Social Events

  Japanese Calligraphy at Japan Night is now FREE!
  Experience Japanese Calligraphy using traditional brush and ink.
  Learn to draw a letter or a word and you can take home your work.
  Kind and experienced volunteers will show you how.
  No reservation necessary. It is guaranteed to be a quick and fun tryout!

  Online application for registration, accomodation and events will be closed!! 
   Please click on the "Register and Book Accommodation Online" button to start the booking process. 



 For Japanese

   The 3rdGQAC2011 would like to invite all the delegates to many special and hopefully interesting social programs and events.
   We sincerely wish you to enjoy your staying in Kyoto.

   Welcome Reception    /   Japan Night     /   Short Excursion (Kyoto Evening Sightseeing Tour)

Welcome Reception

After finishing your registration, please join us in the Welcome Reception with light snacks & drinks. 
We are certain that it provides you a good opportunity to meet with old friends,
refresh contacts and start new networks in a casual atmosphere.
        Date and Time:     Sunday, November 13, 2011, 17:30 – 19:30
        Place:                   Kyoto International Conference Center, Room “Swan
        Fee:                      Free
        Dress code:          Casual


Japan Night “Experiences in Japan”

        Date and Time:     Sunday, November 14, 2011, 18:00 – 20:00
        Place:                   Kyoto International Conference Center (Rooms have not yet been decided)
        Fee:                      Free
        Dress code:          Casual

We welcome all the attendees to “Japan Night”. You could enjoy some tasty foods and Japanese Sake from
Kyoto Fushimi where is one of the greatest old sake brewing areas Japan.
*One free drink, Cash Bar; Wine, Japanese Sake, Beer, Whiskey, etc.)

Culture Experience Programs
Some special programs will be planned for you. 
These are Tea Ceremony, Japanese Calligraphy, Japanese Interlaced Braids, Origami, and Japanese Sake Tasting. 
We hope these programs will help you understand Japan and some aspects of the traditional culture.
       *The detailed information of these programs is as follows:


Tea Ceremony




Sake Tasting Event






(Only Tasting Set)

18:00 ~ 19:00

30 persons


10 persons

60 persons

18:15 ~ 18:45

40 persons

19:00 ~ 20:00

30 persons


10 persons

19:10 ~ 19:40

40 persons

Japanese Tea Ceremony : SADO, CHADO

The Japanese tea ceremony also called “Sodo” or “Chodo”(which means “the way of tea”) in Japanese is based upon the simple act of boiling water, making tea, offering it to others, and drinking it oneself.“Sado” is identified the spirits with four basic principles of “Wa (harmony), Kei (respect), Sei (purity ), Jaku (tranquility)”.

The expression “Ichigo, Ichie” (which means “One meeting, one chance”) also is used often to explain the sado sprit.All of participants share the aesthetic and spiritual experience.  Would you like to learn the traditional culture of Japan through “Sodo”?

Japanese Calligraphy : SHODO

The Japanese calligraphy called “Shodo” (which means “the way of writing”) is one of the most popular fine art as well as an art of meditation in Japan. It requires concentration of mind to reach a tranquil state of mind for creation. The characters are drawn the gradation of the ink (sumi) and the force of the brush (fude) strokes on the Japanese paper (washi). In it, beauty is sought through the direction, the form and ending of lines, the balance between elements are important for each line and point, and even the empty space. You can try writing some characters by yourselves with support of the instructor by using a Japanese calligraphy brush. Also, you can take your works back home.Would you like to learn the traditional culture of Japan through “Shodo”?

Japanese Interlaced Braids

Kumihimo, a traditional type of Japanese braid is a method of silk threads developed in Japan which traditionally performed on special wooden stands. There are more than 40 different ways to braid kumihimo cord and over 3000 design patterns.

It’ll be fascinating to see your own beautiful cord being produced as you cross the threads. You can understand the wonderful world of kumihimo and also can try braiding a cell phone strap and key holder.



“Origami”(which means folding paper in Japanese) is the traditional Japanese folk art. Sheets of square paper can be folded into various shapes such as cute animals, beautiful flowers, all made from a single sheet of paper, normally without using scissors. Origami is for people of all ages, anywhere, anytime. Recently Origami models are being created in various and more complicated types around the world.
You’ll be fascinated and interested in creating a world of Origami. They also can be very good handmade souvenirs for your family, friends and relatives.  


Japanese Sake Tasting
Event :NIHONSHU Tasting

Nihonshu, meaning “Japanese Sake” is a rice-based alcoholic beverage of Japanese origin. Nihonshu has a very distinctive aroma and fruity sweet taste. The range and quality of sake is largely determined by the rice polishing ratio, variety of rice, yeast and alcohol percentage. Depending on these factors, Nihonshu may be fruity or full-bodied, dry or sweet. Nihonshu is 80% water, so the water used is a key factor in determining how delicious the final product will taste.

In this event, you can enjoy sampling a few glasses of Nihonshu from Kyoto. The role of sake is to set an atmosphere for good conversation. Enjoy Nihonshu tasting!


Short Excursion (Kyoto Evening Sightseeing Tour)

        Date and Time:     Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 16:00 –20:00(tentative)
        Place:                    Kiyomizu Temple
        Fee:                       6,000 Japanese Yen (tentative)
        *The more additional information will be provided shortly.