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November Event Highlights

See, touch and experience the Old Capital What's on this month!
*Time, dates and information of events are subject to change.



November Pick Up Events


Enjoy Japanese Films with/in English!
In October and November, the Japan Foundation Kyoto Office will be showing a selection of classic & contemporary Japanese films with English subtitles or narrations. Entry is free and open to all. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Japan and have an entertaining time during your stay in Kyoto!


Oct. 29, from 14:00
UTAMARO: Master of Ukiyo-e (with English narration)
(1979; NHK; 45 min.)

The Townspeople of Edo: An Ukiyoe Portrait (with English narration)
(Directed by Naoki FURUKAWA; 1984; KIROKU EIGASHA PRODUCTIONS, INC. / EDUCATIONAL MEDIA, INC.; 20 min.)


Nov. 11, from 14:00
Korin House: A Re-creation (with English narration)
(Directed by Masami MURAYAMA; 1986; Sakura Motion Picture; 35 min.)

Crafts of Edo (with English narration)
(Under the supervision of Takaaki MATSUSHITA; 1979; Mainichi Film Production; 29min.)


Nov. 12, from 14:00
Tokyo Family (with English subtitles)
(Directed by Yoji YAMADA; 2013; Shochiku; 146min.)


© 2013 Tokyo Family Film Partners


Nov. 18, from 14:00
The Great Passage (with English subtitles) (Directed by Yuya ISHII; 2013; Shochiku; 133min.) Nov. 28, from 14:00
UTAMARO: Master of Ukiyo-e (with English narration)
(1979; NHK; 45min.)


© 2013 The Great Passage Film Partners


The Townspeople of Edo: An Ukiyoe Portrait (with English narration) (Directed by Naoki FURUKAWA; 1984 KIROKU EIGASHA PRODUCTIONS, INC. / EDUCATIONAL MEDIA, INC.; 20min. )


Admission
Free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis (max 200 people per program)

Venue
Event Hall, Kyoto International Community House

Time
All films begin at 14:00

Contact
Japan Foundation Kyoto Office: Tel: 075-762-1136 (10:00-17:00, Mon.-Fri.)







Until Dec. 29
Sagano Sightseeing Tram Ride


© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

The Sagano Sightseeing Tram route (7.3 km) runs from Saga to Kameoka along a gorgeous river gorge and passes through 8 old tunnels; No service on Wed. (except for holidays and tourist season).

Entry: 620 yen (one way); Access: JR Saga Arashiyama Stn.; Sagano Kanko Tetsudo: Tel: 075-861-7444; www.sagano-kanko.co.jp/


Every Day
Hozugawa Kudari River Run


© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

The Hozugawa Kudari is a river ride that goes from Kameoka to Arashiyama, Kyoto (about 16km in 2 hours) along a stunning river gorge of rapids with wonderful mountain views; Boats depart every hour between 9:00-15:30 (the last boat departs at 15:30).

Tickets: 4,100 yen; Access: An 8-min. walk from the north exit of JR Sagano Line Kameoka Stn.; Hozugawa Yusen Association: Tel: 0771-22-5846; www.hozugawakudari.jp/


Oct.30-Nov. 3
Autumn Old Book Market at Chion-ji Temple

At this old book market, organized by the Kyoto Old Book Association, about 200,000 interesting old books of all kinds are displayed and sold.

10:00-17:00; Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Hyakumanben; Tel: 075-231-2971 (Kichu-do Bookshop).


Oct.30-Nov. 5
Special Autumn Opening of the Kyoto Imperial Palace


People can enter the Imperial Palace without pre-applying during this period; No registration is required during this special period.

Admission free; 9:00-15:30; Access: Karasuma subway line, Imadegawa Stn. or Marutamachi Stn.; Imperial Household Agency: Tel: 075-211-1211; www.kunaicho.go.jp/e-event/kyotogosho.html


Until Nov. 5
Ohara-me Festival in Ohara

In the idyllic Ohara area (northeast of Kyoto), people can try on a traditional Ohara-me (women who sold firewood from Ohara in Kyoto in the old days) costume and enjoy strolling through the village; reservation required by the day before.

Admission free; 10:00-16:00; Access: Kyoto Bus #17, 18, get off at Ohara; Tel: 075-744-2148; http://kyoto-ohara-kankouhosyoukai.net/archives/623/


Nov.1-30
Autumn Chrysanthemum Exhibition at Daikaku-ji Temple


This popular autumn flower exhibition, in a lovely rural setting, attracts people from all over Japan; About 600 chrysanthemum flowers, in pots, are on display.

Entry: 500 yen; 9:00-16:30; Access: Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Daikakuji; Tel: 075-871-0071; www.daikakuji.or.jp/


Nov. 1
Inoko Festival at Go-o Shrine


A sacred ritual will be held from 17:00; Special rice cakes called Inoko-mochi will be served.

Admission free; 6:00-21:00; Access: Karasuma subway line, Marutamachi Stn.; Tel: 075-441-5458; www.gooujinja.or.jp/


Oct.25, Nov. 1 & 3
Kyoto Citizen Tea Party at Nijo Castle

Masters of Japan's three tea ceremony schools (Urasenke, Omotesenke and Yabunouchi) will serve matcha green tea in a stunning garden at Nijo Castle.

Tickets: 2,500 yen (two bowls of green tea, meal & entry to the castle); Open: 9:30-15:00; Access: Kyoto City Bus #9, 50, 101, get off at Nijojo-mae; Tel: 075-841-0096; www.city.kyoto.jp/bunshi/nijojo/


Nov. 1-10
Gion Odori Dance Performance at Gion Kaikan

During this period, the geiko and maiko of Gion Higashi (one of Kyoto's five geiko/maiko districts) will perform their elegant dances; Performances at 13:30 and 16:00 (the show lasts about one hour).

Tickets: 4,000 yen, 4,500 yen (including matcha green tea); Access: Kyoto City Bus #100, 206, get off at Gion; Gion Higashi Kabukai: Tel: 075-561-0224; www.gionhigashi.com/


Nov. 3
Kyokusui no En at Jonan-gu Shrine


In this traditional event, which starts at 14:00, people dressed as Heian aristocrats sit on the banks of a stream that flows through the shrine; A sake cup is released upstream and before it reaches the next person, he/she must compose a 31-syllable poem.

Admission free; Access: Kyoto City Bus Minami #1, 2, 3 from Karasuma subway line, Takeda Stn., to Jonangu Higashi-guchi; Tel: 075-623-0846; www.jonangu.com/


Nov. 7
Ohitaki Festival at Kifune Shrine

This ancient sacred fire ritual is held to banish bad spirits; The ritual is held between 11:00 and 12:00.

Admission free; Access: Kyoto City Bus #4, get off at Demachiyanagi-eki-mae, then take the Eizan Railways Kurama Line to Kibune-guchi Stn. and walk to Kibune village; Tel: 075-741-2016; kifunejinja.jp/


Nov. 8
Ohitaki Fire Festival at Fushimi Inari Shrine


This important festival is held to thank the gods for this year's harvest; Over 100,000 wooden prayer sticks offered by the faithful will be burnt and prayers will be held for family prosperity; The festival starts at 13:00 in front of the main shrine hall; Kagura dance will be performed for the shrine deity from 18:00.

Admission free; Access: JR Nara Line Inari Stn. or Keihan Fushimi Inari Stn.; Tel: 075-641-7331; inari.jp/


Nov. 8
Kanikakuni Festival at Gion Shirakawa


Maiko and geiko come to offer flowers in front of the memorial statue of Isamu Yoshii (1886-1960), a famous poet and playwright who loved the Gion district; A special memorial service will be held at the Shirakawa Bridge during which maiko and their teachers will offer their respects.

Admission free; From 11:00; Access: Kyoto City Bus #201, get off at Shijo Keihan-mae; Tel: 075-561-1115 (Gion Kobu Association)


Nov. 13
Urushi Lacquer Festival at Kokuzo Horin-ji Temple

A memorial service starts at 11:00 and a kyogen theatre play will be performed; The temple's main Kokuzo Bosatsu statue is worshipped as the deity of lacquer and crafts; Many craft workers come here to pray for related business prosperity.

Admission free; Access: Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Arashiyama Koen; Tel: 075-861-0069; www2.ocn.ne.jp/~horinji/


Nov. 23
Juzu Buddhist Rosary Ceremony at Sekizanzen-in Temple


A memorial service for used Buddhist rosaries (juzu) starts at 10:00 in the blazing maple leaves; Special rosary bracelets will be presented for the first 1,000 visitors.

Admission free; Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, get off at Shugakuin Rikyu-michi; Tel: 075-701-5181; www.sekizanzenin.com/







Temple & Shrine Flea Markets




Nov. 2
To-ji Temple

This market is focused on antiques of all kinds; Usually not too crowded and great value all around; 7:00-16:00.


Nov. 8
Toyokuni Shrine

A very small market of local products; 10:00-15:00.


Nov. 15
Chion-ji Temple

Kyoto's biggest handicraft market; An absolutely amazing range of handmade things and incredible prices too!; 8:00-16:00.


Nov. 16
Kyoto City Hall

A big public flea market; 10:00-17:00; In case of rain, it will be postponed to 5th to 13th; 26th to Nov. 3rd.


Nov. 21
To-ji Temple

Also known as Kobo-san, this mega temple market offers everything and is extremely popular; Go early, especially if on a weekend or a national holiday; 5:00-16:00.


Nov. 23
Kamigamo Shrine

Handicrafts, arts, food, and more; 9:00-16:00.


Nov. 25
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

Also known as Tenjin-san, this super shrine market sprawls in and around this major shrine complex; 7:00-16:30.


NOTE: Markets shut down much earlier in autumn and winter; when the days get longer and warmer, sellers tend to stay a little longer.

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