| 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 ...

| 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. ...