October Articles

September 28, 2016 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
BANSUI-SO 9:00-18:00 Closed: No Closing Day in October
<Oct. 1, 14:00> Torazo-bushi Concert/ 3000yen (advance ticket  2,500yen)
<Oct. 2, 13:30> Matsuyama-Niko-no-Kai Concert/ Free
<Oct. 3-4, 9:00-18:00> Exhibition of the original design for the Prefectural
Cultural festival cover booklet *Award ceremony, Oct. 3, 16:30
<Oct. 7-10, 9:00-18:00 > Sogetsusoryu Flower Arrangement Exhibtion 90th Anniversary
/ Free *on last day, closes at 16:00
Adult 1500yen (Advance ticket 1000yen), Student 1000yen (Advance ticket 500yen)

2. PERFPRMANCES
EMIFUL MASAKI
October 5   13:00- 16:00-
Jazz Concert Free

MASAKI SOGO BUNKA CENTER
October 1  14:30-16:30        Matsuyama Mandolin Club Concert Free
SHIROYAMA PARK
October 3   18:30-
Noh Play by Firelight
A- seats: 6,000 yen B-seats: 4,500 yen C-seats: 3,000 yen
Standing: 1,000 yen

TOONSHI CHUO KOUMINKAN
October 6,   19:00~
Contrabass Ensemble Concert
Adults: 1,500 yen High school students: 500 yen
Junior high school students and younger: Free

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Morning Movie Theater
Oct.8 CAPTAIN PHILLIPS 2013 U.S.A. 8:30-10:45

Daytime Movie Theater
Oct. 3 DIRTY HARRY 1971 U.S.A. 13:00-14:44
4 MAGNUM FORCE 1973 U.S.A. 13:00-15:04
5 THE ENFORCER 1976 U.S.A. 13:00-14:38
6 SUDDEN IMPACT 1983 U.S.A. 13:00-14:58
7 THE DEAD POOL 1988 U.S.A. 13:00-14:32

Midnight Movie Theater
Oct. 7 THE DEPARTED 2006 U.S.A. 24:15-26:47

NHK Regular Bilingual Programs

NHK E tele (Educational TV) (Channel 2)
K.C.UNDERCOVER 19:25-19:50 Wednesdays
CURIOUS GEORGE (THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR 10/8~) 8:35-9:00 Saturdays
SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANS 18:00-18:25 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 ABBEY (THE MASKETEERS 5/1~) 23:00-23:55 Sun.

4.THEATER MOVIES
OKAIDO CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-986-6633
KINUYAMA CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-911-0066
SHIGENOBU CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-990-1513
CINEMA SUNSHINE EMIFUL MASAKI08 Tel. 089-984-2211
>>Oct.>> SULLY [Hadosongawa no Kiseki] Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Oct.1>> ANGRY BIRDS Masaki & Shigenobu
Oct.1-14 KINGSGLAIVE: Final Fantasy XV Masaki only
>>Oct.6 GODS OF EGYPT Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Oct.7 RACE [Eiko no Runner/1935Berlin] Okaido only
>>Oct.7 DARK PLACES Okaido only
Oct.7>> JASON BOURNE Kinuyama & Masaki
Oct.8-21 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG [Young Adult New York] Okaido only
Oct.8-21 TRUTH [News no SHinsou] Okaido only
Oct.15-28 DARE TO BE WILD [Flower Show] Okaido only
>>Oct.21 THE BEATLES: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years Masaki only
>>Oct.27 THE BFG [Big Frendly Giant] Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Oct.28 SUICIDE SQUAD Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Oct.28 MECHANIC: Resurrection [Mechanic World Fashion] Shigenobu only

★10AM. Film Festival (Gozen Juu ji no Eigasai).
★OKAIDO Cinema Sunshine
Movie classics will be shown everyday from 10:00 a.m., changing every week on Saturday.
>>Oct.7 DEAD POETS SOCIETY [Ima wo Ikiru]

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Oct.8>> KNOCK

5. FESTIVALS
Mid. Oct. OZU AUTUMN EVENT IMOTAKI (taroimo stew)
At Nyoho-ji (temple) riverside , Ozu City Evening-21:00
You can enjoy a long autumn night with your family or friends chatting and tasting traditional imotaki under the beautiful moonlight in the cool breeze. Near here you can see Garyu Sanso, which is designated as a National Important Cultural Property. You need to make a reservation as a group of more than five members. Fee: 2,000 yen
Further information: Ozu City Kanko-Kyokai Tel. 0893-24-2664

-Oct.10 KAWAUCHI IMOTAKI 18:00-22:00
At Chado Park on the Shigenobu river Toon City
Enjoy the refreshing autumn breeze from the river. Taroimo stew with thirteen ingredients and udon nooddles are delicious. You need to make a reservation. Fee: 1,600 yen
Further information: Kawauchi Imotaki Reservation Center Tel. 089-966-5288

Oct.10 TAIIKU NO HI (Athletic Day) National Holiday
This holiday was established to encourage people to participate in athletic activities. Many athletic events are held on this day all over Japan.

AKI MATSURI (Autumn Festival)
Autumn festivals are held all over Japan and people thank the gods for the harvest and their health. Visitors often wonder why the gods are treated so roughly in many of the festivals listed below. It is a way of showing one’s determination and bravery for the benefit of the gods. One’s sincerity is reflected in the vigorous handling of mikoshi (portable shrines).

MATSUYAMA AKI MATSURI   Matsuyama City
Oct. 5-7 Matsuyama City / Oct.8-10 Hojo District / Oct.1-2 Gogoshima
/ Oct.8-9 Nakajima

Mitsu Itsukushima Shrine (Mitsu) (Tel. 089-951-1471)
7th  0:30 Toramai (a ritual dance with a tiger’s mask)
It was started about 400 years ago as a local entertainment in Mitsu.
1:00 Miyadashi (leaving the shrine) and Hachiawase.
4 mikoshi are brought out and they are rammed into each other.
21:00 Miyairi (return to the shrine) The portable shrines are returned .

Isaniwa Shrine and Yu Shrine (Near Dogo-onsen Station)
7th 5:30 Miyadashi and kakikurabe In front of Dogo-onsen Station 8 mikoshi ram into each other.
9:00 Each mikoshi is carried around its neighborhood.
16:00 Miyairi
Isaniwa Shrine (Tel. 089-947-7447) / Yu Shrine (Tel. 089-921-0480)

Katsuoka Hachiman Shrine (Near Katsuoka Menkyo Center) (Tel. 089-978-1123)
This event is an intangible cultural folk property of Matsuyama.
7th 6:00 Miyadashi
7:30 Itaibashiri Itaibashiri has a 200-year history. 6 mikoshi are carried from the
shrine one by one along the sando (approach) for 150 meters, by about 10 young
men each. They run straight ahead, holding the mikoshi high without
trembling.
16:30 Kawagari Purification of mikoshi in the river before miyairi on the riverbed beside Anjoji shukaijo (community house)
Transportation: Take a bus from Shieki gate #5 bound for the Menkyo (Driver’s License) Center and get off at the Menkyo Center bus stop.

1-2 Funakoshi Wakehime Shrine (Gogoshima Island) (Tel. 089-961-2001)
1st 13:00 Funa-odori (dance on boat) Kabuki and original Japanese dances are
performed silently on a floating pier. This event is connected with Iyo Suigun,
ancient marine guards and it is an intangible cultural property of Ehime
Prefecture.
2nd 6:00 Miyadashi 14:00 Miyairi

8-10 Kunitsuhikonomikoto Shrine (Hojo) (Tel. 089-992-1202)
9th 6:00 Miyadashi
Danjiri and mikoshi are carried to the sound of fire bells and drums, so this festival is called a fire festival.
After Miyadashi, 4 mikoshi are carried around the district in company with
Inoki daimajin (demon mask) with a green bamboo stick.
9:00 Ohikiage (pulling up from the water)
The mikoshi are thrown into the sea and pulled up with a help of
daimajin and a ritual starts.
15:00 Danjiri Toitsu Kakikurabe All danjiri (see SAIJO AUTUMN FESTIVAL)
and mikoshi gather in front of Hojo Furusato-kaikan.
16:30 Miyairi
Mikoshi Otoshi 4 mikoshi are thrown down from the top of the 39 stone
stairs of the shrine again and again till they are broken and the ‘goshintai’ (god’s spirit) inside is thrown out. Young men fight roughly to get the goshintai.

8-10 Kashima shrine (Kashima Island) (Tel. 089-992-0896)
The portable shrine from Kashima Shrine is taken on board and the boats sail on the sea for about one hour.
10th 5:00 Miyadashi
16:00 Kaineri-odori (a dance using a wand with hemp and paper streamers used in
Shinto ceremonies) is performed on the leading boat called kaineri-sen. Then Mikoshi Misogi (purification bath of the mikoshi) is held at the Myojo River. The mikoshi is thrown into the river several times to “bathe” it. Then it is carried on boat to the main building of Kashima Shrine on the island.
This is an intangible cultural property of Ehime Prefecture.
17:00 Miyairi
Transportation: Take a JR local train bound for Imabari and get off at Iyo Hoji.
Taxi:Iyo Hojo—–Kunitsuhikonomikoto Shrine (10 minutes)
Ferry:Hojo Port (near JR Sta.)—–Kashima (5 minutes)
On foot:JR Sta.—–Myojo River (5 minutes)

6. FLEAMARKET & On SALE
MATSUYAMA MULTI-PURPOSE COMMUNITY CENTER
COMMUNITY PLAZA
<Oct. 4-8> 10:00-19:00 ” Secondhand Book Fair”

7.ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
Oct. 2, 9,16,23 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service (interpreted in English on PC)
Oct. 30 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/

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!
Here is the schedule for September:
Time/Place 10:00 – 11:30
October 4 (Tue)
10:00 EPIC Entrance 【Activity】 Autumn is the season for sports! Let’s go to Dogo Park and enjoy exercising together.
※If it rains, we will stay at EPIC and have a chat. In that case, we’ll go to Dogo Park on October 18.
October 18 (Tue)
EPIC 2F 【Let’s Talk】 What’s your favorite way to enjoy the autumn season? Sports, reading or food? Tell us!

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

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

Matsuyama City Library
The city library in the Community Center has a large English book section.
You can register for a free library card in English.
The 2nd floor Audio/Visual section has movies in English.
Open 9:30-8:00 (the A/V section closes at 5:00.)
Closed: Oct. 3, 17, 24, 28, 31
INFO 089-943-8008

September Articles

August 30, 2016 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
BANSUI-SO 9:00-18:00 Sep. 6, 12
<Sep. 3, 14:00> Miyabi no Kai, Koto Concert/ Free
<Sep. 4, 14:00> Lemon Balm Saxophone Ensemble Autumn Concert 2016/
Adult 1500yen (Advance ticket 1000yen), Student 1000yen (Advance ticket 500yen)

NHK ART GALLERY 9:30-17:00 (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Closed: Mondays,
<Aug. 30-Sep.4> Photos: Scenic Shots from Daily Life
<Sep. 6-11> Ink Paintings: Nature and Seasonal Flowers

MITSUKOSHI 10:00- 19:00 Open: everyday
6th Floor Art Gallery Admission: Free
< Aug. 30- Sep. 5> Paintings by Kodama Shigeemon
<Sep. 6-12> Pottery by Kakiemon
IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 (-17:00 on the last day of exhibition) Open everyday
Restaurants (11:00-22:00) Ferris wheel (11:00-19:30)
6th Floor ART GALLERY Admission: Free
<Sep. 2-8> Hagiware by 2 Artists: Funasaki Toru and Otani Masahiko

2. PERFPRMANCES
MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
Sep. 3    13:10-     15:50-    Shimajiro in Concert 2,400 yen
MATSUYAMA UNIVERSITY
Sep.4 13:00- ,18:00-
Sep.5 13:00-
Matsuyama University Drama Club Performances 700 yen (Advance: 500 yen)

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Sept. 1     WAR AND PEACE 1956 U.S.A.-Italy 13:00-16:30
7     DONOVAN’S REEF 1962 U.S.A. 13:00-14:50
8     DAYS OF HEAVEN 1978 U.S.A. 13:00-14:35
9     FOOTLOOSE 1984 U.S.A. 13:00-14:48

Night Movie Theater
Sept. 5    THE SIXTH SENSE 1999 U.S.A. 20:00-22:48
Midnight Movie Theater
Sept. 2 TOWER HEIST 2011 U.S.A. 23:45-25:30
9 WHIP IT 2009 U.S.A. 23:45-25:37

NHK Regular Bilingual Programs

NHK E tele (Educational TV) (Channel 2)
THE THUNDERMANS 2 (K.C.UNDERCOVER 4/6-) 19:25-19:50 Wednesdays
CURIOUS GEORGE 8:35-9:00 Saturdays
SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANS 18:00-18:25 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 ABBEY (THE MASKETEERS 5/1-) 23:00-23:55 Sun.
4.THEATER MOVIES
OKAIDO CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-986-6633
KINUYAMA CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-911-0066
SHIGENOBU CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-990-1513
CINEMA SUNSHINE EMIFUL MASAKI Tel. 089-984-2211
Sep.1>> NOW YOU SEE ME 2 [Grand Illusion 2] Kinuyama & Shigenobu
>>Sep.2 COLLIDE [Autobahn] Okaido only
>>Sep.3 ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS[Alice in Wonder Land: Jikan no Tabi] Masaki & Shigenobu
Sep.3-16 WARCRAFT Okaido only
Sep.3-23 SECRET IN THEIR EYES Okaido only
>>Sep.8 X-MEN: Apocalypse Kinuyama & Masaki
>>Sep.8 BROOKLYN Shigenobu only
>>Sep.9 TRUMBO Okaido only
Sep.9>> GODS OF EGYPT Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Sep.9 THE LEGEND OF TARZAN [Tarzan] Kinuyama & Masaki
>>Sep.9 PELÉ: Birth of a Legend Okaido only
Sep.10-23 SUICIDE SQUAD Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Sep.10>> HIGH-RISE Okaido only
>>Sep.16 GHOSTBUSTERS Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Sep.17 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES:Out of the Shadows Kinuyama & Masaki
>>Sep.21 THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS [Pet] Kinuyama (>>Sep.23), Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Sep.23 FINDING DORY dubbed in Japanes Masaki (>>Sep.30), Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Sep.23 THE JUNGLE BOOK Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
★ 10AM. Film Festival (Gozen Juu ji no Eigasai).

★OKAIDO Cinema Sunshine
Movie classics will be shown everyday from 10:00 a.m., changing every week on Saturday.
>>Sep.9 GETTAUEI

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Sep.10>>>> AWAKE: THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA [Eien noYogi]
Sep.10>> IRRATIONAL MAN [Kyojyu no Okashina Mousou Satsujin
Sep.10>> THAT SUGAR FILM [Amakunai Sato no Hanashi]

5. FESTIVALS
Sep. 1    BOSAI-NO-HI (Disaster Prevention Day)
Disaster Prevention Day was established in 1960 in order for us Japanese to recognize more deeply the disaster caused by typhoons, tidal waves, earthquakes, tsunami etc., and prepare ourselves for how to cope with them. A week from August 30 to Sept. 5 is called Disaster Prevention Week, during which disaster drills are held in many districts. It is also a time to make sure we have emergency supplies in our homes and that we know where the closest evacuation center is.
-Sept. 20 UKAI(Cormorant Fishing) on the Hijikawa (river) Ozu City
Watching Ukai from a boat
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 it is one of the three most famous ukai spots in Japan. The fishing is done from a boat called u-bune, which is lit by torches as it sails down the Hiji-kawa, which runs through Ozu. Cormorant fishermen called usho, beat the sides of the boats to encourage trained cormorants to catch fish. They are drawn by long strings attached to rings around the birds’ necks, which prevent them from swallowing fish. When a cormorant makes a catch a fisherman pulls the bird in and has it cough up the fish on the boat. You can watch from special sightseeing boats called yakata-bune. The fare is as follows:

Daytime Every Sunday, June to Sep. (12:00-13:30)
Adults, high and junior high 4,000 yen Children 2,500 yen (including meals)
Night June 1 to Sep. 20 (18:00-20:30)
Adults, high and junior high 6,000 yen Children 4,500 yen (including meals and tea)
You need to make a reservation in advance at Ozu Machinoeki Asamoya (Tel. 0893-57-6655). The boarding area is near Garyu-sanso, about a ten-minute walk from the Route 56 bridge crossing the Hijikawa.
Transportation: Take an Iyotetsu bus bound for Yawatahama from Shieki, gate #4, and get off at Ozu Honmachi, a 90-minute ride. Or take a JR express train from Matsuyama and get off at Ozu, a 40-minute ride. From Ozu Station take a taxi or walk for 30 minutes.

Sept.3 YUYAKE (Sunset) PLATFORM CONCERT 16:50-19:10
At JR Shimonada station in Futami-cho, Iyo City
A music concert is held on the platform of JR Shimonada station. The station is very close to the sea, and you can enjoy a beautiful sunset, as well as nice music. The concert will be held even if
there is light rain. (Tel. 089-982-1111)
Transportation:
JR Matsuyama——-JR Shimonada
17:33                                      18:42
yuyake torokko (special train for this day)
You need to make a reservation at the JR Matsuyama ticket center. (750 yen, Tel. 089 945-3100)
JR Shimonada——-JR Matsuyama
19:39                                    20:21
-Dec. 4 THE 22nd KAMABOKOITA-NO-E (display of paintings on kamaboko (fish paste) boards 9::00-17:00 (closed on Tuesday) At GALLERY SHIROKAWA In Shirokawa-cho, Seiyo City
About 9,200 paintings were sent from throughout the country and abroad this year and selected ones are on display. (Tel.0894-82-1001)

6.ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
Sept. 4, 11, 18     9:00~10:45 Sunday Service
(interpreted in English on PC)
Sept. 25     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/
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!
Here is the schedule for September:
Time/Place 10:00 – 11:30 EPIC 2F
*If there is a sudden cancellation, it will be announced in Facebook the night before. ayu_msm@yahoo.co.jp
https://www.facebook.com/nihongo.chounaikai
Sept. 6 (Tue) Decorating cupcakes
Sept. 20 (Tue) Let’s talk
Let’s talk about how to keep things neat at home! Any good ideas for how to organize clothes, books, photos and papers?
in Facebook the night before. ayu_msm@yahoo.co.jp https://www.facebook.com/nihongo.chounaikai

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

Matsuyama City Library
The city library in the Community Center has a large English book section. You can register for a free library card in English. The 2nd floor Audio/Visual section has movies in English.
Open 9:30-8:00 (the A/V section closes at 5:00.)
Closed: August 31-Sept. 12, 26 and 30.
INFO 089-943-8008

August Articles

July 28, 2016 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
BANSUI-SO 9:00-18:00 Closed: July 4, 11, 25
<Aug. 5, 14:00> Classical Music Concert, “Ai to Youme”
Adult  1500yen (advanced ticket 1300yen), Student 1100yen(900yen)
<Aug. 6, 14:00> Ensemble Concert, A Piacere
Adult  1500yen, Others  1000yen
<Aug. 8, 14:00> Rico Kamishima Bansui-so Concert
Adult  3000yen, Others 1500yen
<Aug. 9, 13:00-14, 15:00> Ehime Block Print Society Exhibition/ Free
MITSUKOSHI  10:00- 19:00 Open: everyday
6th Floor Art Gallery Admission: Free
< Aug. 2-8> World Prints Bazaar
IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 (-17:00 on the last day of exhibition) Open everyday
Restaurants (11:00-22:00) Ferris wheel (11:00-19:30)
6th Floor ART GALLERY Admission: Free
<Aug. 3-9> Western-style Paintings by Osawa Shosuke

2. PERFPRMANCES
HIMEGIN HALL (KENMIN BUNKA KAIKAN)
*August 2, 3, 4 9:30-19:30
PTNA Piano Competition Free
*August 7 10:30-12:00 14:00-15:30
Maho Girls Precure (Pretty Cure) Musical Show 3,000 yen

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Aug. 2 BATTLE OF THE BULGE 1965 U.S.A. 13:00-15:43
3 DAS BOOT 1981 West Germany 13:00-15:30
4 DER UNTERGANG 2004 Germany 13:00-15:36
8 EMPIRE OF THE SUN 1987 U.S.A. 13:00-15:34
Night Movie Theater
Aug. 1 FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS 2006 U.S.A. 20:00-22:13
2 16 BLOCKS 2006 U.S.A. 21:00-22:42
8 LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA 2006 U.S.A. 20:00-22:32
Midnight Movie Theater
Aug. 5 DET SJUNDE INSEGLET 1957 Sweden 23:45-25:19
NHK Regular Bilingual Programs
NHK E tele (Educational TV) (Channel 2)
THE THUNDERMANS 2 (K.C.UNDERCOVER 4/6~) 19:25-19:50 Wednesdays
THE THUNDERMANS (7/9~8/27) 18:25-18:50 Saturdays
CURIOUS GEORGE 8:35-9:00 Saturdays
SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANS 18:00-18:25 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 ABBEY (THE MASKETEERS 5/1~) 23:00-23:55 Sun.

4.THEATER MOVIES
OKAIDO CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-986-6633
KINUYAMA CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-911-0066
SHIGENOBU CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-990-1513
CINEMA SUNSHINE EMIFUL MASAKI Tel. 089-984-2211
>>Aug.>> FINDING DORY dubbed in Japanese Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Aug.>> THE LEGEND OF TARZAN [Tarzan] Kinuyama & Masaki
Aug.11>> X-MEN: Apocalypse Kinuyama & Masaki
Aug.11>> THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS [Pet] Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Aug.11>> THE JUNGLE BOOK Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Aug.12 A ROYAL NIGHT OUT Okaido only
>>Aug.12 CITIZENFOUR Okaido only
>>Aug.18 ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS[Alice in Wonder Land: Jikan no Tabi] Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido (>>Aug.19) & Shigenobu
Aug.19>> GHOSTBUSTERS Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Aug.19 INDEPENDENCE DAY: Resurgence Kinuyama & Masaki
>>Aug.25 THE SHALLOWS [Lost Vacation] Kinuyama only
>>Aug.26 INDEPENDENCE DAY: Resurgence Okaido & 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 every week on Saturday.
Aug. 6-12 BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III
Aug.13-26 POSEIDON ADOBENCH?

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Aug.6>> AWAKE: THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA [Eien noYogi]
Aug.13> IRRATIONAL MAN [Kyojyu no Okashina Mousou Satsujin]

5. FESTIVALS
-Sept. 20 UKAI(Cormorant Fishing) on the Hiji-kawa (river) Ozu City
Watching Ukai from a boat
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 it is one of the three most famous ukai spots in Japan. The fishing is done from a boat called u-bune, which is lit by torches as it sails down the Hiji-kawa, which runs through Ozu. Cormorant fishermen called usho, beat the sides of the boats to encourage trained cormorants to catch fish. They are drawn by long strings attached to rings around the birds’ necks, which prevent them from swallowing fish. When a cormorant makes a catch a fisherman pulls the bird in and has it cough up the fish on the boat. You can watch from special sightseeing boats called yakata-bune.
The fare is as follows:

Daytime Every Sunday, June to Sep. (12:00-13:30)
Adults, high and junior high 4,000 yen Children 2,500 yen (including meals)
Night June 1 to Sep. 20 (18:00-20:30)
Adults, high and junior high 6,000 yen Children 4,500 yen (including meals and tea) You need to make a reservation in advance at Ozu Machinoeki Asamoya (Tel. 0893-57-6655).
The boarding area is near Garyu-sanso, about a ten-minute walk from the Route 56 bridge crossing the Hijikawa.
Transportation: Take an Iyotetsu bus bound for Yawatahama from Shieki, gate #4, and get off at Ozu Honmachi, a 90-minute ride. Or take a JR express train from Matsuyama and get off at Ozu, a 40-minute ride. From Ozu Station take a taxi or walk for 30 minutes.

August 1-31 DOGO-ON SEN NATSU MATSURI (summer festival)
Around Dogo-onsen Honkan (main building), Botchan square, Hojo-en (opposite dogo-onsen station)

August 1-2 Dogo-mura matsuri (village festival)
A mid-summer festival opens in Dogo-onsen area. Many stalls of old-fashioned fun such as kingyo-sukui (goldfish catching), kaki-gori (shaved ice), and takoyaki are set up.
1     9:30-10:30 Yugama-yakushi (The healing Buddha of Dogo Spa) ceremony is held in
thanks for blessing Dogo hot spa.
1-2    13:00 Let’s try sports test!
14:00 Performances
18:00 Dogo Yoichi (night fair) on Haikara Street (Shopping Arcade)
18:30 Performances
20:00 Local entertainment
Other events
1-30 Japanese drum performances, local entertainment, and music at Botchan square
1-7 Tanabata Matsuri (Star festival)
1-8 Matsuyama Matsuri in Dogo
13-15 Kids Fireworks ‘Senko-hanabi (sparklers)’
23 Yuagari asaichi (Morning fair after bathing) near the Honkan (Main Bath) entrance
26 Ehime Chisan-chisho in Dogo (local foods and products fair)

August 3-4 OZU KAWA MATSURI (river festival) 20:00 -21:00
Firework display on each riverside of the Hijikawa (north side on August 3 and south on August 4) (Tel. 0893-24-2664)
In Ozu a summer firework display has been held since the Edo Era (1600-1867). About 2,000 rounds of fireworks are set off each day. Most exciting and beautiful are ‘Niagara Fall ‘ tinting the surface of the river with rainbow colors against the background of Ozu Castle, stretching 200 meters long. You might want to try combining this with the cormorant fishing. There is free parking for 1,900 cars. In case of rain it will be held on the next day.
Transportation: See the Ukai Festival for transportation info. From JR Ozu station it takes about 15 minutes to the north riverside and 20 minutes to the south on foot.
August 6 HIROSHIMA MEMORIAL DAY
August 9 NAGASAKI MEMORIAL DAY
Events to remember these tragedies are held in many places in Japan. People throughout the country observe one minute of silence for the dead at 8:15 a.m. on the 6th and at 11:02 a.m. on the 9th, the moments the A-bombs were dropped over the two cities.

August 6-8 UCHIKO SASA MATSURI (Bamboo Festival) This festival started more than 50 years ago and it is one of the biggest bamboo festivals in Ehime Prefecture. More than one kilometer of the main street of Uchiko is lined with about 80 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. (Tel. 0893-44-2118)
6-8 12:00- Sasa kazari decorations
6 19:30- Chochin gyoretsu (Procession of lanterns)
7 18:30- Sasa odori (bamboo dance), dancing under brightly decorated bamboo
Transportation: Take the JR express train bound for Uwajima from JR Matsuyama and get off at Uchiko station. It is a 25-minute ride and a round trip S-kippu is 2,400 yen.

August 7 ONMAKU HANABI At Imabari Port seawall, Imabari City 20:00-21:00
This is one of the biggest firework festivals in Ehime. About 10,000 rounds of fireworks are
displayed at the Imabari Port seawall. The theme of this year is ‘Wakuwaku (exciting)’, in
which bonds between people and attractions of Imabari city are expressed by fireworks. The
feature of the festival is a display of fireworks called nido saku chocho senrin (thousands of
butterflies bloom twice), which looks as if many colorful butterflies are
flying in the night sky. About 200,000 people came to see the festival last year. In case of rain it
will be held on the 14th . (Tel. 0898-23-3939)
Transportation: It is a 15-minute walk from JR Imabari station.

August 7 MATSUYAMA MINATO MATSURI (port festival)
MITSUHAMA FIREWORK DISPLAY 20:00-21:20 At Mitsuhama Port
This is one of the biggest firework festivals in Ehime. About 10,000 rounds of fireworks are
displayed. In case of rain it will be held on the 21st.
16:30 Brass band parade and a performance of Suigun-daiko (Tel. 089-951-7705)
Transportation: Take the Iyotetsu train bound for Takahama and get off at Mitsuhama station. It is a 15-minute walk from the station.

6.ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
Aug. 7, 14, 21 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service
(interpreted in English on PC)
Aug. 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/

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!
There will be no meeting in August.
Here is the schedule for September:
Time/Place 10:00 – 11:30 EPIC 2F
Sept. 6 (Tue) Decorating cupcakes
Sept. 20 (Tue) Let’s talk
Let’s talk about how to keep things neat at home! Any good dieas for how to organize clothes, books, photos and papers?
*If there is a sudden cancellation, it will be announced in Facebook the night before. ayu_msm@yahoo.co.jp
https://www.facebook.com/nihongo.chounaikai

Potpourri
We are studying Bushido by Nitobe Inazo in English. There will be no meeting in August.
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: August 31 ~ Sept. 12.
INFO 089-943-8008

July Articles

June 29, 2016 by

1. EXHIBITIONS
BANSUI-SO 9:00-18:00 Closed: July 4, 11, 25
<June 28, 10:00-17:00-July 3> Seal Engraving Exhibition
<July 6-10, 16:00> Kano Karin Exhibition / Free
NHK ART GALLERY 9:30-17:00 (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Closed: Mondays
<June 28-Jul 3> Collages with Japanese Traditional Paper
<July 5-10> Watercolor Paintings: 2-10 year old children and their parents

MITSUKOSHI 10:00- 19:00 Open: everyday
6th Floor Art Gallery Admission: Free
<June 29-Jul 5> Japanese Paintings by Inten( Japanese Art Institute) Artists Exhibition
<July 6-12> Aritaware from Hizen Pottery
7th Floor EVENT HALL Admission: Free
<Juyl 6-12> Foreign Goods Fair

IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 (-17:00 on the last day of exhibition) Open everyday
Restaurants (11:00-22:00) Ferris wheel (11:00-19:30)
6th Floor ART GALLERY Admission: Free
<June 29-Jul 5> Japanese Paintings by Inten( Japanese Art Institute) Artists Exhibition
<July 6-12> Aritaware from Hizen Pottery
7th Floor EVENT HALL Admission: Free
<Juyl 6-12> Foreign Goods Fair

2. PERFPRMANCES
HIMEGIN HALL (KENMIN BUNKA KAIKAN) Tel.089-923-5111
*July 9 14:00- Rakugo Meijinkai
S-seats: 4,500 yen A-seats: 3,500 yen

MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
July 2, 3 11:30- 18:00-
Ehime University Rakugo Kenkyukai ” Shichihuku Yose”
200 yen
*July 2 15:00-16:30 Flamenco Performance 2,500yen
*July 2 18:00– Kodo “One Earth Tour”
SS-seats: 6,500 yen A-seats: 5,400 yen B-seats: 4,400 yen
C-seats: 3,000 yen
*July 8 14:00- Ayanokoji Kimimaro Live
S-seats: 5,000 yen A-seats: 4,000 yen

EHIME PREFECTURAL ART MUSEUM
*June 5 13:30- 15:00- Museum Concert Free

BOTCHAN THEATER Tel.089 955-1174
*July 1-22 10:30- 14:00-
Musical ” Ohenrosan Dozo ”
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

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Jul. 1 GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER 1967 U.S.A. 13:00-14:49
3 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK 1981 U.S.A. 13:00-14:56
5 RED RIVER 1948 U.S.A. 13:00-15:14
6 FIRST BLOOD 1982 U.S.A. 13:00-14:35

Midnight Movie Theater
Jul. 1 SMULTRONST?LLET 1957 Sweden 23:45-25:14
8 THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR 1975 U.S.A. 23:45-25:44

RNB DIGITAL Channel 4
Friday road show
Jul. 1 DIE HARD 4.0 2007 U.S.A. 21:00~
8 MALEFICENT 2014 U.S.A. 21:00~

NHK Regular Bilingual Programs

NHK E tele (Educational TV) (Channel 2)
THE THUNDERMANS 2 (K.C.UNDERCOVER 4/6~) 19:25-19:50 Wednesdays
SAM & CAT(7/9~7/30) 18:25-18:50 Saturdays
CURIOUS GEORGE 8:35-9:00 Saturdays
SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANS 18:00-18:25 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 ABBEY (THE MASKETEERS 5/1-) 23:00-23:55

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.>>10 CLOVERFIELD LANE Kinuyama only
Jul.1>> ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS[Alice in Wonder Land: Jikan no Tabi]      Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Jul.8 MR. DYNAMITE: The Rise of James Brown Okaido only
Jul.9>> INDEPENDENCE DAY: Resurgence Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu

Jul.9-22 MICHAEL MOORE AT WHERE TO INVADE NEXT Okaido only
>>Jul.15 BURNT [Futatsuboshi no Ryorinin] Shigenobu only
>>Jul.15 ZOOTOPIA Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Jul.16>> FINDING DORY dubbed in Japanese Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
Jul.16-29 THE LAZARUS EFFECT Okaido only
>>Jul.19 MONEY MONSTER Kinuyama only
>>Jul.29 DEADPOOL Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido (>>Jul.22) & 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 every week on Saturday.
Jul.9-15 AMADEUS
Jul.16-22 DOCTOR ZHIVAGO

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Jul.30>> A WALK IN THE WOODS [Long Trail]

5. FESTIVALS
-Sept. 20 UKAI(Cormorant Fishing) on the Hiji-kawa (river) Ozu City
Watching Ukai from a boat
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 it is one of the three most famous ukai spots in Japan. The fishing is done from a boat called u-bune, which is lit by torches as it sails down the Hiji-kawa, which runs through Ozu. Cormorant fishermen called usho, beat the sides of the boats to encourage trained cormorants to catch fish. They are drawn by long strings attached to rings around the birds’ necks, which prevent them from swallowing fish. When a cormorant makes a catch a fisherman pulls the bird in and has it cough up the fish on the boat. You can watch from special sightseeing boats called yakata-bune. The fare is as follows:

Daytime Every Sunday, June to Sep. (12:00-13:30)
Adults, high and junior high 4,000 yen Children 2,500 yen (including meals)
Night June 1 to Sep. 20 (18:00-20:30)
Adults, high and junior high 6,000 yen Children 4,500 yen (including meals and tea) You need to make a reservation in advance at Ozu Machinoeki Asamoya (Tel. 0893-57-6655). The boarding area is near Garyu-sanso 臥龍山荘, about a ten-minute walk from the Route 56 bridge crossing the Hijikawa.
Transportation: Take an Iyotetsu bus bound for Yawatahama from Shieki, gate #4, and get off at Ozu Honmachi, a 90-minute ride. Or take a JR express train from Matsuyama and get off at Ozu, a 40-minute ride. From Ozu Station take a taxi or walk for 30 minutes.

-July 30 DOYO YOICHI (Saturday Fair) 13:00- 21:00 On Saturdays from late June, Okaido, Gintengai Streets and Matsuchika Town are filled with booths. There are games such as kingyo-sukui (goldfish catching), food, all sort of things to buy and crowds of people enjoying the fun.
July 1-10 OYAMA-BIRAKI (Opening of Mt. Ishizuchi) July 1st is the official opening of Mt. Ishizuchi (1,982 m), the highest mountain in western Japan. It is also considered a holy mountain and many believers from all over Japan come to climb it and pray. On June 30th three gods are taken in portable shrines from Ishizuchi-jinja near Saijo to Jojusha. The three gods represent wisdom, compassion and courage, which are said to be the three masculine virtues. On the morning of July 1st, from about 7:00 small statues of the gods are carried to the top of the mountain one by one to the accompaniment of drums and conch shells followed by men dressed in white called sendatsu-san. At the top they pray for health and safety while tapping the statues on each others’ backs. The gods are enshrined there until July 10th. In the past no women were allowed to climb Mt. Ishizuchi. Now they can, but they are still not allowed on July 1st. If you are male and want to join, you should follow sendatsu-san. The climb is not very difficult and takes about two hours from Tsuchigoya.
(Tel. 0897-55-4044 Ishizuchi-jinja)

July 3 DORONKO MATSURI (Muddy Festival) in Mishima-jinja (shrine)
12:30-15:30 Doi, Shirokawa-cho、Seiyo City
Doronko Matsuri, whose official name is Mishima-jinja Otaue-matsuri (rice planting festival), is known as an Oku-Iyo-no-kisai (comic festival deep in the Iyo Mountains). It has a tradition of about 120 years and is designated as an Ehime Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property. It is a simple and humorous event held to thank the god for finishing rice planting in peace and to pray for health and a good harvest. Rain or shine.
11:00- A ceremony at Mishima-jinja
12:30- Ushi-no-shirokaki : The traditional way of plowing rice fields using cattle is shown.
13:30- Aze (levee)-mame-ue: Four young men plant soybeans on the levees around the paddy field in a earnest but comical way and then a powerful fight starts in the muddy field.
13:40- Sanbai-oroshi : Kagura (Shinto music and dance) is performed to pray for a good harvest. Daiban, a long-nose goblin, who is the main character on this day, dances to the rhythmical Japanese drums and gongs played by three men. While dancing, he draws one after another into the muddy field and Doronko Matsuri culminates with this comical mischief.
14:20- Mizuho-odori : It is danced by girls in yukata (cotton kimono) and sugegasa (caps made of suge leaves) and boys beat drums. Mizuho means fresh ears of rice.
14:50- Otaue (rice planting by girls) : Rice was traditionally planted by women with the hope that their fertility would be transferred to the rice plants.
15:30 Fukumaki (rice cake throwing) (Tel. 0894-82-1111)

6. FLEA MARKET & ON SALE
MATSUYAMA MULTI-PURPOSE COMMUNITY CENTER (COMMUNITY PLAZA )
<July 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
July 3, 10, 24 9:00~10:45 Sunday Service (interpreted in English on PC)
July 17 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/

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!
July 5 (Tue) Let’s talk
Summer has come! Tell us your recommended place, food, fashion or anything for this summer!
July 12 (Tue) Tea Party♪
Let’s have a chat with a cup of tea♪

Time/Place 10:00 – 11:30 EPIC 2F
*If there is a sudden cancellation, it will be announced in Facebook the night before. ayu_msm@yahoo.co.jp
https://www.facebook.com/nihongo.chounaikai

Potpourri
We are studying Bushido by Nitobe Inazo in English.
We will meet from 10:00 on July 13 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: July 4, 11, and 29. INFO 089-943-8008

Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT)
JALT holds meetings in English on a wide range of topics related to language teaching.
Gender Literacy: Integrating Gender Issues into Your University ESL Classes Gerry Yokota, Osaka University
Whether you use an assigned textbook, a commercial text of your own choice, authentic materials, student-generated content or a combination thereof, there are many ways you can easily enrich the lesson with the addition of a component promoting awareness of gender issues. In this workshop, I will introduce a selection of examples from various genres, including anime, movies, music and news, and encourage participants to brainstorm about ways to incorporate such materials into your repertoire.
One-day members: 1,000 yen
Saturday, July 17, 14:15-16:20
M215, Aidai Muse, Ehime University
One-day members: 1,000yen
Info: Junko Yamamoto 089-906-4906 juyama@cc.matsuyama-u.ac.jp

June Articles

June 3, 2016 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
BANSUI-SO 9:00-18:00 Closed: June 6,13,20,27
June 4, 14:00 Classical Guitar Club, Rokugen-no-kai /Free
NHK ART GALLERY 9:30-17:00 (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Closed: Mondays
May 31-Jun. 5 Pastels, Oil and Watercolor Paintings
Jun. 7-12 Ink Paintings: Four Seasons of Nature and Scenery

IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 (-17:00 on the last day of exhibition) Open everyday
10:000-18:00 
Restaurants (11:00-22:00) Ferris wheel (11:00-19:30)
6th Floor ART GALLERY Admission: Free
Jun. 1-7 Yaku Cedar Woodwork and White Satsuma Ceramics by Four Airtists
Jun. 8-14 Bizen Ware by Isezaki Clan
7th Floor EVENT HALL Admission: Free
Jun. 2-7 Japanese Traditional Craftwork

2. PERFPRMANCES
MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
*June 5 17:00- Sada Masashi in Concert 8,640 yen
*June 9 10:30-12:10
EHIME PREFECTURAL ART MUSEUM
*June 5 13:30- 15:00- Museum Concert Free

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Jun. 1 CHARLEY VARRICK 1973 U.S.A. 13:00-14:52
2 THE AGE OF INNOCENCE 1993 U.S.A. 13:00-15:19
3 HONKYTONK MAN 1982 U.S.A. 13:00-15:04
7 THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN 1960 U.S.A. 13:00-15:09
8 THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD 1965 U.S.A. 14:34-14:53
Night Movie Theater
Jun. 4 LES MIS?RABLES 2012 England 20:00-22:39
6 SUPER 8 2011 U.S.A. 21:00-22:53

Midnight Movie Theater
Jun. 3 RIGHTEOUS KILL 2008 U.S.A. 23:45-25:27

RNB DIGITAL Channel 4
Friday road show
Jun. 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)
THE THUNDERMANS 2 (K.C.UNDERCOVER 4/6 ) 19:25-19:50 Wednesdays
SAM & CAT 18:25-18:50 Saturdays
CURIOUS GEORGE 8:35-9:00 Saturdays
SPONGE BOB 7:00-7:20 Sundays
SQUARE PANS 18:00-18:25 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 ABBEY (THE MASKETEERS 5/1~) 23:00-23:55 Sun.

4.THEATER MOVIES
OKAIDO CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-986-6633
KINUYAMA CINEMA SUNSHINE  Tel. 089-911-0066
SHIGENOBU CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-990-1513
CINEMA SUNSHINE EMIFUL MASAKI08 Tel. 089-984-2211
>>Jun.>> DEADPOOZ Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Jun.>> THE HUNTSMAN: Winter’s War [Snow White] Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Jun.>> LONDON HAS FALLEN [End of Kingdom] Kinuyama only
>>Jun.3 THE REVENANT Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenob
>>Jun.3 THE SEA OF TREES [Tsuioku no Mori] Shigenobu only
>>Jun.3 ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING [Miracle Niiru] Okaido only
Jun.4-17 SICARIO [Border Line] Shigenobu only
>>Jun.10 CAPTAIN AMERICA: Civil War Kinuyama, Masaki & Okaido (>>Jun.17)
>>Jun.10 THOMAS & FRIENDS: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure Masaki only
Jun.10>> MONEY MONSTER Kinuyama only
Jun.11>> BURNT [Futatsuboshi no Ryorinin] Shigenobu only
Jun.11-24 YOUTH [Grand Finale] Okaido only
>>Jun.17 ZOOTOPIA Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu


>>Jun.17 MACBETH 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 every week on Saturday.

Jun.11-17 HARRY AND TONTO

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

Jun.18>> 45 YEARS [Sazanami]
Jun.18>> CARTEL LAND
Jun.18>> ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST [Escobar Rakuen no Okite]

5. FESTIVALS
– June 12 HANA-SHOBU (Iris) FESTIVAL at Nanraku-en (Tel. 0895-32-3344)
9:00-17:00 every day Tsushima-cho, Uwajima City
Nanrakuen is listed as one of Japan’s 100 best City Parks and the biggest Japanese-style garden in Shikoku. There are many kinds of trees and flowers. Among them, the 25,000 iris plants are particularly impressive. In late May through early June the flowers are most beautiful.
Admission: 200yen for adults (includes high school students) and  100yen for children.
Transportation: Take an express train from Matsuyama to Uwajima, an 80-minute ride. Then take an Uwajima bus bound for Nanraku-en and get off at Nanraku-en-mae, a 40-minute ride.

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

June 1-Sept. 20 UKAI(Cormorant Fishing) on the Hiji-kawa (river) Ozu City
Watching Ukai from a boat
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 it is one of the three most famous ukai spots in Japan. The fishing is done from a boat called u-bune, which is lit by torches as it sails down the Hiji-kawa, which runs through Ozu. Cormorant fishermen called usho, beat the sides of the boats to encourage trained cormorants to catch fish. They are drawn by long strings attached to rings around the birds’ necks, which prevent them from swallowing fish. When a cormorant makes a catch a fisherman pulls the bird in and has it cough up the fish on the boat. You can watch from special sightseeing boats called yakata-bune. The fare is as follows:

Daytime Every Sunday, June to Sep. (12:00-13:30)
Adults,high and junior high school students: 4,000 yen
Children: 2,500 yen (including meals)

Night June 1 to Sep. 20 (18:00-20:30)
Adults,high and junior high school students: 6,000 yen
Children: 4,500 yen (including meals)

You need to make a reservation in advance at Ozu Machinoeki Asamoya (Tel. 0893-24-7011). The boarding area is near Garyu-sanso 臥龍山荘, about a ten-minute walk from the Route 56 bridge crossing the Hijikawa.
Transportation: Take an Iyotetsu bus bound for Yawatahama from Shieki, gate #4, and get off at Ozu Honmachi, a 90-minute ride. Or take a JR express train from Matsuyama and get off at Ozu, a 40-minute ride. From Ozu Station take a taxi or walk for 30 minutes.

6. FLEA MARKET & ON SALE
MATSUYAMA MULTI-PURPOSE COMMUNITY CENTER (COMMUNITY PLAZA )
<Jun 5> 10:00-15:00 ‘Fancy’ Market Handmade goods on sale.

7.ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
June 5, 12, 26 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service (interpreted in English on PC)
June 26 13:30-14:45 Worship in English.
Matsuyama Fukuin Center
Place: Heiwa-dori 1-6-6 Tel: 089-925-1008
You are most welcome to our church! Please visit our blog. http://praisefellowship.seesaa.net/
Potpourri
We are studying Bushido by Nitobe Inazo in English.
We will meet from 10:00 on June 8 in the COMs building.
INFO Ms. Toda at 089-931-6037 or MIC at 089-943-2025.

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 7 (Tue) My favorite photos
Bring your favorite photos and show us! A photo of your family, your childhood memories, or your favorite scenery … any photo will be good!
(A cell-phone or smartphone photo will be great, too.)
June 21 (Tue) Origami
What can be created by folding square paper without the use of glue or scissors? Let’s enjoy origami !
※You don’t need to bring origami paper. We have plenty.
*If there is a sudden cancellation, it will be announced in Facebook the night before. ayu_msm@yahoo.co.jp
https://www.facebook.com/nihongo.chounaikai

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: June 6, 13, 20, 27 and 30. INFO 089-943-8008

May Articles

April 27, 2016 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
BANSUI-SO 9:00-18:00 Closed: May9,16,23,30
May 2 11:00- , May 7 16:00 Misia Felt Classroom/ Free

NHK ART GALLERY 9:30-17:00 (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Closed: Mondays
May 3-8 Wooden Works, Oil and Watercolor Paintings, Patchwork and French Embroidery

IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 (-17:00 on the last day of exhibition) Open everyday
Restaurants (11:00-22:00) Ferris wheel (11:00-19:30)
6th Floor ART GALLERY Admission: Free
May 4-10 Woodblock Prints by Takahashi Hide and Oba Tamio
8th Floor Sky Dome
May 4 14:00- Flamenco Performance by Kaji Eri Flamenco Academy
May 5 13:00-, 15:00- Acrobatic Performance by Kakitsubatazu
May 8 13:00-, 15:00- Mother’s Day Concert featuring Matsuyama Boys and Girls Choir

MITSUKOSI 10:00- 19:00 Open everyday
April 26-May 2 Oil Paintings by Tanaka Zenmei
May 3-9 Clay Arts in the Frame by Furuhata Masanori

2. PERFPRMANCES
HIMEGIN HALL (KENMIN BUNKA KAIKAN)
May 3 17:00-19:00 MONKY MAJIK Japan Tour 6,800 yen

MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
May 6  19:00-
Nishimura Soh and Ikeda Megumi Duo Recital
3,500 yen High school students and younger: 1,500 yen
May 7  14:00- Ehime Directors Band Green Concert
1,000 yen High School students and younger: 500 yen

COMMUNITY CENTER (CAMELLIA HALL)
May 1 1  8:30- Ehime Philharmonic Concert 500 yen
High School students and younger: free

EMIFUL MASAKI
May 1  13:00- 16:00- Alberto Pizzo Piano Solo Live:Free
May 4  13:00- 16:00– Jaa Bour Bonz Live:Free

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
May. 3 THE FIFTH ELEMENT 1997 France 13:00-15:08
4 SPACE COWBOYS 2000 U.S.A. 13:00-15:11
6 THE DEAD POOL 1988 U.S.A. 13:00-14:32

Night Movie Theater
May 2 SHERLOCK HOLMES 2009 U.S.A. 20:00-22:09
3 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK 1981 U.S.A. 21:00-22:56
7 SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS 2011 U.S.A. 21:00-22:40
9 SHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE 2015 England 21:00-22:30

Midnight Movie Theater
May 6 THE GAME 1997 U.S.A. 23:45-25:54

NHK Regular Bilingual Programs

NHK E tele (Educational TV) (Channel 2)
THE THUNDERMANS 2 (K.C.UNDERCOVER 4/6~) 19:25-19:50 Wednesdays
SAM & CAT 18:25-18:50 Saturdays
CURIOUS GEORGE 8:35-9:00 Saturdays
SPONGE BOB 7:00-7:20 Sundays
SQUARE PANS 18:00-18:25 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 ABBEY (THE MASKETEERS 4/3-) 23:00-23:55 Sun.
4.THEATER MOVIES
OKAIDO CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-986-6633
KINUYAMA CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-911-0066
SHIGENOBU CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-990-1513
CINEMA SUNSHINE EMIFUL MASAKI Tel. 089-984-2211
>>May>> THE REVENANT Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>May>> CAPTAIN AMERICA: Civil War Kinuyama, Masaki & Okaido
>>May>> THE SEA OF TREES [Tsuioku no Mori] Shigenobu only
>>May>> ZOOTOPIA Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenob
>>May 6 EVEREST Kinuyama & Masaki
>>May 6 LOVE THE COOPERS [Cooperke no Bansan] Okaido only
>>May 6 THE DANISH GIRL [Lili no Subete] Okaido only
>>May13 MR. HOLMES Okaido only
May13>> MACBETH Shigenobu only
>>May13 BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Dawn of Justice Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
May14-27 ROOM Masaki only
>>May27 THE 5TH WAVE 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 every week on Saturday.
>>May6 THE WAY WE WERE [Tsuioku]
May7-13 SUMMERTIME [Ryojou]
May14-27 MY FAIR LADY
CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
May7 >> UNBROKEN [Fukutsu no Otoko]
May21>> THE LOBSTER
5. FESTIVALS
-May 15 OZU 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 will be lit at night creating a festival atmosphere.
Transportation: Take a bus bound for Yawatahama from Matsuyama Shieki bus stop #4 and get off at Ozu Honmachi bus stop. It takes one hour and 20 minutes. Or take the JR express train from JR Matsuyama Station bound for Uwajima. Get off at JR Ozu Station. It takes 40 minutes. From the bus or train station you will need to take a taxi to the park. It takes 15 minutes. (Tel.0893-24-2111)

May 3 KENPO-KINEN-BI (Constitution Day) (National Holiday)
The constitution was promulgated on May 3, 1947. This day commemorates the event and it is also a day for us to reaffirm hope in national growth.

May 3, 4 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-hariake (see below), both of which are done on the sea.
3 KAINERI ODORI (Dance) At Kashima Park on Kashima Island
Kaineri Odori , a prayer for success in battle and a celebratory dance of victory, are performed. Boats are decorated with bamboo and flowers. Men row the boats and boys perform dances on board, re-enacting famous sea battles using oars. It recalls us the Iyo Suigun, powerful marine guards who patrolled the sea near here in ancient times.
13:00-14:20 Kids’ mikoshi danjiri, Kaineri-odori at Kashima-jinja
15:00-15:30 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) At Kashima Shrine
A 45m long and 30cm thick shimenawa (sacred rope) that links the two small islands Meoto-iwa (couple rocks) near Kashima will be replaced at Kashima-jinja (shrine). The old one is taken down and the new one put in place. If you want to watch this event up close on the sea, there is a boat service (otomo-bune – 500 yen for adults), starting at Kashima Pier from 13:10 to 14:50.
9:00-11:00 Making the new Oshimenawa (working on the new sacred rope)
13:10-14:50 Oshimenawa-no-harikae
Transportation: Take the JR train from Matsuyama Station and get off at Iyo Hojo From the station, walk straight out to the sea and there will be a ferry dock with frequent service to the island — a 10-minute ride. (Tel. 089-992-1423)
May 4 MIDORI-NO-HI (Greenery Day) (National Holiday)
This holiday was established in 1989 for people to admire nature, give thanks for its blessings, and to cultivate a loving heart for all living things on the earth.

May 5 KODOMO-NO-HI (Children’s Day) (National Holiday)
Traditionally, this was Boys’ Day, but after World War II it was changed to Children’s Day. Now it is a day to pray for healthful growth of children. Koinobori (carp streamers) are flown from poles and, according to Chinese legend, symbolize vigor and strength. Chimaki (rice dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaf) and kashiwa-mochi (rice cake wrapped in an oak leaf) are the traditional treats of the day.

May 5 IKAZAKI OSDAKO GASEN (Big Kite Fight Festival) 13:00-15:00 Ikazaki, Uchiko-cho
This festival, which has over a 400-year history, is one of the three biggest kite fights in Japan. It is designated as a Prefectural Intangible Cultural Folk Asset. Several hundreds of kites are flown high from both riversides of Oda River in Ikazaki. The feature of this event is that each flier tries to cut down the other kites using gagari, a sharp piece of metal attached to the line of the kite. The last kite left flying is the winner. The origin of this festival was to celebrate babies newly born within a year, hoping for their healthful growth by putting their names on the kite and flying them in the sky. (Hatsuzeku). All events are held at or near the Toyoaki Bridge in Ikazaki. (Tel. 0893-44-2118 Uchiko Town Office)
9:45 Handmade kites (by junior high students) contest
10:00 Display of Ebine (orchid)
10:30 Hatsuzeku Shinto Ceremony to bless babies born since last April
12:00 Japanese Drum Performance by Uchiko High school students
13:00 Uchiko kodomo-haiku (childdren’s haiku poem) kite contest

Big kite Fight
You can join the kite fight if you wish. Kites can be rented for 2,000 yen and you get 1,000 yen back when you return the string and gagari after the fight. The kite is yours to keep. Transportation: It is recommended to go by train because traffic on Route 56 is very crowded on this day. Take 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 will be free bus service running to the festival site from Uchiko Station. Across the river from the festival site is Ikazaki Kite Museum which has a collection of kites from all over the world.

6. FLEA MARKET & ON SALE
ITEM EHIME (Ehime World Trade Center)
April 29-May 1   9:30 -17:00
Used Car Fair in Item Ehime : More than 200 used cars on exhibit.
MATSUYAMA MULTI-PURPOSE COMMUNITY CENTER (COMMUNITY PLAZA )
May 1   10:00-17:00 “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
May 1, 8, 22, 29 9:00~10:45 Sunday Service (interpreted in English on PC)
May 15 13:30-14:45 Worship in English.
Matsuyama Fukuin Center
Place: Heiwa-dori 1-6-6 Tel: 089-925-1008
You are most welcome to our church! Please visit our blog. http://praisefellowship.seesaa.net/

Potpourri

We are studying Bushido by Nitobe Inazo in English.
We will meet from 10:00 on May 11 in the COMs building.
INFO Ms. Toda at 089-931-6037 or MIC at 089-943-2025.

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
May 10 (Tue) Please see the Facebook for details.
May 24 (Tue) Please see the Facebook for details.

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

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 2, 9~11, 16, 23, 30 and 31. INFO 089-943-8008

April Articles

March 30, 2016 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
BANSUI-SO 9:00-18:00 closed: April 4,11,18,25
April 9, 14:00 Furukawa Izumi, Piano and Open Lecture/ Free

IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 (-17:00 on the last day of exhibition) Open everyday
Restaurants (11:00-22:00) Ferris wheel (11:00-19:30)
6th Floor ART GALLERY  Admission: Free
Apr. 6-12 Western-style Paintings by Chinzei Naohide

MITSUKOSI 10:00- 19:00 Open everyday
Apr.5-11 Prints by Ogura Yuki and Kataoka Tamako

2. PERFPRMANCES
HIMEGIN HALL (KENMIN BUNKA KAIKAN)
*April 1     18:30- Yamazaki Masayoshi in Concert 6,000 yen
MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
*April 9     16:00- Nathaniel Rosen in Concert
4,500 yen (Advance; 4,000 yen)
COMMUNITY CENTER (CAMELLIA HALL)
*April 2      17:30- STARDUST REVUE 35th Anniversary Tour
6,700 yen
*April 9      15:00 Tatekawa Danshun Rakugo Dokuenkai
4,000yen
EMIFUL MASAKI
*April 6 13:00- ,15:00-
Kimoto Yuki Piano Concert Free

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Apr.5 MY DARLING CLEMENTINE 1946 U.S.A. 13:00-14:38
6 DIRTY HARRY 1971 U.S.A. 13:00-14:44
7 BATTLE OF THE BULGE 1965 U.S.A. 13:00-15:43
8 P.S.I LOVE YOU 2007 U.S.A. 13:00-15:07

Night Movie Theater
Apr. 2 STAR TREK 2009 U.S.A. 18:50-20:57
4 TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE 2012 U.S.A. 21:00-22:52
9 LINCOLN 2012 U.S.A. 21:00-23:00

Midnight Movie Theater
Apr. 1 APOCALYPSE NOW 1979 U.S.A. 23:45-26:20

EBC DIGITAL Channel 8
E-premium
Apr. 9 THE ACCUSED 1998 U.S.A. 25:15-27:15

NHK Regular Bilingual Programs

NHK E tele (Educational TV) (Channel 2)
THE THUNDERMANS 2 (K.C.UNDERCOVER 4/6-) 19:25-19:50 Wednesdays
SAM & CAT 18:25-18:50 Saturdays
CURIOUS GEORGE 8:35-9:00 Saturdays
THOMAS & FRIENDS 7:00-7:20 Sundays
THE PENGUINS MADAGASCAR 18:00-18:25 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 ABBEY(THE MASKETEERS 4/3-) 23:00-23:55 Sun
THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO ! 17:35-17:58 Saturdays

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
>Apr.>> BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Dawn of Justice Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Apr.>> EVEREST Kinuyama & Masaki
>>Apr.1 STEVE JOBS Okaido only
>>Arp.1 THE FINEST HOURS [The Blizzard] Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Apr.1 SHAUN THE SHEEP: The Farmer’s Llamas [Hitsuji no Shaun] Masaki only
>>Apr.8 CAROL Okaido only
>>Apr.8 THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL Okaido only
>>Apr.8 THE BIG SHORT [Money Short] Masaki only
Apr.9-21 COOTIES [Zonbi School] Okaido only
Apr.9-22 IRIS [Iris Apfel] Okaido only
Apr.9-22 5 FLIGHTS UP [New York Nagame no Ii Heya Urimasu] Okaido only
Apr.22>> THE REVENANT Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Apr.22 THE GOOD DINOSAUR [Arlo to Syonen] 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 every week on Saturday.
Apr.2-15 BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S [Tiffany de cyousyoku wo]
Apr.16-29 FALLING IN LOVE [Koi ni Ochite]

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Apr.2>> THE GREEN INFERNO
Apr.16>> A FILM ABOUT COFFEE

5. FESTIVALS
April 1-3 MATSUYAMA SPRING FESTIVAL OSHIRO MATSURI (Castle Festival)
This is one of Matsuyama’s biggest festivals. Matsuyama castle park is designated as one of 100 Japanese historical parks and 100 best sakura meisho (sights of beautiful cherry blossoms). During the festival, Matsuyama Castle gondola and chairlift service operates till 21:00.
Gondola and chairlift ticket (round trip)
adult 510 yen
child (elem. school) 260 yen
Matsuyama Castle Tenshukaku (main tower)
Admission adult 510 yen
child (elem. school) 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 yozakua (night cherry blossoms).

April 1    18:00 – 20:30 Singing Champion Contest
At Matsuyama Sogo Community Center Camellia Hall

April 2     11:00-15:30 The National Yakyuken Contest
At Matsuyama Castle Honmaru (main tower) Hiroba (square)
In case of rain at Matsuyama Shimin Kaikan
Yakyuken is a stylized form of jan-ken-pon which originated in Matsuyama. The gestures are borrowed from baseball hand signals.
12:00-16:00 The National Iyo-bushi Contest At Shimin Kaikan
Iyo-bushi is a local folk song. (Admission: 500 yen)

April 3  10:30-15:30 Ninomaru Chaseki (tea ceremony) (Fare: 300 yen)
At Ninomaru Shiseki Teien (historical garden)
13:00-16:00 Showa no Komachi-mikoshi
At Ninomaru Shiseki Teien (historical garden)
10:30- 15:30 SPRING FESTIVAL IN HORINOUCHI At Castle Park (Horinouchi)
Flea Market / Local Food Festa / Stage Events, etc.
11:00-12:00 Street performances and Parade On Okaido and Chifune-machi Street
In case of rain on Okaido and Gintengai shopping arcade
11:20-12:30 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 IMALU, who will be the o-hime-sama, a princess.
12:30 Disney Sea 15th Anniversary Special Parade
The Matsuyama Spring Festival was chosen as one of 15 places in connection with sea or ports for the parade to visit this year. On Okaido and and Chifune-machi Street

April 1-3   10:00- 16:30 Tea ceremony At Matsuyama Castle Honmaru Square
In case of rain at Matsuyama Castle Gondola Station 2F
Fare: 400 yen
8:30-17:00 Ikebana-ten (flower arrangement)
At Matsuyama Castle Gondola Station 2F

April 1-4 8:30 Photo contest At each event spot
(Tel. 089-948-6558)

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

6. FLEA MARKET & ON SALE
ITEM EHIME (Ehime World Trade Center)
Apr.1-4 10:00-17:00 10:00-15:00(Apr.4)
Antique Festival: Antique pottery, scroll pictures, swords, and furniture, unclaimed and forfeited articles, watches and clothes on sale.
Apr. 29-May.1      9:30 -17:00
Used Car Fair in Item Ehime : More than 200 used cars on exhibit.
MATSUYAMA MULTI-PURPOSE COMMUNITY CENTER (COMMUNITY PLAZA )

Apr.3 10:00-17:00 “Hime” Market
Ehime products on sale, a variety of food stands and various performances will be featured at this event.
MATSUYAMA HORINOUCHI(SHIROYAMA PARK)
Apr.3    9:00-14:00 “Matsuyama Recycled Goods Flea Market”
Presented by the Ehime Re-cycle Civil Association.
(In case of rain, the market will be canceled.)

7.ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
April 3, 10, 17 9:00-10:45 Sunday Service (interpreted in English on PC)
April 24 13:30-14:45 Worship in English.
Special Events:
April 2 Ohanami Lunch. Leave church at 12:00 Bring your own lunch.
April 29 9:30-16:00 Charity Bazaar with food from Africa and Indonesia.
Place: Heiwa-dori 1-6-6 Tel: 089-925-1008
You are most welcome to our church! Please visit our blog. http://praisefellowship.seesaa.net/

Potpourri

We are studying Bushido by Nitobe Inazo in English.
We will meet from 10:00 on April 13 in the COMs building.
INFO Ms. Toda at 089-931-6037 or MIC at 089-943-2025.

Nihongo Chounaikai
Hello! We are Nihongo Chounaikai. We hold regular gatherings for both Japanese and non-Japanese people to communicate and share information. No booking is necessary, just come!
Time/Place 10:00 – 11:30 EPIC 2F
April 26 (Tue) Let’s talk about ‘My favorite thing, time or place’.
What should we do when a disaster occurs? What should we stockpile in case of an emergency situation, such as an earthquake, when lifeline services (electricity, gas, and water) are affected?
*If there is a sudden cancellation, it will be announced in Facebook the night before. ayu_msm@yahoo.co.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 9:30-8:00 (the A/V section closes at 5:00.) Closed: April 4, 11, 18, 25 and 28.
INFO 089-943-8008

March Articles

March 2, 2016 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
BANSUI-SO 9:00-18:00 Closed: March 7,14,28
March 1, 12:00-6,15:00
Porcelarts by Atelier Cherry Blossom/ Free

NHK ART GALLERY 9:30-17:00 (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Closed: Mondays
Mar. 1-5 Dyed Cloth and Hand Woven Fabrics

IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 (-17:00 on the last day of exhibition) Open everyday
Restaurants (11:00-22:00) Ferris wheel (11:00-19:30)
6th Floor ART GALLERY Admission: Free
Mar. 2-8 Japanese-style Paintings by artists from Tokyo University of the Arts

MITSUKOSI 10:00- 19:00 Open everyday
Mar.1-7 Prints by Leonard Fujita

2. PERFPRMANCES
HIMEGIN HALL (KENMIN BUNKA KAIKAN)
March 2 19:00-
FURANO Group Performance S-seats: 4,500 yen (Advance: 4,000yen)
March 9 18:30-21:00
Piano Concerto Concert 3,000 yen
MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
March 3 18:00-21:00 Ehime University Graduation Concert Free
March 9 9:30 Silver Chorus Concert Free
COMMUNITY CENTER (CAMELLIA HALL)
March 4 18:30-20:40 Ehime University Brass band Concert Free
March 8 13:00-15:30 CM Festival

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Mar.1 HEAVEN CAN WAIT 1978 U.S.A. 13:00-14:41
2 FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS 1943 U.S.A. 13:00-15:40
3 THE GRADUATE 1967 U.S.A. 13:00-14:47
4 PAPER MOON 1973 U.S.A. 13:00-14:43
7 THE COLOR OF MONEY 1986 U.S.A. 13:00-15:01
8 SERGEANT YORK 1941 U.S.A. 13:00-15:15
9 CASABLANCA 1942 U.S.A. 13:00-14:44

Night Movie Theater
Mar. 1 THE ARTIST 2011 France 21:00-22:41
7 MICHAEL CLAYTON 2007 U.S.A. 21:00-23:00
8 VICKEY CRISTINA BARCELONA 2008 Spain-U.S.A. 21:00-22:37

Midnight Movie Theater
Mar. 4 MILLION DOLLAR BABY 2004 U.S.A. 23:45-25:59

NHK Regular Bilingual Programs
NHK E tele (Educational TV) (Channel 2)
THE THUNDERMANS 2 19:25-19:50 Wednesdays
SAM & CAT 18:25-18:50 Saturdays
CURIOUS GEORGE 8:35-9:00 Saturdays
THOMAS & FRIENDS 7:00-7:20 Sundays
THE PENGUINS MADAGASCAR 18:00-18:25 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 ABBEY 23:00-23:55 Sun
THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO ! 17:35-17:58 Saturdays

4.THEATER MOVIES
OKAIDO CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-986-6633
KINUYAMA CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-911-0066
SHIGENOBU CINEMA SUNSHINE Tel. 089-990-1513
CINEMA SUNSHINE EMIFUL MASAKI Tel. 089-984-2211
>>Mar.>>THE FINEST HOURS [The Blizzard] Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Mar.>>POINT BREAK [X-Mission] Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Mar.4 STAR WARS: The Force Awakens Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Mar.4 AGENT ULTRA Shigenobu only
>>Mar.4 PADINTON Dubbed in Japanese Shigenobu only
>>Mar.3 IT FOLLOWS Okaido only
Mar.4>> THE BIG SHORT [Money Short] Masaki only
Mar.4>> THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL Okaido only
Mar.5>> SHAUN THE SHEEP: The Farmer’s Llamas [Hitsuji no Shaun] Masaki only
Mar.5-18 FOODIES [99Fun, Sekai Bimi Meguri] Okaido only
>>Mar.11 BLACK MASS [Black Scandal] Kinuyama only
>>Mar.11 STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON Okaido only
>>Mar.11 CRIMSON PEAK Okaido only
Mar.12>> THE GOOD DINOSAUR [Arlo to Syonen] Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Mar.12>> EVEREST Kinuyama & Masaki
Mar.12-24 LIFE [Dean, Kimi ga ita Toki] Okaido only
>>Mar.18 SHERLOCK: The Abominable Bride Shigenobu only
>>Mar.25 STAR WARS: The Force Awakens Kinuyama(>>Mar.30) & Masaki
>>Mar.25 THE MARTIAN [Odyssey] Kinuyama, Masaki(>>Mar.24), Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Mar.25 THE HATEFUL EIGHT Masaki only
No Movies in English this month

5. FESTIVALS
HANA-MI (flower viewing)
Sakura, the cherry blossom, is the national flower of Japan and in spring most Japanese love to go outdoors seeing sakura in full bloom. From late March to early April, hanami parties are held under the blossoms. Not only in the daytime but also we recommend brightly lit-up yozakura (night cherry blossoms).
Popular hanami spots :
Matsuyama Castle
Matsuyama Castle is one of the 100 national beautiful sakura spots, where about 200 cherry trees attracts us in addition to the fantastic view of the castle against the clear blue sky.

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

Dogo Park near Dogo-onsen
There are about 400 trees of somei yoshino and tsubaki kanzakura lit up till 22:00.
during the hanami season. The hill top area has a good command of the whole park in full
bloom.
In addition we can enjoy hanami downtown.
From the windows of the street car we can appreciate sakura along the moat in Horinouchi.
There are about 170 trees. Along Sanbancho street about 320 trees of brilliant yaezakura
start to bloom a little later, mid-April, than other varieties.
Well-known graceful cherry trees in temples in Matsuyama are Usuzumi-zakura in Saiho-ji temple in Shimoidai-cho, Mikaeri-no-sakura in Ishite-ji, and Uba-zakura in Taiho-ji in Minamiedo, all of which are designated Matsuyama City Natural Monuments, and have interesting historical legends related to sakura.

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-seku 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、and can still be seen in some parts of the country. At most homes ceremonial dolls hina ningyo are displayed on tiers of shelves covered with a scarlet carpet himosen. These dolls are dressed in the costume of the ancient Heian court. A full set of dolls usually consists of 15 dolls: the Emperor and Empress (dairi-bina), two ministers (zuijin), three court ladies-in-waiting (kanjo), five musicians (hayashi) and three guards (eji). It was believed that the dolls protected people from sickness or ill fortune. It is a traditional hina matsuri custom to offer to the dolls sweet rice wine shiro-zake, and three-layered (white, green, and pink colored), diamond-shaped rice cakes hishi-mochi. The white layer symbolizes snow, the green is for new growth and the pink is for peach flowers. An popular saying is that hina doll sets are put up about one month before the festival, but put away as soon as possible after the festival in the belief that the longer one waits to put them away, the longer the girl will have to wait to get married, which gives you a lesson that you should take good care of hina dolls to keep them beautiful as they are. You can see these dolls for sale at department stores or doll shops. In Matsuyama it is celebrated a month later on April 3rd .
Hina-matsuri exhibitions are held in many places.

-March 15 9:00-17:00 HINAMATSURI -TEN
At Hojo Furusato-kan (Local Museum) in Kono Bepu, Matsuyama
About 50 sets of hina dolls of Meiji, Taisho, and Showa eras from the late 19th century to the late 20th are on exhibit. Each varies in expression and shape.
Admission: free (Tel. 089-933-3266)

-March 27 9:00-17:00 TOBE YAKI (Porcelain) HINAMATSURI -TEN (Lobby exhibition)
At Tobe-yaki Dento-sangyo-kaikan (Traditional Industrial Center)
About 290 Tobe-yaki hina-dolls, some of which are monkeys in shape, the zodiacal
sign for this year, and e-zara (painted plates) made by Tobe-yaki kiln creators are
on exhibit and sale.
Admission: free only for Lobby exhibition (Tel. 089-926-6600)

6.ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
March 6, 13 9:00~10:45 Sunday Service (interpreted in English on PC)
March 20 13:30~14:45 Worship in English. After worship we have teatime on the 4th floor.
March 27 10:00~11:45 Easter Service
Place: Heiwa-dori 1-6-6 Tel: 089-925-1008
You are most welcome to our church! Please visit our blog. http://praisefellowship.seesaa.net/

Potpourri
We are studying Bushido by Nitobe Inazo in English. We will meet from 10:00 on March 9
in the COMs building.
INFO Ms. Toda at 089-931-6037 or MIC at 089-943-2025.

Nihongo Chounaikai
Hello! We are Nihongo Chounaikai. We hold regular gatherings for both Japanese and non-Japanese people to communicate and share information. No booking is necessary, just come!
Time/Place 10:00 – 11:30 EPIC 2F

March 1 (Tue) Let’s look for signs of early spring in Dogo Park!
If the weather is good, come to the 1st floor of EPIC at 10:00. We will walk to Dogo Park.
If it rains, we will sing spring songs at EPIC 2F.
*If there is a sudden cancellation, it will be announced in Facebook the night before. ayu_msm@yahoo.co.jp
https://www.facebook.com/nihongo.chounaikai

Matsuyama City Library
The city library in the Community Center has a large English book section. You can register for a free library card in English. The 2nd floor Audio/Visual section has movies in English. Open 9:30-8:00 (the A/V section closes at 5:00.) Closed: March 7-14, 28 and 31.
INFO 089-943-8008

February Articles

January 24, 2016 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
BANSUI-SO 9:00-18:00 Closed: Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Feb. 2(12:00-)-14(-16:00) Yagi Kametaro Ink Painting/ Free

NHK ART GALLERY 9:30-17:00 (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Closed: Mondays
Feb. 2-14 Etegami Works on TV Program, “Ohiruno Tamago”: Etegami is an art form in which a picture is painted on a postcard along with a short message.

IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 (-17:00 on the last day of exhibition) Open everyday
10:00-18:00 (Feb. 22)
Restaurants (11:00-22:00) Ferris wheel (11:00-19:30)
6th Floor ART GALLERY Admission: Free
Feb. 3-9 Oil Paintings by Nabeshima Masakazu

MITSUKOSI 10:00- 19:00 Closed: Feb. 15
Feb. 2-8 Prints by Hirayama Ikuo

2. PERFPRMANCES
HIMEGIN HALL (KENMIN BUNKA KAIKAN)
*February 6 17:00-
Opera Ehime Special Concert
S-seats: 3,500 yen (Advance: 3,000 yen) A-seats: 2,500 yen (Advance: 2,000 yen)
B-seats: 1,500 yen (Advance: 1,000 yen)

MATSUYAMA SHIMIN KAIKAN
*February 1 18:30-20:30
Dramatic Tango A-seats : 6,000 yen B-seats : 5,500 yen

TOBE-ChO BUNKA KAIKAN
*February 6 15:00-
Kids Opera “Hansel and Gretel”
High school students and older: 1,500 yen
Junior high school students and younger: 500 yen
Parent and child pair tickets: 1,700 yen

EBC VIVID HALL
*February 6 17:00
FM Ehime Anniversary Live 3,500 yen

3. TV
NHK BS Premium
Daytime Movie Theater
Feb. 1 PSYCHO 1960 U.S.A. 13:00-14:50
2 VERTIGO 1958 U.S.A. 13:00-15:09
3 THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT 1996 U.S.A. 13:00-15:02
9 JEREMIAH JOHNSON 1972 U.S.A. 13:00-14:57

Night Movie Theater
Feb. 1 HITCHCOCK 2012 U.S.A. 21:00-22:39
8 BACK TO THE FUTURE 1985 U.S.A. 21:00-22:57
Midnight Movie Theater
Feb. 5 DET SJUNDE INSEGLET 1957 Sweden 23:45-25:19

RNB DIGITAL Channel 4
Friday road show
Feb. 5 MR.& MRS. SMITH 2005 U.S.A. 21:00-22:54

NHK Regular Bilingual Programs

NHK E tele (Educational TV) (Channel 2)
THE THUNDERMANS 2 19:25-19:50 Wednesdays
I CARLY -2/13 18:25-18:50 Saturdays
SAM & CAT 2/20- 18:25 Saturdays
CURIOUS GEORGE 8:35-9:00 Saturdays
THOMAS & FRIENDS 7:00-7:20 Sundays
THE PENGUINS MADAGASCAR 18:00-18:25 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 ABBEY 23:00-23:55 Sun
THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO ! 17:35-17:58 Saturdays

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
>>Feb.>> STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Feb.>> BLACK MASS [Black Scandal] Kinuyama only
>>Feb.>> THE WALK Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Feb.5>> THE MARTIAN [Odyssey] Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Feb.5 YOU’RE NOT YOU [Sayonara no Kawarini] Okaido only
Feb.13-26 PAWN SACRIFICE [Kanzennaru Checkmate] Okaido only
Feb.19>> SHERLOCK: The Abominable Bride Shigenobu only
>>Feb.19 BRIDGE OF SPIES Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Feb.19 PADINTON Dubbed in Japanese Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Feb.20>> POINT BREAK [X-Mission] Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Feb.26 IN THE HEART OF THE SEA [Hakugei tono Tatakai] Kinuyama & Masaki
★ 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.
Feb.6-19 MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS [Oriento kyûkô satsujin jiken]

CINEMA LUNATIC Tel. 089-933-9240 (Matsugeki building 2F.) Closed:Tuesdays
Feb.3-19 MY OLD LADY [Bari3ku no Isan Souzokunin]
Feb.20-26 MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW [Marugarita de Kanpai wo!]

5. FESTIVALS
Feb. 3 SETSUBUN 節分(Parting of the Seasons)
Eve of ‘Rishun‘,the 1st Day of Spring
Setsubun was introduced from China in ancient times and was one of the annual events in the Japanese Court. It was said that “bad air” rises at the changing of seasons, so people pray to avert trouble. People also 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.
Ishite-ji temple
Prayer services to Bodhisattva for safety and good health (Goma Kito) is held to exorcise devils. Soybeans and rice cakes are scattered by the priests and toshi-otoko, men who are born in the year of monkey (申saru). 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.
13:30 Goma-kito 11:00, 13:30, 14:30 Mame-maki and 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. The common belief is that men enter these critical stages in their 25th, 42nd, and 61st years and women in their 19th, 33rd, and 37th years, and the most critical year in a person’s life (tai-yaku) is said to be age 42 for men and 33 for women. They may 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.
Henjo-in temple
Otakiage (burning sandals) or yakuyoke waraji
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.
9:00-7:00 Yakuyoke-kito every 20 minutes
12:30 Special Goma-kito
13:00 Mame-maki and mochi-maki

Onigawara hono (dedication) ritual
61-year-old men (and women if they want) 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 visitors come 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 an Iyotetsu bus bound for Omishima at Shi-eki gate #5 and get off at 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
Matsuyama Izumo-taisha shrine (Tel. 089-921-3229)
Kagura-mai (traditional Shinto dance) is performed at Matsuyama Izumo-taisha 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.ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
Feb. 7, 14, 21 9:00~10:45 Sunday Service (interpreted in English on PC)
Feb. 28 13:30~14:45 Worship in English. After
worship we have teatime on the 4th floor.
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. 10 in the COMs building. INFO Ms. Toda at 089-931-6037 or MIC at 089-943-2025.

Nihongo Chounaikai
Hello! We are Nihongo Chounaikai. We hold regular gatherings for both Japanese and non-Japanese people to communicate and share information. No booking is necessary, just come!
Time/Place 10:00 – 11:30 EPIC 2F
Feb. 16 (Tue) Let’s talk about visiting someone at his/her house. Suppose you are invited to a party at your friend’s house. “What should I bring…?” “When should I arrive at and leave the place…?” Listen to the opinions of other participants and find a good way!
Feb.23 (Tue) Let’s enjoy needle-felting – we’ll make a finger puppet. ★Please bring a hand towel.
*If there is a sudden cancellation, it will be announced in Facebook the night before. ayu_msm@yahoo.co.jp
https://www.facebook.com/nihongo.chounaikai

Matsuyama City Library
The city library in the Community Center has a large English book section. You can register for a free library card in English. The 2nd floor Audio/Visual section has movies in English. Open 9:30-8:00 (the A/V section closes at 5:00.) Closed: All Mondays and Feb. 26. INFO 089-943-8008

Janurary Articles

December 29, 2015 by

1.EXHIBITIONS
NHK ART GALLERY
9:30-17:00 (-16:00 on the last day of exhibition) Closed: Mondays
Jan. 5-10 Tenkoku Stone Carvings: Tenkoku is the art of carving stamps from stones.

IYOTETSU TAKASHIMAYA
10:00-19:30 (-17:00 on the last day of exhibition) Closed: Jan. 1
9:30-19:30 (Jan. 2)
Restaurants (11:00-22:00) Ferris wheel (11:00-19:30)
1st Floor ENTRANCE HALL Admission: Free
Jan. 2 9:15-9:30 New Year’s Opening Ceremony: Japanese Drums
6th Floor ART GALLERY Admission: Free
Jan. 2-5 Western-style Paintings by Shimizu Shinya
Jan. 6-12 Japanese Paintings by Ito Masatsugu
8th Floor SKY DOME Admission: Free
Jan. 2 13:00- New Year’s Performance of Japanese Drums

MITSUKOSI
10:00- 19:00 Closed: Jan. 1
6th Floor Art GALLERY Admission: Free
Jan. 2-11 Prints by Picasso and Great Painters of the 20th Century

2. PERFPRMANCES
BOTCHAN THEATER
*January 1-4 10:30- 14:00-
Musical “Tsuruhime Densetsu”

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

>>Jan.>> STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Jan.1 ELSER [Hitler Ansatsu] Okaido only
>>Jan.1 WOMAN IN GOLD [Ougon no Adere Meiga no Kikan] Shigenobu only
Jan.8>> BRIDGE OF SPIES Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Jan.15 THE LITTLE PRINCE Dubbed in Japanese Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Jan.15>> PADINTON Dubbed in Japanese Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
Jan.16>> IN THE HEART OF THE SEA[Hakugei tono Tatakai Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Jan.22 THE PEANUTS MOVIE [I Love Snoopy] Kinuyama, Masaki & Shigenobu
>>Jan.29 SPECTRE [007 Spectre] Kinuyama, Masaki, Okaido & Shigenobu
>>Jan.29 CREED Masaki & Okaido

Dec.26-Jan.1 IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE [Subarashiki kana, jinsei!]
Jan.2-8 THE APARTMENT [Ap?to no kagi kashimasu]
Jan.9-15 LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING [Bojyo]

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

Coming soon MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW [Marugarita de Kanpai wo!]
PASSION & POETRY: THE BALLAD OF SAM PECKINPAH ALTMAN [Robert Altman]
4. FESTIVALS
Closed on the first few days of the year
Government offices: Dec. 29 to Jan. 3
Banks: Dec. 31 to Jan. 3
Post offices: Dec. 31 to Jan. 3
City Library Dec. 30 to Jan. 4

-Jan.12 ILLUMINALE HANAZONO 2016-HiKARI NO GARDEN till 11:00pm
Hanazono-machi street is the widest in Matsuyama and about 300,000 lights light up the street between Shieki station and Minami-horibata.

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

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

Early Jan. HATSU-URI (First Sales) Many stores have special bargains to celebrate the re-opening after the New Year’s holidays. “Good fortune bags” containing various goods (fukubukuro) are often sold at a very reasonable price, but you take a chance because you don’t know what they contain until you open them.
Jan. 7 NANAKUSA-GAYU  Nanakusa-gayu is a porridge of rice made with haru no nanakusa, seven spring herbs. Eating nanakusa-gayu on January 7th has been a traditional event for a long time. In the Edo era (1603-1867) this event was one of the go-sekku、five seasonal festivals, when the shogun and his men ate it. It is said to have an effect on every disease, so Japanese still enjoy eating it on this day after the celebration and feasting over New Year’s. You can find packs of these seven herbs in the vegetable section of supermarkets at this time.
Jan.11 SEIJIN-NO-HI (Coming-of-Age-Day)   National Holiday
In Japan people celebrate the coming of age of all who will turn twenty during the course of that particular year. When they become twenty years old, they are expected to take responsibility as adults, and they have 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 10th and invitation cards have already been sent to those who were born between April 2nd in 1995 and April 1st in 1996 and have resident’s cards in Matsuyama city now on the day of November 1st . including those who have foreign nationalities.
Further information: Matsuyama city office Chiiki-gakushu-shinkoka
Tel: 089-948-6813 / E-mail: hatachi@city.matsuyama.ehime.jp

5.FLEA MARKET & ON SALE
ITEM EHIME (Ehime World Trade Center)
Jan. 1-3, 9-11 10:00-16:30 (Last Admission:16:00)
“TOMIKA Exhibition in Ehime” Tomica Diecast Cars
Among Japan’s most well-known toys, these die-cast cars have captivated children all over the world.
Advance : Adults (Jr. High Sch. Students and over) 700yen
Elementary Sch. Students or under 500yen
On-site : Adults (Jr. High Sch. Students and over) 900yen
Elementary Sch. Students or under 700yen
Children (2years or under) Free

6.ANNOUNCEMENTS
Worship at the Fukuin Center
Jan. 1 11:00 New Year’s Service
Jan. 9 11:00 Adult Day Service
Jan. 10, 17, 24 9:00~10:45 Sunday Service (interpreted in English on PC)
Jan. 31 13:30~14:45 Worship in English.
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).
We will meet from 10:00 on Jan. 13 in the COMs building.
INFO Ms. Toda at 089-931-6037 or MIC at 089-943-2025.

Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT)
JALT holds meeting in English on a wide range of topics related to language teaching.
My Share (by 5 people)
Saturday Jan. 9 14:15-16:20
M215, Aidai Muse, Ehime University
http://ehime-u.ac.jp/english/access/johoku/cge.html
One-day members: 1,000 yen
Info: Junko Yamamoto 089-906-4906 juyama@cc.matsuyama-u.ac.jp

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
Jan.12 (Tue) Let’s sing “My ballad”.
We’ll practice singing for the Citizen’s Festival (Chikyuujin Matsuri) at the Community Center on Jan. 17.
“My Ballad” is a very good song, so let’s enjoy singing together whether you will be able to perform at the Festival or not.
Jan.26 (Tue) Let’s talk about annual festivals and events – We have Dolls’ festival, Children’s Day, Respect-for Senior- Citizens Day and many other annual events in Japan. Tell us about your country!

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

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: Dec. 21, 28~ Jan. 4, and Jan. 18, 25, 29. INFO 089-943-8008