August Articles

August 5, 2018 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
BANSUI-SO Closed: Aug. 6, 27
Aug. 4 14:00 Sato Mariko & Friends: Talk and Concert/ Adult 2000yen

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. 1-7 Bizen Ware by Isezaki Sou and Kyou brothers
MITSUKOSHI 10:00- 19:00 (Mondays : until 16:00) Open: Everyday
6th Floor Art Gallery (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Admission: Free
-Aug. 6 World Woodblock Prints
Aug. 7-13 Works by Mizumori Ado (6th Event Floor)
Ado Mizumori (Ado-chan) is a famous illustrator in Japan. She is also an actress, singer and writer.
Aug. 7-13 Oil Paintings by Takahashi Seiichi
This artist is from Niihama in Ehime.

2. PERFPRMANCES
EMIFULL MASAKI
August 1 13:00- 15:00-
Jazz Concert Free
August 8 13:00- 15:00-
Piano Concert Free

HIMEGIN HALL (KENMIN BUNKA KAIKAN)
August 4, 5, 10:30- 17:30-
KAMAKANI HURA Festival 2,200 yen (Advance: 2,000 yen)

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Aug. 4 MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE 1996 U.S.A. 13:30-15:21
Midnight Movie Theater
Aug. 3 TREMORS 1990 U.S.A. 24:15-25:52

RNB DIGITAL Channel4
Friday road show
Aug. 3 ODYSSEY 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.

4.THEATER MOVIES
>>Aug.>> JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDO Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
Aug.1>> INCREDIBLES 2 Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Aug.3>> MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
Aug.4-17 LADY BIRD Okaido only
>>Aug.10 LEATHERFACE Okaido only
>>Aug.10 KILLING GUNTHER Okaido only
Aug.10>> OCEAN’S EIGHT Kinuyama & Masaki
Aug.11-24 GHOST STORIES Okaido only
>>Aug.17 SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
Aug.18-31 REDIVIDER [Kill Switch] 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.3-16 THE BODYGUARD
Aug.17-30 GREASE

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Aug.4-10 PATTI CAKE$
Aug.11-13 WONDER WHEEL [Otoko to Onna no Kanransya]

5. FESTIVALS
August 5 ONMAKU HANABI At Imabari Port seawall, Imabari City 20:00-21:00
10,000 rounds of fireworks are displayed. The theme this year is “Tsunagu (Bonds)”.
In case of rain it will be held on the 12th . (Tel. 0898-23-3939)
Transportation: It is a 15-minute walk from JR Imabari station.

August 5 MATSUYAMA MINATO MATSURI (port festival)
MITSUHAMA FIREWORK DISPLAY 20:00~21:10 At Mitsuhama Port
About 11,000 rounds of fireworks are displayed.
In case of bad weather it will be held on the 19th .
16:30 Brass band parade and Suigun-daiko
20:00-21:10 Firework display. (Tel. 089-951-7705)
Transportation: Take an 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 times 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 (lantern procession)
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.

6. ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
Aug. 5, 12, 19 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service (Interpreted in English on PC)
11:00-12:00 Free Japanese language lessons
Aug. 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/

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July Articles

June 30, 2018 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
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 3 Japanese and Western-style Paintings
July 4-10  Wood Works by Tanaka Kiyotaka

NHK ART GALLERY
-July 1  No Exhibition
July 3-8  Photos: Scenery

MITSUKOSHI  10:00- 19:00  (Mondays : until 16:00)    Open: Everyday
6th Floor Art Gallery (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition)  Admission: Free
-July 2  Woodblock Prints
July 3-9  Masterpieces of Japanese-style Paintings

BANSUI-SO  Closed: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 13:30  Morioka Miwako&Iwata Hidenori Colaboration Recital/ Adult 2000yen

  1. PERFPRMANCES

EMIFULL MASAKI
July  4   13:00-    15:00-     Jazz Concert       Free
July  7   18:30-    Yurino Live        Free

HIMEGIN HALL (KENMIN BUNKA KAIKAN)
July  1   12:30-16:30,   16:45-17:45
Mother’s Chorus Ehime    Free
July  7   14:00-     Fureai Concert        Free

MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
July  8   12:00-     Ehime Japanese Music Concert    Free

  1. TV

NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Jul.  2    THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE   COWARD ROBERT FORD      2007              U.S.A.    13:00-15:41
3    PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID             2005      U.S.A.    13:00-14:56
   APPALOOSA      2008      U.S.A.    13:00-14:57
5    FISTFUL OF DOLLARS  1964      Italy-West Germany-Spain            13:00-14:41
6   THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT  1953      U.S.A.    13:00-14:42
9   TELEFON           1977      U.S.A.    13;00-14:44

Night Movie Theater
Jul. 9                 THE IDES OF MARCH    2011     U.S.A. 21:00-22:42

Midnight Movie Theater
Jul. 6    STRANGER THAN PARADISE   1984   U.S.A.-West Germany       24:15-25:45

RNB DIGITAL Channel4
Friday road show
Jul. 6                 JURASSIC PARK Ⅲ        2001     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.

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
>>Jul.>>   SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY     Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Jul.6 THE FLORIDA PROJECT                    Okaido only
Jul.7-20 24 HOURS TO LIVE [Limit of Assassin]   Okaido only
Jul.7-20 MOLLY’S GAME    Okaido only
>>Jul.12   DEADPOOL 2             Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Jul.13>>   JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDO     Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Jul.13             CALL ME BY YOUR NAME [Kimi no Namae de Boku wo yonde]      Okaido only
Jul.14-27             YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE [Beautiful Day]        Okaido only
Jul.14-27             MOM AND DAD [Mad Dady]                   Okaido only
>>Jul.20    MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE             Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Jul.20             WONDER [Wonder kun Kimi wa Taiyo]     Okaido only
>>Jul.26             ONLY THE BRAVE            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.
Jul.20-Aug.2       SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN [Ame ni uta eba]

CINEMA LUNATIC            Tel. 089-933-9240  (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Jun.7>>   PHANTOM THREAD
Jun.7>>   3 GENERATIONS [About Ray:16 sai no Ketsudan]   [About Ray:16 sai no Ketsudan]

  1. FESTIVALS

June 1-Sept. 20   UKAI (Cormorant Fishing) on the Hiji-kawa (river)          Ozu City
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 Oita 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 it from special sightseeing boats called yakata-bune. 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   Sundays, August 13, 14, 15      11:30-13:30    Adults 4,500 yen   Children (over three & elem. School )  3,000 yen      (including meals)
Night      June 1-Sept. 20  18:00-20:40   Standard set    Adults 6,000 yen   Children (over three & elem. School )  4,500 yen
(including tea, meals and oshibori , rolled hand towels)
Overnight set (stay at a hotel)   Adults  12,000 yen      Children (over three & elem. School )  10,500 yen
You need to make a reservation in advance at Ozu Machinoeki Asamoya (Tel. 0893-57-6655). Further information: Machinoeki Asamoya

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 the station take a taxi or walk for 30 minutes.

 -August 4  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, various kinds 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西条 to Jojusha, the shrine at the top of the mountain. 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. The climb is not so difficult and takes about two hours from Tsuchigoya.
(Tel. 0897-55-4044  Ishizuchi-jinja)

Transportation:
(JR Shikoku Bus)        JR Matsuyama station        Kumakogen bus stop
Tel. 089-943-5015          6:30                          7:43
Then you have to change buses. Kuma-eigyosho bus stop is just across Kumakogen bus stop.
(Iyotetsu Nanyo Bus)    Kuma-eigyosho bus stop       Tsuchigoya
Tel. 0892-21-0081         9:20                          11:00
(Iyotetsu Nanyo Bus)    Tsuchigoya                    Kuma-eigyosho
16:30                         18:04
(JR Shikoku Bus)      Kumakogen                   JR Matsuyama
19:01 (only weekdays)          20:12 (only weekdays)

  1. FLEA MARKET & ON SALE

ITEM EHIME (Ehime World Trade Center)
July 1  9:30- 15:00    Ehime AOZORA Market  “Flea Market”   Admission: Free
July 1  10:00-15:00   “My Handcrafted Goods Fair”
Pottery, fancy works, beaded accessories and other goods on sale.

  1. ANNOUNCEMENTS

Worship at the Fukuin Center
July 1, 8, 15, 22  9:00-10:45 Sunday Service   (Interpreted in English on PC)
11:00-12:00 Free Japanese language lessons
July 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/

MIC Japanese Classes
Japanese language classes are offered for free by the Matsuyama International Center. Babysitting is available for children of one to six yrs. but you need to reserve the service two weeks before class.
Daily Japanese    13:30-15:30 Saturdays
This class offers practice with practical conversation and learning written Japanese.

Kanji Classes  14:45-15:45 Tuesdays
Level: Beginner and those not taking other MIC Japanese classes.  (No childcare service.)

Other Classes: April 10/12 – July 31/Aug. 2
13:00~14:30 Beginning 1 (Tue.)
13:00~14:30 Beginning 2 (Thu.)
14:45~16:15 Beginning 3 (Thu.)
18:30~20:00 Beginning 1 (Tues.)
18:30~20:00 Beginning 2 (Tues.)
For first time students, come 15 min. before the class to take a placement test.
PLACE: COMs 4F
INFO MIC 943-2025 Email: mail@mic.ehime.jp

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 2, 8, and 31.
INFO 089-943-8008

June Articles

June 4, 2018 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
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)
Closed: May 16, 17, 21-25, 28, 29
June 6-12 Western-style Paintings by Chinzei Naohide

NHK ART GALLERY
June 5-10 Ink Paintings: Seasonal Scenery and Flowers
MITSUKOSHI 10:00- 19:00 (Mondays : until 16:00) Open: Everyday
6th Floor Art Gallery (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Admission: Free
June 5-11 Oil Paintings by Kosugi Kojiro

2. PERFPRMANCES
EMIFULL MASAKI
June 2 13:00- 16:00-
Pops Live Free
June 6 13:00- 15;00-
Jazz Concert

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Jun. 1 QUARTET 2012 England 13:00-14:39
4 GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K.CORRAL 1957 U.S.A. 13:00-15:04
5 TRUE GRIT 1969 U.S.A. 13:00-15:09
6 WILL PENNY 1967 U.S.A. 13:00-14:51
7 BAD COMPANY 1972 U.S.A. 13:00-14:34
9 THE KING’S SPEECH 2010 England-Australia 14:30-16:29

Night Movie Theater
Jun. 4 MINORITY REPORT 2002 U.S.A. 21:00-23:26
Midnight Movie Theater
Jun. 8 ZERO DARK THIRTY 2012 U.S.A. 24:15-26:53

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.

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

>>Jun.>> ISLE OF DOGS [Inugashima] Okaido only
>>Jun.>> DEADPOOL 2 Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Jun.>> AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Jun.1 COCO [Remember Me] shown with OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE                Masaki & Shigenobu
Jun.2-15 THE SQUARE Okaido only
>>Jun.8 READY PLAYER ONE   Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Jun.8 STRONGER [Boston Strong : Damena Boku dakara Eiyu ni nareta] Shigenobu only
>>Jun.8 12 STRONG [Horse Soldier] Kinuyama only
Jun.9>> HAMPSTEAD [Rondon :Jinsei hajimemasu] Okaido only
Jun.9-22 I, TONYA Okaido only
>>Jun.22 AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Kinuyama & Masaki
>>Jun.22 PETER RABBIT Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Jun.29 RAMPAGE: KYOJ? DAIRANT? Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Jun.29 ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD [Gettyke no Minoshirokin] 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.

>>Jun.8 ALL THAT JAZZ

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

Jun.7>> PHANTOM THREAD
Jun.7>> 3 GENERATIONS [About Ray:16 sai no Ketsudan]

5. FESTIVALS
– June 10 NANRAKU-EN HANA-SHOBU (Iris) FESTIVAL 9:00-17:00  
Nanraku-en is the biggest Japanese-style garden in Shikoku. There are many kinds of trees and flowers. Among them, 30,000 iris plants are particularly impressive. The park area is lit up from 17:00 to 21:00 (May 26 -June 3).
Main events are as follows:
Take-toro (bamboo lantern) no Yube (evening)
Tobe-yaki (pottery) Sales
Local Product Sales and tea ceremony
Admission Adults 310n yen children 150 yen       (Tel. 0895-32-3344)
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
Closed: June 1st ,July 21st , August 3rd , 4th
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 Oita 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. 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. You need to make a reservation at Ozu Machinoeki Asamoya (Tel. 0893-57-6655).
The fare is as follows:
Adults Children (over three & elem. School )
Daytime 12:00-13:30

4,500 yen 3,500 yen (including meals)
Night 18:00-20:40
Standard set 6,000 yen 4,500 yen
(including tea, meals and oshibori , rolled hand towels)
Overnight set (stay at a hotel) 12,000 yen 10,500 yen
Further information: Machinoeki Asamoya (Tel. 0893-57-6655)
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 2 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 behavior of fireflies and show you how to distinguish male fireflies from females. You can observe them closely by magnifying glasses. Other events are watching videos of fireflies, local entertainment, and concerts. There are many stalls selling yakitori, beer, kaki-gori (shaved ice with syrup), watagashi (cotton candy), and more. In case of rain the festival will be held in Nakayama Agricultural Center. (Tel. 089-994-5852)
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. FLEA MARKET & ON SALE

MATSUYAMA MULTI-PURPOSE COMMUNITY CENTER    
COMMUNITY PLAZA
< June 3 > 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
June 3, 10, 17 9:00~10:45 Sunday Service (Interpreted in English on PC)
11:00~12:00 Free Japanese language lessons
June 24 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/

MIC Japanese Classes
Japanese language classes are offered for free by the Matsuyama International Center. Babysitting is available for children of one to six yrs. but you need to reserve the service two weeks before class.
Daily Japanese 13:30~15:30 Saturdays
This class offers practice with practical conversation and learning written Japanese.
June 2 Residence (Garbage, Utilities)
June 9 May
June 16 Transportation
Kanji Classes 14:45~15:45 Tuesdays
Level: Beginner and those not taking other MIC Japanese classes. (No childcare service.)
Other Classes: April 10/12 ~ July 31/Aug. 2
13:00~14:30 Beginning 1 (Tue.)
13:00~14:30 Beginning 2 (Thu.)
14:45~16:15 Beginning 3 (Thu.)
18:30~20:00 Beginning 1 (Tues.)
18:30~20:00 Beginning 2 (Tues.)
For first time students, come 15 min. before the class to take a placement test.
PLACE: COMs 4F
INFO MIC 943-2025 Email: mail@mic.ehime.jp

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 June 4, 11, 18, 25, and 29. 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 5 (Tue)
【Let’s talk】 Good Memories of Your Travels
Beautiful scenery, delicious food, nice encounters and unexpected things…Tell us about your trip!
*If there is a sudden cancellation, it will be announced in Facebook the night before.
Email: n.chounaikai@gmail.com (Ayumi MIYATA)
https://www.facebook.com/nihongo.chounaikai

 

 

 

May Articles

May 3, 2018 by

1.EXHIBITIONS

BANSUI-SO 9:00-18:00 *Closing day ends at 16:00. Closed: May 7, 14, 21, 28
May 1-5 Felt Exhibition/ Free *Opening day starts at 11:00. Closing day ends at 16:00.

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)
Closed: May 16, 17, 21-25, 28, 29
May 2-8 Japanese Paintings of the Girl Kannon by Kanno Teruo

NHK ART GALLERY
May 1-6 No Exhibition

MITSUKOSHI 10:00- 19:00 (Mondays : until 16:00) Open: Everyday
6th Floor Art Gallery (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Admission: Free
May 1-7 Nihonga Selection

2. PERFPRMANCES
MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
April 1 13:30-
Fujiwara Hiroyuki 14th Joyful Concert
COMMUNITY CENTER (CAMELLIA HALL)
May 6 1400-
JuniorOrchestra Ehime Concert 1,000 yen
EMIFULL MASAKI
May 1 9:00-19:00
SANRIO Carnival 600 yen (Advance: 500 yen)
May 2 13:00- 15:00-
Jazz Concert Free
May 9 13:00- 15:00-
Piano Concert Free
MASAKICHOSOGO BUNKA CENTER
May 6 14:00-
Ehime Philharmonic OrchestraConcert
500 yen. High school students and younger : Free

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
May 1 EDWARD SCISSORHANDS 1990 U.S.A. 13:00-14:46
2 CAPE FEAR 1991 U.S.A. 13:00-15:08
3 THE BOURNE IDENTITY 2002 U.S.A. 13:00-14:59
4 THE BOURNE SUPREMACY 2004 U.S.A. 13:00-14:49
7 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS 1956 U.S.A. 13:00-16:41
8 PLANET OF THE APES 1968 U.S.A. 13:00-14:53
9 JULIUS CAESAR 1953 U.S.A. 13:00-15:02

Night Movie Theater
May 4 BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB 1998 Germany-U.S.A.-France-Cuba 24:15-25:57

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.
4.THEATER MOVIES
>>May>> AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>May>> PACIFIC RIM UPRISING Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>May>> READY PLAYER ONE Kinuyama(>>May17), Masaki & Shigenobu
>>May3 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>May3 THE POST [the Pentagon Papers] Masaki & Shigenobu
May4>> SUBURBICON Okaido only
May4>> 12 STRONG [Horse Soldier] Kinuyama only
May5-18 THE BIG SICK Okaido only
May11>> STRONGER [Boston Strong] Shigenobu only
>>May17 THE BOSS BABY Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu (May24)
>>May18 JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu(>>May17)
May18>> RAMPAGE: KYOJ? DAIRANT? Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
May18>> PETER RABBIT 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.
May4-10 SHANE
May11-24 APOCALYPSE NOW [Jigoku no Mokushiroku]

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
May5-11 THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
May12>> THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK

5. FESTIVALS
-May 15 MT. TOMISU TSUTSUJI (Azalea) FESTIVAL 0zu City
As many as 63,000 plants of azaleas are in bloom on top of Mt. Tomisu 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 are 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 a JR express train from JR Matsuyama Station bound for Uwajima. Get off at Ozu (a 40-minute ride). From the bus or train station you will need to take a taxi to the park ( a 15-minute ride). (Tel.0893-24-2111)

May 3 KENPO-KINEN-BI (Constitution Day) (National Holiday)
The present 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 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 Oshimenawa-no-harikae (see below), both of which are performed on the sea.
3 KAINERI-ODORI (Dance) 13:30-15:00 At Kashima Park on Kashima Island
Kaineri-odori is a prayer dance for succeeding in battle and also a celebratory dance for victory. Boats are decorated with bamboo and flowers. Men row the boats and boys perform dances on board, re-enacting sea battles using oars. It recalls the tradition of the Iyo Suigun, powerful marine guards who patrolled the sea near here in ancient times.
10:00 Kimagure-ichi (local foods and products sale) in front of Kashima-jinja (shrine)
13:00 Kids’ mikoshi danjiri at Kashima-jinja
16:00 Mochi-maki (rice cake throwing) at Kashima Island Park
4 OSHIMENAWA-NO-HARIKAE (Replacing the Sacred Rope) 13:10-14:30
At Kashima Shrine
A 45m long and 30cm thick shimenawa (sacred rope) that links the two small islands Meoto-iwa (couple rocks) near Kashima is replaced at Kashima-jinja. The old one is taken down and the new one is put in place. If you want to watch this event up close, there is a boat service (otomo-bune – 500yen for adults), starting at Kashima Pier between13:00 and 14:30.
9:00-11:00 Preparing and making the new Oshimenawa (sacred rope)
11:00-11:30 Carrying Oshimenawa to the shrine
Transportation: Take a JR train from Matsuyama and get off at Iyo Hojo. From the station, walk straight toward the sea and there is 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 love 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 healthy growth of children. Koinobori (carp streamers) are flown which, 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 ODAKO GASSEN (Big Kite Fight Festival) 8:00-16:00
Ikazaki, Uchiko-cho
This festival with 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 hundreds of kites are flown high from both riversides of Toyoaki 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 kite and flying them in the sky. (Hatsuzeku Shinto ceremony). In case of rain, the events will be postponed to May 6th. Everything takes place at or near the Toyoaki bridge in Ikazaki.
(Tel. 0893-44-2118 Uchiko Town Office)
8:00 Boys’ Kendo Contest
Making Tesuki-washi (traditional Japanese paper) Fare \300
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
13:00-15:00 Big kite Fight
You can join the kite fight if you wish. Kites can be rented for \2,000 and you get \1,000 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 the JR train bound for Ozu or Yawatahama from Matsuyama Station and get off at Uchiko, not Ikazaki, because Ikazaki Station is far from the site. There is 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.

7. ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
May 6, 13, 20 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service (Interpreted in English on PC)
11:00-12:00 Free Japanese language lessons
May 27 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 May 7, 8, 9, 14, 21, 28 and 31.
INFO 089-943-8008

 

April Articles

April 2, 2018 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
BANSUI-SO 9:00-18:00 *Closing day ends at 16:00. Closed: April 2, 9, 16, 23
April 1  14:00 Concert for Spring Songs    Adult  1500yen
April 4   6th Craftsmanship Exhibition by Kajita Takahiro 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)
-April 3 Japanese-style Paintings by Nozaki Tadasu and Takarada Shogo
April 4-10 Sculptures and Western-style Paintings

 

NHK ART GALLERY
April 3-8 Taiga Drama “Segodon”: Costumes, props and autographs on display

MITSUKOSHI 10:00- 19:00 (Mondays : until 16:00) Open: Everyday
6th Floor Art Gallery (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Admission: Free
April 3-9 Stained glass by Kawashima Masanori

2. PERFPRMANCES
MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
*April 1  13:30-
Fujiwara Hiroyuki 14th Joyful Concert
COMMUNITY CENTER (CAMELLIA HALL)
April 8 17:30- SPYAIR Tour 2018 5,800 yen
EMIFULL MASAKI
April 4 13:00- 15:00- Jazz Concert Free
SHINONOME SHIRINE
April 4 14:00-16:00 Noh Play 2,000 yen

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Apr. 2 LES PARAPLUIES DE CHERBOURG 1963 France-West Germany 13:00-14:32
3 LES DEMOISELLES DE ROCHEFORT 1966 France-U.S.A. 13:00-15:07
4 NIKITA 1990 France-Italy 13:00-14:58
5 DOCTOR ZHIVAGO 1965 U.S.A.-England-Italy 13:00-16:21
6 MILDRED PIERCE 1945 U.S.A. 13:00-14:52
9 SHANE 1953 U.S.A. 13:00-14:59
Night Movie Theater
Apr. 2 HUGO 2011 U.S.A. 21:00-23:07
9 FORREST GUMP 1994 U.S.A. 21:00-23:23

EBC DIGITAL Channel 8
E-premium
Apr. 7 LAWLESS 2012 U.S.A. 25:15-27:05

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.

4.THEATER MOVIES
>>Apr.>> COCO [Remember Me] shown with OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Apr.>> THE BOSS BABY Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Apr.>> RED SPARROW Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Apr.>> THE COMMUTER [Train Mission] Kinuyama only
>>Apr.>> THE POST [the Pentagon Papers] Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Apr.>> VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS Okaido only
>>Apr.6  THE 15:17 TO PARIS Kinuyama only
>>Apr.6 THE SHAPE OF WATER Kinuyama & Shigenobu
>>Apr.6 TRESPASS AGAINST US [Outsiders] Okaido only
Apr.6>> JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Apr.7-20 MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE
[The Secret Man] Okaido only
Apr.7-20 THE LEISURE SEEKER [Long Long Vacation] Okaido only
>>Apr.13 BLACK PANTHER Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Apr.13 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Apr.13 WHISKY GALORE [Whisky to Futari no Hanayome] Okaido only
>>Apr.26 TOMB RAIDER 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.
Apr.13-26 TITANIC

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Apr.28>> DARKEST HOUR [Winston Churchill Hitler kara Sekai wo Sukutta Otoko]
5. FESTIVALS
HINA MATSURI (Hina-doll Festival)
HINA -DOLL EXHIBITIONS IN EHIME
-April 8 The 4th KUMA-CHO HINA -MATSURI
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 the main house of this event Akebono-za, about 2,000 dolls are displayed. Dolls piled up high in the shape of a pyramid are very impressive. (Tel.0892-21-1111)
-April 8 HINA DOLL EXHIBITION
Uwajima Date Museum Uwajima city
On tiers of shelves about 7.5 meters long yusoku-bina are displayed. These dolls wear the same costumes as those of kuge, court nobles.
Hina-dolls and hina chodo  (furnishings) are displayed which were brought by Miru-hime (the wife of Munenori, the 7th lord of the Date clan) as part of her trousseau about 200 years ago.
Ko-bina (miniature furniture) made of silver which were brought by Takako (wife of the 10th lord) as marriage property are also displayed. They are elegant, delicate, and very rare.
In addition, from a picture scroll written in the Middle Ages “Iwaya monogatari emaki”, one scene is on exhibit where princesses dressed in noble costumes enjoy playing happily with hina dolls in court. (Tel. 0895-22-7776)
Transportation: Take the JR express train bound for Uwajima and get off at Uwajima. From the station it takes 25 minutes on foot to get to the museum.

HANA-MI (flower viewing)
Sakura, the cherry blossom, is the national flower of Japan and in spring most Japanese love to go outdoors to see sakura in full bloom. From late March to early April, hanami parties are held under the blossoms. Not only in the daytime but we also recommend brightly lit-up yozakura (night cherry blossoms).
Popular hanami spots in Matsuyama are as follows:
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 you can relax. Some people enjoy riding bicycles in the gentle spring breeze.
Dogo Park near Dogo-onsen
About 400 trees of someiyoshino and tsubakikanzakura are lit up till 22:00 during the
hanami season. The hill top area has a good command of the whole park in full bloom.
Hanami downtown
Along the moat in Horinouchi castle park there are about 170 cherry trees. We can appreciate them from the windows of the street car or stroll along the inside of the moat.
Along Sanbancho street about 320 cherry trees of yaezakura called ichiyo (light pink) and kanzan (deep pink) start to bloom from mid- to late April, a little later
than other varieties.
Well-known cherry trees in temples in Matsuyama are usuzumi-zakura in Saiho-ji in Shimoidai-cho, mikaeri-no-sakura at 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 cherry blossoms..

 

April 4, 7, 8 MATSUYAMA SPRING FESTIVAL 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) Admission
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).

7 10:45-15:30 The National Yakyuken Contest
At Matsuyama Castle Honmaru Hiroba (main tower 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 )
8 10:00-19:00 SPRING FESTIVAL IN HORINOUCHI At Castle park (Horinouchi)
Chanbara show/ Flea Market / Local Food Festa / Stage Events, etc.
Cancelled in case of rain.
11:00-12:00 Matsuyama Citizen Parade On Okaido and Chifune-machi Street
In case of rain, on Okaido and Gintengai shopping arcade
11:40-13:20 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 Takuro Ono, who will be the Tono-sama (lord).
13:00-16:00 Showa-no-Komachi Mikoshi (portable shrine) Ninomaru Garden
7, 8 8:30-17:30 (8th -16:00) 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)
4, 7, 8 8:30 Photo contest At each event spot
(Tel. 089-948-6558)
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)
4, 7, 8 10:00-15:00
Tea ceremony (Fare: 400 yen) At Shinonome-jinja
Special exhibition at Bunka-den (treasure house)
(Admission: 300 yen ) At Shinonome-jinja

7. ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
April 1, 8, 15, 29 9:00~10:45 Sunday Service (Interpreted in English on PC)
11:00~12:00 Free Japanese language lessons
April 22 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 April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 27.
INFO 089-943-8008

March Articles

February 25, 2018 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
BANSUI-SO 9:00-18:00 Closed: Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar. 3 Sonidori – Pleasure of French Song /2000yen
Morning 11:00-, Afternoon 14:00-
Mar. 4, 13:00 2018 Composition Exhibition by Ehime Composition Conference/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)
-Mar. 6 Western-style Paintings by Tachikawa Hiromi

2. PERFPRMANCES
HIMEGIN HALL (KENMIN BUNKA KAIKAN)
*March 4 14:00-
Opera Ehime Performance
General seating: 4,000 yen (Advance: 3,500 yen)
Students: 1,500 yen (Advance: 1,000 yen)
COMMUNITY CENTER (CAMELLIA HALL)
*March 2 18:00-20:30
Ehime University Brass Band Concert Free

EMIFULL MASAKI
*March 7 13:00- 15:00-
Jazz Concert Free

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Mar. 1 THE LAST FRONTIER 1955 U.S.A. 13:00-14:39
2 THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER 1965 U.S.A. 13:00-15:03
5 CASABLANCA 1942 U.S.A. 13:00-14:44
6 BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID 1969 U.S.A. 13:00-14:52
7 ORDINARY PEOPLE 1980 U.S.A. 13:00-15:05
8 THE AWFUL TRUTH 1937 U.S.A. 13:00-14:32
9 THE WAY WE WERE 1973 U.S.A. 13:00-14:59

Night Movie Theater
Mar. 5 INCEPTION 2010 U.S.A. 21:00-23:29

Midnight Movie Theater
Mar. 2 THE LAST PICTURE SHOW 1971 U.S.A. 24:15-26:22
9 LOST IN TRANSLATION 2003 U.S.A. 24:15-25:58
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.
4.THEATER MOVIES
>>Mar.>> BLACK PANTHER Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Mar.>> THE 15:17 TO PARIS Kinuyama only
>>Mar.>> THE SHAPE OF WATER Kinuyama & Shigenobu
Mar.3-16 68 KILL Okaido only
Mar.3-20 THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX Okaido only
>>Mar.9 STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI [Star Wars: Saigo no Jedai] Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Mar.9 GEOSTORM Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Mar.10 THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Kinuyama only
Mar.10-23 THE ASSIGNMENT [Lady Gai] Okaido only
Mar.10-23 THE PROMISE [Kimie no Chikai] Okaido only
Mar.10-23 JUPITER HOLDJA [Jupiter’s Moon] Okaido only
Mar.14, JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Mar.29 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN 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.10>> GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER [Manekarezaru Kyaku]

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
>>Mar.2 THE SENSE OF AN ENDING [Veronica tono Kioku]
Mar.10>> DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE
Mar.10>> INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE
Mar.10>> MISS SLOANE [Megami no Miezaru Te]
Mar.10>> DETROIT

5. FESTIVALS
Feb. 9-March 26 The 3rd 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
Themes of the exhibition this year are family, travel, sky, plants and flowers, cats, and paintings. One kamaboko-ita painting suited for each Shiki’s haiku is chosen. About 90 of the best 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 called hinadan 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. It is said 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. 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 -DOLLS EXHIBITIONS IN EHIME
-March 25 9:00-17:00 TOBE-YAKI (Porcelain) HINA-MATSURI -TEN
Tobe-yaki Dento-sangyo-kaikan (Traditional Industrial Center)
Closed on Mondays Tobe-cho, Iyo-gun
About 200 Tobe-yaki hina-dolls, some of which are in the shape of dogs, 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 8 The 4th KUMA-MACHI HINA-MATSURI
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 the main house of this event Akebono-za, about 2,000 dolls are displayed. Dolls piled up high in the shape of a pyramid are very impressive. (Tel.0892-21-1111)

-April 8 HINA DOLL EXHIBITION
Uwajima Date Museum Uwajima city
On tiers of shelves about 7.5 meters long yusoku-bina are displayed. These dolls wear the same costumes as those of kuge、court nobles .
Hina dolls and hina chodo (furnishings) are displayed which were brought by Miru-hime (the wife of Munenori, the 7th lord of the Date clan) as part of her trousseau about 200 years ago.
Ko-bina (miniature furniture) made of silver which were brought by Takako (wife of the 10th lord) as marriage property are displayed. They are elegant, delicate, and very rare.
In addition, from a picture scroll written in the Middle Ages “Iwaya monogatari emaki”, one scene is on exhibit where princesses dressed in noble costumes enjoy playing hina dolls happily in the court. (Tel. 0895-22-7776)
Transportation: Take the JR express train bound for Uwajima and get off at Uwajima. From the station it takes 25 minutes on foot to get to the museum.

7. ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
March. 4, 11, 25 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service (Interpreted in English on PC)
11:00-12:00 Japanese language lessons (Tuition free)
March 18 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: March 5~12, 19, 26 and 30.
INFO 089-943-8008

February Articles

February 18, 2018 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
BANSUI-SO 9:00-18:00 Closed: Feb. 5, 19, 26
<-Feb. 4> Smartphone Picture Show/ Free Opening day starts at 1300.
Closing day ends at 16:00

MIURART VILLAGE 9:30-17:00 Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays and Feb. 5-10
<-Feb. 4> Pictures by Albert Carpentier
Admission: Adults 500yen (65 years old and over, admission is 300yen with ID)
Univ. & Sr. High Sch. Students 300yen

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)
< -Feb. 6 > Modern Japanese Paintings and Western-style Paintings by Uemura Shoen,
Maeda Seison, Nakagawa Kazumasa, Munakata Shiko and Miyasako Masaaki

MITSUKOSHI 10:00- 19:00 Open: Everyday
6th Floor Art Gallery Admission: Free
<-Feb. 5> Glass Works in Art Nouveau and Art Deco Styles

2. PERFPRMANCES
MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
*Feb. 1 19:00- Berlin Philharmonic Quartet Concert 6,000 yen
*Feb. 2 18:30- Gekidan Warabiza Musical “Kinjiro”
General seating: 5,000 yen (Advance: 4,500 yen)
Junior high school students and younger: 3,000 yen (Advance: 2,500 yen)

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Feb. 5 IL MIO NOME ? NESSUNO 1973 Italy-France -West Germany-U.S.A 13:00-14:57
6 VAMOS A MATAR COMPA?EROS 1970 Italy-France-West Germany 13:00-15:00
7 SELLA D’ARGENTO 1978 Italy 13:00-14:39
8 OGGI A ME…DOMANI A TE. 1968 Italy 13:00-14:36
9 L’UOMO,L’ORGOGLIO,LA VENDETTA 1967 Italy 13:00-14:41

Midnight Movie Theater
Feb. 2 SALVATORE GIULIANO 1962 Italy 24:15-26:20

EBC DIGITAL Channel 8
E-premium
Feb. 3 THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY 1998 U.S.A. 25:15-27:05

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 Saturday
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
>>Feb.>> STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI [Star Wars: Saigo no Jedai] Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Feb.>> THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Kinuyama only
>>Feb.>> GEOSTORM Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Feb.>> THE DARK TOWER Kinuyama & Shigenobu
Feb.2-16 FLATLINERS Shigenobu only
Feb.3-16 THE PRICE OF DESIRE [Le Corbusier] Okaido only
>>Feb.2 GIFTED Okaido only
Feb.3-16 THE ZOOKEEPER’S [Yudaya Jin wo Sukutta Dobutsuen] Shigenobu only
Feb.10>> ARMY OF ONE [Ore no Emono wa Awad bin L?din ] Okaido only
Feb.10>> HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES[Party de Onnanoko ni Hanashikakeru niwa] Okaido only
>>Feb.16 KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Feb.17 ACT OF VALOR [Navy SEALs] Kinuyama only
>>Feb.23 PADINTON2 Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Feb.9 OUT OF ROSENHEI M [Bagdad Cafe]
Feb.10-23 WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE
Mar.10>> GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER [Manekarezaru Kyaku]
Feb.10>> POES?A SIN FIN [Endless Poetory]
Feb.17>> THE SENSE OF AN ENDING [Veronica tono Kioku]

5. FESTIVALS
Feb. 3 SETSUBUN
Setsubun originally means parting of the seasons and it is the day before the start of each season rishun (spring), rikka (summer), rishu (autumn), and ritto (winter). 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 the Muromachi era (1336-1573). People scattered 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 the Dog (inu ) in Chinese astrology because 2018 will be the year of the dog. They scatter lucky roasted beans (mame-maki) 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 to pray every year.
7:00 Yakuyoke kigan  (prayer) starts.
13:30 Goma-kito Wooden tablets, goma-ki, with wishes or prayers written on them are 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 (born in 1977 this year) and 33 for women (born in 1986). 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 waraji ) 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. Burning the sandals wards off the devil and you 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
Oni-gawara hono (dedication ritual)
Toshi-otoko 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 (oni-gawara). They welcome the devil as a symbol of prosperity of the town. After mame-maki and mochi-maki, about 40 men of the age of 42 carry a big portable shrine with a devil figure clay tile on it called onigawara-mikoshi, which weighs about 400 kilograms, around the temple precinct. Many people visit for yakuyoke and pray for good health and fortune. There are many food stalls such as takoyaki, watagashi (cotton candy), 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
Honmachi 3chome, Matsuyama city
Kagura-mai (traditional Shinto dance) is performed at the shrine. There are two kinds of dances performed 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 the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu-omikami, 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)

7. ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
Feb.4, 11, 25 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service (Interpreted in English on PC)
11:00-12:00 Japanese language lessons (Tuition free)
Feb. 18 13:30-14:45 Worship in English.
Matsuyama Fukuin Center
Signs and Wonders: Watoto Children’s Choir Concert Feb. 6 18:30-20:00 COMs 5F
Adults: 500yen, Jr./Sr. HS: 300yen
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. 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 9:30~20:00 (the A/V section closes at 17:00.) Closed Feb. 5, 19, 26, 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.
February 6 (Tue) 【Activity】Let’s Enjoy Chinese Tea
R-san from China will tell us about Chinese Tea. You can learn how to make good Chinese tea!
February 20 (Tue) 【Let’s Talk】 My Story
What have you been up to lately? Tell us your story.
*If there is a sudden cancellation, it will be announced in Facebook the night before.
Email: n.chounaikai@gmail.com (Ayumi MIYATA)
https://www.facebook.com/nihongo.chounaikai

 

January Articles

December 30, 2017 by

 

1.EXHIBITIONS
IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 Closed: Jan. 1
9:30-19:30 (Jan. 2)
Restaurants (11:00-22:00), Ferris wheel (10:00-22:00)
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 (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition)
<-Jan. 8> Western-style Paintings by Shimizu Shinya

2. PERFPRMANCES
HIMEGIN HALL (KENMIN BUNKA KAIKAN)
January 3 14:30- Cirque de la Symphonie Concert
S-seats: 8,800 yen A-seats: 6,800 yen
B-seats: 3.500 yen C-seats: 2,000 yen
MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
January 7 15:00- Wiener Ring Ensemble Concert
S-seats: 9,000 yen A-seats: 7,000 yen B-seats: 5,000 yen
BOTCHAN THEATER
January 1-8, 27-31 10:30- 14:00-
Musical “52 Days” Shiki & Soseki at Gudabutsuan
General seating: 3,910 yen (Advance: 3,600 yen)
High school students receive 1,230 yen off ticket price
Junior high school students and younger receive 1,750 yen off ticket price
MASAKICHO SOGO BUNKA CENTER
January 8 14:00- Masaki Yose 1,000 yen

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Morning Movie Theater
Jan. 1 A MOMENT TO REMEMBER 2004 Korea 08:05-10:04
1 JAWS 1975 U.S.A. 10:04-12:09

Daytime Movie Theater
Jan. 1 NUOVO CINEMA PARADISO 1989 Italy-France 12:09-14:13
1 TITANIC 1997 U.S.A. 14:14-15:30
4 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY 1968 U.S.A. 13:00-15:21
8 THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI 1957 U.S.A.-England 13:00-15:43
9 THE ENEMY BELOW 1957 U.S.A. 13:00-14:39

Night Movie Theater
Jan. 8 CHICAGO 2002 U.S.A. 21:00-22:55

Midnight Movie Theater
Jan. 5 UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES 2010
England-Thailand-Germany-France-Spain 24:15-26:09

EBC DIGITAL Channel 8
New Year Theater
Jan. 1 RESIDENT EVIL-AFTER LIFE 2010 U.S.A. 25:40-27:40
2 RESIDENT EVIL-RETRIBUTION 2012 U.S.A. 25:40-27:40

4 RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES 2011 U.S.A. 25:40-27:20
4.THEATER MOVIES
>>Jan.>> STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI [Star Wars: Saigo no Jedai] Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Jan.5 IT “Sore ga Mietara Owari” Shigenobu only
>>Jan.5 KUBO AND THE TWO STRIN Okaido only
Jan.5>> KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Jan.12 JUSTICE LEAGUE Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Jan.12 AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER [Futsugo na Shinjitsu 2] Okaido only
>>Jan.12 MISS SLOANE [Megami no Miezaru Te] Okaido only
Jan.12>> ACT OF VALOR [Navy SEALs] Kinuyama & Shigenobu
Jan.13-26 GIFTED Okaido only
>>Jan.18 MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS 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.
>>Jan.12 PAPER MOON
Jan.13-26 ANNIE HALL

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
NO MOVIES IN ENGLISH THIS MONTH

5. FESTIVALS
Closed on the first few days of the year
Government offices: Dec. 29 to Jan. 3
Banks: Dec. 30 to Jan. 3
Post offices: Dec. 30 to Jan. 3
City Library: Dec. 29 to Jan. 4

Dec. 21-Feb. 13 HIKARI NO OMOTENASHI IN WINTER till 11:00pm
Dec. 24-Jan. 1 till 24:00
The area from Matsuyama-shieki through Hanazono-machi, to the Ninomaru Historic Garden is lit up from 17:00 till 21:30. The main area is Koibito no Seichi (Sacred Spot for Lovers) in Ninomaru.
Date: Dec. 21-24, Dec. 28-Jan. 3, Jan. 5-7, Jan. 12-Feb. 3, Feb. 9-13

 

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).
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 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. 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 yen 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 a long history. In the Edo era (1603-1867) this event was one of the go-sekku、five seasonal festivals, when the shogun and his men ate it. It is said to have an effect on every disease, so Japanese still eat 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. 8 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 7th and invitation cards have already been sent to those who were born between April 2nd in 1997 and April 1st in 1998 and have resident’s cards in Matsuyama city on the day of November 1st, including those of foreign nationalities.
For further information: Matsuyama City Office Chiiki-gakushu-shinkoka
Tel: 089-948-6813 / E-mail: hatachi@city.matsuyama.ehime.

7. ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
Jan. 7, 14, 21 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service (Interpreted in English on PC)
11:00-12:00 Japanese language lessons (Tuition free)
Jan.28 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.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 Dec. 29 ~Jan. 4, 15, 22 29, 30.
INFO 089-943-8008

Matsuyama Toastmasters Club
Matsuyama Toastmasters Club is a non-profit group, part of an international organization for improving communication and leadership skills. There are currently three meetings a month: one on a Sunday at COMs and two on either Friday or Saturday evenings, also at COM’s. Experienced members will show you how the club works and, when you are ready, help you prepare your first speech. You may visit us three times for free to see if Toastmasters is for you. You can contact them via their web page: http://www.matsuyama.toastmastersclubs.org
Jan. 7 meeting: 13:00-16:00 at COMs 3F

 

December Articles

November 27, 2017 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
EHIME PREFECTURAL ART MUSEUM
<-Nov. 6 >Beauty of Samurai

BANSUI-SO
<-Dec. 3 > “Colors”/ Free * Opening day starts at 12:00. Closing day ends at 16:00
<Dec. 6, 14:30 > Tsubasa Live/ Adult  1500 yen, Junior High school student and under age 800yen
Advance tickets available.

MITSUKOSHI 10:00- 19:00 Open: Everyday
6th Floor Art Gallery Admission: Free
<Nov. 28-Dec. 4 >Pottery by Shikoku Japan Kogei Association members
Prints by Senju Hiroshi

NHK ART GALLERY 9:30-17:00
<-Dec. 3 > Western-style Paintings
< Dec. 5-10 >Works by Students:
Elementary and junior high school students learned about famous people related to Ehime
and then prepared profiles and made artworks based on their research.

IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
6th Floor ART GALLERY   Admission: Free (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition)
< -Dec. 5 >Works of Five New and Powerful Artists:
Japanese Paintings by Tao Kanji, Kobara Yusuke and Okamura Tomoharu.
Western-style Paintings by Park Hyang Sook and Sanada Yuu
< Dec. 6-12 >Oil and Watercolor Paintings by Kaku Jippo

7th Floor EVENT HALL Admission: Free (-17:00 on the last day of exhibition)
< Dec. 6-12 > Tohoku Food Fair
< Dec. 6-12 > Sake Fair in 2017

2. PERFPRMANCES
MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
*December 3 10:30-
Gekidan Hikosen Mask Play ” The wonderful Wizard of OZ ”
2,000 yen
*December 6 18:00-21:00
Tsujii Nobuyuki Piano Concert
S-seats: 8,000 yen A-seat: 7,000 yen

MASAKICHO SOGO BUNKA CENTER
*December 3 14:00-
Violin duo Concert 2,900 yen Students: 1,500 yen

EMIFUL MASAKI
*December 6 13:00- 15:00-
Jazz Concert Free

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Dec.1 THE GUNS OF NAVARONE 1961 U.S.A. 13:00-15:37
4 THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON 1941 U.S.A. 13:00-15:21
5 THE WILD BUNCH 1969 U.S.A. 13:00-15:26
6 THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE 1970 U.S.A. 13:00-15:02
7 THE UNDEFEATED 1969 U.S.A. 13:00-14:59
8 McCABE & MRS.MILLER 1971 U.S.A. 13:00-15:02

Night Movie Theater
Dec. 4 TOOTSIE 1982 U.S.A. 21:00-22:57

Midnight Movie Theater
Dec. 1 EASTER PARADE 1948 U.S.A. 24:15-25:59

EBC DIGITAL Channel 8
E-premium
Dec. 2 SNIPER 1993 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.
THIS IS US (to 12/24) 23:00-23:45 Sun.

4. THEATER MOVIES
>>Dec.>> JUSTICE LEAGUE Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Dec.8 BLADE RUNNER 2049 Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Dec.8>> MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Dec.9>> COLOSSAL [Synchronized Monster] Okaido only
>>Dec.15 MIGHTY THOR: BATTLE ROYALE [Thor:Ragnarok] Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Dec.15 JIGSAW Shigenobu only
>>Dec.15 THE CIRCLE Masaki only
Dec.15>> STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI [Star Wars: Saigo no Jedai] Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
Dec.16>> GET OUT Okaido only
Dec.18-22 STAR TREK: GENERATIONS Kinuyama only
>>Dec.22 IT Shigenobu only
>>Dec.22 LOGAN LUCKY Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu (>>Dec.21)

★ 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.
Dec.2-15 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE [Senjo no meri Kurisumasu]

Nov.18-Dec.10 – Matsuyama Cinema Festival 2017- 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.2,3,9,10 10:10– SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE
Nov.27-Dec.1 10:20-, 16:00-, 18:50-
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
Dec.2, 3 13:10-, 16:00-, 18:50-
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
Dec.4-10 10:20-, 16:30-, 19:10- PRIDE [Parade e Yokoso]

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Dec.16>> JOHN WICK
Dec.16>> JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2

5. FESTIVALS
July 16-Dec.4 THE 23rd NATIONAL EXHIBITION OF KAMABOKO-ITA -NO-E 9:00-17:00
(closed on Tuesday) at GALLERY SHIROKAWA Shirokawa-cho, Seiyo City
The national exhibition of paintings on kamaboko (fish-paste) boards were started about twenty years ago. This year about 9,000 boards were sent from all over the country and abroad. The painting which won the first prize is titled “Tsuki no Kaori ni (Scent of the moon)”, representing the white bear smelling the spring moon, painted by Hara Masayuki from Kanagawa Prefecture. ( Tel.0894-82-1001)

Dec.5 DOGO-ONSEN HONKAN Year-end cleaning 9:00-10:00
Dogo-onsen honkan and Hojo-en Ashiyu (foot bath) are closed on Dec. 5 for cleaning.
(Tel. 089-921-5141)

Dec. 6 HARI-KUYO (Memorial Service for Needles)
Hari-kuyo was started in the 18th century in the Edo era with the intention of allowing women to take a rest in those days of danson-johi (predominance of men over women). Broken or old needles were placed at a small altar and people gave thanks to the needles’ faithful service. Women did not do needlework on that day. This traditional event has been handed down as an annual event of sewing schools for tailors, dressmakers, and kimono makers. In Matsuyama it is observed at Matsuyama Business College in Tsuji-machi, where students of fashion-beauty course stick about 1,300 needles used in dress-making classes into large konnyaku (devil’s tongue) cakes at an altar, giving thanks to them and praying for better sewing skills. After that, the priest of Shoju-ji chants a sutra. Then the needles are put in Harizuka (a burial mound for needles) at the temple.

7. ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
Dec.3, 10, 24 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service (Interpreted in English on PC)
11:00-12:00 Japanese language lessons (Tuition free)
Dec. 22 13:30-14:45 Worship in English.
Dec. 16 (Sat.) Christmas Concert
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/

November Articles

November 1, 2017 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
EHIME PREFECTURAL ART MUSEUM
<-Nov.6>Beauty of Samurai
BANSUI-SO
<-Nov.3>Modern Art History Exhibition
* Opening day starts at 10:00. Closing day ends at 16:00
<Nov.4>14:00- The 11th Bansui-so Guitar Concert/ Free
<Nov.5>14:30- Madonna Jazz Festival at Bansui-so/ 2000yen (advance ticket 1500yen)
MITSUKOSHI 10:00- 19:00 Open: Everyday
6th Floor Art Gallery Admission: Free
<-Nov.6> Sumie by Kodama Shigeruuemon
NHK ART GALLERY 9:30-17:00
<-Nov.5>Bonsai: Potted Dwarf Tree (Autumn Leaves, Persimmon and Apples)
<Nov.7-19>No Exhibition

2. PERFPRMANCES
MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
November 3 16:00-
Hakase Taro In Concert 7,800 yen
COMMUNITY CENTER (CAMELLIA HALL)
November 8,9 19:00-
Matsuyama University Dance performance 1,500 yen (Advance: 1,200 yen)

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Nov.3 THE GOONIES 1985 U.S.A. 13:00-14:55
6 STAGECOACH 1939 U.S.A. 13:00-14:37
7 RIO BRAVO 1959 U.S.A. 13:00-15:22
8 THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER 1965 U.S.A. 13:00-15:03
9 THE LAST WAGON 1956 U.S.A. 13:00-14:40

Night Movie Theater
Nov.6 THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION 1994 U.S.A. 21:00-23:24

Midnight Movie Theater
Nov.3 LUST FOR LIFE 1956 U.S.A. 24:15-26:18

RNB DIGITAL Channel 4
Friday road show
Nov.3 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX 2007 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.
THIS IS US 23:00-23:45 Sun.

4.THEATER MOVIES
>>Nov.>> BLADE RUNNER 2049 Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Nov.2 A DOG’S PURPOSE [Boku no Wonderful Life] Kinuyama only
>>Nov.3 9/11 Okaido only
>>Nov.3 THE SHACK [Amazing Journey] Okaido only
Nov.3>> LOVING VINCENT [Van Gogh : Saigo no Tegami] Okaido only
Nov.3>> MIGHTY THOR: BATTLE ROYALE [Thor:Ragnarok] Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu

Nov.3>> DEMAIN TOUT COMMENCE Okaido only
Nov.3>> IT Shigenobu only
Nov.4-17 PLANETARIUM Okaido only
Nov.10>> JIGSAW Shigenobu only
Nov.10>> THE CIRCLE Masaki only
Nov.11 STAR WARS:EPISODE VII-THE FORCE AWAKENS[Suta wozu: Fosu no kakusei]Kinuyama & Masaki
>>Nov.16 WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES [Saru no Wakusei: Seisen Ki] Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido (>>Nov.24) & Shigenobu
>>Nov.17 HIDDEN FIGURES [Dream] Okaido only
>>Nov.24 ATOMIC BLONDE Shigenobu only
>>Nov.24 AMERICAN MADE [Barry Seal: America wo Hameta Otoko] Kinuyama & 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.
Nov.4-17 GLORIA
Dec.2-15 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE [Senjo no meri Kurisumasu]

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Nov.4>> ANTHROPOID [Heydrich wo Ute]

5. FESTIVALS
KIKKA-TEN (Chrysanthemum Festival) Chrysanthemum exhibitions are held in many places. The best time for viewing is from the beginning through the middle of November. The chrysanthemum symbolizes Japan along with the cherry blossom. The Imperial crest is a 16-petal blossom. The flower itself was believed to have medicinal properties and was revered in China.
-Nov.23 Okudogo 9:00-17:00
There are about 7,000 plants of chrysanthemums on display. Admission: Adults 300yen Children free (Tel. 089-977-1111)

Nov.1-30 MOMIJI MATSURI (Maple Festival) At Inari-yama Park, Niiya, Ozu City
At Niiya Inari-yama Park you can enjoy 3,000 maple trees in their autumn colors.
During the festival many street stalls sell local products. (Tel. 0893-24-2664)
Transportation: Take a JR local train from Matsuyama and get off at Niiya. It is a one-hour and 15-minute ride. It takes 15 minutes on foot from the station.

Nov.3 BUNKA NO HI (Culture Day) National Holiday Culture Day is held to celebrate the development of culture in Japan. It was established in 1948. Many cultural festivals and events are held at various places on or near this day.

-Dec.31 KENMIN SOGO BUNKASAI (Ehime Pref. Cultural Festival) The purpose of this festival is to promote the culture of Ehime from art to industry. Various events are held in many cities and towns all over Ehime during this time. (Tel. 089-912-2972)
THEME: INOCHI NO YAKUDO MIRAI WO HIRAKU EHIME NO BUNKA
(Pulse of life Cultivate our future Culture of Ehime)

-10th 9:40-18:00 Prefectural autumn art exhibition
Prefectural Art Museum

3rd 12:00-16:30 Haiku contest Himegin Hall (Shinju-no-ma A)

4th 10:00-16:00 Kids’ traditional culture festival Himegin Sub Hall

5th 10:00-20:00 Shogi tournament (Tel. 089-933-7856) Himegin Annex HallFare: Adult 1,000yen / High and Junior high student 500 yen/those younger are free
10:00-15:40 Senryu contest (Tel. 089-953-3314) Himegin Hall (Shinju-no-ma A)
Admission: 1,000yen
10:00-15:30 Tanka contest(Tel. 090-8972-5792) Himegin Hall (Shinju-no-maB)
14:30-17:30 Jazz concert Bansuiso
Advance ticket 1,500 yen/ Day ticket 2,000yen
Further information: Prefectural Bunka-sport-Shinkoka (Tel. 089-912-2972 )

11th ,12th , 18th ,19th 10:00-15:00 Chakai (tea ceremony) Fare: 400yen
Prefectural Seikatsu-bunka Center near the Kami-ichiman tram station

12th 10:00-20:00 Igo tournament Himegin Hall (Shinju-no-ma B)
17:00-19:00 Ballet performance Admission: Free Himegin Hall
14:00-16:00 Brass band concert Himegin Sub Hall

16th -19th Ehime High School Sogo Cultural Festival Himegin Hall, and etc.

18th 16:00-18:30 SOGO (general) FESTIVAL Himegin Hall
Admission: Free (Tel. 089-912-2972)
The theme this year is “Odore, sake, bunka no ibuki (Pulse, bloom, sparkling of culture)
Performances : songs, guitar, shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), jazz, dance, etc.

18th , 19th 10:00-17:00 / 20th 10:00-16:00 Ikebana (Flower arrangement)
Himegin Hall Kenmin Plaza

18th,19th Ehime・Matsuyama Sangyo (industry) Festival Shiroyama Park Horinouchi
23rd 12:30-17:00 Sankyoku (koto, shamisen, and kokyu ) ensemble
Noh play / Nichibu (classical Japanese dance) Himegin Sub Hall
10:00-16:20 Renku contest Himegin Hall 5・7 Kaigishitsu

23rd -26th 9:40-18:00 Art exhibition of Ehime junior high school students
Prefectural Art Museum

25th, 26th Shogai gakushu (lifetime learning) yume matsuri (dream festival) Himegin Hall

6. FLEA MARKET & ON SALE
Dogo Park
10:00-15:00 ‘Fancy’ Market ” Handmade goods on sale.
MATSUYAMA MULTI-PURPOSE COMMUNITY CENTER
COMMUNITY PLAZA        Tel: 089-921-8222
9:00-16:00 Extinguishing Fire Festa 2017
Firefighter experience, stamp rally and food stands are scheduled for this event.

7. ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
Nov. 5, 12, 26 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service
(Interpreted in English on PC)
11:00-12:00 Japanese language lessons
(Tuition free)
Nov. 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/

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 Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 & 30.
INFO 089-943-8008

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