| 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 ...

| Feb 28, 2014

Special education series for non-Japanese

The Osaka International House Foundation is seeking foreigners who have just started to learn Japanese and are interested in attending three sessions in March to learn more about Japan. Participants, who need to attend all three sessions, will learn about annual Japanese events on ...

| Feb 21, 2014

Todaiji's Omizutori festival set for March 1-15

Todaiji Temple in Nara Prefecture will hold its annual Omizutori festival from March 1 to 15. Torch-carrying, among the most well-known rituals during the festival, also referred to as the Shunie, will take place in Nigatsudo hall from 7 p.m. from March 1 to ...

| Feb 14, 2014

Foreign anime artists to converge on Kobe

Animation artists from Israel, Poland and Switzerland will show their works and speak about the animation industry in their countries in Kobe on Feb. 21 and in Kyoto on Feb. 22. Admission is free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by sending an ...

| Feb 7, 2014

Plum trees in bloom in Minabe, Wakayama

Nearly 80,000 plum trees are in bloom in Minabe, Wakayama Prefecture, this month and the area will be open to the public until March 2. In addition to the plum blossoms, various events are being staged for visitors, including dance and music performances, tea ...

| Jan 31, 2014

'Setsubun' ceremonies in Kyoto and Nara

Many temples and shrines in Kyoto and Nara will hold a “setsubun” ceremony this Monday 3 to celebrate the last day of winter in the traditional lunar calendar. Scattering beans to drive out devils and attract good fortune is one of the main activities ...

| Jan 24, 2014

Dancers sought for 'Dance 4 All' Kyoto event

Kyoto Art Center is seeking people who are interested in performing in the “Dance 4 All” events in Kyoto on Feb. 22 and 23. Dancing skills and experience are not required, but participants need to attend as many practice sessions as possible between Feb. ...