| Oct 18, 2013

Kyoto shrine ready for Kurama Fire Festival

The Kurama Fire Festival, considered one of the strangest festivals in Kyoto, will take place Tuesday at Yuki Shrine. The festival starts when lanterns are lit in front of each house in the surrounding area at 6 p.m. and continues with boys and men ...

| Oct 11, 2013

Big Oktoberfest at Deutsche Schule Kobe

Deutsche Schule Kobe European School will hold Oktoberfest 2013 on Oct. 19 in Kobe. Live German music will be performed during the event, which will last from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but traditional German food — including homemade sausage — ...

| Sep 27, 2013

International artists flock to 'Kyoto Experiment'

The Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival’s “Kyoto Experiment” will run from Saturday until Oct. 27. Artists from Argentina, Brazil, Britain, France, Germany and Japan will gather and present performances and related events, including exhibitions, lectures and symposiums at various sites throughout the city of ...

| Sep 13, 2013

'Rakugo' show, shamisen workshop in English

A “rakugo” comic storytelling performance and a shamisen workshop, both in English, will be held for free Sept. 23 in Osaka as part of the Kansai Music Conference. The workshop will start at noon and the rakugo at 12:30 p.m. No reservations are required. ...

| Sep 6, 2013

Street performers to act at Osaka festival

The Tempozan World Performance Festival will take place in Osaka between Sept. 14 and 16. Visitors to the festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, can watch 36 groups of street performers. Admission is free. The venue is Tempozan Harbor ...

| Aug 30, 2013

Foreigners invited to help carry festival shrines

The Nishinomiya City International Association is seeking foreigners who want to carry “mikoshi” portable shrines and board special boats during the Nishinomiya Festival on Sept. 23. Applications must be submitted by Sept. 6. The participation fee is ¥500. The participants will meet at 9 ...

| Aug 23, 2013

Kyoto temple presents 1,000 lights memorial

Saturday is the second day of the Sento (1,000 lights) memorial service at Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple in Kyoto. Numerous candles will be lit between 5:30-8:30 p.m. in honor of thousands of deceased buried in the temple without any surviving relatives to pray for their ...

| Aug 17, 2013

Nara temple to hold annual Jizoe ceremony

Gangoji Temple in Nara will hold its annual Jizoe ceremony next Friday and Saturday. Such ceremonies are held for the repose of ancestors and to pray for global peace, the prosperity of families and good health for their children. During the event from 5 ...

| Aug 2, 2013

Famed Nara Great Buddha to be cleansed

The Great Buddha at Todaiji Temple in Nara will go through its annual cleansing and purification ceremony Wednesday, and visitors will be allowed to watch the procedure from 7:30 a.m. About 120 monks dressed in white will clean it, and the whole event will ...