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
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
COMMUNITY CENTER (CAMELLIA HALL)
February 7 13:00-15:50 CM Festival Free
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
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
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.
>>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. 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.
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
“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
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/
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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/nihongo.chounaikai