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Ceramic, pottery festivals; Nara Tokae Festival; children’s rights seminar

Kyoto Gojozaka Pottery Festival this weekend

The Gojozaka Pottery Festival is running through Sunday in Kyoto, featuring around 400 stalls.

The festival is open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., although some of the shops will close by 10:30 p.m. The venue is close to Kiyomizu Gojo Station on the Keihan Line. For more information, check toukimaturi.gr.jp (in Japanese) or call 075-541-1192.

Thousands of candles at Nara Tokae Festival

The Nara Tokae Festival will illuminate Nara Park and the surrounding area with thousands of candles between 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. until Aug. 14. To get to the venues, take a city loop bus from JR Nara or Kintetsu Nara stations.

For details, visit www.toukae.jp/tokae_e/index.html (in English) or call 0180-997-515.

Children’s rights seminar to be held in Osaka

The Osaka Association for UNICEF will host a seminar on children’s rights on Aug. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The seminar will feature a keynote speech, panel talk and workshop. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing un@unicef-osaka.jp, or calling 06-6645-5123. The venue is Osaka-shi Chuo Kokaido, a one-minute walk from Naniwabashi Station on the Keihan Nakanoshima Line. More details are available at www.unicef-osaka.jp/act/index.html (in Japanese).

Major ceramics festival in Tokoname, Aichi

The Tokoname Ware Festival will see a range of products put on sale in the Aichi Prefecture town famous for its ceramics history, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 23 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 24. The Saturday stage will be followed by a fireworks show from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The festival will take place at various sites in the city and buses will be available from Tokoname Station on the Meitetsu Tokoname Line. More details can be found at www.city.toko name.aichi.jp/ctg/25110011/25110011.html (in Japanese). The contact number is 0569-34-3200.