This Week's Events in Tokyo
March First Week
3/3 Saturday | TOKYO GIRLS COLLECTION 2007 S/S
The 4th holding of the fashion spectacle TOKYO GIRLS COLLECTION for this year’s Spring/Summer girl’s fashion will move its venue this time from Tokyo to Yokohama. Just about 60 most popular and “charismatic” fashion models today including Ebihara Yuri, Oshikiri Moe, Tsuchiya Anna and more walk the 45-meter-long dazzling and glittering cross runway showing the newest items for this year’s spring and summer seasons from the most popular Japanese fashion brands.
[Date] March 3rd (Sat)
[Time]   Entrance starts at 14:00 / Show starts at 15:00 (schedule)
[Place]   Yokohama Arena
3-10 Shinyokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
[Access]   5-min-walk from JR Shinyokohama Station
[Admission]   Center Platinum: JPY10,000 (inc. TGC special gift)
Arena Reserved: JPY 5,000
2F Reserved: JPY 3,000
*Advanced tickets available from Jan.27 at the places below
Kyodo Tokyo            03-3498-9999
Pia (e-ticket)             0570-02-9999 (P Code: 608-500)
CN Play Guide          0570-08-9999 (http://www.cnplayguide.com/tgc/)
Eplus                        http://eplus.jp
[Inquiry]   045-474-4000
[URL]   http://gw.tv/tgc/index2.html
(Tokyo Girls Collection 07 S/S Official Website, Japanese)
2/8 Thursday – 3/8 Thursday | 50th Yushima Tenmangu Plum Blossom Festival
Yushima Tenmangu (aka Yushima Tenjin) containing about 300 plum trees that are about 70-80 years old, has been known as one of the best places in Tokyo to enjoy plum blossoms (ume in Japanese) since the Edo Period. The history of the plum festival dates back to 1958, welcoming its 50th opening this spring. Roughly 450,000 people visit the festival, and the event has settled as a symbol of early spring across the nation. There will be a number of subevents held such as the Japanese drums performance, monkey performance, outdoors tea ceremony, karaoke contest and so on. Aside from the festival, February is also the season when the shrine is filled with examinees for entrance exams for various kinds of schools.

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<Traditional Drum Performace>
Feb.18 (Sun) 12:00- (special stage)

<Taro Club Sarumawashi (monkey performance)>
Feb.11 (Sun) 12:00- (special stage)

<Naomi Gakuen Hounou Music Concert>
Feb.12 (Mon) 12:00- flute concert
Feb.24 (Sat) 13:30 saxophone concert

<Noto Town (Ishikawa Pref) Kiriko Displays and Noto Yosakoi Performance>
Mar. 3 (Sat) & Mar. 4(Sun)
Yushima Tenjin Plum Blossoms 2007

[Dates]   February 8th (Thu) – March 8th (Thu)
[Time]   8:00 – 19:00

Yushima Tenmangu (Yushima Tenjin)
3-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

[Access]   2-min-walk from Yushima Station Exit 3: Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
5-min-walk from Ueno Hirokoji Station: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
8-min-walk from Hongo 3-chome Station: Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
8-min-walk from JR Okachimachi Station: JR Yamanote / Keihin-Tohoku
5-min-walk from Ueno Okachimachi Station Exit A4: Toei Oedo Line Line
[Admission]   Free
[Inquiry]   03-3836-0753 (Yushima Tenmangu)
[URL]   http://www.yushimatenjin.or.jp/pc/ume/index.htm
(Yushima Tenjin Official Website Plum Festival Information, Japanese)
(Yushima Tenjin Official Website Top, English)
2/24 Saturday – 3/4 Sunday | Katsuura Big Hinamatsuri
The Katsuura Big Hinamatsuri takes place for a week to celebrate the Girl’s Festival coming up this Saturday on March 3rd. Joined by approximately 7,000 hina dolls offered from Katsuura Town in Tokushima Prefecture, a member of the “Japan Katsuura Network” (joined by the towns and cities named Katsuura all over Japan), the festival features more than 20,000 hina dolls and bonbori flower decorations all together during the week. Main venue civic hall provides the largest Kyoho-Bina dolls, Tomimisaki Shrine the outdoors hina decoration with 1,200 dolls lined on 60 steps, and the Enomoto Collection shows 60 kinds of hina dolls gathered from 22 prefectures. The outdoors decoration are illuminated at evenings.
[Date]   February 24th (Sat) – March 4th (Sun)
[Time]   Main Venue (Civic Hall)    9:00-17:00
Block Venues     9:00-16:00
Tomimisaki Shrine       8:00-19:00 (cancelled if rains)
Kakuoji Temple Gate      8:00-19:00 (cancelled if rains)
Tona Crossing       8:00-19:00 (cancelled if rains)
Enomoto Collection (city library 2F)      9:00-17:00
[Place]   Katsuura City, Chiba Prefecture
[Access]   5-min-walk from Katsuura Station: JR Line
[Admission]   Free
[Inquiry]   0470-73-1211 (Hinamatsuri Executive Committee)
[URL]   http://www.city.katsuura.chiba.jp/event/hinamatsuri-e.html
(Katsuura City Official Website, 2007 Katsuura Big Hinamatsuri, English)
3/3 Saturday – 3/4 Sunday | Jindaiji Temple Daruma Fair
The Jindaiji Temple Daruma Fair taking place every year on March 3rd and 4th dating back its origin to mid-Edo Period has become the symbolic event of the beginning of spring over the years. A number of stalls line up the main approach and the temple grounds adding cheery mood to the centuries-long ritual and event.
[Date]   March 3rd (Sat) – March 4th (Sun)
[Time]   Goma-Kigan (ritual)… hourly 10:00 – 17:00
Daruma Public Display… 9:00-17:45
[Place]   Jindaiji Temple
5-15-1 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu City, Tokyo
[Access]   10-min-bus ride from Tsutsujigaoka Station: Keio Line, 1-min-walk from bus stop Jindaiji
[Admission]   Free
[Inquiry]   0424-86-5511 (Jindaiji Temple)
[URL]   http://kaze.gozaru.jp/photo04.html (Pictures, Japanese)
3/5 Monday – 3/8 Thursday | Tokyo Performing Arts Market 2007
People in the world of performing arts gather from all over Japan and from the world at this market to share their insights and time. A number of booth stations allow many participants to meet each other even within the limited amount of time. There will also be practical seminars and lectures held for further intensive communication and studies.
[Date]   March 5th (Mon) – March 8th (Thu)
[Time]   Please see here: http://www.tpam.or.jp/english/time.html
[Place]   Tokyo International Forum, Marubiru Hall (Marunouchi Building Hall)
5-1 Marunouchi 3-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
[Access]   > 1-min-walk from Yurakucho Station: JR Yamanote / Keihin Tohoku Lines, Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line
> 5-min-walk from Tokyo Station: JR Lines, Tokyo Metro Lines
> 5-min-walk from Hibiya Station: Tokyo Metro Hibiya / Chiyoda Lines, Toei Mita Line
> 5-min-walk from Ginza Station: Tokyo Metro Ginza /Marunouchi Lines
> 5-min-walk from Nijubashimae Station: Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
> 7-min-walk from Kyobashi Sation: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
[Admission]   Please see http://www.tpam.or.jp/english/regist.html
[Inquiry]   03-5724-4660 (Tokyo Performing Arts Market 2007)
[URL]   http://www.tpam.or.jp/ (Japanese)
http://www.tpam.or.jp/index_e.html (English)
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