| May 11, 2013

Aoi Festival will be held Wednesday in Kyoto

The Aoi Festival, one of the three largest in Kyoto, will take place Wednesday. The highlight, a parade of more than 500 people in elegant costumes from the Heian Period, will leave the Kyoto Imperial Palace at 10:30 a.m., stop at Shimogamo Shrine at ...

| Apr 27, 2013

Telemann institute to hold 38 classical concerts

The Telemann Institute Japan, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, will host 38 concerts, most of them free of charge, from Saturday through June 17 in five cities in Hyogo, Kyoto, and Osaka prefectures. Pieces by Bach, Vivaldi, Johann Pachelbel and Georg Philipp Telemann ...

| Apr 20, 2013

Kyoto temple to host tatami 'memorial service'

The Japan Tatami Industry Promotion Association will host the country’s first ever “memorial service” for the straw mats by burning them in Kyoto’s Shojokein Temple on Thursday. The burning ritual will start at 2 p.m. and last about an hour, after which new mats ...

| Apr 13, 2013

Welcome party for new residents of Kyoto

The Kyoto City International Foundation will hold a welcome party and seminar April 21 for newly arrived foreign residents. The seminar, which will be conducted in Chinese, English and Japanese from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., will explain various issues, including visas, part-time jobs, ...

Apr 6, 2013

Children's workshop will feature fabric dyeing

The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture will hold a workshop April 21 in which children learn to dye fabrics using cherry trees. Students in elementary and junior high school and their guardians will be accepted in the workshop, which will ...

| Mar 30, 2013

Kyoto's Zuishin-in hosting dance performance

Children in pale pink traditional costumes will dance and sing in a Hanezu Odori performance in Kyoto’s Zuishin-in Temple on Sunday. The performance will be held four times — at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission, which includes the temple’s ...

| Mar 16, 2013

Kyoto to screen German nuclear documentary

The German documentary “Under Control” about nuclear plants in the country, with Japanese subtitles, will be shown for free from 2 p.m. on March 23 in Kyoto. The film’s director, Volker Sattel, and producer, Stefanie Gaus, will join the audience after the film for ...

Mar 9, 2013

Free information on residence status offered

Foreign residents are invited to attend a free counseling session with licensed administrative scriveners about their residence status from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 17 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture. Translation services in both Chinese and English will be provided. Those who need translation ...

| Mar 2, 2013

Noh performances in Kyoto to benefit Tohoku

Charity noh plays will be performed in Kyoto on March 13 to support people affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The performances will start at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. All of the ¥1,500 admission fee will be donated to organizations helping ...

| Feb 23, 2013

Free calligraphy lesson offered in Toyonaka

Foreigners can take a Japanese calligraphy lesson March 9 in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture . Translation service in English will be provided during the lesson, which will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Participation is free. Reservations must be made by March 5 by sending ...