October Articles

October 1, 2017 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
MITSUKOSHI 10:00- 19:00 Open: Everyday
<-Oct. 2>6th Floor Art Gallery Admission: Free
<Oct. 3-9>Glass Works in Art Nouveau and Art Deco Styles
Pictures from Ecole de Barbizon to Ecole de Paris Styles
IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 Open everyday
Restaurants (11:00-22:00), Ferris wheel (10:00-22:00)
6th Floor ART GALLERY Admission: Free (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition)
< -Oct. 3 >Handwoven Cloth by Yasuoka Mitsuko
<Oct. 4-10>Modern Craft Works
NHK ART GALLERY 9:30-17:00 (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Closed: Mondays
< Oct. 3-8 >Mora Works: Mora is a traditional handicraft from Panama, part of the
traditional outfit of a Kuna woman.

2. PERFPRMANCES
MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
*October 3  18:30- Gekidan Shiki Musical
S-seats: 8,640 yen A-seats: 6,480 yen B-seats: 3,240 yen
MATSUYAMA SHIROYAMA PARK
*October 6 12:20-12:50 Promenade Concert Free

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Oct. 4 MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ 1971 U.S.A. 13:00-14:56

Night Movie Theater
Oct. 2 UNFORGIVEN 1992 U.S.A. 21:00-23:12
9 YOU’VE GOT MAIL 1998 U.S.A. 21:30-23:30

Midnight Movie Theater
Oct. 6 BRIDESMAIDS 2011 U.S.A. 24:15-26:21

NHK Regular Bilingual Programs

NHK E tele (Educational TV) (Channel 2)
SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANTS 18:00-18:25 Saturdays
CURIOUS GEORGE 08:35-09:00 Saturdays
DRAMATIC EARTH 19:00-19:45 Saturdays

NHK General TV (Channel 1)
NEWS 7 19:00-19:30 Mon. -Sun.
NEWS WATCH 9 21:00-22:00 Mon. -Fri.
THIS IS US 23:00-23:45 Sun.

4. THEATER MOVIES
>>Oct.>> HIDDEN FIGURES [Dream] Okaido only
>>Oct.>> THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Oct.6 WONDER WOMAN Kinuyama(>>Oct.7), Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Oct.6 POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING [Bokutachi Popstar] Okaido only
>>Oct.6 YOGA HOSERS [Konbini Wars] Okaido only
Oct.7-20 GLEASON [Gift: Boku ga Kimi ni Nokoseru Mono] Okaido only
>>Oct.13 BABY DRIVER Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Oct.13 DESPICABLE ME 3 [Kaitou Gru 3] Masaki & Okaido
Oct.13>> WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES [Saru no Wakusei: Seisen Ki] Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
Oct.14>> 47 METERS DOWN Okaido only
>>Oct.20 DESPICABLE ME 3 [Kaitou Gru 3] Kinuyama & Shigenobu
Oct.20>> ATOMIC BLONDE Shigenobu only
Oct.21>> AMERICAN MADE [Barry Seal: America wo Hameta Otoko] Masaki & Shigenobu Oct.21>>  9/11 Okaido only
Oct.21>> THE SHACK [Amazing Journey]  Okaido only
>>Oct.27 ALIEN: Covenant Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Oct.27 SNITCH [Over Drive] Shigenobu only

★ 10A.M. Film Festival (Gozen Juu ji no Eigasai). ★ OKAIDO Cinema Sunshine
Movie classics will be shown everyday from 10:00 a.m., changing one or two weeks on Saturday.
Oct.4-17 GLORIA

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Oct.7>> PATERSON
Oct.7>> GIMME DANGER
Oct.7>> SCORE: A Film Music Documentary [Subarashiki Eigaongaku tachi]

5. FESTIVALS
TSUKIMI  0r KANGETSU (Moon Viewing)
Autumn is the season of Moon Viewing. Mangetsu, the full moon (harvest moon) in autumn is the largest and clearest of the year and so it is special in Japan. We call it chushu no meigetsu (the full moon of August 15th by the lunar calendar). This year the full moon is on the night of October 4th . In many homes, a small table is set on the south side of the house where the moonlight pours in. On the table Japanese pampas grass (susuki), which is said to invite the gods, is arranged. Anything round, like the moon, is offered, such as sweet dumplings (tsukimi dango), green soybeans (edamame), grapes or taro (sato imo). It is said that the custom of moon viewing was introduced from China in the 8th century. In the Heian era (792~1180) the imperial court appreciated the beautiful moon and competed in composing waka poetry. It was in the Edo era (1600~1867) that this custom spread among common people.
The autumn season is also favored because of the cooler evenings when singing insects give full voice amid the tall autumn grasses and flowers.

October 3-4 YOKAICHI MACHINAMI KANGETSUKAI (Moon Viewing Festival)
18:00-21:00 In Yokaichi, Uchiko-cho
To appreciate the full moon, a moon viewing festival is held in Uchiko in the Machinami district. Traditional houses built more than one hundred years ago are lit by andon, lanterns made of green bamboo hung in front of the houses, and visitors enjoy strolling on the long autumn evening.
Events on the Machinami street
A concert of shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) and koto, and shigin (a recitation of Chinese poems)
Hazetori-odori (a dance accompanied by singing as the haze-berries, the raw material of wax, were picked.)
Haiku contribution boxes
The garden of Honhaga House is lit up. It was built in 1894 and now is a National Important Cultural Property.
A concert is held in the Kamihaga-tei yard.
19:20- / 20:20- Tsugaru-jamisen concert is performed by Horio Yuyo and Horio Yasuma.
Admission: Free
Kami-haga House, was built in 1904 as the homestead of the Haga family and is now a wax museum. The Haga Family made their fortune manufacturing wax from the 19th to the early 20th century.
In addition, at Gokoku Kosho-ji temple near the Machinami street shojin-ryori (vegetarian diet) meals are served (18:00~   800yen). You need to make a reservation.
(Tel. 0893-44-5212)
You should go early and walk around Uchiko town. The old kabuki theater Uchiko-za, an old drugstore, and local craftsmen making traditional Japanese candles are worth seeing.
Transportation: Take the JR limited express train bound for Uwajima from Matsuyama and get off at Uchiko Station, a 20-minute ride. From Uchiko Station it is a 30-minute walk to the district. (Tel. 0893-44-5212)

Oct. 9 TAIIKU NO HI (Athletic Day) National Holiday
This holiday was established to encourage people to participate in athletic activities. Many athletic events are held on this day all over Japan.
Imotaki
You can enjoy a long autumn evening with your family, co-workers or friends chatting and tasting traditional imotaki (a stew of chicken, taro and other vegetables) under the beautiful moonlight in the cool breeze.

-Oct. 14  18:00-21-30 Deai no imotaki Tel. 089-989-5506
(Deai-bashi river side in Matsuyama city)
Fare   1,800 yen(Reserved)    2,000yen (Day)
-Oct.10  18:00-22:00 Kawauchi imotaki-kai
(Shigenobu-gawa river side in Toon city)
Fare   1,600yen (Reserved) / Special imotaki including pheasant or duck 2,100 yen
Further information: Kawauchi Imotaki Reservation Center Tel. 089-966-5288
-Late Oct. Sunset-21:00 Ganso (originator) Ozu no imotaki Tel. 0893-24-2664
(Nehoji-temple river side in Ozu city)
Fare   2,000yen (Reserved)
Near here you can see Garyu Sanso, which is designated as a National Important
Cultural Property. You need to make a reservation as a group of five or more members.
Further information: Ozu City Kanko-Kyokai Tel. 0893-24-2664

6. FLEA MARKET & ON SALE
ITEM EHIME (Ehime World Trade Center)
<Oct.8>9:30- 15:00
Ehime AOZORA Market ” Flea Market” Admission: Free

7. ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service
(Interpreted in English on PC)
11:00-12:00 Japanese language lessons
(Tuition free)

Oct. 29 13:30-14:45 Worship in English.
Our annual spring church bazaar will be held on the 29th from 9:30 to 16:00.
Matsuyama Fukuin Center
Place: Heiwa-dori 1-6-6 Tel: 089-925-1008
You are most welcome to our church! Please visit our blog. http://praisefellowship.seesaa.net/

Matsuyama City Library
The city library in the Community Center has a large English book section. You can register for a free library card in English. The 2nd floor Audio/Visual section has movies in English. Open 9:30~20:00 (the A/V section closes at 17:00.)
Closed Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30 & 31.
INFO 089-943-8008

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August Articles

August 3, 2017 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
MITSUKOSHI 10:00- 19:00 Open: Everyday
6th Floor Art Gallery Admission: Free
<Aug. 1-7>Prints from World Masterpieces
IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 Open everyday
Restaurants (11:00-22:00), Ferris wheel (10:00-22:00)
6th Floor ART GALLERY Admission: Free (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition)
<Aug. 2-8> Ceramic Works by the three Generations of the Artists, Mashiko Hamadagama
8th Floor SKY DOME Admission: Free
<Aug. 6>13:00-15:00 Hula Performance
NHK ART GALLERY 9:30-17:00 (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Closed: Mondays
<Aug. 1-6>Paintings by Nursery School through Junior High School Students

2. PERFPRMANCES
MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
*August 1 19:00- Drakensberg Boys Chorus Concert
A-seats: 5,800 yen B-seats: 5,300 yen Students: 2,000 yen
EMIFUL MASAKI
*August 2 13:00- 15:00- Jazz Concert Free

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Aug.1 PEGGY SUE MARRIED 1986 U.S.A. 13:00-14:44
2 BEVERLY HILLS COP 1984 U.S.A. 13:00-14:46
3 BEVERLY HILLS COP II 1987 U.S.A. 13:00-14:44
4 BEVERLY HILLS COP III 1994 U.S.A. 13:00-14:45
Night Movie Theater
Aug. 7 THE MATRIX 1999 U.S.A. 21:00-23:17

RNB DIGITAL Channel 4
Friday road show
Aug. 4 Jurassic World 2015 U.S.A. 21 :00-

NHK Regular Bilingual Programs
NHK E tele (Educational TV) (Channel 2)
SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANTS 18:00-18:25 Saturdays
CURIOUS GEORGE 08:35-09:00 Saturdays
DRAMATIC EARTH 19:00-19:45 Saturdays

NHK General TV (Channel 1)
NEWS 7 19:00-19:30 Mon. -Sun.
NEWS WATCH 9 21:00-22:00 Mon. -Fri.
DOWNTON ABBY 6 23:00-23:55 Sun.

4. THEATER MOVIES
>>Aug.>> PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:Dead Men Tell No Tales
Kinuyama, Masaki (>>Aug.31) & Shigenobu
>>Aug.>> DESPICABLE ME 3 [Kaitou Gru 3] Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Aug.>> THE MUMMY Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Aug.>> THE FOUNDER Okaido only
>>Aug.>> CARS 3 [Cars Crossroad] Kinuyama (>>Aug.25), Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Aug.4 THE DUEL [Aru Kettou] Okaido only
Aug.4>> TRANSFORMERS: The Last Knight Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
Aug. 5-18 RUPTURE Okaido only
>>Aug.11 POWER RANGERS Kinuyama & Masaki
>>Aug.11 BOB DYLAN: ROADS RAPIDLY CHANGING Okaido only
Aug.11>> SPIDER-MAN: Homecoming Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Aug.12- 25 PARIS CAN WAIT [Bonjour Anne] Okaido only

★ 10A.M. Film Festival (Gozen Juu ji no Eigasai). ★ OKAIDO Cinema Sunshine
Movie classics will be shown everyday from 10:00 a.m., changing one or two weeks on Saturday.
>>Aug.4 GOOD WILL HUNTING
Aug.5-11 ROMAN HOLIDAY
Aug.12-18 SABRINA [Uruwashi no Saburina]

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays

>>Aug. 4 WILD OATS
Aug. 5>> NICKY’S FAMILY
Aug.19>> 20TH CENTURY WOMEN

5. FESTIVALS
-Sept. 20 UKAI (Cormorant Fishing) on the Hiji-kawa (river) Ozu City
Watching Ukai from a boat
In Japan the tradition of fishing with cormorants goes back at least a thousand years. In Ozu it started as a tourist attraction in 1957 and now the Hiji-kawa is one of the three most famous ukai spots in Japan, including the Nagara-gawa in Gifu Prefecture and the Mikuma-gawa in Ooita Prefecture. The fishing is done from a boat called u-bune, which is lit by torches as it sails down the Hiji-kawa, which runs through Ozu. Cormorant fishermen called usho, beat the sides of the boats to encourage trained cormorants to catch fish. They are drawn by long strings attached to rings around the birds’ necks, which prevent them from swallowing fish. When a cormorant makes a catch a fisherman pulls the bird in and has it cough up the fish on the boat. You can watch from special sightseeing boats called yakata-bune. The Hiji-kawa is the only spot in Japan where ukai is done in the way called awase-ukai that u-bune and sightseeing yakata-bune sail down the river together. The fare is as follows:

Daytime Every Sunday, June to Sep. (12:00-13:30) Adults 4,000 yen Children (over three & elem. School ) 2,500 yen August 13 ,14, 15 (Obon days) (including meals)
Night June 1 to Sep. 20
Standard Plan (18:00-20:40) Adults 6,000 yen Children (over three & elem. School ) 4,500 yen
(including tea, meals and oshibori , rolled hand towels)
Hanakairo Plan (16:45-20:40) Adults 7,000 yen Children (over three & elem. School ) 5,500 yen (Ukai and visiting Garyu-sanso) (including tea, meals and oshibori)

You need to make a reservation in advance at Ozu Machinoeki Asamoya (Tel. 0893-57-6655). The boarding area is near Garyu-sanso, about a ten-minute walk from the Route 56 bridge crossing the Hijikawa.
Transportation: Take an Iyotetsu bus bound for Yawatahama from Shieki, gate #4, and get off at Ozu Honmachi, a 90-minute ride. Or take a JR express train from Matsuyama and get off at Ozu, a 40-minute ride. From Ozu Station take a taxi or walk for 30 minutes.

-August 5 DOYO YOICHI (Saturday Fair) 13:00- 21:00
On Saturdays from late June, Okaido, Gintengai Streets and Matsuchika Town are filled with booths. There are games such as kingyo-sukui (goldfish catching), food, all sort of things to buy and crowds of people enjoying the fun. (Tel.089-943-8343)

August 1-31 DOGO-ONSEN NATSU MATSURI (Summer festival)
Around Dogo-onsen Honkan (main building), Botchan Square, Hojo-en (opposite dogo-onsen station)
August 1-2 Dogo-mura Matsuri (Village festival)
A mid-summer festival opens in the Dogo-onsen area. Many stalls of old-fashioned fun such as kingyo-sukui (goldfish catching), kaki-gori (shaved ice), and takoyaki are set up.
1 9:30-10:30 Yugama-yakushi (The healing Buddha of Dogo spa) ceremony is held in
thanks for the blessing of Dogo hot spa.
Jinrikisha (rickshaw) riding near Hojo-en
19:30 Local entertainment
2 19:30 Otogi (fairy tales), and music
20:30 Suigun daiko performance
1-2 13:00 Sports test, Quiz, etc.
14:00 Performances
18:00 Dogo Yoichi (night fair) on Haikara Street (Shopping Arcade)
Other events
1-30 Hurin (wind bell) matsuri, Japanese drum performance, local entertainment, and music at Botchan Square
1-7 Tanabata-matsuri (Star festival)
1-8 Matsuyama Matsuri in Dogo
13-15 Kids Fireworks ‘Senko-hanabi (sparklers)’
22 Ehime Chisan-chisho in Dogo (local foods and products fair)
27 Yuagari asaichi (Morning fair after bathing) at Botchan Square
31 Final event

August 3-4 OZU KAWA MATSURI HANABI-TAIKAI (River festival) 20:00 -21:00
Firework display on each bank of the Hijikawa (north side on August 3 and south on August 4) (Tel. 0893-24-2664)
In Ozu a summer firework display has been held since the Edo Era (1600-1867). About 2,000 rounds of fireworks are set off each day. Most exciting and beautiful are ‘Niagara Falls ‘ tinting the surface of the river with rainbow colors against the background of Ozu Castle, stretching 200 meters long. You might want to try combining this with the cormorant fishing. There is free parking for 1,900 cars. In case of rain it will be held on the next day.
Transportation: See the Ukai Festival for transportation info. From JR Ozu station it takes about 15 minutes to the north riverside and 20 minutes to the south on foot.

August 6 ONMAKU HANABI (Firework display) 20:00-21:00
At Imabari Port seawall, Imabari City
This is one of the biggest firework festivals in Ehime. About 14,000 rounds of fireworks are
displayed at the Imabari Port seawall. The theme this year is ‘Shoshin初心 (original
intention)’, recalling the impression when Onmaku Hanabi event was started 20 year ago.
About 200,000 people came to see the festival last year. In case of rain it will be held on 13th .
11:00 Shimanami-kaido Taiko-shudan on the shopping arcade
–Drum performance by 19 groups (80 drums in all)
18:00 Tsugijishi (lion dance) Performance (Tel. 0898-23-3939)
Transportation: It is a 15-minute walk from JR Imabari station.

August 6 MATSUYAMA MINATO MATSURI (Port festival)
MITSUHAMA FIREWORK DISPLAY 20:00-21:20 At Mitsuhama Port
Another of the big firework festivals in Ehime. About 11,000 rounds of fireworks are
displayed. In case of rough weather it will be held on the 20th .
16:30 Brass band parade and a performance of Suigun-daiko (Tel. 089-951-7705)
Transportation: Take the Iyotetsu train bound for Takahama and get off at Mitsuhama station. It is a 15-minute walk from the station.

August 6 HIROSHIMA MEMORIAL DAY
August 9 NAGASAKI MEMORIAL DAY
Events to remember these tragedies are held in many places in Japan. People throughout the country observe one minute of silence for the dead at 8:15 a.m. on the 6th and at 11:02 a.m. on the 9th, the moments the A-bombs were dropped over the two cities.

August 6-7 UCHIKO SASA MATSURI (Bamboo Festival) 10:00-21:00 This festival started more than 50 years ago and it is one of the biggest bamboo festivals in Ehime Prefecture. The main street of Uchiko is lined 500 meters long with about 50 colorful papered bamboo decorations (sasa kazari ). There are many stalls selling food, drinks and much more. Besides Sasa matsuri, it is worth visiting Yokaichi and Gokoku streets, to see traditional buildings, the Uchiko-za theater and the Kamihaga residence/Mokuro (Japanese wax) Museum. In case of rain it is postponed till August 8.
(Tel. 0893-44-2066)
6 19:30 Chochin gyoretsu (Procession of lanterns)
7 18:30 Sasa odori (bamboo dance), dancing under brightly decorated bamboo
Transportation: Take the JR express train bound for Uwajima from JR Matsuyama and get off at
Uchiko station.

7. ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
Aug. 6, 13, 27 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service (Interpreted in English on PC)
11:00-12:00 Japanese language lessons (Tuition free)
Aug. 20 13:30-14:45 Worship in English.
Matsuyama Fukuin Center
Place: Heiwa-dori 1-6-6 Tel: 089-925-1008
You are most welcome to our church! Please visit our blog. http://praisefellowship.seesaa.net/

Matsuyama City Library
The city library in the Community Center has a large English book section. You can register for a free library card in English. The 2nd floor Audio/Visual section has movies in English. Open 9:30~20:00 (the A/V section closes at 17:00.) Closed Aug. 31 only.
INFO 089-943-8008

Botchan in Japanese and English
We will start reading from Chapter 4. You do not need to bring anything, but we will be using the Alan Turney English translation published by Kodansha. Everyone is welcome.
The reader in Japanese is Mitsuru Terakado (former Asahi Newspaper reporter, editor) and Norika Kan (part-time lecturer at Matsuyama University) will be there to translate.
Date & Time: Aug. 5 16:00-17:30
Place: Shiki Museum 1F, Meeting Room 1
Located on the north side of Dogo Park
Call or email in advance for participation.
Info: soseki2017@circus.ocn.ne.jp,
090-3273-1265 (Terakado-san)

July Aricles

July 2, 2017 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
BANSUI-SO 9:00-18:00 Closed: July 3, 10, 24, 31
<-July 2 >Shiki・Soseki 150th Birth Anniversary Exhibition / Free, Closing day ends at 13:00
<July 6-9, 10:00-15:00>ARTWORKS Vol. 20 “Zero” Solo Exhibition / Free
<July 6-9, 10:00-15:00> Kashimoto Exhibition / Free

MITSUKOSHI 10:00- 19:00 Open: Everyday
6th Floor Art Gallery Admission: Free
<-July 3 >Prints by Ogura Yuki
<July 4-10 >Pottery by Takemura Atsunori

IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 Open everyday
Restaurants (11:00-22:00), Ferris wheel (10:00-22:00)
6th Floor ART GALLERY Admission: Free (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition)
<-July 4 >Modern Japanese Paintings
<July 5-11 >Modern Glassware
NHK ART GALLERY 9:30-17:00 (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Closed: Mondays
<May 30-June 4 >Mounting, Byobu (Folding Screen), Haiku Paintings,
Etegami Works (Pictures painted on postcards accompanied by short messages)
<June 6-11 >Ink Paintings: Scenery and Seasonal Flowers

2. PERFPRMANCES
MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
*July 1, 2 11:30~18:00 1,000 yen
Ehime University Rakugo Kenkyukai Yose

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Jul.2 THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES 2014 New Zealand 13:00-15:25

Night Movie Theater
Jul.3 SHERLOCK:THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE 2015 England 21:00-22:31

Midnight Movie Theater
Jun.30 SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE 1972 U.S.A. 24:15-25:59
Jul.7 SHINE A LIGHT 2008 U.S.A. 24:15-26:18

EBC DIGITAL Channel 8
E-premium
Jul.8 CHAIN REACTION 1996 U.S.A. 25:25-27:15

NHK Regular Bilingual Programs
NHK E tele (Educational TV) (Channel 2)
SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANTS 18:00-18:25 Saturdays
CURIOUS GEORGE 08:35-09:00 Saturdays
DRAMATIC EARTH 19:00-19:45 Saturdays

NHK General TV (Channel 1)
NEWS 7 19:00-19:30 Mon. -Sun.
NEWS WATCH 9 21:00-22:00 Mon. -Fri.
DOWNTON ABBY 6 23:00-23:55 Sun.

4.THEATER MOVIES
>>Jul.>> PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:Dead Men Tell No Tales Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Jul.1-14 THE INFILTRATOR [Sennyusha] Okaido only
Jul.1-15 GOLD Okaido only
>>Jul.7 LOGAN Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu (>>Jul.13)
>>Jul.7 DESIERTO [No Escape] Okaido only
>>Jul.7 PATRIOTS DAY Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Jul.7>> JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 Shigenobu only
Jul.8>> LIFE Shigenobu only
Jul.15>> POWER RANGERS Kinuyama & Masaki
Jul.15>> CARS 3 [Cars Crossroad] Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Jul.15-28 THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS [Hikari wo Kureta Hito] Okaido only
>>Jul.21 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST [Bijo to yajuu] Kinuyama, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Jul.28 KING ARTHUR: Legend of the Sword Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Jul.28 HACKSAW RIDGE Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu

★ 10A.M. Film Festival (Gozen Juu ji no Eigasai). ★ OKAIDO Cinema Sunshine
Movie classics will be shown everyday from 10:00 a.m., changing one or two weeks on Saturday.
Jul.8-21 SCENT OF A WOMAN

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Jul.8-14 CAFE SOCIETY
Jul.15-21 MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

5. FESTIVALS
Sept. 20 UKAI(Cormorant Fishing) on the Hiji-kawa (river) Ozu City
Watching Ukai from a boat
In Japan the tradition of fishing with cormorants goes back at least a thousand years. In Ozu it started as a tourist attraction in 1957 and now the Hiji-kawa is one of the three most famous ukai spots in Japan, including the Nagara-gawa in Gifu Prefecture and the Mikuma-gawa in Ooita Prefecture. The fishing is done from a boat called u-bune, which is lit by torches as it sails down the Hiji-kawa, which runs through Ozu. Cormorant fishermen called usho, beat the sides of the boats to encourage trained cormorants to catch fish. They are drawn by long strings attached to rings around the birds’ necks, which prevent them from swallowing fish. When a cormorant makes a catch a fisherman pulls the bird in and has it cough up the fish on the boat. You can watch from special sightseeing boats called yakata-bune. The Hiji-kawa is the only spot in Japan where ukai is done in the way called awase-ukai that u-bune and sightseeing yakata-bune sail down the river together. The fare is as follows:

Daytime    Every Sunday, June to Sep.  (12:00-13:30)
and August 13 ,14, 15 (Obon days)
Adults  4,000 yen   Children (over three & elem. School )  2,500 yen (including meals)
Night       June 1 to Sep. 20
Standard Plan  (18:00-20:40)
Adults   6,000 yen   Children (over three & elem. School ) 4,500 yen
(including tea, meals and oshibori , rolled hand towels)
Hanakairo Plan (16:45-20:40)
Adults   7,000 yen       Children (over three & elem. School )  5,500 yen

(Ukai and visiting Garyu-sanso)  (including tea, meals and oshibori)
You need to make a reservation in advance at Ozu Machinoeki Asamoya (Tel. 0893-57-6655). The boarding area is near Garyu-sanso 臥龍山荘, about a ten-minute walk from the Route 56 bridge crossing the Hijikawa.
Transportation: Take an Iyotetsu bus bound for Yawatahama from Shieki, gate #4, and get off at Ozu Honmachi, a 90-minute ride. Or take a JR express train from Matsuyama and get off at Ozu, a 40-minute ride. From Ozu Station take a taxi or walk for 30 minutes.

-August 5 DOYO YOICHI (Saturday Fair) 13:00- 21:00
On Saturdays from late June, Okaido, Gintengai Streets and Matsuchika Town are filled with booths. There are games such as kingyo-sukui (goldfish catching), food, all sort of things to buy and crowds of people enjoying the fun.

July 1-10 OYAMA-BIRAKI (Opening of Mt. Ishizuchi) July 1st is the official opening of Mt. Ishizuchi (1,982 m), the highest mountain in western Japan. It is also considered a holy mountain and many believers from all over Japan come to climb it and pray. On June 30th three gods are taken in portable shrines from Ishizuchi-jinja near Saijo to Jojusha. The three gods represent wisdom, compassion and courage, which are said to be the three masculine virtues. On the morning of July 1st, from about 7:00 small statues of the gods are carried to the top of the mountain one by one to the accompaniment of drums and conch shells followed by men dressed in white called sendatsu-san. At the top they pray for health and safety while tapping the statues on each others’ backs. The gods are enshrined there until July 10th. In the past no women were allowed to climb Mt. Ishizuchi. Now they can, but they are still not allowed on July 1st. If you are male and want to join, you should follow sendatsu-san. The climb is not very difficult and takes about two hours from Tsuchigoya.
(Tel. 0897-55-4044 Ishizuchi-jinja)

July 2 DORONKO- MATSURI (Muddy Festival) in Mishima-jinja (shrine)
12:30-15:30 Doi, Shirokawa-cho、Seiyo City
Doronko-matsuri, which is also called Onda-matsuri 御田植祭り(rice planting festival), is known as Oku-Iyo-no-kisai (comic festival deep in the Iyo Mountains). This festival was started about 130 years ago in 1881 (Meiji 14th ) as an event to pray for people’s health and good harvest and to share the pleasure of finishing rice planting in peace and express thanks each other for hard farm-working. It is designated as an Ehime Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property. Rain or shine.
11:00 A ceremony at Mishima-jinja
12:30 Ushi-no-shirokaki : The traditional way of plowing rice fields using cattle.
13:30 Aze (levee)-mame-ue: Four young men plant soybeans on the levees around the paddy field in a serious but comical way and then a powerful fight starts in the muddy field.
13:40 Sanbai-oroshi : Kagura (Shinto music and dance) is performed to pray for good harvest. Daiban, a long-nose goblin, who is the main character on this day, dances to the rhythmical Japanese drums and gongs played by three men. While dancing, he draws one after another into the muddy field and Doronko Matsuri culminates with this comical mischief.
14:20 Mizuho-odori : Girls in yukata (cotton kimono) and sugegasa (caps made of suge leaves) dance accompanied by boys’ drums. Mizuho means fresh ears of rice.
14:50 Otaue (rice planting by girls) : Rice was traditionally planted by women with the hope that their fertility would be transferred to the rice plants.
15:30 Fukumaki (rice cake throwing) (Tel. 0894-82-1111)

7. ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
July 2, 9, 16, 23 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service (Interpreted in English on PC)
11:00-12:00 Japanese language lessons (Tuition free)
July 30 13:30-14:45 Worship in English.
Our annual spring church bazaar will be held on the 29th from 9:30 to 16:00.
Matsuyama Fukuin Center
Place: Heiwa-dori 1-6-6 Tel: 089-925-1008
You are most welcome to our church! Please visit our blog. http://praisefellowship.seesaa.net//

Matsuyama City Library
The city library in the Community Center has a large English book section.
You can register for a free library card in English.
The 2nd floor Audio/Visual section has movies in English.
Open 9:30-20:00 (the A/V section closes at 17:00.) Closed July 3, 10 and 28.
INFO 089-943-8008

June Articles

June 1, 2017 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
BANSUI-SO 9:00-18:00 Closed: June 5, 12, 19, 26
June 3, 14:00  Rokyoku / Free
June 4, 10:00  Piano Grade Approval Contest / Free
IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 Open everyday
Restaurants (11:00-22:00), Ferris wheel (10:00-22:00)
6th Floor ART GALLERY Admission: Free (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition)

May 31-June 6   Kushoue of Ueda Baku and Santouka (Kushoue are paintings inspired by haiku)
June 7-13  Japanese Paintings by Nagasawa Kouhei
NHK ART GALLERY 9:30-17:00 (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Closed: Mondays
May 30-June 4  Mounting, Byobu (Folding Screen), Haiku Paintings,
Etegami Works (Pictures painted on postcards accompanied by short messages)
June 6-11  Ink Paintings: Scenery and Seasonal Flowers

2. PERFPRMANCES
MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
June 1    10:30-12:10 Stuffed toy animal Musical 1,000 yen
June 4   13:30-16:00 Matsuyama Shimin Chorus Concert Free
EMIFUL MASAKI
 June 5   11:30- 14:00- 16:00- RAYMIS from Ecuador Live Free
 June 7   13:00- 15:00- Jazz Concert Free
MATSUYAMA GAKKI
June 2 16:30- Piano Relay Concert Free

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Jun. 1 THE PHILADELPHIA STORY 1940 U.S.A. 13:00-14:53
2 MAN’S FAVORITE SPORT? 1964 U.S.A. 13:00-15:01
5 THE LEFT HANDED GUN 1958 U.S.A. 13:00-14:44
6 THE STALKING MOON 1968 U.S.A. 13:00-14:50
7 THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON 1941 U.S.A. 13:00-15:21
8 THE SEARCHERS 1956 U.S.A. 13:00-15:00
9 SABRINA 1954 U.S.A. 13:00-14:55
Night Movie Theater
Jun. 5 TOP GUN 1986 U.S.A 21:00-22:51
Midnight Movie Theater
Jun. 2 LA REGLE DU JEF 1939 France 24:15-26:02
9 BLACK RAIN 1989 U.S.A. 24:15-26:21

RNB DIGITAL Channel 4
Friday road show
Jun. 2 THE KARATE KID 1984 U.S.A. 21:00-

EBC DIGITAL Channel 8
E-premium
Jun. 3 ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES 1971 U.S.A. 25:25-27:10

NHK Regular Bilingual Programs
NHK E tele (Educational TV) (Channel 2)
SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANTS 18:00-18:25 Saturdays
CURIOUS GEORGE 08:35-09:00 Saturdays
DRAMATIC EARTH 19:00-19:45 Saturdays

NHK General TV (Channel 1)
NEWS 7 19:00-19:30 Mon. -Sun.
NEWS WATCH 9 21:00-22:00 Mon. -Fri.
DOWNTON ABBY 6 23:00-23:55 Sun.

4.THEATER MOVIES
>>Jun.>> LOGAN Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Jun.>> BEAUTY AND THE BEAST [Bijo to yajuu] Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
Jun.1>> PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:Dead Men Tell No Tales Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Jun.2 SPLIT Shigenobu only

>>Jun.9 VOYAGE OF TIME: LIFE’S JOURNEY Okaido only
>>Jun.9 CAPTAIN FANTASTIC [Hajimari eno Tabi] Okaido only
Jun.9>> PATRIOTS DAY Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Jun.10>> FREE FIRE Okaido only
>>Jun.16 LIFE, ANIMATED [Boku to Maho no Kotoatachi] Okaido only
>>Jun.16 THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS [Wild Speed Ice Break] Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Jun.16>> PASONARU SHOPPA Okaido only
Jun.17>> THOMAS & FRIENDS: The Great Race Masaki only
Jun.17>> KING ARTHUR: Legend of the Sword Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Jun.23 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Jun.23 ARRIVAL [Message] Kinuyama only

★ 10A.M. Film Festival (Gozen Juu ji no Eigasai). ★
OKAIDO Cinema Sunshine
Movie classics will be shown everyday from 10:00 a.m., changing one or two weeks on Saturday.
>>Jun.9 THE UNTOUCHABLES

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Jun.3-16 ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE: TRUTH, DECEPTION, AND THE SPIRIT OF
I.F. STONE [Sbete no Seifu wa Uso wo tuku]
Jun.17-23 TRAINWRECK [Emy, Emy, Emy]

5. FESTIVALS
-June 11 HANA-SHOBU (Iris) FESTIVAL at Nanraku-en
Tsushima-cho, Uwajima City (Tel. 0895-32-3344)
Nanrakuen is listed as one of Japan’s 100 best City Parks and the biggest Japanese-style garden in Shikoku. There are many kinds of trees and flowers. Among them, the 30,000 iris plants are particularly impressive. Around the end of May the flowers are most beautiful.
Main events are as follows:
Take-toro (bamboo lantern) no Yube (evening) The park area is lit up from 17:00 to 21:00.
Tobe-yaki (pottery) Sales
Local Products Sales
Tea Ceremony
Admission: 300 yen for adults (includes high school students) and 150 yen for children.
Transportation: Take a train bound for Uwajima, an 80-minute ride. Then take a Uwajima bus bound for Nanrakuen, Fukuura or Kakeajiro and get off at Nanrakuen-mae, a 40-minute ride.

June 1-15 SHOBU FESTIVAL at Niiya Shobu-en (iris park) Niiya, Ozu City
Niiya Shobu-en has about 5,000 iris plants. There are many stalls during the festival.
Transportation: Take an express bus bound for Yawatahama from Shieki, gate #4, and get off at Niiya, a one hour ride. From the bus stop it is a 3-minute walk to the park. Or take a JR local train bound for Yawatahama from Matsuyama and get off at Niiya. (Tel. 0893-24-2111)

June 1-Sept. 20 UKAI(Cormorant Fishing) on the Hiji-kawa (river) Ozu City
Watching Ukai from a boat
In Japan the tradition of fishing with cormorants goes back at least a thousand years. In Ozu it started as a tourist attraction in 1957 and now the Hiji-kawa is one of the three most famous ukai spots in Japan, including the Nagara-gawa in Gifu Prefecture and the Mikuma-gawa in Ooita Prefecture. The fishing is done from a boat called u-bune, which is lit by torches as it sails down the Hiji-kawa, which runs through Ozu. Cormorant fishermen called usho, beat the sides of the boats to encourage trained cormorants to catch fish. They are drawn by long strings attached to rings around the birds’ necks, which prevent them from swallowing fish. When a cormorant makes a catch a fisherman pulls the bird in and has it cough up the fish on the boat. You can watch from special sightseeing boats called yakata-bune. The Hiji-kawa is the only spot in Japan where ukai is done in the way called awase-ukai 合わせ鵜飼 that u-bune and sightseeing yakata-bune sail down the river together. The fare is as follows:

Daytime Every Sunday, June to Sep. (12:00-13:30)
Adults, high and junior high school students 4,000 yen
Children 2,500 yen (including meals)
Night June 1 to Sep. 20 (18:00-20:30)
Adults, high and junior high school students 6,000 yen
Children 4,500 yen (including meals)
You need to make a reservation in advance at Ozu Machinoeki Asamoya (Tel. 0893-24-7011). The boarding area is near Garyu-sanso, about a ten-minute walk from the Route 56 bridge crossing the Hijikawa.
Transportation: Take an Iyotetsu bus bound for Yawatahama from Shieki, gate #4, and get off at Ozu Honmachi, a 90-minute ride. Or take a JR express train from Matsuyama and get off at Ozu, a 40-minute ride. From Ozu Station take a taxi or walk for 30 minutes.

June 3 NAKAYAMA HOTARU (Firefly) FESTIVAL in Nakayama Junior High School Ground 17:00-20:30 Nakayama-cho, Iyo City
Members of Nakayama Hotaru Hozonkai (Firefly Preservation Group) will tell you about the lives and behaviors of fireflies and show you how to distinguish male fireflies from females. You can enjoy observing them closely by magnifying glasses. Other events are watching videos of fireflies, local entertainments, and concerts. There are many stalls selling yakitori, beer, kaki-gori (shaved ice with syrup on the top), watagashi (cotton candy), and more. In case of rain the festival will be held in Nakayama Agricultural Center. (Tel. 089-967-1111)
Parking: Grounds of Nakayama Elementary School and Nakayama Junior High School
The kind of firefly often seen in Ehime is genji-botaru. Fireflies are seen from the middle of May
till the beginning of June. A good time for watching fireflies is a warm night with little wind,
from just after sunset till around nine o’clock. A good place for watching them is near a river
where the water runs quietly.
In Matsuyama Gomyo, Kutani, Hiura districts, and the area around Ishite river dam
are recommended places for watching fireflies.

6. ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
June 4, 11, 18 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service (Interpreted in English on PC)
11:00-12:00 Japanese language lessons (Tuition free)
June 25 13:30-14:45 Worship in English.
Our annual spring church bazaar will be held on the 29th from 9:30 to 16:00.
Matsuyama Fukuin Center
Place: Heiwa-dori 1-6-6 Tel: 089-925-1008
You are most welcome to our church! Please visit our blog. http://praisefellowship.seesaa.net/
Potpourri
We are studying Bushido by Nitobe Inazo in English.
We will meet from 10:00 on June 14 in the COMs building. INFO Ms. Toda at 089-931-6037 or MIC at 089-943-202
Matsuyama City Library
The city library in the Community Center has a large English book section. You can register for a free library card in English. The 2nd floor Audio/Visual section has movies in English. Open 9:30~20:00 (the A/V section closes at 17:00.) Closed all Mondays in June and on the 30th.
INFO 089-943-8008

Nihongo Chounaikai
Hello! We are Nihongo Chounaikai. We hold regular gatherings for both Japanese and non-Japanese people to communicate and share information. No booking is necessary, just come!
Time/Place 10:00~11:30 EPIC 2F
June 6 (Tue)
【Let’s Talk】 Comedy, love story, suspense, or horror… What kind of movies do you like? Tell us about your favorite movie!
June 20 (Tue)
【Activity: Let’s sing】 Could you introduce your favorite songs? Let’s sing together!
Fold, cut or tear colored paper and design a postcard with it. Who do you want to send your  postcard to?
*If there is a sudden cancellation, it will be announced in Facebook the night before.
ayu_msm@yahoo.co.jp https://www.facebook.com/nihongo.chounaikai

May Articles

May 1, 2017 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
BANSUI-SO 9:00-18:00 Closed: May 8, 15, 22, 29
<May 1-6> Yamasami Misa -Felt Design/ Free
*Opening day starts at 11:00. Closing day ends at 16:00

MITSUKOSHI 10:00- 19:00 Open everyday
6th Floor Art Gallery Admission: Free
<Apr.25-May 1> Oil Paintings by Kinoshita Toshihiko
<May 2-8> Box Clay Art by Furuhata Masanori -The world of 3D Art-
IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 Open everyday
Restaurants (11:00-22:00), Ferris wheel (10:00-22:00)
6th Floor ART GALLERY Admission: Free (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition)
<May 3-9> Western-style Paintings by Watanabe Shokou
<May 10-16> Woodblock Prints by Kogure Shinbou

2. PERFPRMANCES
MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
May 6 14:00- Matsuyama Shimin Chorus Concert Free
EMIFUL MASAKI
May 5 17:30- Jaa Bour Bonz Live Free
May 6 11:30- 14:30- Yamaguchi Mitsuki Live Free
May 6 13:00- 16:00- Kissako Live Free
FUJIGURAN MATSUYAMA
May 3 12:30- 16:30-
Diamond Yukai & Okamoto Mayo in Concert Free

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
May.3 BACKDRAFT 1991 U.S.A. 13:00-15:19
4 ENEMY OF THE STATE 1998 U.S.A. 13:00-15:13
5 GLADIATOR 2000 U.S.A. 13:00-15:36
8 THE BIRDS 1963 U.S.A. 13:00-15:00
9 FAMILY PLOT 1976 U.S.A. 13:00-15:01

Night Movie Theater
May. 1 FINDING NEVERLAND 2004 U.S.A -England 21:00-22:42
8 CRIMSON TIDE 1995 U.S.A. 21:00-22:56

NHK Regular Bilingual Programs

NHK E tele (Educational TV) (Channel 2)
SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANTS 18:00-18:25 Saturdays
CURIOUS GEORGE 08:35-09:00 Saturdays
DRAMATIC EARTH 19:00-19:45 Saturdays

NHK General TV (Channel 1)
NEWS 7 19:00-19:30 Mon. -Sun.
NEWS WATCH 9 21:00-22:00 Mon. -Fri.
DOWNTON ABBY 5 (5/7~) 23:00-23:55 Sun.

4.THEATER MOVIES
>>May>> THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS [Wild Speed Ice Break] Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu >>May>> BEAUTY AND THE BEAST [Bijo to yajuu] Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>May5 LION Masaki only

>>May12 KONG: SKULL ISLAND [Kingu Kongu: Dokuroto no kyoshin] Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>May12 MOANA [Moana to Densetsu no Umi] Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu (>>May11)
>>May12 GHOST IN THE SHELL Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>May12 LA LA LAND Okaido only
May12>> SPLIT Shigenobu only
May12>> GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu

May13-26 HARDCORE HENRY Okaido only
May13-26 LOVING Okaido only
May13-26 JACKIE Okaido only
>>May19 SING Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido (>>May12) & Shigenobu
>>May19 DEEPWATER HORIZON [Burning Ocean] Masaki only

★ 10A.M. Film Festival (Gozen Juu ji no Eigasai). ★
OKAIDO Cinema Sunshine
Movie classics will be shown everyday from 10:00 a.m., changing one or two weeks on Saturday.
May 5-12 REAR WINDOW [Uramado]

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Apr.29-May5 I, DANIEL BLAKE
Apr.29-May5 DEMOLITION [Ame no Hi wa Aenai, Hareta hi ni Kimi wo Omou]
5. FESTIVALS
-May 15 MT. TOMISU TSUTSUJI (Azalea) FESTIVAL Ozu City

As many as 63,000 plants of azaleas are in bloom on top of Mt. Tomisu 富士山about this time of the year. Mt. Tomisu is well known in east Japan for its azalea blossoms. Many stalls are set up and the azaleas will be lit up at night, creating a festival atmosphere.
Transportation: Take a bus bound for Yawatahama from Matsuyama Shieki bus stop #4 and get off at Ozu Honmachi bus stop. It takes one hour and 20 minutes. Or take the JR express train from JR Matsuyama Station bound for Uwajima. Get off at JR Ozu Station. It takes 40 minutes. From the bus or train station you will need to take a taxi to the park. It takes 15 minutes.
(Tel.0893-24-2111)
May 3 KENPO-KINEN-BI (Constitution Day) (National Holiday)
The constitution was promulgated on May 3, 1947. This day commemorates the event and it
is also a day for us to reaffirm hope in national growth.
May 3, 4 HOJO KASHIMA SPRING FESTIVAL Kashima,Hojo,Matsuyama City
This festival is famous for Kaineri-odori (see below), which is designated as a Prefectural Intangible Cultural Folk Asset, and Ooshimenawa-no-hariake (see below), both of which are done on the sea.
3 KAINERI ODORI (Dance) At Kashima Park on Kashima Island
Kaineri Odori , a prayer for success in battle and a celebratory dance of victory, are performed. Boats are decorated with bamboo and flowers. Men row the boats and boys perform dances on board, re-enacting famous sea battles using oars. It recalls the Iyo Suigun, powerful marine guards who patrolled the sea near here in ancient times. If you want to watch this event up close, there is a boat service (otomo-bune – 500 yen), starting at Kashima Pier.
13:10-14:20 Kids’ mikoshi danjiri, Kaineri-odori at Kashima-jinja
Otomo-bune
15:00-15:30 Kids’ mikoshi danjiri at Kashima-jinja
16:00 Mochi-maki (rice cake throwing) at Kashima Island Park
4 OOSHIMENAWA-NO-HARIKAE (Replacing the Sacred Rope) At Kashima Shrine
A 45m long and 30cm thick shimenawa (sacred rope) that links the two small islands Meoto-iwa (couple rocks) near Kashima will be replaced at Kashima-jinja (shrine). The old one is taken down and the new one put in place.
9:00-11:00 Making the new Ooshimenawa (working on the new sacred rope)
13:00-14:50 Ooshimenawa-no-harikae
Otomo-bune
Transportation: Take a JR train from Matsuyama Station and get off at Iyo Hojo. From the station, walk straight out to the sea and there will be a ferry dock with frequent service to the island — a 10-minute ride. (Tel. 089-992-1423)
May 4 MIDORI-NO-HI (Greenery Day) (National Holiday)
This holiday was established in 1989 for people to admire nature, give thanks for its blessings, and to cultivate a loving heart for all living things on the earth.
May 5 KODOMO-NO-HI (Children’s Day) (National Holiday)
Traditionally, this was Boys’ Day, but after World War II it was changed to Children’s Day. Now it is a day to pray for healthful growth of children. Koinobori (carp streamers) are flown from poles and, according to Chinese legend, symbolize vigor and strength. Chimaki (rice dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaf) and kashiwa-mochi (rice cake wrapped in an oak leaf) are the traditional treats of the day.
May 5 IKAZAKI OODAKO GASEN (Big Kite Fight Festival) 10:00-15:00
Ikazaki, Uchiko-cho
This festival, which has over a 400-year history, is one of the three biggest kite fights in Japan. It is designated as a Prefectural Intangible Cultural Folk Asset. Several hundred kites are flown high from both sides of the Oda River in Ikazaki. The feature of this event is that each flier tries to cut down the other kites using gagari, a sharp piece of metal attached to the line of the kite. The last kite left flying is the winner. The origin of this festival was to celebrate babies newly born within the past year, hoping for their healthy growth by putting their names on the kites and flying them in the sky. (Hatsuzeku初節句). All events are held at or near the Toyoaki Bridge in Ikazaki. (Tel. 0893-44-2118 Uchiko Town Office)
9:45 Handmade kites (by junior high students) contest
10:30 Hatsuzeku Shinto Ceremony to bless babies born since last April
12:00 Japanese Drum Performance by Uchiko High school students
13:00 Uchiko kodomo-haiku (childdren’s haiku poem) kite contest
Big kite Fight
You can join the kite fight if you wish. Kites can be rented for 2,000 yen and you get 1,000 yen back when you return the string and gagari after the fight. The kite is yours to keep. Transportation: It is recommended to go by train because traffic on Route 56 is very crowded on this day. Take a JR train bound for Ozu or Yawatahama and get off at Uchiko, not Ikazaki, because Ikazaki Station is far from the site. There will be free bus service running to the festival site from Uchiko Station. Across the river from the festival site is Ikazaki Kite Museum which has a collection of kites from all over the world.

May 3-28 IMABARI SPRING FESTIVAL Imabari City
This festival features an unusual version of shishimai, a lion dance, called tsugi-jishi . Young men stand on other men’s shoulders, two or three men high, and a child stands on the top wearing a lion mask, which weighs 4 kilograms. In this way they build human towers called tsugi-jishi. The child on the top is called shishiko, a child lion, and all perform an elegant and splendid dance to the drums, swinging sensu (folding fans) and a bell.The highlights of this festival are at Kannomiyanoma-jinja and Fukiage-jinja, where several tsugi-jishi gather and compete in each district. (Tel. 0898-32-5200)
3 Kannomiyanoma-jinja Noma district 8:30 Miyadashi / Tsugijishi
13 Fukiage-jinja Fukiage Koen (park) 10:00 Miyadashi / Tsugijishi
Transportation: Take a JR express train from Matsuyama to Imabari. You can take a Setouchi bus from Imabari Station to Fukiage Koen (Imabari Castle), a 10- minute ride.

7. ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
May 7, 14, 21
9:00-10:45 Sunday Service (Interpreted in English on PC)
11:00-12:00 Japanese language lessons (Tuition free)
May 28 13:30-14:45 Worship in English.
Our annual spring church bazaar will be held on the 29th from 9:30 to 16:00.
Matsuyama Fukuin Center
Place: Heiwa-dori 1-6-6 Tel: 089-925-1008
You are most welcome to our church! Please visit our blog. http://praisefellowship.seesaa.net/

Potpourri
We are studying Bushido by Nitobe Inazo in English.
We will meet from 10:00 on May 10 in the COMs building.
INFO Ms. Toda at 089-931-6037 or MIC at 089-943-2025.

Matsuyama City Library
The city library in the Community Center has a large English book section. You can register for a free library card in English. The 2nd floor Audio/Visual section has movies in English.
Open 9:30~20:00 (the A/V section closes at 17:00.)
Closed: all Mondays in May and the 9th, 10th and 31st.
INFO 089-943-8008

Nihongo Chounaikai
Hello! We are Nihongo Chounaikai. We hold regular gatherings for both Japanese and non-Japanese people to communicate and share information. No booking is necessary, just come!
Time/Place 10:00~11:30 EPIC 2F
*If there is a sudden cancellation, it will be announced in Facebook the night before. ayu_msm@yahoo.co.jp https://www.facebook.com/nihongo.chounaikai
May 9 (Tue)
Let’s Talk: Your favorite spot to visit
This is the season of fresh, pleasant greenery. What is your favorite spot to visit? Let’s share information and enjoy this season!
May 23 (Tue)
Activity: Let’s Design a Postcard
Fold, cut or tear colored paper and design a postcard with it. Who do you want to send your postcard to?

*If there is a sudden cancellation, it will be announced in Facebook the night before.
ayu_msm@yahoo.co.jp https://www.facebook.com/nihongo.chounaikai

April Articles

April 5, 2017 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
BANSUI-SO 9:00-18:00 Closed: April 3, 10, 17, 24
Shugyoku no Artist 4/ Free
Ni Chu Kan~ Flowering Concert/ 2000yen (advance ticket   1500yen)
NHK ART GALLERY 9:30-17:00(-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Closed: Mondays
Taiga Drama “Onna Joshu Naotora”: Costumes, props and autographs are on display.
MITSUKOSHI 10:00- 19:00 Open everyday
6th Floor Art Gallery Admission: Free
Paintings by Takahashi Hitoshi, Fujii Yuji and Honke Koichi
Hanging Scroll Selections
IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 Open everyday
Restaurants (11:00-22:00), Ferris wheel (10:00-22:00)
6th Floor ART GALLERY Admission: Free (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition)
Kutani ware by Yamachika Yasushi
Dying and Weaving by Koshima Tatsumi and Echiko

2. PERFPRMANCES
HOGONJI TEMPLE
*April 2 18:00- Flamenco Live 3,500 yen
SHINONOME SHRINE
*April 4 14:00- Noh Play 2,000 yen

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Apr. 3 THE UNTOUCHABLES 1987 U.S.A. 13:00-15:00
4 FIELD OF DREAMS 1989 U.S.A. 13:00-14:47
5 OUT OF AFRICA 1985 U.S.A. 13:00-15:42
6 RUMBLE FISH 1983 U.S.A. 13:00-14:35
7 A STAR IS BORN 1954 U.S.A. 13:00-15:56

Night Movie Theater
Apr. 3 THE MUMMY 1999 U.S.A 21:00-23:06

Midnight Movie Theater
Apr. 7 THE BLUES BROTHERS 1980 U.S.A. 24:15-26:29

NHK Regular Bilingual Programs

NHK E tele (Educational TV) (Channel 2)
THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR (SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANTS4/8~) 18:00-18:25 Saturdays
CURIOUS GEORGE 08:35-09:00 Saturdays
DRAMATIC EARTH 19:00-19:45 Saturdays

NHK General TV (Channel 1)
NEWS 7 19:00-19:30 Mon. -Sun.
NEWS WATCH 9 21:00-22:00 Mon. -Fri.
DOWNTON ABBY 5 23:00-23:55 Sun.

4.THEATER MOVIES
>>Apr.>> KONG: SKULL ISLAND [Kingu Kongu: Dokuroto no kyoshin] Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Apr.>> SING Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigeno
>>Apr.>> MOANA [Moana to Densetsu no Umi] Kinuyama (>>Apr.20), Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu

Apr.1>> THE NEON DEMON Okaido only
Apr.1>> THE NICE GUYS Okaido only
Apr.7>> GHOST IN THE SHELL Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Apr.7>> LION Masaki only
>>Apr.7 LA LA LAND Kinuyama & Shigenobu
Apr.8-28 QUEEN OF THE DESERT[Arabia no Joo] Okaido only
Apr.8>> T2 TRAINSPOTTING Kinuyama only
>>Apr.28 PASSENGERS Masaki & Shigenobu

★ 10A.M. Film Festival (Gozen Juu ji no Eigasai). ★
OKAIDO Cinema Sunshine
Movie classics will be shown everyday from 10:00 a.m., changing one or two weeks on Saturday.
Apr.29-May 5 THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION [Shoshanku no sora ni]

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Apr.1>> SONG OF THE SEA
Apr.15>> THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE
Apr.15>> SAD VACATION

5. FESTIVALS
HANA-MI (flower viewing)
Sakura, the cherry blossom, is the national flower of Japan and in spring most Japanese love to go outdoors seeing sakura in full bloom. From late March to early April, hanami parties are held under the blossoms. Not only in the daytime but also we recommend brightly lit-up yozakura (night cherry blossoms).
Popular hanami spots are:
Matsuyama Castle
Matsuyama Castle is one of the 100 national beautiful sakura spots, where about 200 cherry trees attract us in addition to the fantastic view of the castle against the clear blue sky.
Ishite-gawa Riverside Park
There are about 1,100 cherry trees. Especially the area near Izumi-machi and Muro-machi
are recommended spots. Between Ichitsubo bridge and Tachibana bridge are some grassy
areas where we can feel relaxed. Some people enjoy hanami riding bicycles in the gentle
spring breeze.
Dogo Park near Dogo-onsen
There are about 400 trees of someiyoshino and tsubakikanzakura lit up till 22:00
during the hanami season. The hill top area has a good command of the whole park in full
bloom.
In addition we can enjoy hanami downtown.
From the windows of the street car we can appreciate sakura along the moat in Horinouchi.
There are about 170 trees. Along Sanbancho street about 320 trees of brilliant yaezakura
start to bloom a little later, in mid-April, than other varieties.
Well-known cherry trees in temples in Matsuyama are Usuzumi-zakura in Saiho-ji in Shimoidai-cho, Mikaeri-no-sakura in Ishite-ji, and Uba-zakura in Taiho-ji in Minamiedo, all of which are designated Matsuyama City Natural Monuments, and have interesting historical legends related to sakura.

April 1-4 MATSUYAMA SPRING FESTIVAL OSHIRO MATSURI (Castle Festival)
During the festival, Matsuyama Castle gondola and chairlift service operates till 21:00.
Gondola and chairlift ticket (round trip) adult (over 12) 510 yen
child (under 13) 260 yen
Matsuyama Castle Tenshu (main tower) adult 510 yen
child 150 yen
During the festival the Castle park is lit up from sunset to 23:00. About this time of the year you will appreciate yozakura (night cherry blossoms).
1 10:45-15:30 The National Yakyuken Contest
At Matsuyama Castle Honmaru (main tower) Hiroba (square)
In case of rain, at Matsuyama Shimin Kaikan
Yakyuken is a stylized form of jan-ken-pon which originated in Matsuyama. The gestures are borrowed from baseball hand signals.
Admission: Free
12:00-16:30 The National Iyo-bushi Contest At Matsuyama Shimin Kaikan
Iyo-bushi is a local folk song. (Admission: 500 yen )
2 11:00-12:30 Matsuyama Citizen Parade On Okaido and Chifune-machi Street
In case of rain, on Okaido and Gintengai shopping arcade
12:00-13:20 Daimyo Musha Gyoretsu (Procession of the Feudal Lord and Samurai)
Starting in front of the chairlift/gondola station, through Ropeway-gai, Okaido and Chifune-machi Street
In case of rain, on Okaido and Gintengai shopping arcade
This event was started in 1968 commemorating the completion of the reconstruction of the sub-castle-tower. It re-enacts the procession of feudal lords who had to make regular visits to the Tokugawa Shogunate in Edo (present-day Tokyo) during the 17th -19th centuries. The guest star this year is Erina Mano, who will be the o-hime-sama, a princess.
17:00 -20:30 Singing Champion Contest At Matsuyama Shimin Kaikan
(Admission Free)
1-2 1st 12:00-20:00 / 2nd 10:00- 15:00
SPRING FESTIVAL IN HORINOUCHI At Castle Park (Horinouchi)
Chanbara show/ Flea Market / Local Food Festa / Stage Events, etc.
Co-operative events
1-2 8:30-17:00 Ikebana-ten (flower arrangement)
At Matsuyama Castle Gondola Station 2F (Admission Free)
10:00-16:00 Tea ceremony At Matsuyama Castle Honmaru Square
In case of rain, at Matsuyama Castle Gondola Station 2F (Fare: 400 yen)
2 13:00-16:00 Showa-no-Komachi Mikoshi (portable shrine)
At Ninomaru Shiseki Teien (Historic Garden)
1-4 8:30 Photo contest At each event spot
(Tel. 089-948-6558)
1-4 10:00-15:00 Tea ceremony (Fare: 400 yen) At Shinonome-jinja shrine
Shinonome-jinja Special Exhibition at Homotsu-kan (Admission: 300 yen )

4 14:00-16:00 Shinonome-noh At Shinonome-jinja shrine, up the stairs at the north end of the Ropeway-gai street
Once Shinonome-noh was a core event of the Matsuyama Spring Festival. It was revived after a 13-year interval by the local people who love Matsuyama traditional noh culture.
You need to apply for a ticket in advance by postcard. (Admission: 2,000 yen)
(Tel. 090-4784-5847 Watanabe)

6. FLEA MARKET
MATSUYAMA MULTI-PURPOSE COMMUNITY CENTER
COMMUNITY PLAZA
April 2 10:00-15:00 “Hime” Market
Ehime products on sale, a variety of food stands and various performances will be featured at this event.
April 4-9 10:00-19:00 ” Secondhand Book Fair”

7. ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
April 2, 9,16, 23 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service (Interpreted in English on PC)
11:00-12:00 Japanese language lessons (Tuition free)
April 30 13:30-14:45 Worship in English.
Our annual spring church basaar will be held on the 29th from 9:30 to 16:00.
Matsuyama Fukuin Center
Place: Heiwa-dori 1-6-6 Tel: 089-925-1008
You are most welcome to our church! Please visit our blog. http://praisefellowship.seesaa.net/

Potpourri
We are studying Bushido by Nitobe Inazo in English.
We will meet from 10:00 on April 12 in the COMs building.
INFO Ms. Toda at 089-931-6037 or MIC at 089-943-2025.

Matsuyama City Library
The city library in the Community Center has a large English book section. You can register for a free library card in English. The 2nd floor Audio/Visual section has movies in English.
Open 9:30-8:00 (the A/V section closes at 5:00.) Closed: all Mondays in April and the 28th.
INFO 089-943-8008
Nihongo Chounaikai
Hello! We are Nihongo Chounaikai. We hold regular gatherings for both Japanese and non-Japanese people to communicate and share information. No booking is necessary, just come!
Time/Place 10:00 – 11:30 EPIC 2F
April 11 (Tue)
【Let’s Talk】Memories of Your School Days
Tell us about your most and least favorite subjects, the teacher you loved, fun events and club activities at school, and so on.
April 25 (Tue)
【Activity】Let’s go to Dogo Park!
Spring has come and it’s getting warmer.
Let’s enjoy talking and doing some sports at Dogo Park.
※If it rains, we will stay at EPIC.
*If there is a sudden cancellation, it will be announced in Facebook the night before. ayu_msm@yahoo.co.jp https://www.facebook.com/nihongo.chounaikai

March Articles

March 2, 2017 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
NHK ART GALLERY 9:30-17:00(-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Closed: Mondays
Patchwork and Quilts: Bedspreads, Picture Frames,
Tapestries and Bag
MITSUKOSHI 10:00- 19:00 Open everyday
6th Floor Art Gallery Admission: Free
Glass Works in Art Nouveau and Art Deco Styles
IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 Open everyday
Restaurants (11:00-22:00), Ferris wheel (10:00-22:00)
6th Floor ART GALLERY Admission: Free (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition)
Western-style Paintings by Taniguchi Tomoe

2. PERFPRMANCES
MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
*March 2 18:00-21:00 Ehime University Graduation Concert Free
COMMUNITY CENTER (CAMELLIA HALL)
*March 3 18:30-20:40
Ehime University Brass band Concert Free
EMIFUL MASAKI
*March 1 13:00- 15:00– Jazz Concert Free
*March 4 14:00-16:00
Sakazaki Konosuke Talk Show & Live Free
*March 8 13:00- 15:00- Habu Yuiko Piano Concert Free

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Mar 1 DAYS OF HEAVEN 1978 U.S.A. 13:00-14:35
2 PAPER MOON 1973 U.S.A. 13:00-14:43
3 GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER 1967 U.S.A. 13:00-14:49
6 GANDHI 1982 England-India 13:00-16:12
7 MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS 1974 England 13:00-15:09
8 A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS 1966 England 13:00-15:02
9 FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS 1943 U.S.A. 13:00-15:40

Night Movie Theater
Mar. 6 TAKEN 2012 U.S.A.-France 21:00-22:33

Midnight Movie Theater
Mar. 3 ANNA KARENINA 2012 England 24:15-26:26

EBC DIGITAL Channel 8
E-premium
Mar. 4 CHANGING LANES 2002 U.S.A. 25:25-27:20

NHK Regular Bilingual Programs

NHK E tele (Educational TV) (Channel 2)
THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR 18:00-18:25 Saturdays
CURIOUS GEORGE 08:35-09:00 Saturdays
DRAMATIC EARTH 19:00-19:45 Saturdays

NHK General TV (Channel 1)
NEWS 7 19:00-19:30 Mon. -Sun.
NEWS WATCH 9 21:00-22:00 Mon. -Fri.
DOWNTON ABBY 5 23:00-23:55 Sun.

4.THEATER MOVIES
OKAIDO CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-986-6633
KINUYAMA CINEMA SUNSHINE  Tel. 089-911-0066
SHIGENOBU CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-990-1513
CINEMA SUNSHINE EMIFUL MASAKI Tel. 089-984-2211

>>Mar.>> LA LA LAND Kinuyama & Shigenobu
>>Mar.2 SILENCE Kinuyama & Shigenobu
>>Mar.3 MILES AHEAD [Miles Davis] Okaido only
>>Mar.3 BORN TO BE BLUE Okaido only
Mar.4-17 CELL Okaido only
Mar.4-17 SUPERSONIC [Oasis: Supersonic] Okaido only
Mar.4-17 MISCONDUCT [Black File – Yashin no Daish?] Okaido only
>>Mar.9 MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Mar.10 DOCTOR STRANGE Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Mar.10 KNIGHT OF CUPS [Seihai tachi no Kishi] Okaido only
Mar.10>> MOANA [Moana to Densetsu no Umi] Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
Mar.11-24 SNOWDEN Okaido only
>>Mar.17 ALLIED [Mariannu] Masaki only
>>Mar.24 COLLATERAL BEAUTY [Subarashiki kana, Jinsei!] Kinuyama & Masaki
>>Mar.31 XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE Kinuyama & Masaki
>>Mar.31 ASSASSIN’S CREED Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu

★ 10A.M. Film Festival (Gozen Juu ji no Eigasai). ★
OKAIDO Cinema Sunshine
Movie classics will be shown everyday from 10:00 a.m., changing one or two weeks on Saturday.
Mar.11-24 OUT OF AFRICA [Ai to Kanashimi no Hate]

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Mar.4>> SUFFRAGETTE [Mirai wo Hanataba ni shite]
Mar.11>> WIENER-DOG

5. FESTIVALS
-March 27 The 2nd EXHIBITION OF KAMABOKO-ITA-NO-E (Paintings on kamaboko boards) Collaborating with Shiki’s Haiku Shiki-kinen Museum 3F
9:00-17:00 Admission :Free
The themes of this exhibition are living things, plants, weather, events and daily life, red color, and friendship. Best 90 paintings are on exhibit from Gallery Shirokawa.

March 3 HINA-MATSURI (The Doll’s Festival)
Hina-matsuri is held to celebrate girls’ growth, health, and happiness. The origin is thought to be joshi-no-sekku or Kegare-barai held in the Heian era more than 1,000 years ago, when people floated dolls made of paper down the river so that they would drive away ill fortune. This custom is known as Nagashi-bina (floating dolls)、and can still be observed in some parts of the country. At most homes ceremonial dolls hina ningyo are displayed on tiers of shelves covered with a scarlet carpet himosen. These dolls are dressed in the costume of the ancient Heian court. A full set of dolls usually consists of 15 dolls: the Emperor and Empress (dairi-bina), two ministers (zuijin), three court ladies-in-waiting (kanjo), five musicians (hayashi) and three guards (eji). It was believed that the dolls protected people from sickness or ill fortune. It is a traditional hina- matsuri custom to offer to the dolls sweet rice wine shiro-zake, and three-layered (white, green, and pink colored), diamond-shaped rice cakes hishi-mochi. The white layer symbolizes snow, the green is for new growth and the pink is for peach flowers. An popular saying is that hina doll sets are usually put up about one month before the festival, but put away as soon as possible after the festival in the belief that the longer one waits to put them away, the longer the girl will have to wait to get married, which gives you a lesson that you should take good care of hina dolls to keep them beautiful as they are. You can see these dolls for sale at department stores or doll shops. In Matsuyama it is celebrated a month later on April 3rd .
Hina-matsuri exhibitions are held in many places.

-March 19 9:00-17:00 HINA-MATSURI -TEN
At Hojo Furusato-kan (Local Museum) Kono Beppu, Matsuyama city
About 50 sets of hina dolls of Meiji, Taisho, and Showa eras from the late 19th century to the late 20th are on exhibit. Each varies in expression and shape.
Admission: free (Tel. 089-933-3266)

-March 20 9:00-17:00 TOBE-YAKI (Porcelain) HINA-MATSURI -TEN
At Tobe-yaki Dento-sangyo-kaikan (Traditional Industrial Center)
Closed on Mondays T obe-cho, Iyo-gun
About 230 Tobe-yaki hina-dolls, some of which are in the shape of roosters, the zodiac sign for this year, and e-zara (painted plates) made by potters of 14
Tobe-yaki kilns are on exhibit and sale.
Admission: free only for Lobby exhibition (Tel. 089-962-6600)

-April 23 The 3rd KUMA-MACHI HINA-MATSURI
On Kuma-cho Shotengai (Shopping Street) and at Akebono-za
Kumakogen-cho, Kamiukena-gun
As many as 15,000 colorful hina dolls are displayed in various ways at each shop. At Akebono-za, the main house, about 2,000 dolls are decorated on big scarlet tiers, with the dolls piled up high in the shape of pyramid being most impressive.
(Tel. 0892-21-1111)

HANA-MI (flower viewing)
Sakura, the cherry blossom, is the national flower of Japan and in spring most Japanese love to go outdoors seeing sakura in full bloom. From late March to early April, hanami parties are held under the blossoms. Not only in the daytime but also we recommend brightly lit-up yozakura (night cherry blossoms).
Popular hanami spots are:

Matsuyama Castle
Matsuyama Castle is one of the 100 national beautiful sakura spots, where about 200 cherry trees attract us in addition to the fantastic view of the castle against the clear blue sky.

Ishite-gawa Riverside Park
There are about 1,100 cherry trees. Especially the area near Izumi-machi and Muro-machi
are recommended spots. Between Ichitsubo bridge and Tachibana bridge are some grassy
areas where we can feel relaxed. Some people enjoy hanami riding bicycles in the gentle
spring breeze.

Dogo Park near Dogo-onsen
There are about 400 trees of someiyoshino and tsubakikanzakura lit up till 22:00
during the hanami season. The hill top area has a good command of the whole park in full
bloom.

In addition we can enjoy hanami downtown.
From the windows of the street car we can appreciate sakura along the moat in Horinouchi.
There are about 170 trees. Along Sanbancho street about 320 trees of brilliant yaezakura
start to bloom a little later, in mid-April, than other varieties.
Well-known cherry trees in temples in Matsuyama are Usuzumi-zakura in Saiho-ji in Shimoidai-cho, Mikaeri-no-sakura in Ishite-ji, and Uba-zakura in Taiho-ji in Minamiedo, all of which are designated Matsuyama City NaturalMonuments, and have interesting historical legends related to sakura.

6. ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
March 5, 12, 19
9:00-10:45 Sunday Service (interpreted in English on PC)
11:00-11:30 Japanese language lessons provided if there are more than two people.
March 26 13:30-14:45 Worship in English.
Matsuyama Fukuin Center
Place: Heiwa-dori 1-6-6 Tel: 089-925-1008
You are most welcome to our church! Please visit our blog. http://praisefellowship.seesaa.net/

Potpourri
We are studying Bushido by Nitobe Inazo in English. We will meet from 10:00 on March. 8 in the COMs building. INFO Ms. Toda 089-931-6037 or MIC 089-943-2025.

Matsuyama City Library
The city library in the Community Center has a large English book section. You can register for a free library card in English. The 2nd floor Audio/Visual section has movies in English.
Open 9:30-8:00 (the A/V section closes at 5:00.) Closed: March. 6 ~ 13, 27 and 31.
INFO 089-943-8008

Nihongo Chounaikai
Hello! We are Nihongo Chounaikai. We hold regular gatherings for both Japanese and non-Japanese people to communicate and share information. No booking is necessary, just come!
Time/Place 10:00 – 11:30 EPIC 2F
March 11 (Tue) Details in the April issue of WGO
March 25 (Tue) Details in the April issue of WGO
*If there is a sudden cancellation, it will be announced in Facebook the night before. ayu_msm@yahoo.co.jp https://www.facebook.com/nihongo.chounaikai

February Aricles

February 1, 2017 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
NHK ART GALLERY 9:30-17:00(-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Closed: Mondays
Feb. 7-12 Paintings
MITSUKOSHI 10:00- 19:00 Closed: Feb. 13
6th Floor Art Gallery Admission: Free
Jan. 31-Feb. 6 Prints by World Masters
IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 (-18:00 Feb. 20) Open everyday
Restaurants (11:00-22:00), Ferris wheel (11:00-22:00)
6th Floor ART GALLERY Admission: Free (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition)
Feb. 1-7 Western-style Paintings: “Drawing Europe”
8th Floor SKY DOME Admission: Free (-17:00 on the last day of exhibition)
Feb. 1 11:15-14:15 Ehime Food Cooking Contest

2. PERFPRMANCES
COMMUNITY CENTER (CAMELLIA HALL)
February 7 13:00-15:50 CM Festival Free
EMIFUL MASAKI
February 4 13:00-, 16:00- Flat♭ Acoustic Live Free
February 5 13:00-15:30 Blue Rays Live Free
February 8 13:00- Habu Yuiko in Piano Concert Free

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Feb. 1 BEVERLY HILLS COP 1984 U.S.A. 13:00-14:46
2 BEVERLY HILLS COP Ⅱ 1987 U.S.A. 13:00-14:44
3 BEVERLY HILLS COP Ⅲ 1994 U.S.A. 13:00-14:45
7 TURBULENCE 1997 U.S.A. 13:00-14:42
8 PAYCHECK 2003 U.S.A. 13:00-15:00
9 REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE 1955 U.S.A. 13:00-14:52
EAT DIGITAL Channel 5
E-premium
Feb. 4 PER UN PUGNO DI DOLLARI 1964 Italy 25:25-27:15

NHK Regular Bilingual Programs
NHK E tele (Educational TV) (Channel 2)
K.C.UNDERCOVER(100 THINGS TO DO BEFORE HIGH SCHOOL ) 19:25-19:50 Wednesdays
THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR 18:00-18:25 Saturdays
CURIOUS GEORGE 08:35-09:00 Saturdays
DRAMATIC EARTH 19:00-19:45 Saturdays

NHK General TV (Channel 1)
NEWS 7 19:00-19:30 Mon. -Sun.
NEWS WATCH 9 21:00-22:00 Mon. -Fri.
DOWNTON ABBY 5 23:00-23:55 Sun.

4.THEATER MOVIES
>>Feb.>> DOCTOR STRANGE Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Feb.>> MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Kinuyama(>>Feb.24), Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Feb.3 FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Kinuyama(>>Feb.10) & Masaki
Feb.3>> MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN Masaki & Shigenobu
Feb.4-17 EVERY THING WILL BE FINE [Dare no Sei demonai] Okaido only
>>Feb.10 RESIDENT EVIL [Bio Hazard]:The Final Chapter Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Feb.10>> ALLIED [Mariannu] Masaki only
Feb.11-24 EYE IN THE SKY Okaido only
Feb.11-24 DIRTY GRANDPA Okaido only
>>Feb.24 ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story Kinuyama(>>Feb.23), Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Feb.24 SILENCE Kinuyama(>>Feb.23) & Shigenobu
>>Feb.24 THE ACCOUNTANT [Consultant] Shigenobu only

★ 10A.M. Film Festival (Gozen Juu ji no Eigasai). ★
OKAIDO Cinema Sunshine
Movie classics will be shown everyday from 10:00 a.m., changing one or two weeks on Saturday.
Jan.28-Feb.10 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD [Arabama Monogatari]
Feb.11-24 THE MIRACLE WORKER [Kiseki no Hito]

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Feb.11>> EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! [Sekai wa Bokura no Te no Nakani]
Feb.11>> ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS
Feb.18>> SMOKE

5. FESTIVALS
Feb. 3-5 TSUBAKI-MATSURI (Camellia festival) Tsubaki-jinja shrine
This is one of the most famous festivals in Matsuyama and is held at the coldest time of the year at Iyozuhiko-no-mikoto-jinja commonly known as Tsubaki-jinja shrine, in the southern part of Matsuyama city just off Route 33. In Matsuyama, it is said that spring won’t come until after this festival. The patron of prosperity and good luck is enshrined here and Tsubaki-jinja is popular with merchants and businessmen who wish for better luck in business. Beside the offering box at the main building, there is a place where you borrow a little money, 20 yen, which is called mamori-gane (protective money) in a small paper bag from the shrine during the festival. The next year you must come back the shrine for thanks and pay back double the money by working hard for a year. This ritual custom is called kashi-zeni貸銭 (lending money). Many stalls line the street with many good luck products for sale, such as otayan-ame (special candies for the festival), lucky bamboo grass rakes and treasure ships.
To Tsubaki-jinja there is a special shuttle bus service from JR Matsuyama station (360 yen one way), Iyotetsu Matsuyama Shieki (310 yen) and Kawara-machi bus stop (210 yen), every ten minutes during the festival. (Tel. 089-956-0321)

Feb. 3 SETSUBUN
Setsubun originally means parting of the seasons (sprng, summer, autumn, and winter) and is eve of Rishun, Rikka, Rishu, and Ritto. But gradually it came to indicate only Rishun. It was said that “bad air” rises at the changing of seasons, so people would pray to avert trouble (yakuyoke ). This custom of yakuyoke was introduced from China in ancient times and was one of the annual events in the Japanese Court (Heian era 8th to 12th century). Scattering roasted beans (mame-maki) on Setsubun became popular among people in Muromachi era (1336-). People scatter roasted beans at oni (devils) to drive them away from the house. Beans have been used as a charm against demons since ancient times. A “praying the devil away ceremony” is held at many temples and shrines.

Feb. 3 SETSUBUN-SAI Ishite-ji temple
Prayer services to Bodhisattva for safety and good health (Goma Kito) are held to exorcise devils. Soybeans and rice cakes are scattered by the priests and toshi-otoko, men who were born in the Year of Cock (tori ) in Chinese astrology. They scatter lucky roasted beans and rice cakes (mochi-maki), shouting “Fuku wa uchi, Oni wa soto” (let fortune in and devils out). Priests dressed as devils whack the evil spirits out of you with a long stick. People bring their old fortune papers and New Year’s decorations to be burned in a huge fire. Many events start in the early afternoon. About 100,000 people visit the temple for praying every year.
7:00 Yakuyoke kigan (prayer) starts.
13:30 Goma-kito A lot of boards called goma-ki with wishes or prayers written on are piled in the precinct and burned.
11:00 / 13:30 / 14:30 Mochi-maki

Feb. 3 YAKUYOKE-TAISAI ( (Warding off evils festival) 9:00-20:00
Henjo-in temple Hama, Kikuma-cho, Imabari City
According to a popular Japanese belief, a person is apt to fall ill or to experience other misfortunes at certain ages called yaku-doshi during his/her life span. It is said that men enter these critical stages in their 25th, 42nd, and 61st years and women in their 19th, 33rd, and 37th years, and that the most critical year in a person’s life (tai-yaku) is age 42 for men and 33 for women. They will pray at temples and shrines to avoid an evil spirit. The year before and after yaku-doshi are called mae-yaku and ato-yaku and precaution is called for. Henjo-in temple in Imabari City and Yakuo-ji temple in Tokushima Prefecture are the two most famous Yakuyoke temples in Shikoku.
Otakiage (burning sandals) or yakuyoke waraji (sandals)
Those who are at the critical ages put on straw sandals at the gate of the temple and then take them off at the main hall, where they are burned. By burning the sandals they ward off the devil and are blessed with good fortune.
9:00-18:30 Yakuyoke-kito every 20 minutes
12:30 Special Goma-kito
13:00 Mame-maki and mochi-maki
Onigawara hono (dedication) ritual
Toshiotoko scatter lucky roasted soybeans and rice cakes, shouting, “Fuku wa uchi, Oni mo uchi” (Fortune in, Devils in, too), a twist on the usual mame-maki chant ‘Fortune in, Devils out’, since Kikuma-cho is known widely for making devil-shaped roof-tiles (onigawara). They welcome the devil as a symbol of prosperity of the town. After mame-maki and mochi-maki, about 40 men at the age of 42 carry a big portable shrine with a devil figure clay tile called onigawara-mikoshi, which weighs about 400 kilograms, around the temple precinct.
A lot of people visit for yakuyoke and pray for their good health and fortune. There are many stalls such as takoyaki, watagashi, yakisoba and sweet candies. (Tel. 0898-54-3128)
Transportation: Take the Iyotetsu bus bound for Omishima at Shi-eki gate #5 and get off at the Kikuma bus stop. Or take the JR local train bound for Imabari and get off at Kikuma station. From the station it takes about 7 minutes on foot.

Feb. 3 SETSUBUN YAKUYOKE-TAISAI 8:30-19:30
Izumo-taisha shrine Matsuyama branch
Kagura-mai (traditional Shinto dance) is performed at the shrine. There are two kinds of dances performed several times throughout the day (10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00). One is Daikoku-mai. Daikoku is another name of Okuninushi-no-mikoto, who is the god of this shrine. The other dance comes from a legend called Yamata-no-orochi. According to the story, Susano-no-mikoto, who is the brother of Amaterasu-omikami, the Sun Goddess, fights and kills a huge eight-headed snake called Yamata-no-orochi. At the shrine you will see the fight reenacted in an abbreviated form where two of the snake heads are cut off. It is accompanied by drums, flutes and bells. The legend tells that Kagura-mai originated when a goddess named Amanouzume-no-mikoto performed a dance in order to lure the Sun Goddess out of a cave where she was hiding to escape from a snake. The dances take about forty minutes. The shrine is located on Route 196, just south of Heiwa-dori street on the west side of the street.
(Tel. 089-921-3229)

6. FLEAMARKET & On SALE
ITEM EHIME (Ehime World Trade Center)
Feb. 4-Feb. 5  10:00-18:00 “EHIME IMPORT CAR EXIBITION 2017″ Admission: Adult 1,000yen (Advance 800yen), Disabled person 500yen High school student and younger: Free.
http://www.importcar-ehime.com/ (Only Japanese)
MATSUYAMA MULTI-PURPOSE COMMUNITY CENTER
COMMUNITY PLAZA
“Recycled Bicycle Auction” held by Matsuyama City.
Feb. 4   12:45-14:00 Invitation for bids 14:20- Announcement of Successful Bidders
Qualified bidders must be Matsuyama citizens or registered foreign residents, 20 years of age and older. Please bring a proof of qualification such as a driver’s license or insurance certificate. Opening bids start at 5,000 yen.
For more information: http://www.city.matsuyama.ehime.jp/kurashi/kurashi/seibi/kyoubaikai.html
(Sorry, Japanese only!) Tel: 089-948-6421

7.ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
Feb. 5, 12, 26 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service (interpreted in English on PC)
11:00-11:30 Japanese language lessons provided if there are more than two people.
Feb. 19 13:30-14:45 Worship in English. Matsuyama Fukuin Center
Place: Heiwa-dori 1-6-6 Tel: 089-925-1008
You are most welcome to our church! Please visit our blog. http://praisefellowship.seesaa.net/

Potpourri
We are studying Bushido by Nitobe Inazo in English.
We will meet from 10:00 on Feb. 8 in the COMs building.
INFO: Ms. Toda at 089-931-6037 or MIC at 089-943-2025.

Matsuyama City Library
The city library in the Community Center has a large English book section. You can register for a free library card in English. The 2nd floor Audio/Visual section has movies in English. Open 9:30-8:00 (the A/V section closes at 5:00.) Closed: Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 and 28. INFO 089-943-8008

Nihongo Chounaikai
Hello! We are Nihongo Chounaikai. We hold regular gatherings for both Japanese and non-Japanese people to communicate and share information. No booking is necessary, just come!
Time/Place 10:00 – 11:30 EPIC 2F
Feb. 7 (Tue) 【Activity】 KARATE (Kyokushin Karate)
☆Join us or just watch – it’s up to you!
T-san from Nihongo Chounaikai will tell us about karate and show and teach us “kata”, or a position of the body and the movement of karate.
☆Try karate barefoot!
Feb. 21 (Tue)
.☆Bring a good fashion magazine if you have one.
【Let’s Talk】What is your favorite clothing? What kind of cloth or hair style do you want to try? Let’s talk about fashion
*If there is a sudden cancellation, it will be announced in Facebook the night before. ayu_msm@yahoo.co.jp https://www.facebook.com/nihongo.chounaikai

January Articles

December 26, 2016 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
NHK ART GALLERY 9:30-17:00(-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Closed: Mondays
<Jan. 5-8> Tenkoku Stone Carvings: Tenkoku is the art of carving stamps from stones.
MITSUKOSHI 10:00- 19:00 Closed: Jan. 1
6th Floor Art Gallery Admission: Free
<Jan. 2-12> Prints by Picasso and the Masters
IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 (-17:00 on the last day of exhibition) Closed: Jan. 1
Restaurants (11:00-22:00), Ferris wheel (11:00-19:30)
1st Floor ENTRANCE HALL Admission: Free
<Jan. 2, 9:15-9:30> New Year’s Opening Ceremony: Japanese Drums
6th Floor ART GALLERY Admission: Free
<Jan. 4-10 > Japanese Paintings

2. PERFPRMANCES
MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
Jan. 8 14:00- Ensemble Sonnet Concert
Adults: 2,000 yen (Advance 1,500 yen)
Students: 1,500 yen (Advance: 1,000 yen)

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Morning Movie Theater
Jan. 1 THE GODFATHER PART Ⅱ 1974 U.S.A. 03:00-06:23
1 THE GODFATHER PART Ⅲ 1990 U.S.A. 06:25-09:16
1 WAR AND PEACE 1956 U.S.A.-Italy 09:20-12:50

Daytime Movie Theater
Jan. 1 BACK TO THE FUTURE PART Ⅱ 1989 U.S.A. 14:55-16:44
1 BACK TO THE FUTURE PART Ⅲ 1990 U.S.A. 16:44-18:43
4 THE GRADUATE 1967 U.S.A. 13:00-14:47
6 OPERATION CONDOR 1991 Hong Kong 13:00-14:48

Midnight Movie Theater
Dec 31 THE GODFATHER 1972 U.S.A. 24:00-26:58
Jan. 6 JACKIE BROWN 1997 U.S.A. 24:15-26:50

4. THEATER MOVIES
OKAIDO CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-986-6633
KINUYAMA CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-911-0066
SHIGENOBU CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-990-1513
CINEMA SUNSHINE EMIFUL MASAKI Tel. 089-984-2211

>>Jan.>> RESIDENT EVIL [Bio Hazard]:The Final Chapter Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Jan.>> ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Jan.6 FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS [Madam Florence] Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Jan.6 MISS YOU ALREADY [My Best Friend] Okaido only
>>Jan.6 IL RACCONTO DEI RACCONTI-TALE OF TALES [Itsuka Monogatari] Okaido only
>>Jan.6 PAY THE GHOST Okaido only
>>Jan.6 THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN Okaido only
Jan.7-19 REMEMBER [Tegami wa oboeteiru] Okaido only
Jan.7-20 SAUSAGE PARTY Okaido only
Jan.14-27 NINE LIVES [Men In Cat] Okaido only

★ 10A.M. Film Festival (Gozen Juu ji no Eigasai). ★
OKAIDO Cinema Sunshine
Movie classics will be shown everyday from 10:00 a.m., changing one or two weeks on Saturday.
Jan.28-Feb.10 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD [Arabama Monogatari]

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Jan.4>> CRAZY ABOUT TIFFANY’S [Tiffany New York 5 Bangai no Himitsu]
Jan.4>> SEYMOUR: An Introduction

5. FESTIVALS
Closed on the first few days of the year
Government offices: Dec. 29 to Jan. 3
Banks: Dec. 31 to Jan. 3
Post offices: Dec. 31 to Jan. 3
City Library Dec. 29 to Jan. 4
-Jan.12 ILLUMINALE HANAZONO 2017–HiKARI NO SYMPHONIA till 11:00pm
Dec. 24-Jan. 1 till 24:00
Hanazono-machi street is the widest in Matsuyama and illuminations using 100,000 lights border the street lined with autumn-colored gingko trees between Shieki station and Minami-horibata. Brightly lit swings, benchhes, and carriages are on display.

Jan. 1-3 SHOGATSU (New Year Days)
Shogatsu, more often means a particular period of the New Year, especially the first three days of January. New Year’s Day (Gantan or Ganjitsu) is the most important. People place round rice cakes (kagami-mochi) on the household altar (kami-dana) and/or in the alcove (tokonoma) before New Year’s Day. New Year decorations (shime-kazari, and kadomatsu) are also set up. Family members, even those who live in remote areas, gather together. On the morning of Gantan, people celebrate the New Year with spiced sake (toso), special New Year’s food (osechi-ryori) and rice cakes boiled with vegetables (zoni). People enjoy reading New Year’s cards (nenga-jo). Many people pay the year’s first visit to temples and shrines (hatsu-mode). Children are given good luck gifts or money (otoshidama).

A New Year’s Dictionary
SHIMEKAZARI
A sacred decoration made of straw, two fern leaves and daidai (a small citrus). It is hung above entrance doors and various places, even in front of cars.
KADOMATSU
More extravagant than shimekazari is kadomatsu. It is made of bamboo, pine and plum tree branches and set on both sides of a gate or entry-way.
TOSO
Toso is prepared by soaking overnight a tososan bag in sake or mirin (sweet sake) like a teabag. Tososan is a mixture of herbs and was originally prepared by the great Chinese doctor Kada of ancient times. Toso is taken on New Year’s Day to cleanse oneself of malice and to live long, a custom that dates from the Heian era (794-1191). You can get tososan at drug stores the week before New Year’s Day.
OSECHI-RYORI
*Kazunoko (herring roe) symbolizes prosperity because it is a clump of many eggs.
*Kuromame (black beans) are chosen because ‘mame’ means hard working.
*Gobo (burdock root) symbolizes a stable foundation because the root of gobo grows deep into the ground.
*Kuri-kinton (sweet chestnut paste) is chosen because the word ‘kuri’ sometimes means mastery.
*Kohaku Kamaboko (red and white boiled fish paste) is prepared because red and white are auspicious colors.
ZONI
Zoni is a special soup served with pieces of rice cake (mochi) in it. The ingredients vary with the region.
NENGA-JO
New Year’s cards called nenga-jo are posted during December and delivered in a batch on the New Year’s day. People make the cards in various ways, such as wood block prints, calligraphy and picture prints. If you receive one from someone you can send a reply nenga-jo up until January 15. If there has been a death in the family the past year you do not send nenga-jo and no one should send them to you because you are still in mourning.
HATSU-MODE
This is the first visit of the year to temples and shrines. People pray for good health and fortune throughout the year. Gokoku-jinja is the most popular place for hatsumode in Matsuyama. White arrows named “hamaya” are often sold as good luck charms. Most go from January 1st.
OTOSHIDAMA
This is a gift of money given to children. The money is put in a small envelope. The amount ranges from 1,000 yen to as much as 10,000 or more depending on the age of and relationship to the child..

Early Jan. HATSU-URI (First Sales) Many stores have special bargains to celebrate the re-opening after the New Year’s holidays. “Good fortune bags” containing various goods (fuku-bukuro) are often sold at a very reasonable price, but you take a chance because you don’t know what they contain until you open them.

Jan. 7 NANAKUSA-GAYU Nanakusa-gayu is a porridge of rice made with haru-no-nanakusa, seven spring herbs. Eating nanakusa-gayu on January 7th has been a traditional event for a long time. In the Edo era (1603-1867) this event was one of the go-sekku 五節句、five seasonal festivals, when the shogun and his men ate it. It is said to have an effect on every disease, so Japanese still enjoy eating it on this day after the celebration and feasting over New Year’s. You can find packs of these seven herbs in the vegetable section of supermarkets at this time.

Jan. 9 SEIJIN-NO-HI (Coming-of-Age-Day) National Holiday
In Japan people celebrate the coming of age of those who will turn twenty during the course of that particular year. When they become twenty years old, they are expected to have a sense of responsibility as adults and members of society, having already had the right to vote. Each city or town has a celebration for them.
SEIJIN-SHIKI (Ceremony)
In Matsuyama a coming-of-age celebration will be held on January 8th and invitation cards have already been sent to those who were born between April 2nd in 1996 and April 1st in 1997 and have resident’s cards in Matsuyama city now on the day of November 1st. including those who have foreign nationalities.
For further information: Matsuyama city office Chiiki-gakushu-shinkoka
Tel: 089-948-6813 / E-mail: hatachi@city.matsuyama.ehime.jp

Jan. 8-9 HATSUNE-SAN Yu-jinja shrine In Dogo
It is said that, according to the legend that Okuninushino-mikoto, the god of the shrine, was saved by a mouse (=ne), the festival was held on the first day of ‘ne’ in November by the lunar calendar. Now it is held on Adult Day and the day before. Visitors pray for their family’ s happiness, longevity, or success in business etc. at the shrine. They take to the shrine their old paper charms and New Year decorations because they shouldn’t be thrown out with garbage. Shrine priests purify and burn them (dondo-yaki). Fuku-mochi (lucky rice cakes) are scattered four times a day, which people scramble to get for good fortune in the New Year. Atari-kuji (prizes) are hidden in some mochi.
Mochi-maki 8th 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 / 9th 10:00, 12:00, 14:30, 16:00
Dondo-yaki 8th 14:00 / 9th 13:00
There are a lot of pleasant events such as Shishimai (lion dance), Suigun-daiko (Japanese drum performance), fukubiki (lotteries), ashi-yu (foot bath) and Madonna-chaya (cafe).

6. FLEAMARKET & On SALE
ITEM EHIME (Ehime World Trade Center)
< Jan. 7-9 > 9:30 -17:00
Used Car Fair in Item Ehime : More than 200 used cars on exhibit.
MATSUYAMA MULTI-PURPOSE COMMUNITY CENTER
COMMUNITY PLAZA
< Jan. 8 > 10:00 -15:00 “Hime” Market
Ehime products on sale, a variety of food stands and various performances will be featured at this event.

7.ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
Dec. 25 10:00 Christmas service (interpreted in English on PC)
Jan. 8, 15, 22 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service (interpreted in English on PC)
11:00-11:30 Japanese language lessons provided if there are more than two people.
Jan. 29 13:30-14:45 Worship in English.
Matsuyama Fukuin Center
Place: Heiwa-dori 1-6-6 Tel: 089-925-1008
You are most welcome to our church! Please visit our blog. http://praisefellowship.seesaa.net/

Potpourri
We are going to enjoy Hyakunin-isshu (A Hundred Verses from Old Japan) in English.
We will meet from 10:00 on Jan. 11 in the COMs building.
INFO Ms. Toda at 089-931-6037 or MIC at 089-943-2025.

Matsuyama City Library
The city library in the Community Center has a large English book section. You can register for a free library card in English. The 2nd floor Audio/Visual section has movies in English.
Open 9:30-8:00 (the A/V section closes at 5:00.)
Closed: Jan. 1~4, 16, 23, 30, 31. INFO 089-943-8008

Nihongo Chounaikai
Hello! We are Nihongo Chounaikai. We hold regular gatherings for both Japanese and non-Japanese people to communicate and share information. No booking is necessary, just come!
Time/Place 10:00 – 11:30 EPIC 2F
*If there is a sudden cancellation, it will be announced in Facebook the night before. ayu_msm@yahoo.co.jp
Jan. 10 (Tue) 【Activity】 Let’s sing “My ballad”.
We will practice singing for the Citizen’s Festival (Chikyuujin Matsuri) at the community center on Jan. 15.
“My Ballad” is a very good song, so let’s enjoy singing together regardless of whether you will be able to perform at the Festival or not.
Jan. 24 (Tue) 【Let’s Talk】We will talk about food. What are your favorite dishes? When do you eat them? Do you have any good memories of them?
We will also talk about what we will actually cook on March 7.

December Articles

November 29, 2016 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
BANSUI-SO 9:00-18:00 Closed: Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26
<Dec. 3, 14:00>Flute Recital/ 2000yen (advance ticket 1500yen)
<Dec. 4, 14:00>Ouchi Haruka Piano Recital/ 2000yen, 1500yen (high school students and under)
<Dec. 6-11>Caligraphy Exhibition/ Free *Opening day starts at 12:00,
closing day ends at 16:00
NHK ART GALLERY 9:30-17:00(-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Closed: Mondays
<Nov. 29-Dec. 4> Bonsai: Potted Dwarf Tree
MITSUKOSHI 10:00- 19:00 Open Everyday
6th Floor Art Gallery Admission: Free
< Nov. 29-Dec. 5>Woodcraft and Lacquer Ware by Koji and Hinako Kodama
IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA 10:00-19:30 (-17:00 on the last day of exhibition) Open: Everyday
Restaurants (11:00-22:00), Ferris wheel (11:00-19:30)
6th Floor ART GALLERY Admission: Free
<Nov. 30-Dec. 6> Ceramic Works by Uraguchi Masayuki

2. PERFPRMANCES
COMMUNITY CENTER (CAMELLIA HALL)
Dec. 4  13:30-15:50 Matsuyama University Philharmonic Concert
Free

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Dec. 1 POLICE STORY PART Ⅱ 1988 Hong Kong 13:00-15:03
5 BLACK RAIN 1989 U.S.A. 13:00-15:06
6 ABSOLUTE POWER 1997 U.S.A. 13:00-15:02
7 CHARLEY VARRICK 1973 U.S.A. 13:00-14:52
8 POLICE STORY Ⅲ -SUPER COP 1992 Hong Kong . 13:00-14:37
9 TOUCH OF EVIL 1958 U.S.A. 13:00-14:37

Night Movie Theater
Dec. 5 CLASH OF THE TITANS 2010 U.S.A. 21:00-22:47
6 INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS 2013 U.S.A. 21:00-22:46

Midnight Movie Theater
Dec. 3 PARIS, TEXAS 1984 West Germany-France 24:15-26:41

RNB DIGITAL Channel 4
Friday road chow
Dec. 2 HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS 2002 U.S.A. 21:00-

NHK Regular Bilingual Programs

NHK E tele (Educational TV) (Channel 2)
K.C.UNDERCOVER(100 THINGS TO DO BEFORE HIGH SCHOOL 12/7-) 19:25-19:50 Wednesdays
THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR 18:00-18:25 Saturdays
CURIOUS GEORGE 8:35-9:00 Saturdays
DRAMATIC EARTH 19:00-19:45 Saturdays

NHK General TV (Channel 1)
NEWS 7 19:00-19:30 Mon. -Sun.
NEWS WATCH 9 21:00-22:00 Mon. -Fri.
WAR & PEACE (THE MUSKETEERS 11/27~) 23:00-23:55 Sun.

4.THEATER MOVIES
OKAIDO CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-986-6633
KINUYAMA CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-911-0066
SHIGENOBU CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-990-1513
CINEMA SUNSHINE EMIFUL MASAKI Tel. 089-984-2211
>>Dec.>> FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS [Madam Florence] Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Dec.>> FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Dec.9 STORKS [Kounotori Daisakusen] Shigenobu only
>>Dec.9 LA CORRISPONDENZA [Aru Tenmongakusya no Koibumi] Okaido only
Dec.10-23 THE LAST WITCH HUNTER Okaido only
Dec.10-23 OUR KIND OF TRAITOR [Wareraga Somukishimono] Okaido only
>>Dec.15 INFERNO Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
Dec.16>> ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Dec.16 JACK REACHER: Never Go Back Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu

Nov.12-Dec.4 – Matsuyama Cinema Festival 2016- OKAIDO Cinema Sunshine
At the door 1,000yen(Adults), 750yen(60 & over) 500yen(Jr.High & Under),
3,600yen for a pack of 6 tickets, 2,800yen for 4 and 1,500yen for 2 in advance
>>Dec.4 10:10~, 13:10~, 16:30~ ROOM
>>Dec.4 12:30~, 18:50~ SPOTLIGHT
>>Dec.2 10:10~ SPOTLIGHT

★ 10AM. Film Festival (Gozen Juu ji no Eigasai).
★OKAIDO Cinema Sunshine
Movie classics will be shown everyday from 10:00 a.m., changing every week on Saturday.
Dec.17-30 VERTIGO [Memai]

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Dec.3-9 11 MINUT
Dec.10-16 THE GIFT
Jan.14>> CRAZY ABOUT TIFFANY’S [Tiggany New York 5Bangai no Himitus] Jan.14>> SEYMOUR: An Introduction

5. FESTIVALS
-Dec. 4 THE 22nd KAMABOKOITA-NO-E (display of paintings on kamaboko (fish paste) boards 9:00-17:00 (closed on Tuesday) At GALLERY SHIROKAWA
Shirokawa-cho, Seiyo City
About 9,200 painted kamaboko boards were sent from throughout the country and abroad and the best are on display. (Tel.0894-82-1001)

-Jan.12 ILLUMINALE HANAZONO 2017- HiKARI NO SYMPHONIA till 11:00pm
Dec. 24-Jan. 1 till 24:00
Hanazono-machi street is the widest in Matsuyama and more than 100,000 lights light up the street between Shieki station and Minami-horibata.

Dec. 6 DOGO-ONSEN HONKAN Dec.7 TSUBAKI-NO-YU
NENMATSU OSOJI (Year-end cleaning) 9:00-10:00
Dogo-onsen honkan and Tsubaki-no-yu are closed on these days for cleaning. (Tel. 089-921-5141)

6. FLEAMARKET & On SALE
MATSUYAMA MULTI-PURPOSE COMMUNITY CENTER
COMMUNITY PLAZA Tel: 089-921-8222
  <Dec. 1-3>10:00-19:00 ” Secondhand Book Fair”
  <Dec. 4>10:00-16:00 “Hime” Market – Shikoku Yatai Mura
Ehime products on sale and a variety of food stands will be featured at this event.

7.ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
Dec. 4, 11, 18 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service (interpreted in English on PC)
11:00-11:30 Free Japanese lessons if there are more than two people.
Dec. 16 (Fri.) 18:30- Worship in English followed by a Christmas party on the 4th floor.
Dec. 10 (Sat.) Matsuyama Civic Charity Christmas Concert 14:00 and again at 18:00
Place: Nankai Broadcasting Station
Fee: 1200yen (in advance), 1500yen at the door
(600yen in advance for jr./sr. high students and 800yen at the door)

Dec. 25 (Sun.) Special Christmas celebration service 10:00 (Interpreted into English on PC)
Christmas luncheon from 12:30 (free for 1st time visitors and  200yen for others)
Matsuyama Fukuin Center
Place: Heiwa-dori 1-6-6 Tel: 089-925-1008
You are most welcome to our church! Please visit our blog. http://praisefellowship.seesaa.net/

Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT)
JALT holds meetings in English on a wide range of topics related to language teaching.
A Brief Introduction of Discourse Intonation in English and Its Contribution to the TEF
Yoshio Ido, Professor Emeritus, Ehime University
Intonation performs a variety of functions in the light of evidence from naturally occurring spoken discourse. Accordingly my talk is going to elaborate on the brief sketch of tone unit basing upon Brazil (1985), and to see how the functions of pitch, key & termination, and pitch sequence make commitment to the EFL teaching.
Date/Time: Sunday Dec. 9, 14:15-16:20
Location: Shinonome High School Kinenkan 4F
Free for JALT members
One-day members: 1000yen
Info: Junko Yamamoto 089-906-4906 juyama@cc.matsuyama-u.ac.jp

Potpourri
We are studying Bushido by Nitobe Inazo in English. We will meet from 10:00 on Dec. 14 in the COMs building. INFO Ms. Toda at 089-931-6037 or MIC at 089-943-2025.

Matsuyama City Library
The city library in the Community Center has a large English book section. You can register for a free library card in English. The 2nd floor Audio/Visual section has movies in English. Open 9:30-8:00 (the A/V section closes at 5:00.) Closed: Mondays and Dec. 29, 30, 31 and Jan. 1~4. INFO 089-943-8008

Nihongo Chounaikai
Hello! We are Nihongo Chounaikai. We hold regular gatherings for both Japanese and non-Japanese people to communicate and share information. No booking is necessary, just come!
Time/Place 10:00 – 11:30 EPIC 2F
Dec. 6 (Tue)
【Activity】Let’s try shodou, calligraphy! Write your favorite letter or word by using a brush and black liquid ink.
Dec. 20 (Tue) Bounenkai, an end-of-the-year party. Let’s have a chat with a cup of tea!
*If there is a sudden cancellation, it will be announced in Facebook the night before. ayu_msm@yahoo.co.jp

**Nihongo Chounaikai will perform at the Citizen’s Festival (Chikyuujin Matsuri) at the community center on Jan. 15. We will sing “My Ballad” again.
Join us! We will practice singing on Dec. 20 and Jan. 10.