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Sunday, July 11, 2004

KANSAI: Who & What

West African music and dance in Suita: A performance of West African music and dance will be held Aug. 1 from 1 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. at the National Museum of Ethnology in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

Traditional music and dance of the Republic of Guinea will be introduced. It is characterized by expressing joy and sorrow with rhythms and steps. The performance will be given by three Guinean percussionists, including Mohamed Bangoura, who is a player of the djembe percussion and also a dancer, together with several Japanese performers. A lecture in Japanese will also be provided by the museum's professor, Kazuhisa Eguchi.

No admission is required.

Those who wish to attend must send a reply-paid postcard with your name, address, age, phone number, the number of the attendees (up to four) and the statement that it is an application for "Kenkyu Koen on Aug. 1" to "Kikaku Renkei Kakari" of Kokuritsu Minzokugaku Hakubutsukan at 10-1 Senri Banpaku Koen, Suita-shi, Osaka-fu, 565-8511. Applications must be postmarked no later than July 12.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6876-2151.

Guided English tour of nighttime Nara: A night tour of Nara is being offered by English-speaking guide Harry Horii every Friday and Saturday through the end of August.

Participants will visit such popular historical spots as Kofukuji Temple, Sarusawa Pond, the Ukimido floating hall and Todaiji Temple, which will be all lit up at night.

Participants will meet Horii at 6:30 p.m. at the fountain square at Nara Station on the Kintetsu Line.

The fee is 2,000 yen per person. Reservations are recommended.

For more information and reservations, call Horii at (0742) 46-3273 or (090) 3841-4784.

Fireworks display on Osaka waterfront: A fireworks display will be held 7:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 19 at Tempozan Harbor Village, a waterfront amusement district in Osaka's Minato Ward.

The 12th annual display can be viewed at and around the quay in the west of the village's Kaiyukan aquarium. Admission is not required.

During the 45-minute presentation, a total of 3,000 fireworks will be launched from a barge anchored offshore in the Port of Osaka, with a variety of pyrotechnic effects that look like such things as colorful tropical fishes, corals and a peacock's wing. The display will climax with a gold and silver "waterfall" made of 760 fireworks.

The village's facilities will operate for extended hours, including Kaiyukan until 10 p.m., Tempozan Marketplace shopping building until 10:30 p.m. and the Ferris wheel until 11 p.m.

Tempozan Harbor Village is a five-minute walk from Osaka-ko Station on the Chuo subway line.

For more information, call the executive committee at (06) 6576-5501.

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