Posts Tagged ‘events’



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




鳥取県国際交流財団 外国人のための防災教室

2018.10.12 (Fri)


Come and join everyone at the fire station in Kurayoshi on Sunday, October 14, at 1:30pm to learn more about how to prepare for and how to keep yourself safe during emergency situations.

This workshop, sponsored by the Tottori Prefectural International Exchange in cooperation with the Kurayoshi Fire Department, is free for anyone to attend and there will be English, Chinese, and Vietnamese interpreters available.

Click on the image below to access the English flyer for the event.




2018.10.02 (Tue)


Literally translated as the 3-8 Market, the Sanpachi Market is held on days with 3 or 8 in them throughout the month of October (10/3, 10/8, 10/13, 10/18, 10/23, and 10/28) in the Matsuzaki district of Yurihama (near the JR Matsuzaki Station). Times are subject to change depending on the events being held that day, but the market generally runs from 9am-12pm.

Come stop by and check out the local shops, food vendors and various events! Hope to see you there!!★



2018.09.25 (Tue)


Yurihama’s annual Big Catch Festival (大漁祭り) will be held near the
Tomari Fishing Port this Sunday, September 30, 2018!

This free event will feature a fresh fish market, food vendors, stage performances, and various fun activities that the whole family can enjoy.
We hope you will come on by and join us for all the festivities!



2018.09.11 (Tue)










A pop music concert featuring classics performed by Japanese idols Hiromi Ōta, Mayo Shōno, and Machiko Watanabe, accompanied by the N-kyodanyu Orchestra, will be held December 15, 2018, at the Hawai Aloha Hall in Yurihama from 4pm.

Tickets go on sale for 2,000円 on Sunday, September 23, 2018.

You can get your tickets at the Tomari or Tōgō branch office buildings on 9/23, or anytime at Hawai Aloha Hall (as long as tickets remain). There will be assigned seating for this event and tickets are expected to go fast, so be sure to get your tickets early!



Music Festival in Yurihama

2018.09.05 (Wed)



湯梨浜町夏祭り 水郷祭

2018.07.17 (Tue)


Sunday, July 22, 2018
Tōgō Lakeshore Park near the Suimeisō Hotel in Yurihama

5:30pm 東郷中ブラスバンド・龍踊り
Tōgō Junior High School Brass Bandsuigosai2
Ryū Odori (Dance of the Dragon)

7:00pm 浪人踊り
Rōnin Odori (traditional local dance)

Mikoshi Togyo (procession of portable Shinto shrine)

7:50pm 灯ろう流し
Tōrou-nagashi (paper lanterns are set afloat)

8:30pm 花火大会
Fireworks Display