Major water summit

The Budapest Water Summit will be held in the Hungarian capital from Oct. 8 to 11. The summit, organized by the Hungarian government in cooperation with the U.N. System and the World Water Council, will be one of the major events of the year relating to water and sanitation.

The main objective of the Budapest Water Summit is to take stock of the various developments, within and outside the U.N. System, in preparing water-related goals for the post Rio+20 development agenda.

During the four days, governments, international organizations, financial institutions, businesses and other groups will gather in Budapest to discuss the most pressing challenges of water and sanitation.

Areas covered are: 1) Striving for universal access to water and sanitation, 2) Integrated water recourses management for the 21st century, 3) Good water governance, 4) Green economy for blue water and 5) Investment in and financing of the implementation of sustainable development goals for water and sanitation.

For more information, visit www.budapestwatersummit.hu/budapest-water-summit/news .

Two-day ASEAN Festival

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the of ASEAN-Japan Dialogue relations this year, the ASEAN-Japan Centre will organize the ASEAN Festival on Oct. 5 and 6 at Yamashita Park in Yokohama.

At the festival, a variety of booths to introduce and offer the culture, food and entertainment of Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries — Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Also, unique and traditional arts and crafts of each country will be available and the festival invites some artists and international students in Japan from those 10 countries to perform traditional dance and music.

The opening ceremony will start from 10:30 a.m. and the festival will be held until 7 p.m. each day.

Entrance is free and the event will go on even if it rains.

For more information, visit www.aseanfes.jp .


Anniversary confections

Kogetsu. Co., a Japanese confectionery company founded in 1945 in Kyoto, will offer two new tastes of its signature confectionery, Senju Senbei, in smaller size than usual, from Oct. 10.

First produced in 1963, Senju Senbei is made of a light sugar cream sandwiched by waffle shells. “Senju” means a thousand years of happiness, and the shape of this confection represents an auspicious scene: the shadow of a flying crane reflected upon ocean waves.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of this product, the company will offer two new tastes for the sugar cream: apple with brown sugar and organic “hojicha” (roasted green tea).

The new size is about the size of a macaroon, making for an easy to eat snack and convenient as a gift.

The products will be available at Kogetsu stores around Japan, including shops in Kitte Granche, Matsuya Ginza and Tobu Ikebukuro in Tokyo.

For more information, visit www.kogetsu.com .

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