Children’s workshop will feature fabric dyeing

The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture will hold a workshop April 21 in which children learn to dye fabrics using cherry trees.

Students in elementary and junior high school and their guardians will be accepted in the workshop, which will run from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In addition to a participation fee of ¥600, adults need to pay ¥550 as the entrance fee to the museum. Reservations must be made by April 8 at (in Japanese).

To get to the museum, take the bus bound for Shigaidai from Seta Station on the JR Biwako Line and get off at Bunkazonmae. For more information, call (077) 543-2111.

Japanese-language lessons offered in Suita

Non-native Japanese speakers can learn the language on Mondays and Thursdays from Monday to Sept. 30 in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

The classes for beginners will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while those for people with basic conversation skills will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Participation is free, but textbooks must be purchased. Reservations must be made by calling (06) 6835-1192.

The Suita Interpeople Friendship Association is a one-minute walk from Minamisenri Station on the Hankyu Senri Line. For details, visit (in Japanese) or call (06) 6835-1192.

Special performance at Kyoto’s Seiryoji Temple

“Dainenbutsu kyogen,” a traditional performance art that the Buddhist monk Enkaku is said to have started as early as the 14th century, will be performed in Seiryoji Temple in Kyoto from 1:30 p.m. on April 7, 13 and 14.

Admission is free. The temple is a 15-minute walk from Saga Arashiyama Station on the JR Sagano Line.

For more information, go to (in Japanese) or call (075) 861-0343.

Tea ceremony under cherry trees in Nagoya

Shirotori Garden in Nagoya will hold a tea ceremony from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in which participants can also enjoy cherry blossoms.

Reservations will start at 9 a.m. each day in the garden. In addition to the entrance fee of ¥300 to the garden for adults (free for junior high school students and younger), participation in the tea ceremony costs ¥500.

Visitors wearing kimono, however, won’t have to pay the entrance fee on those days.

The garden is a 10-minute walk from Jingunishi Station on the Meijo subway line. Further information is available at (in Japanese) or by calling (052) 681-8928.

Special pottery class for kids, parents in Aichi

Akabane Hiragana No Kai, a volunteer group in Tahara, Aichi Prefecture, will offer foreign and Japanese children and their guardians an opportunity to work together to make pottery from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. April. 21.

Reservations must be made by April 14 by sending email to or calling (0531) 45-3499.

To access the venue, Akabane Shiminkan, take the Toyotetsu Bus Irago Shisen Line from Mikawa Tahara Station on the Toyohashi Tetsudo Line, and get off at Akabane.

For more information, visit (in Japanese) or call (0531) 45-3499.