| Feb 28, 2014

Special education series for non-Japanese

The Osaka International House Foundation is seeking foreigners who have just started to learn Japanese and are interested in attending three sessions in March to learn more about Japan. Participants, who need to attend all three sessions, will learn about annual Japanese events on ...

| Feb 21, 2014

Todaiji's Omizutori festival set for March 1-15

Todaiji Temple in Nara Prefecture will hold its annual Omizutori festival from March 1 to 15. Torch-carrying, among the most well-known rituals during the festival, also referred to as the Shunie, will take place in Nigatsudo hall from 7 p.m. from March 1 to ...

| Feb 14, 2014

Foreign anime artists to converge on Kobe

Animation artists from Israel, Poland and Switzerland will show their works and speak about the animation industry in their countries in Kobe on Feb. 21 and in Kyoto on Feb. 22. Admission is free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by sending an ...

| Feb 7, 2014

Plum trees in bloom in Minabe, Wakayama

Nearly 80,000 plum trees are in bloom in Minabe, Wakayama Prefecture, this month and the area will be open to the public until March 2. In addition to the plum blossoms, various events are being staged for visitors, including dance and music performances, tea ...

| Jan 31, 2014

'Setsubun' ceremonies in Kyoto and Nara

Many temples and shrines in Kyoto and Nara will hold a “setsubun” ceremony this Monday 3 to celebrate the last day of winter in the traditional lunar calendar. Scattering beans to drive out devils and attract good fortune is one of the main activities ...

| Jan 24, 2014

Dancers sought for 'Dance 4 All' Kyoto event

Kyoto Art Center is seeking people who are interested in performing in the “Dance 4 All” events in Kyoto on Feb. 22 and 23. Dancing skills and experience are not required, but participants need to attend as many practice sessions as possible between Feb. ...

| Jan 17, 2014

Seminar for foreign job hunters in Osaka

Foreigners who want to work in Japan will have a chance to join a seminar in Minoh, Osaka Prefecture, on Tuesday to learn job-interview tips; to attend a counseling session Jan. 28 with the aim of finding a suitable job; and to meet company ...

| Dec 20, 2013

Diplomats' photo exhibit under way in Kobe 

Photos taken all over Japan by 57 foreign diplomats will be on display until Jan. 20 in Kobe. The exhibition, based on this year’s theme of “Cool Japan!” is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. It is closed Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays and ...

| Dec 13, 2013

'Cooks4Cooks' fundraising event in Kyoto

The fundraising event “Cooks4Cooks” for people in West Bengal will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Tadg’s Irish Restaurant & Bar in Kyoto. Funds will be raised through a bring-and-buy baked goods sale and a raffle for culinary related prizes. ...