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Visiting Kurashiki Dolls (Kurashiki City)

From February 25 (Sat) to March 12 (Sun), dolls are displayed at shopping districts in front of JR Kurashiki station as well as at shops and accomodation facilities in Kurashiki city including Mizushima, Kojima, Tamashima, Funao etc. Let’s enjoy the sightseeing and gourmet while watching traditional dolls and unique dolls in each places!

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OKAYAMA Summary Information in February

“Lawn Grass Burning at Okayama Korakuen Garden” “Setsubun bean-throwing ceremony” “The 25th Ombara-kogen Hyoumon Festival” “Saidai-ji Eyou” “Pine Straw Burning at Okayama Korakuen Garden” “Visiting Jinya-machi Ashimori Townscape & Dolls” etc.

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Tamano Ontamameshi(Tamano City)

Tamano Ontamameshi is the local gourmet in Tamano city, which is a fried rice that fry rice containing well-known conger-eel basted with a salty-sweet sauce. The smell of its source makes you hungry, and it is very delicious eating with soft-boiled egg!

 

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Okayama Tourism Federation
Telephone; 086-233-1802

 

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Let’s join MOMOTARO STAMP RALLY and get original goods!

Let’s visit sightseeing spots in Okayama and collect stamps. You can get very popular MOMOTARO goods such as MOMOTARO doll, MOMOTARO illustrated pouch. It will be until February 28 (Tue)!

 

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Winter Event Recommendation! Hiruzen Yukikoi Festival (Maniwa City)
Hiruzen Yukikoi Festival is an event that everyone can fully enjoy Hiruzen-kogen Heights in winter. It will be held on February 4 (Sat.) and 5 (Sun.) this year. Visitors can experience playing in the snow such as making huge Kamakura (Japanese igloo) and riding in a sled as well as enjoy local gourmet.
At night candle lights in about 1,000 mini Kamakura, and fantastic scenery spreads.

 

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Lunch Itadakimasu(Kurashiki City)

Lunch Itadakimasu (Let’s eat lunch!) is a gourmet event that has been held by about 50 restaurants including hotels and ryokans (Japanese-style hotel) in Kurashiki city. You can enjoy eating lunch that contains a lot of local seasonal materials cooked by the chefs of each restaurant considering the taste higher than the price at the unified price of 1,620 yen at each restaurant. It will be held until March 15 (Wed).
For further information (Japanese only)
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Okayama Korakuen Garden(Okayama City)

At Okayama Korakuen Garden known as one of Japan’s three most famous gardens, visitors can enjoy flowers every season throughout the year. From February to March, Japanese plum blossoms are in full bloom. There will be warm this year and it is blooming earlier than usual. Please visit and feel the spring a little earlier!

 

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Okayama Tourism Federation
Telephone; 086-233-1802

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Oyster Festival(Asakuchi City & Bizen City)

Okayama is the 3rd largest production volume for oyster in Japan, and the characteristic of Okayama oyster is the food texture with the elasticity that does not shrink even if baking them. Oyster Festival will be held in Yorishima on February 5 (Sun) and in Hinase on February 26 (Sun). You can enjoy a tasting, oyster cuisine such as Kakioko*, Oyster Rice*, Deep Fried Oysters, and shopping with more reasonable price than usual.
*Kakioko is a Japanese Savory Pancake containing oysters.
*Oyster Rice is a rice cooked together with oyster meat.

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The Genpei Spraying Water War(BizenCity)

From 12:00 on February 5 (Sun.), firefighters divided into two teams, imitating the battle of the samurai (The Genpei War) about 800 years ago, will do spraying water battle aiming at the opponent’s boat at Hinase Port in Bizen City. Lastly both teams wish for a year’s stability and will spray the five colors of water high up in the sky.

 

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Recommendation for Winter Event Ombara-kogen Hyoumon Festival(Kagamino Town)

Ombara-kogen Hyoumon Festival is one of popular winter event in Okayama. From February 4, 2017 (Sat.), big snow sculpture are set up at the Ombara-kogen Ski Resort, and games such as sled competition and big bingo competition are held. The snow sculpture are illuminated in the evening, and about 5,000 fireworks are performed with the laser show.
*Hyoumon : Swirl pattern appearing on the surface of ice-laden Ombara Lake

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Okayama Tourism Federation
Telephone; 086-233-1802

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Renting Denim Kimono(Kurashiki City)

In “Kurashiki Kimono Komachi” near Kurashiki Bikan historical quarter area, you can rent a favorite kimono and enjoy walking about the town. You can choose various patterns such as denim kimono that is unique to Kurashiki city known as the birthplace of domestic jeans, and it is perfect for walking around the tasteful streets of the town.

 

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Yubeshi(Takahashi City & Yakage Town)

Yubeshi is a Japanese traditional rice cake sweets made with local citron. There are various types of Yubeshi, such as thin plate-shaped, shape that connects rod-shaped and string-shaped praying for a good marriage. You can enjoy the chewy texture and the flavorful citrus scent, and Yubeshi is good for souvenirs too.

 

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Telephone; 086-233-1802

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Shinjo Himekko Zoni(Shinjo Village)

In Japan there is a custom to eat Zoni(Ozoni)* in New Year. In Okayama prefecture Shinjo Himekko Zoni is famous. Rice cakes pounded by four people without using water are chewy, smooth and sweet. At Shinjo village Michinoeki (Roadside Station), you can eat this Zoni throughout the year.
*soup containing rice cakes and vegetables

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Yadate no Shinji (Shrine Ritual)

“Yadate no Shinji” derives from the legend that Kibitsuhiko-no-Mikoto* clean up the ogre called “Ura”. After the purification of the bow and arrow which is provided on the giant rock called “Yaokiiwa”, shoot arrows simultaneously toward the east, west, north and south, exorcise the four demons, pray for health and good luck charm.
*it is said the model of Momotaro
Location : Kibitsu-jinja Shrine
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Lawn Grass Burning at Okayama Korakuen Garden(Okayama City)

“Lawn Grass Burning” that burns the wide lawn grass in the garden to do pest control and arrange sprouts will be held on February 1 (Wed.) at Okayama Korakuen Garden, one of Japan’s three most famous gardens. The scenery like spreading a “black carpet” in the garden spreads, and it has become a tradition to welcome the spring of Korakuen Garden.

 

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Telephone; 086-233-1802

(01/03)From Japan :I wish you a Happy New Year!

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London Fireworks 2016 /2017 – New Year’s Eve Fireworks – BBC One

Programme website: http://bbc.in/2iRoddQ London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks from the Thames Embankment as Big Ben strikes midnight.
Track list:

Prince – 1999
Prince – Let’s Go Crazy
Prince – Alphabet St
Prince – Kiss
Sigala (feat. John Newman & Nile Rodgers) – Give Me Your Love
Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance
Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star
Jimi Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic
Fatman Scoop (feat. DJ Kool) – It Takes Scoop
Orbital – Chime
Woodkid – Run Boy Run
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
Kungs vs. Cookin’ on 3 Burners – This Girl
TNGHT – Higher Ground
M Beat (feat. General Levy) – Incredible
Fatboy Slim and Riva Starr (feat. Beardyman) – Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat
Edmundo Ros & His Orchestra – London is the Place for Me
Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars (Hardwell Remix)
David Bowie – Fame
David Bowie – Space Oddity
David Bowie – Suffragette City
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
Chromeo – Jealous (Dillon Francis Remix)
Swedish House Mafia (feat. John Martin) – Don’t You Worry Child