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Shizuoka Events: April 2018

Cat Art Exhibition
The Shizuoka City Museum will feature an exhibition of primarily ukiyoe art focused on cats.
“Yes, We Love Cats Any Time!” Exhibition
Cats have always been popular, no matter the historical era. The Japanese have long been particularly fond of felines, with cats appearing in stories and works of art since ancient times. With a “cat boom” in the late Edo period (1603-1868), they became a common subject for ukiyoe prints, kabuki plays, and printed books. It was not only because they are cute; there were cats reliable for exterminating mice, cats who transformed and threatened humans, cats which brought good fortune, and many more. This exhibition features primarily ukiyoe prints centered on cats, introducing the “cat boom” that hit Japan from the late Edo period through the Meiji period.
When: Sat. April 7 through Sun. May 20, daily 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (last entrance at 6:30 p.m., closed Mondays except for April 30)
Where: Shizuoka City Museum of Art (Koya-machi 17-1, Aoi ward)
How much: \1,200 general admission, \800 for high school/university students/seniors over 70, free for junior high school students and younger, as well as persons with a disability handbook plus one caretaker
Inquiries: SCMA, 054-273-1515
Spring Skiing in Ikawa
Skiing in springtime? It really is possible, when a giant snow mat is laid out on the ski slope at Riverwell Ikawa Ski Area. Enjoy this unique opportunity in the northernmost part of Shizuoka City. Special gifts will be given out on opening day!
When: Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays between Sat. April 28 through Sun. May 27
Lifts open: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Parking lot: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Inquiries: Riverwell Ikawa Ski Resort, 054-260-2316
Shizuoka Matsuri 
The 62nd Shizuoka Matsuri, the city’s annual spring festival, will be held this month.
When: Fri. March 30 through Sun. April 1
Where: Various areas of downtown Shizuoka
What: There will be food stalls set up in Sumpu Castle Park, an evening dance procession between Shizuoka Sta. and Egawa-cho intersection, a Shizuoka-Spain event on Aoba Symbol Road, and more.
Every year the Shizuoka Matsuri features a reenactment of a hanami procession from the early 17th century, when Tokugawa Ieyasu retired as shogun and moved to Shizuoka. The procession features hundreds of people walking through the streets dressed as Ieyasu’s retainers in that era. This year’s special guest “retired shoguns” will be actor Susumu Terajima on Sat.  March 31 and multi-hyphenate Shigeru Izumiya on Sun. April 1.
The procession will start outside the Higashi Gomon of Sumpu Castle Park at 2:30 p.m. on Sat. and 2:15 p.m. on Sun.
Who: Anyone
How much: Free
Inquiries: Executive Committee, 054-221-0182
Seafood Festivals
Come and sample two of Shizuoka City’s most famous delicacies during Golden Week!
Mochimune Fishing Port in Suruga Ward will host a festival celebrating its most famous haul: shirasu (baby sardines). Visitors can buy raw shirasu, sample boiled shirasu, join a mock auction, and go out on a trawler (fee applies; limited number of people; cancelled in event of rain).
What: Mochimune Gyokō Matsuri
When: Sun. Apr. 29, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
(In case of rain, delayed to Apr. 30)
More Info: Festival Executive Committee, 054-259-2111
There will also be a “pre-party” on Sat. April 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. During this time, booths will be open hawking food and marine produce.
One week later, Yui in Shimizu Ward will host a festival celebrating its own famous haul: sakura-ebi (cherry shrimp). Visitors can go out on a trawler (8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; fee applies, cancelled in case of rain), buy raw sakura-ebi, and sample cuisine such as a fried sakura-ebi cake over soba.
What: Yui Sakura-ebi Matsuri
When: Thur. May 3, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(Cancelled in event of rain)
More Info: Festival Executive Committee, 054-376-0001




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