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Free kimono fitting by professionals in Toyonaka

Offering a slice of traditional Japanese culture, professional fitters will help non-Japanese dress in kimono Nov. 25 in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture.

Women are required to bring tank tops and leggings and men running shorts to wear under the kimono. Ten women and two men will be able to participate in the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There is no cost.

Reservations must be made by Nov. 22 via email to senrirenkei@city.toyonaka.osaka.jp (in English and Japanese) or phone (06) 6831-4133 (in Japanese).

The venue, Korabo Senri Bunka Center, is close to Senri Chuo Station on the Osaka Monorail and the Kitaosaka Kyuko Line.

Make rice cakes old-fashioned way in Minoh

The Minoh Association of Global Awareness will host an event to make rice cakes from steamed rice using mallets and mortars Nov. 24 in Minoh, Osaka Prefecture.

Participants need to bring aprons and dishcloths to the event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Higashi Lifelong Learning Center. Reservations must be made by Nov. 17.

Thirty-six people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission is ¥300 for non-Japanese residents and supporting members of the association, ¥200 for junior high school students and younger, and ¥400 for others.

To get to the venue, take buses 30, 51, 55, 56, 58 or 59 from Senri Chuo Station on the Osaka Monorail and the Kitaosaka Kyuko Line and get off at either the Toyokawa Shisho or Ninotani stops.

For reservations and more information, call (072) 727-6912.

Chrysanthemum exhibit at Daikakuji Temple

An autumn chrysanthemum exhibition is being held at Daikakuji Temple in Kyoto until Nov. 30. The temple, where about 600 flowers are displayed, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is ¥500 for adults and ¥300 for high school, junior high school and elementary school students.

The temple is a 17-minute walk from Saga Arashiyama Station on the JR Sanin Line. For more information, visit www.daikakuji.or.jp/omairi/eventlist/ (in Japanese) or call (075) 871-0071.

See the autumn ginkgo leaves in Inazawa

The Sobue ginkgo yellow leaves festival will take place in Inazawa, Aichi Prefecture, from Nov. 23 through Dec. 2. The town of Sobue is known for having more than 10,000 ginkgo trees, some more than 100 years old. The venue is a three-minute walk from Yamazaki Station on the Meitetsu Bisai Line. For more information, visit home.owari.ne.jp/~sobuetyo/ (in Japanese) or call (0587) 97-5800.

International festival on tap in Toyohashi

Toyohashi International Festival 2012 will be held in Aichi Prefecture from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The event features various ethnic stage performances, sessions for participants to experience Japanese culture, a Japanese speech contest and a restaurant serving food from different countries.

Admission is free. The venue, Kodomo Miraikan Coconico, is a 10-minute walk from Toyohashi Station on the JR Tokaido and Iida lines. For further information, visit www.toyohashi-tia.or.jp/pdf-chirashi/H24.fes.pdf or call (0532) 55-3671.