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Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013

KANSAI: Who & What

Kyoto temple to hold traditional archery event

More than 1,500 people will gather to perform Japanese archery Sunday in Sanjusangendo Temple in Kyoto.

The performance, which follows the tradition from the Edo Period, will begin at 7:45 a.m. and finish at 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The temple is a seven-minute walk from Shichijo Station on the Keihan Line. For more information, go to sanjusangendo.jp/index.html (in Japanese) or call (075) 561-0467.

Basic Japanese course for foreign kids offered

Foreign children can learn basic Japanese language and rules in Japanese elementary school from January to March.

Osaka International House Foundation will host eight sessions from 10:30 a.m. until noon every Saturday from Jan. 26 until March 23, but there will be no class on Feb. 2. Fifteen children who are set to enter elementary school from April will be accepted.

Participation is free. Participants are required to apply by calling the foundation at (06) 6773-8989 or by sending an email on a form that can be downloaded at www.ih-osaka.or.jp/index02.html.

The venue is less than 10 minutes on foot from Osaka Uehonmachi Station on the Kintetsu Line, Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Sennichimae and Tanimachi subway lines, and Shitennojimae Yuhigaoka Station on the Tanimachi subway line. For information, go to www.ih-osaka.or.jp/english/news/20121120_2576/ (in English).

Ancient dance and music event at Nara shrine

Kasugataisha Shrine in Nara will host an ancient dance and music performance from 1 p.m. Monday to pray for the success of ritual music and dance during the new year. Admission is ¥500.

The shrine can be accessed by taking a Nara Kotsu bus from JR and Kintetsu Nara stations and getting off at Kasugataisha Honden.

For more information, go to www.kasugataisha.or.jp/calendar/winter01.html (in Japanese) or call (0742) 22-7788.

Aichi shrine to hold writing brush festival

Visitors to Kitanoten Jinja Shrine in Konan, Aichi Prefecture, on Jan. 19 and 20 can enjoy a festival dedicated to writing brushes.

In addition to a parade, during which a huge 4-meter-long writing brush, weighing 50 kg, will be transported on a court carriage to various points around the town from 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 20, calligraphy works will be displayed and sweet alcoholic drinks will be served.

The shrine is a two-minute walk from Konan Station on the Meitetsu Inuyama Line. For more information, go to www.city.konan.lg.jp/event/fude.html (in Japanese) or call (0587) 53-1858.

Firefighters' parade, drill set for Nagoya port

The New Year's parade by fire brigades will take place Sunday in Nagoya.

At the event, various fire engines, boats and helicopters used by firefighters will be used in a drill performed between 10 to 11:30 a.m. Admission is free.

The venue, Garden Pier in Nagoya port, is a one-minute walk from Nagoyako Station on the Meiko subway line.

For more information, go to www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/out_and_about/out_and_about_english.pdf or call (052) 972-3504.



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