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Music students to hold concert series in Kyoto

Students from music schools abroad and in Japan will perform at the Kyoto International Music Students Festival 2013 from May 25 to 29.

The performances will start at 6:30 p.m. except May 26, when it will start at 3 p.m.

Admission each day is ¥1,000, but a series pass costs only ¥3,000.

The venue, Kyotofuritsu Fumin Hall ALTI, is a five-minute walk from Imadegawa Station in the city of Kyoto on the Karasuma subway line.

For more information, see micro.rohm.com/jp/rmf/naiyou/kokusai_kouryu/festival13.html (in Japanese) or call (075) 751-0617.

Mifune Festival set for Sunday in Kyoto

The Mifune Festival will take place at Kurumazaki Shrine in Kyoto on Sunday.

People in traditional costumes will leave the shrine in a procession at 1 p.m. and get on more than 20 boats at 2 p.m. to move around on the Oi River for about two hours.

The shrine is near Kurumazaki Jinja Station on the Arashiyama Line. For more information, look at www.kurumazakijinja.or.jp/mifunemathuri.html (in Japanese) or call (075) 861-0039.

International potluck party in Nishinomiya

The Nishinomiya City International Association will hold a potluck party from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on May 25 for babies and preschool children with foreign roots and their parents.

Reservations must be made by sending an email to niasakura@ceres.ocn.ne.jp .

Each participant needs to pay ¥100 for insurance and bring a dish or snack to share. The venue is Frente Nishinomiya, which is close to JR Nishinomiya Station in Hyogo Prefecture.

For further infomation, check www.nishi.or.jp/homepage/nia/pdf/kids_e.pdf (in English) or call (0798) 32-8680.

Secondhand books available in Nagoya

The Nagoya International Center will host a book recycling bazaar from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 2.

Visitors can choose from more than 3,000 secondhand books, including English fiction paperbacks, children’s books, books about Japan and textbooks for learning Japanese. Donations in exchange for the books will be split between the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan and purchasing new books for the center’s library.

The center is a seven-minute walk from Nagoya Station.

For more information, go to www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/en/e/archives/7718 (in English) or call (052) 581-0100.

Multilingual walking tour of Nagoya’s temples

Foreigners are invited to join a walking tour in Nagoya to visit temples and shrines from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 2.

Led by volunteers, interpretation will be available in Chinese, English, Portuguese and Spanish. Reservations are required by calling (052) 581-0100 or sending email to nicwalking@nic-nagoya.or.jp. Only 30 participants will be accepted.

Participants will need to pay ¥100 for insurance and ¥500 to enter the garden at Koshoji Temple. They will meet the volunteers at Motoyama Station on the Higashiyama and Meijo subway lines.

For more info, visit www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/en/e/archives/9091 (in English).