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Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001

Kansai / Who & What

Children's books to go on sale at Osaka DomeA collection of children's books will go on sale from Friday until Aug. 31 at Sky Hall, on the ninth floor of the Osaka Dome in Nishi Ward.

Some 2,000 highly acclaimed books for children written in or translated into Japanese will be available at the Kids Carnival. As well as the books, there will be a number of other attractions for children, including a workshop to show youngsters how to make their own picture book.

Books and other goods featuring characters well-known to children will also be available, including Peter Rabbit, Paddington Bear, Moomin and Babar.

The event will be open at 10 a.m. and last entries to the venue will be at 6 p.m.

Advance tickets cost 1,000 yen for adults, 400 yen for students between elementary and high school age, and 100 yen for younger children. Admission costs an extra 100 yen at the door. Advance tickets are available from Ticket Pia, Lawson Ticket and other ticket agencies. The venue is near Osaka Dome-mae Chiyozaki Station on the Tsurumi Ryokuchi subway line, or a seven-minute walk from Taisho Station on the JR loop line.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6357-6800.

Kyoto shrine to host secondhand book fairOne of Japan's largest secondhand book fairs will be held between Aug. 11 and 16 in the grounds of Shimogamo Shrine in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

More than 800,000 books, including picture books for children, works on art and Buddhism, comics and foreign books, will be sold by 41 booksellers at the outdoor fair. The sale will be between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., but it will close at 4 p.m. on the last day.

To get to the shrine, take bus No. 205 from JR Kyoto Station to the Shin-aoi-bashi or Tadasu-no-mori bus stop and walk east for two minutes, or take the Keihan Line to Demachiyanagi Station and walk north for five minutes.

A 200-page catalog of the books available will also be available for 500 yen.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 221-1588 or contact the venue at (075) 712-2753 during the fair.

Indian consulate to mark independence day The India Consulate General Osaka-Kobe is inviting members of the Indian community in the Kansai region to a flag-raising ceremony on Aug. 15 to celebrate the 54th anniversary of the country's independence.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the India Club, on Yamamoto street in Kobe's Chuo Ward.

Call the consulate general at (06) 6261-7299.

Foreigners invited to experience 'matsuri' The Osaka International House Foundation is inviting foreign residents to experience a Japanese summer festival between 5 and 8 p.m. on Aug. 28 at the organization's headquarters in Tennoji Ward.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a range of typical "matsuri" attractions, including goldfish-scooping, hoopla and food stalls selling Japanese snacks such as "takoyaki" octopus dumplings and yakitori.

The first 20 foreign visitors will also be given the opportunity to try on a "yukata" summer kimono, commonly seen at Japan's summer festivals.

Admission is free but visitors are asked not to wear "geta" shoes to the festival.

The venue is a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi or Sennichimae subway lines.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8989.

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