ATM Plaza and Others

Events in ATM Plaza

1st and 2nd Saturdays every month (only 2nd Saturday in January)  9:00a.m to 2:00p.m.

Shiki no Hiroba (Four Seasons Plaza)

shikiA corner of the ATM Plaza is set aside twice a month for a farmers' market, with Mito farmers directly selling agricultural products grown on their farms in town. As a venue of a personal contact, the market is a pleasurable way for people to converse directly with the farmers and to enjoy buying their products, particularly vegetables.


4th Saturdays in June, September, October, November  12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.

Art Tower Market

marketA flea market primarily offering recycled goods and hand-made crafts by amateur artists. You will find the site crammed with plenty of elaborate art objects on sale.

*Art Tower market had been scheduled for Saturday, October 27, but time and location has been changed.
It will be held in the central city on Sunday, October 28, as MITO MATINAKA FESTIVAL.
Opening hours: 11:00 to 16:00


4th Fridays in April through October (except August)  12:15p.m. to 12:55p.m.

Ibaraki Prefecture Police Musical Band Friday Concert

fridaySix times a year, a brass band concert is held in the ATM Plaza on the third or fourth Friday of the month by the Ibaraki Prefectural Police Band. Their broad repertoire spans from classical music to pops and folk music, and their playing can be casually enjoyed by young and old alike.


June 18 (Sat), 2011

Candle Night of One Million People

On the summer solstice, or midsummer's night, lights are turned off across the world and people light candles in their hands, in what is known as the "Candle Night of One Million People." This event at ATM is held in coordination with that worldwide event, with candles lighting up the Plaza and the outer hallways of the facilities.


July 23 (Sat), 2011

22nd Goken Summer Night Concert & Fureai (heart warming) Festival

A summer musical festival in the Goken district of Mito City, the part of town where Art Tower Mito (ATM) is situated. All sorts of musical groups will perform on stage, including choirs made up of kindergarteners, grade school pupils, junior high students, high school students, and adults, respectively, along with special groups for the preservation of traditional performing arts.


July 29 (Fri), 2011

12th Mito Design Project

Competition of publicly-presented works by students from culture design academies.

* Canceled due to bad weather


August 6-7 (Sat-Sun), 2011

Mito Komon Festival: Summer Dream Music

Various musical groups will perform pops and jazz numbers on the ATM Plaza stage.


August 2011

24-hour Charity Event

Volunteer groups will conduct a 24-hour charity drive, with stalls selling various items and visitors playing such games as darts and ring toss.


September 17-18 (Sat-Sun), 2011

Open-air Crafts Market: Autumn in Mito

People who love making things and fans of handicrafts will come together at the crafts market in the ATM Plaza to display and sell T-shirts. There will also be such events as live acoustic performances and live painting.

Organizer: Mito Design Festival Planning Committee


October 29-30 (Sat-Sun), 2011

Ibaraki Teas: Hang in There!
-Big Tasting Event Matching the Best Teas and Sweets from Ibaraki

Ibaraki teas may not be so well-known, but they sure are delicious! There are three major brands to be introduced: Oku-kuji (green and black teas), Sashima (green and black teas), and Furu-uchi (green and roasted green teas). Also presented for your tasting pleasure are sweets, made in Ibaraki, that go well with tea. They include sweets made from apples, burdock root, lotus root, peanuts, and chestnuts. The All-Ibaraki tasting event helps support the local farmers and planters who have suffered in the recent earthquake and nuclear plant disasters.


December 2011 to January 2012

'11ATMSF (Art Tower Mito Starlight Fantasy)

The building and tower of Art Tower Mito (ATM) will be specially illuminated for this festival, with various events for citizen to take part in. On December 1 there will be a lighting ceremony, and a countdown to the New Year will take place starting on December 31 toward January 1. Various other citizen-designed events will also take place.


December 11 (Sun), 2011

Beethoven's 9th Symphony Sung by 300 Musicians, 2011

Note: Refer to the description in the Music division above for details.


January 8 (Sun), 2012

2012 Mito City Coming-of-Age Day Ceremony

In Japan, young people who turn 20 in a given year are welcomed into adulthood by official coming-of-age ceremonies in January. The event in ATM Plaza is organized by a ceremony planning committee made up of the young people themselves, with several commemorative functions carried out to mark and celebrate the new chapter in their lives.


February 18 (Sat), 2012  9:30a.m. to 3:00p.m. 

The Tastes of the Mito Domain! Castle Town Festival

In the years of the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1868), the Mito Domain was ruled by a feudal lord. This festival will present and sell the local foodstuffs grown within the former Mito Domain and recreate the cuisines -Mito specialties- made using them.


Other Scheduled Events

September 13 (Tue) to 25 (Sun), 2011 / ATM Entrance Hall

43rd Flower Picture Competition: Showing of Artworks

An exhibition of artworks submitted by the public, as part of the "Flowers Everywhere Movement" being organized primarily by the Council for the Promotion of Good Living and Town Building in Mito City. More than 300 excellent paintings will be put on display, drawn by nursery-school and day-care-center children, kindergarteners, grade-school pupils, junior high students.


September 23 (Fri, Autumnal Equinox holiday), 24-25 (Sat-Sun), 2011 / ACM Theatre

15th Mito Short Film Festival

A film festival exclusively showing short features. Works to be shown will include those chosen through public competition as well as specially-invited films produced by outside directors. Lectures and talks will also be given.


September 18 (Sun), 2011 / Concert Hall ATM, ATM Plaza

Young People's Festival

This festival is highlighted by several a cappella concerts, which are popular among today's youth. In combination with the concerts, various events will also take place in the ATM Plaza.


October 2011 / ATM Entrance Hall

2011 Exhibition of Family Paintings, Posters, and Essays

An exhibition of paintings, posters, and essays promoting the building of happy families and publicizing the 3rd Monday of every month as "Family Day."


October 2011 / ATM Entrance Hall

Exhibition of Schoolchildren's Sketches from the 44th Mito no Hagi Festival

An exhibition of artworks depicting hagi (bush clovers) as drawn by preschoolers, kindergarteners and grade-schoolers during sketching events taking place at Kairakuen as part of the Mito no Hagi Festival in September. The hagi is the symbol of Mito City.


January 2012 / ATM Entrance Hall

34th Schoolchildren Artwork Exhibition from Sister Cities of Mito and Takamatsu

To encourage exchanges between Mito and Takamatsu, an exhibition will be made of artworks drawn by schoolchildren of the two cities.


February 25-26 (Sat-Sun), 2012 / ACM Theatre

"We Love Japanese Films! 2012" Promoting the Viewing of Excellent Films

A two-day showing of famous Japanese films, with the aim of getting more people to become familiarized with them.

Organizer: NPO Cinema Punch


February 25-26 (Sat-Sun), 2012 / ACM Theatre

26th Mito Film Festival

A two-day showing of recently-made popular films that are rarely shown publicly in Mito.

Organizer: NPO Cinema Punch


End of February to early March 2012 / Entrance Hall

'11 ATMSF Starlight Children's Painting Exhibition

Exhibition of scenery paintings drawn by sixth graders, depicting the illuminated decorations of Art Tower Mito (ATM) and shopping streets around Mito City.


February 2012 / Concert Hall ATM

10th Otebashi Plum Concert

A joint concert by bands and other groups from the Mito City No. 2 Junior High School, as well as the San-no-maru, Goken, and Yanagawa Elementary Schools.


February 18 (Sat), 2012 / Conference Hall, ACM Theatre, Concert Hall ATM

The summit of domain schools

During the years of the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1868), schools known as han-ko were set up in feudal domains (called han) across the country for the children of samurai, and many of those schools still exist today in modern form. This event is being organized with the participation of the heads of the former domain-lord families, people connected to the former samurai schools, and the general public, with the aim of maintaining the traditions of the schools and keeping their spirit alive today. The event will consist of conferences, commemorative lectures, recitations of the Kodokan (the old han-ko building in Mito) and Kairakuen inscriptions, film introductions of the studies and educational legacy of the Mito Domain, and the adoption of the Mito Declaration.


February to March 2012 / Concert Hall ATM

Elementary & Junior High Brass Band Concert
-- Celebrating Their Excellent Performance in National Contests --

A concert given by brass bands and other ensembles from local grade schools and junior high schools that have competed and placed well in national wind-instrument competitions.


November 27 (Sun) / ACM Theatre, ATM Entrance Hall

Concert of Traditional Performing Arts Groups

A concert given by several groups from places around the city of Mito, devoted to the study of traditional performing arts handed down from antiquity.


Concert dates not yet fixed / Concert Hall ATM

Family Concert for Parents and Children

This concert is meant for the enjoyment of young children. Organizers: Mito City Board of Education, Art Culture Activation Project Planning Committee

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