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2018.12.11 (Tue)


The 2019 Tottori pocket calendar is available now!
This easy-to-use, pocket-sized planner and organizer is filled with fun trivia on local cultural and historical sites, local recipes, emergency information, and more (Japanese only)!



With 7 delightful colors to choose from, such as Sand Dunes Brown and Pear Green, you are sure to find the perfect fit for you! You can purchase yours for 700yen at various convenience stores and shops across town.

There is also a limited premium edition which you can purchase for 2000yen. 2019PocketCalendars5The premium edition is limited to 200 pocket calendars and includes a special Tottori hand-cloth that can also be used as a cover.





2018.12.04 (Tue)




Ground golf (GG) is a sport similar to mini-golf or a putting game. It was developed in the town of Yurihama in Japan’s Tottori Prefecture as a lifelong sport that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy. The club and ball used often remind first-time users of the equipment used in croquet, but players use a club to hit the ball into the goal while counting the strokes it takes to do so, just like in golf.


There are 8 holes on a standard course of varying distances. Players set their ball on the tee (which is found on the start mat) and aim for the hole-post, adjusting the power of their swing to the distance and layout of the course. There is no actual hole used in ground golf (allowing players to set up anywhere, including parks), but rather a metal rim that marks the boundary of the goal. The ball must come to a complete rest within that metal rim to hole out.

Players must play the ball as it lands and are not allowed to move obstacles, such as grass or branches, out of the way; however, you do remove your ball from the field to not obstruct the person who goes after you by placing a marker where it was to mark its position. You also get 3 strokes off your final score for each hole-in-one!


The 2019 Yurihama International Ground Golf Open is being held in order to help foster friendships and exchange between players of all nationalities, to further promote the sport, and in preparation for the World Masters Games to be held in the Kansai region of Japan in 2021.

Participating in the tournament is a great way to meet new people of all different nationalities and to be active and enjoy the game- as well as the incredible view of the sea!

With simple rules and an emphasis on courtesy, it’s a sport anyone can enjoy even if they’re trying it for the first time. There is even a good chance for an upset victory!


  1. Gameplay is individual, so you do not need a team to register!!
  2. Free rental equipment will be available for all participants who do not have their own gear.
  3. Bento lunches will be provided on both days of the tournament (incl. in the registration fee).
  4. Participants who reserve accommodations at certain hotels through the International GG Open Executive Committee are eligible for an extra bonus of 5,000 JPY off of the cost of their accommodations (certain restrictions apply).
  5. There will also be a free welcome reception open to all participants and their families at 5:00pm on Thursday, May 23.
  6. Registration is open until 29 March 2019.


For further details about the 2019 Yurihama International Ground Golf Open (English), click HERE.


For applications and other inquiries, please contact the International GG Open Organizing Committee.

International Ground Golf Open Organizing Committee
〒682-0723 Tottori-ken, Tohaku-gun, Yurihama-chō, Hisadome 19-1
E-mail:                    TEL: 0858-35-5368





2018.11.26 (Mon)


Come enjoy the beauty of the winter season with the dazzling and romantic illumination at Yurihama’s Ayame Pond Park.

Dates:      1 December 2018 ~ 3 January 2019

Time:       5pm~10pm
Illumination may be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

Place:       Ayame Pond Park
Lake Togo Hawai Seaside Park (Yurihama, Tottori Prefecture)
鳥取県湯梨浜町藤津650 東郷湖羽合臨海公園あやめ池公園
(Near the Ayame Ike Sports Center- about a 20-minute walk from the JR Matsuzaki Station))

※Free parking available. No entry fee.AyameIkeIllumination2



中華コスプレ at 燕趙園

2018.11.23 (Fri)


ChineseCosplay_1Since 2006, cosplayers from all across the country have gathered at Yurihama’s Chinese Garden Enchoen (Japan’s largest authentic Chinese garden) dressed up in elaborate costumes as characters from Chinese games, anime, and more, twice a year for a weekend of fun, festivities, and flair.

Anyone is welcome to attend and enjoy the event, so we invite you to stop on by and enjoy!

Chinese food vendors will be available from 11am-3pm, and guests are welcome to rent Chinese dresses for the event (300yen for adults; free for junior high school students and under).

See this blog’s previous post on Chinese Garden Enchoen here.



2018.11.19 (Mon)



This year’s Kurayoshi International Festival will be held
Sunday, November 25th, from 11am-3pm
at the Hoki Shiawase no Sato Center (458 Koda, Kurayoshi).

 The Kurayoshi International Festival is held each year to promote friendship and exchange across cultures and to provide an opportunity to interact with different cultures from around the world.

The festival is free to attend and will include various stage performances, cultural experiences, food booths, as well as displays showcasing the activities of local groups and clubs. This family-friendly event is free to attend, so we hope you stop on by and enjoy the festivities!




2018.11.15 (Thu)



The 15th annual Yurihama Performing Arts Competition (Yurihama Geinō Taikai) will be held Sunday, November 18, 2019, at the Hawai Aloha Hall event center. This event features fabulous local performers who will take to the stage to show case their talents through song, dance, musical instruments, and more.

This family-friendly event is free to attend and runs through the afternoon, so we invite you to drop on by anytime and enjoy!




2018.11.12 (Mon)


Yurihama has designated the third Friday of November as “Family Day” in an effort to help bring families closer together, as well as promote awareness surrounding the many different ways family members can help and support each other in household chores, caregiving, raising children, as well as other tasks and shared responsibilities.FamilyWeek3

We invite you to take part in this year’s Family Week and focus on communication and connection within your family!



・Focus on Communication

We encourage everyone to work on building a strong relationship where everyone feels comfortable opening up and sharing their thoughts, ideas, and experiences with each other.

・Family Meal Time

Meals together are an important way to connect with your family and provide the perfect opportunity to spend quality time together. It may be fun to switch up who cooks the meal as well!

・Rethink Chores and Tasks

Family Week is the perfect time to sit down together and think about how everyone can to do their part to help out around the house and with different chores.