| 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 ...

| Jul 19, 2013

Foreigners invited to Toyonaka Bon festival

Foreigners are welcome to experience the traditional “bon odori” folk dance in Toyonaka, Osaka, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on July 30. Participation is free and participants need to bring socks. Only 15 people will be accepted and reservations must be made by ...

| Jul 12, 2013

Health and cucumbers ritual at Kyoto temple

A cucumber purification ceremony will be held July 21 and 22 at Gochisan Rengeji Temple in Kyoto, where participants will write their name, age and ailment on a cucumber, rub their body with it and bury it in the ground so the sickness will ...

| Jul 5, 2013

Free movie at ethnology museum in Suita

The National Museum of Ethnology in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, will have a free screening July 13 of a film worked on by people from Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia. “The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner” will be shown with ...

| Jun 29, 2013

Yoshino temple to hold pair of ceremonies

Visitors to Kimpusenji Temple in Yoshino, Nara Prefecture, will be able to enjoy two ceremonies next Friday: “Renge-e,” the offering of lotus flowers to the temple’s principal image, and “kaeru tobi” frog-jumping. Admission is free. The temple is a 15-minute walk from Yoshinoyama Station ...

| Jun 15, 2013

Enjoy a Zimbabwe lecture-concert combo

A lecture and concert related to Zimbabwe will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Nagoya on Saturday. The lecture, to be conducted in English, covers the culture and social problems of the country. Zimbabwean sweets will be served during the concert. ...

| Jun 7, 2013

Rice festival at Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine

Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine in Kyoto will hold a rice seedling festival Monday in which women in traditional clothing from the Heian Period will dance and other women in farming outfits and hats will plant shoots in the shrine’s sacred rice field. Admission is ...

| Jun 1, 2013

Free concert on tap in Otsu's Biwako Hall

Music lovers can enjoy a free short concert by four trumpet players from the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra and a pianist from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 10 in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture. They will play pieces by Britten, Mascagni and others. No reservations are ...

| May 25, 2013

64th Kyoto Takigi noh performance to be held

The 64th Kyoto Takigi noh performance will take place from 5:30 p.m. on the first weekend of June in Heian Jingu Shrine in Kyoto. Featured are the plays “Tamanoi,” “Hanjo,” “Ochanomizu” and “Koi no Omoni” on June 1, and “Kamo,” “Mitsuyama,” “Kubibiki” and “Oeyama” ...