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Invitation to free English kogei tour at Mitsukoshi

Free gallery tours in English will be held at the Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store to provide non-Japanese with the opportunity to learn about Japanese kogei traditional crafts on Sept. 19 and 20, starting at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The tours are part of the 62nd Japan Traditional Kogei Exhibition to be held from Sept. 16 to 28 on the seventh floor of the department store. The free exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m, closing at 6 p.m. on the last day.

Organizers hope the display of kogei will be enjoyed by many people from around the world and introduce them to the beauty of Japanese crafts.

The annual exhibition, which has been organized by the Japan Kogei Association since 1954, displays works by both amateur and professional artists, including Living National Treasures in Japan.

Approximately 600 kogei works classified into seven categories — ceramics, textiles, urushi (Japanese lacquerware), metalwork, woodwork (including bamboo), dolls and other works — are selected through a rigorous examination process from submitted works.

The number of guests in the tours is limited to 15 people each. To book by phone, please call 03-3241-3311 at least one day in advance, or guests can visit the gallery reception desk.

The Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store is directly above Tokyo Metro’s Mitsukoshimae Station, with direct entrances from the station.


Charity walk and run

The Universal Children’s Day Charity Walk & Run 2015 will take place around the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Nov. 21.

The application deadline is Oct. 31 and participants will meet at the Hibiya Park Fountain plaza in the morning to join a 5-km walk, 5-km run and 10-km run. Also, four-person groups will run a 4×5-km relay.

Entry fees are ¥5,000 for adults, ¥2,500 for students in junior high school and above and ¥1,000 for primary school students.

Human Rights Now (HRN), an international human rights NGO based in Tokyo, has hosted the event since 2010. The event aims to commemorate Universal Children’s Day and raise awareness of the need to build a safer and more peaceful world for future generations.

The profits made through this event will be used for international human rights activities that are centered on the protection of the rights of children.

Application forms are written in Japanese, however, please feel free to send an email to the address below with any questions.

For more information, please visit hrn.or.jp, or email info@hrn.or.jp.