Immortalizing Mt. Fuji

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Mount Fuji being named a UNESCO World Heritage site, a live painting event will be held June 22 from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. at the Crystal Lagoon in the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park.

Mizuki Tanaka, the only woman specializing in bathhouse murals in Japan, will recreate the mountain on a 2-meter by 4-meter canvas in front of an audience.

The theme of the mural is “omotenashi,” or hospitality. In addition to showcasing the mountain, the event will also be an opportunity to capture what Mount Fuji symbolizes to people.

The event is organized by Fujiyama NAVI, a website providing a comprehensive guide to Mount Fuji, and goo Fujisanban, a site dedicated to the protection and preservation of the mountain.

The artist’s background and her experience in the world of Fuji mural painting will be available on the websites.

A video of the entire painting process will also be available after the event.



Research fellowship

The Hakuho Foundation, an incorporated public interest foundation, began accepting applications for the 10th Hakuho Japanese Research Fellowship on June 10.

University professors, associate professors or assistant professors with outstanding research results, or other persons with equivalent research backgrounds working in the fields of Japanese language, Japanese language education, Japanese literature or culture are eligible.

Sufficient Japanese language proficiency is necessary and applicants must be non-Japanese nationals residing outside of Japan, but researchers with Japanese nationality who have lived outside of Japan for 10 years or more and are active in the academic community of their current country of residence will also be considered.

The fellowship offers a one-year program from September 2015 and two six-month programs from September 2015 and March 2016.

The program covers airfare, moving expenses up to ¥300,000, a research budget of up to ¥300,000 a month, a housing subsidy of up to ¥150,000 per month and insurance.

The application period ends Oct. 31.



Summer crafts

Akomeya Tokyo, a shop selling household items in Ginza, is holding a summer fair through July 16.

The store is selling some original items such as their own brand of rice to help increase people’s appetite in summer as well as specially designed handmade paper fans.

Akomeya is also running a series of workshops during the fair.

The first two will be held on June 28 and 29, and participants will learn to make wind chimes from recycled light bulbs and to paint bamboo cooking utensils.

Workshop fees are ¥2,000 and ¥3,600 respectively.

Other upcoming workshops include a fan-making class on July 5 for ¥2,300 per person.

Prices exclude tax.