Free concert on tap in Otsu’s Biwako Hall

Music lovers can enjoy a free short concert by four trumpet players from the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra and a pianist from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 10 in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture.

They will play pieces by Britten, Mascagni and others. No reservations are required.

The concert will be in Biwako Hall, a three-minute walk from Ishiba Station on the Keihan Ishiyama Sakamoto Line. For more information, look at www.biwako-hall.or.jp/2013/05/7388/ (in Japanese) or call (077) 523-7150.

Counseling session for foreigners in Kyoto

The Kyoto City International Foundation will hold a free counseling session for foreigners from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 8 in Kyoto.

Issues to be covered include insurance, labor troubles, legal matters, mental conditions, pensions, taxes and visa status. Translation will be provided in Chinese, English, Korean and Spanish.

Reservations must be made by calling (075) 752-3511 or visiting the foundation in Kyoto International Community House Kokoka, which is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

To know more about the event, visit www.kcif.or.jp/HP/event/top/en/img/EventCalendar201306.pdf (in English).

Major ikebana event set for Kyoto Art Center

Kyoto Ikebana Presentation 2013 will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 6 and 7.

More than 60 flower arrangement artists from 34 groups based in Kyoto will arrange irises.

Visitors can also attend flower arrangement lessons at 7 p.m. on June 6 and 2 p.m. on June 7 for a ¥500 fee.

Reservations for the lessons are required through www.kac.or.jp/events/5798/ (in Japanese) or by calling (075) 213-1000.

A symposium will be also held from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the first day of the event.

The venue, Kyoto Art Center, is a five-minute walk from Shijo Station on the Karasuma subway line or Karasuma Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line.

Nagoya Hawaii Festival runs through weekend

Nagoya Hawaii Festival 2013 is continuing through Sunday.

Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the festival features stage performances by Hawaiian artists, traditional lei and quilt craft demonstrations, a workshop to learn Hawaiian massage and a Hawaiian market.

Admission is free. The festival takes place in Oasis 21 and Mochinoki Hiroba, both of which are a two-minute walk from Sakae Station on the Higashiyama and Meijo subway lines.

Further information can be found at cte.jp/sp/hawaii-fes/index.html (in Japanese) or by calling (052) 957-3333.

Festival highlights traditional Arimatsu tie-dying

The Arimatsu Shibori Festival will take place in Nagoya from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be a demonstration of traditional “shibori” tie-dyeing by the district’s experts. Visitors can also attend a shibori class for beginners for ¥500, and buy various original works by amateur and professional artists.

The festival takes place around Arimatsu Station on the Meitetsu Line. For more information, visit www.shibori-kaikan.com/shiborimatsuri.html (in Japanese) or call (052) 621-0111.