People walk through a huge wreath made of miscanthus to atone for their sins in the first half of the year and pray for good health in the second half.
Where to go in Kyoto
The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. at Kamigamo Shrine (www.kamigamojinja.jp/english/index.html ), 075-781-0011; at 3 p.m. at Kifune Shrine (kifunejinja.jp/index.html ), 075-741-2016; and at Nonomiya Shrine (www.nonomiya.com/index.html ); and at 4 p.m. at Heian Jingu Shrine (www.heianjingu.or.jp/index.html ), 075-761-0221; and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (kitanotenmangu.or.jp ), 075-461-0005.
Music festival wraps up with all-day concert
A series of concerts for the international music festival “Fete de la Musique au Japon” in the Kansai region will conclude with a show from 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. June 30 in the National Museum of Ethnology in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.
Various musicians will play pieces from Africa, China, Hawaii, Indonesia, Japan and Nepal. Admission is free. The museum is a 15-minute walk from Koen Higashiguchi Station on the Osaka Monorail.
For more information, visitwww.minpaku.ac.jp/museum/event/fetedelamusique/2013/index (in Japanese) or call 06-6878-8532.