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Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

Snow festival set for Osaka aquarium: Kaiyukan Aquarium in Minato Ward, Osaka, is inviting people to a snow festival that features a large field covered by natural snowflakes from Hyogo Prefecture on Sunday and from Friday to Feb. 13.

The event will offer children living in warmer areas of Kansai the opportunity to play with tons of snow. The snow field, measuring 18 meters by 14 meters in front of the aquarium building, contains about 80 tons of snow brought in from Hyogo's Yumura Onsen hot spring district and is open to all visitors.

There will also be a treasure hunt and a log-cutting competition for children and parents.

The snow field will be open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Participation is free.

The venue is a five-minute walk from Osaka-ko Station on the Chuo subway line.

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

'Ume' bonsai exhibit in Shiga Prefecture: Bonbaiten, an exhibition of "ume" (plum) bonsai works, is being held through March 31 at Keiunkan, a Japanese-style guest house built during the Meiji Era in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture.

The 54th annual exhibition, considered one of the oldest and largest of its kind, includes about 90 pots of plum trees in bloom, some of which are several hundred years old or are more than 2 meters tall.

The exhibition will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day until the end of this month, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through March.

Admission is 500 yen for adults, and 200 yen for junior high and elementary school students. The venue is a three minute-walk from JR Nagahama Station.

For more information, call the organizer at (0749) 62-4111.

Kyoto Dance Academy hosting Aceh aid event: Kyoto Dance Academy, a nonprofit organization, is hosting an event to introduce the province of Aceh in Indonesia, one of the areas hit hardest by the recent earthquake and tsunami, to raise funds to support young survivors there.

The event will start at 4 p.m. Feb. 13 at Goethe Institut Kyoto in Sakyo Ward.

Kyoto-based photographer-dancer Maksalmina, a native of the province, will talk about how beautiful his homeland was, showing slides taken in Aceh before the tsunami. A class on Aceh's traditional folk dance will follow.

The event will be conducted in Japanese.

Attendance is 1,000 yen. Some of the proceeds will be spent for activities to support children in Aceh.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 211-7140.

Osaka YWCA offers traditional Korean fare: The Osaka YWCA's Bridges Program is planning an event for non-Japanese residents to learn how to make Korean kimchi pickles with Chinese cabbages from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 22 in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

Participants will be invited to a residence of one of the program's members, where they will also learn how to make jijimi, Korean-style pancakes and seaweed soup. The dishes will be served for lunch to the participants, who will also be able to bring some kimchi home.

The participation fee is 1,500 yen, including the cost of lunch and kimchi.

Reservations must be made by Feb. 15.

For reservations and more information, call the coordinator Kuniko Kanzaki at (090) 9253-7150 or send e-mail to usagi9999@ yahoo.co.jp

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