World calendar of events


Last month in Inazawa City, Japan, the Konomiya Naked Festival brought 10,000 unclothed men to the Konomiya Shrine for a ceremony to "drive out the devils."

In April, 10,000 pounds of catfish will be served at the World's Biggest Fish Fry in Paris, Tenn.

Such bizarre tidbits of information are included in "Tourist Events 1991," a listing of 2,500 happenings in 85 countries.

Author Amy Beam, 42, is a former English teacher and school administrator. She came up with the idea for her "calendar of calendars" about two years ago after taking more than a year off from her "software-development business" to embark on an extensive journey.

Ms. Beam sold her house and spent three months sailing through the Caribbean. Her travels took her to Central America, the South Pacific, where she sailed along Barrier Reef, and to Asia.

"I got tired of looking at temples, Buddhas and mountains," she added. "What really was of interest were the people."

So, when Ms. Beam finally dropped anchor in Washington, D.C., she began collecting information on events from national, state and local tourist authorities.

"Tourist Events 1991" is $19.95, plus $3 shipping, from TTA Press, P.O. Box 9930-S, Friendship Station, Washington, D.C. 20016; telephone (800) 766-2450.

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