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Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012

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Nara's Saidaiji hosting autumn tea ceremony

Saidaiji Temple in the city of Nara will hold an autumn tea ceremony Oct. 14. During the ceremony, which will last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., participants will share a huge bowl — 30 cm in diameter and weighing 7 kg — to drink green tea.

The ¥3,000 participation fee will cover the ceremony and a meal. The temple is a three-minute walk from Yamato Saidaiji Station on the Kintetsu Line. For more information, call (0742) 45-4700.

Classes on making Osaka Bay octopus pots

Kaiyukan Aquarium in the city of Osaka will hold classes on how to make pots for catching octopi.

The first session will run 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 21 with a lecture about the history of using octopus pots in Osaka Bay, making pots with clay, experiments with octopi, and feeding them. The pots will be baked starting at 11 a.m. Nov. 4.

Participants can receive their finished pot at 1 p.m. and try them out in aquariums until 2 p.m. to see if octopi go into their pots.

A second set of the same class will take place Oct. 27 and Nov. 10, and a third set Oct. 28 and Nov. 11.

The participation fee is ¥1,500. Elementary school students need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children not yet elementary school age are not allowed to join the sessions.

To take part in the program, send a reply-paid postcard by Oct. 9 with names, age, school year, home address, phone number and which session is preferred.

The venue is a five-minute walk from Osaka Ko Station on the Chuo subway line. For more information, call (06) 6576-5501.

Nagahama plans huge kimono promenade

The city of Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture, is arranging an event for Oct. 20 in which 1,000 women will walk around the town in their own kimono.

The stroll will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If visitors to the town also show up in kimono, they will be given a gift coupon worth ¥1,000.

The venue is close to Nagahama Station on the JR Hokuriku Line. For more information, go to www.nagahamashi.org/syusse/enyu/ (in Japanese) or call (0749) 62-4111.

Nagoya, Nijojo castles featuring old paintings

Nagoya Castle will display old paintings on paper sliding doors and screens from the castle and Nijojo Castle in Kyoto from Oct. 13 to Nov. 25.

The main enclosure in Nagoya Castle burned down during a World War II air raid, but the paintings there had been evacuated right before the bombing. The main enclosure is currently being restored and a part of it will be open to public next year.

Admission to the exhibition costs ¥800 for adults, college and high school students, and free of charge for anyone younger. The exhibition will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The venue is a five-minute walk from Shiyakusho Station on the Meijo subway line.

For more information, visit www.nagoyajo.city.nagoya.jp/02_events/24/241013/index.html (in Japanese) or call (052) 231-1700.

Two museums to exhibit works of Noe Aoki

Two museums in Aichi Prefecture will jointly display artifacts created by sculptor Noe Aoki.

The exhibition in Toyota Municipal Museum of Art lasts from Oct. 13 to Dec. 24. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It is closed on Mondays, except on Dec. 24.

In addition, Nagoya City Art Museum will show her works from Oct. 20 through Dec. 16. It is open from 9:30 to 5 p.m. Its doors will stay open until 8 p.m. on Fridays except on Nov. 23. It is closed on Mondays.

Admission for one museum is ¥1,100 for adults, ¥800 for college and high school students, and free for anybody younger. Tickets for both museums are ¥1,800 for adults and ¥1,300 for students.

Toyota Municipal Museum of Art is a 15-minute walk from Toyota Shi Station on the Meitetsu Line or Shin Toyota Station on the Aichi Kanjo Line. Nagoya City Art Museum is a seven-minute walk from Osu Kannon Station on the Tsurumai subway line.

For more information on the museum in Toyota, visit www.museum.toyota.aichi.jp, or call (0565) 34-6610. Go to www.art-museum.city.nagoya.jp/lang/english.pdf for info about the museum in Nagoya or call them at (052) 212-0001.

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