND CITY FESTA/ AIR SELF-DEFENSE FORCE SUMMER FESTA, July 29, 2017, 10-15:00, at Minato Oasis, near Tateyama Station: Take a ride on sea kayaks, yachts, and helicopters, learn about the Coast Guard and tour the Naval base. For more information, see:

Passionate performances by 180 leading flamenco dancers from college teams around the country, joined this year by professional alumni dancers and musicians. Ticketed performances at the Chiba Prefecture Nanso Bunka Hall until 5 pm,and then a general outdoor free-for all, joining townspeople and pro dancers in a carnival-like atmosphere.Numerous related events from August 8- 12, at Aeon Town, Nanso Bunka Hall , etc.

Admission is free, but tickets are required that will specify admission times. Inquire at Tourist Information at Tateyama Station or go straight to Nanso Bunka Hall and queue for tickets there.

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