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| 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, ...

| May 30, 2014

Noh performance on torch-lit stage in Kyoto

Nighttime Takigi Noh will be performed on a torch-lit outdoor stage at Heian Jingu Shrine in Kyoto this Sunday and Monday. Admission for the play, which will start at 5:30 p.m. each day, is ¥4,000. The shrine is a 10-minute walk from Higashiyama Station ...

| 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 ...