| May 23, 2014

Overnight disaster prep for non-Japanese

Foreign residents can attend overnight training sessions from 4 p.m. June 7 to 10 a.m. the next day in Kyoto to learn how to reduce damage from disasters such as earthquakes. Participants will learn how to put out fires and resuscitate sick or injured ...

| May 16, 2014

Wide-ranging traditional performance in Osaka

Traditional Japanese music, theater, dancing and comedic storytelling will be performed May 25 in Osaka. Admission is free for the Wakanagi Concert, which will start at 2 p.m. The venue is Creo Osaka Higashi, a seven-minute walk from Kyobashi Station on the JR Loop, ...

| May 9, 2014

Kyoto's famed Aoi Festival kicks off Thursday

The Aoi Festival, one of the three major annual festivals in Kyoto, will take place Thursday. A parade of people wearing traditional costumes leading and riding horses and oxen will start from Kyoto Imperial Palace at 10:30 a.m., stop by at Shimogamo Shrine on ...

| May 2, 2014

Kyoto shrine opens ceiling art for viewing

The Hiraoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kyoto allows its 44 colorful drawings of flowers on the ceiling of the building to be viewed by the public twice a year. This year, the spring exhibition will run until May 18. Admission is ¥800. The shrine, which ...

| Apr 18, 2014

Huge carp to stream between skyscrapers

It is a tradition for many Japanese families, especially those raising sons, to fly large carp streamers in front of their houses to celebrate the annual Children’s Day festival on May 5. Visitors to Osaka can enjoy 60 of them flying between a pair ...

| Apr 11, 2014

Tea ceremony at Nara's Saidaiji Temple

People who attend the tea ceremony Saturday and Sunday at Saidaiji Temple in Nara can drink green tea from a huge bowl 30 cm in diameter. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The participation fee of ¥3,000 covers both ...

| Apr 4, 2014

Imperial Palace in Kyoto drops reservations

The Imperial Palace in Kyoto, which usually requires reservations to visit, will be open to the public from Wednesday to April 13. The palace, a five-minute walk from Imadegawa Station on the Karasuma subway line, will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ...

| Mar 28, 2014

Cherry blossom promenade through Kyoto

The Kyoto City International Foundation is inviting foreign residents to join a walk on April 5 to take in the cherry blossoms. The promenade will start at 9:30 a.m. at the Kyoto International Community House, known as “kokoka,” and move on to the Lake ...

| Mar 21, 2014

Huge antique fair next weekend in Kyoto

The 58th Grand Antique Fair in Kyoto will run from March 28 to 30, with more than 350 shops from all over Japan displaying and selling their wares. Admission is free. The market will open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. except ...

| Mar 14, 2014

Kyoto temples plan services to mark nirvana

Some temples in Kyoto will hold an annual memorial service on March 15 to commemorate the Buddha’s achievement of nirvana. One of them, Seiryoji Temple, will start its service at 10 a.m., followed by a torch-lighting ceremony that begins at 8 p.m. Admission is ...