| 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” ...

| 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, ...