Free Japanese Cultural Activities

The free Japanese cultural programs conducted in English provide an excellent opportunity to learn about Japanese traditions.


Japanese Tea Ceremony

Monday, September 1810:00 - 13:00
Tuesday, September 1910:00 - 13:00
Wednesday, September 2010:00 - 13:00

Venue: Tea Ceremony House "Hoshoan" in Kyoto International Conference Center

Fee: Free of charge

Registration: Pre-registration is required onsite.

The Japanese Cultural Programs Registration Desk will be located at the "Printed Books Desk" at the Kyoto International Conference Center (open 9:00 to 15:00 from September 18 to 20).


Japanese Cultural Experience Programs

Program No.DateTimeProgram
CP-1Monday, September 1815:00 - 16:00

Dress in Kimono

—Traditional Japanese attire

CP-2Tuesday, September 1915:00 - 16:00

Experience Ikebana

—The Japanese art of flower arrangement

CP-3Wednesday, September 2015:00 - 16:00Learn Origami—The magic of paper

Venue: Tea Ceremony House "Hoshoan" in Kyoto International Conference Center

Fee: Free of charge

Capacity: 10 people / program

Registration: Pre-registration is required by email.

Please e-mail your 1) first name 2) last name 3) affiliation 4) country 5) gender 6) e-mail address 7) program No. (CP-1 or CP-2 or CP-3) and 8) height in centimeter (only those who chose CP-1) to the Japanese Cultural Programs email: by Thursday, September 14.

CP-1 Dress in Kimono—Traditional Japanese attire

Try on a real, traditional kimono. The kimono is an internationally recognized symbol of Japan with a distinctive T-shape, wide sleeves, and a sash called an obi that secures the gown around the body. Kimono are still commonly worn today on formal and special occasions, and men and women alike are welcome to participate in this cultural program that will surely be a precious memory of your stay in Kyoto.


CP-2 Experience Ikebana—The Japanese art of flower arrangement

Try your hand at the art of kado, "the way of flowers," which originated with early Buddhist floral offerings in the sixth century. While being uniquely creative, the Japanese art of flower arrangement observes certain rules of construction, while expressing the three elements of heaven, earth, and mankind in a balanced composition. So much more than merely placing flowers in a vase, ikebana is a true art form that embodies the beauty and healing powers of nature and humanity.


CP-3 Learn Origami—The magic of paper

The traditional Japanese art of origami literally translates as "folding paper" and involves transforming a flat, square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture. Practically anything can be created in origami from a simple airplane to flowers and animals. You may have seen an origami Japanese crane before, which is one of the most commonly created origami animals.


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