| Feb 16, 2013

Plum, camellia blossoms take center stage

Jonangu Shrine in Kyoto is holding a festival featuring camellia and weeping plum blossoms from next Monday to March 21. The shrine is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a guided tour at 3 p.m. by the Shinto priest. Admission is ¥500 ...

| Feb 2, 2013

Check out 'cake shrine' for Valentine's Day

Around 80 students from a cooking school in Osaka will demonstrate their final procedure to complete a shrine made of 500 “dorayaki” pancakes, 40 kg of chocolate and 400 cookies from Wednesday through Friday to pray for good luck on Valentine’s Day. The performances ...

| Jan 26, 2013

Festival celebrates international cooperation

The One World Festival will take place Feb. 2 and 3 in Osaka to raise awareness of international cooperation through education, interaction and mutual assistance. During the festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, NPOs and NGOs based in the ...

| Jan 19, 2013

Enjoy fireworks display on Mount Wakakusa

A huge field on Mount Wakakusa in Nara Prefecture will be set on fire at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 following a 15-minute fireworks display. Admission to the mountain is free on the day of the event, which is held annually, but visitors will not ...

| Jan 5, 2013

Nishinomiya hosting hand drum concert

The Otani Memorial Art Museum in the city of Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, will hold a small hand drum concert Jan. 14 from 2 p.m., while works by various Japanese-style painters are on display through Feb. 17. Those wishing to attend the concert are required ...

| Dec 29, 2012

Penguins parade near Osaka aquarium

Visitors to Osaka’s Kaiyukan aquarium can watch king penguins parading in front of the building on most days until Jan. 14. The birds will take about 20 minutes to walk about 70 meters, and the scheduled times are 11:30 a.m., 1:45 and 3:45. p.m. ...

| Dec 22, 2012

Come laugh your heads off at Osaka shrine

Visitors to Hiraoka Jinja Shrine in Higashi-Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, can join in the laughing ceremony Tuesday to welcome a more joyous new year. During the free event, which starts at 10 a.m., priests will encourage attendees to laugh for about 20 minutes. There will ...

| Dec 15, 2012

Yearend temple cleanups open to the public

Yearend cleaning of Buddhist temples and statues will take place in various locations in Kyoto and Nara toward the end of this month. In Kyoto, Nishi Honganji Temple will be spruced up starting at 7 a.m., while Higashi Honganji Temple will be cleaned starting ...

| Dec 1, 2012

Award-winning European film on tap in Suita

The National Museum of Ethnology in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, will show the award-winning film “The Kid with a Bike,” a Franco-Belgian-Italian production, on Dec. 9. The French-language movie, which was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, will be screened ...