| Aug 29, 2014

Kyoto ready for Chrysanthemum Festivals

The Chrysanthemum Festival to celebrate the ninth day of the ninth month will be held at several temples and shrines in Kyoto. One event will start at 10 a.m. at Kamigamo Shrine (www.kamigamojinja.jp/english/) that can be reached by taking City Bus 4 from Kyoto ...

| Aug 22, 2014

Kyoto temple event to pray for lonely souls

Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple in Kyoto will hold the Sento memorial service on Saturday and Sunday and light candles on thousands of gravestones of those who have no surviving relatives to pray for their souls. The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 ...

| Aug 1, 2014

Osaka gears up for Yodogawa River fireworks

The popular Yodogawa River fireworks display will be held Aug. 9 along the Yodogawa River in Osaka, drawing massive crowds from the surrounding areas to the city. The event, reportedly attended by about 500,000 people last year, will start at 7:50 p.m. and end ...

| Jul 25, 2014

Major festival in Shiga due near Lake Biwa

Biwako Hall in Shiga Prefecture will hold its Summer Festa on Aug. 2 and 3, featuring concerts, art workshops, a play, a documentary, an exhibition and dancing. Some are free. The hall is a three-minute walk from Ishiba Station on the Keihan Ishiyama Sakamoto ...

| Jul 4, 2014

'Cosplay' festival on tap in Izumisano, Osaka

“Cosplayers” dressed up as their favorite manga characters are gathering this weekend for a festival in Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture. Admission for the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, is ¥1,000. The venue is Rinku Town, close ...

| Jun 27, 2014

Foreigners invited to Yukata Day in Nishinomiya

The Nishinomiya City International Association in Hyogo Prefecture will hold a Yukata Day from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 5 in which foreigners can learn how to wear the summer kimono and enjoy a tea ceremony afterward. Participation is ¥500. Reservations are ...

| Jun 13, 2014

Free counseling for foreigners offered in Kyoto

The Kyoto City International Foundation will host a free counseling session for foreign residents from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on June 21. Participants can ask experts about various issues such as laws, mental health, social insurance, taxes and visas. Translation services in Chinese, ...

| Jun 6, 2014

International music and dance festival in Suita

The National Museum of Ethnology in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, will host the Fete de la Musique 2014 from 10:25 a.m. to 4:35 p.m. June 22. The festival will feature music and dancing from several countries, including Bolivia, China, Japan, Greece, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Tahiti, ...