Events | KANSAI: WHO & WHAT 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 p.m. ...

Events | KANSAI: WHO & WHAT 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 at ...

Events | KANSAI: WHO & WHAT 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 Line. ...

Events | KANSAI: WHO & WHAT 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 to Rinku ...

Events | KANSAI: WHO & WHAT 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 required ...