Earth Celebration

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The next Earth Celebration is scheduled for August 26 to 28, 2016.

The Earth Celebration is an annual music festival by the internationally acclaimed Kodo taiko group which is based on Sado Island. Each year the festival features different guest artists who perform in collaboration with Kodo. The three day event is held in mid to late August in and around Ogi Town. Thousands of people come from all over Japan and the world to enjoy the festival's many events.

The concept of the festival was modified for 2016. There is now only one main concert by Kodo and the guest artists. Known as the Kodo Village Concert, it is held on Friday evening at the Kodo Village, the home base of the Kodo drumming group (accessed by bus from Ogi). Smaller concerts are held daily in the afternoons at the Shukunegi Community Hall. Capacity is limited for all concerts, and it is recommended to reserve tickets in advance.

Other events include the Harbour Market which is held everyday from 10:00 to 22:00 at Ogi Harbor. Here, dozens of small shops and food stands create a small tent city where you can shop and enjoy different kinds of food from around the world. There is also a stage where fringe concerts are held.

The festival program features various workshops, such as taiko drumming and traditional dance workshops. Most workshops require advance registration, have a participation fees and are held in Japanese. English instructions may not be available. Spaces tend to fill up quickly, and early application is recommended.

Harbour Market

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Get There and Around

From Ryotsu Port, Ogi Town can be reached in about one hour by car. Alternatively by bus, take the Main Line bound for Aikawa from Ryotsu to Sawata (40 minutes, 610 yen, 1-2 buses per hour) and transfer to the Ogi Line for Ogi (60 minutes, 820 yen, about one bus per hour). There are additional buses during the Earth Festival.

Alternatively, it is possible to access Ogi directly via the car ferry from Naoetsu.

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Hours and Fees

Tickets for the concerts can be ordered online on the official Kodo website. Alternatively, same day tickets are available at a ticket office in Ogi.

Tickets ordered from abroad must be paid by credit card or Paypal and will be available for pickup at the ticket office in Ogi. Within Japan, payments are also possible at convenience stores and by bank transfer, and if the order is made sufficiently in advance, tickets can be mailed to you once payment is completed.

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