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Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

Join Goethe-Institut for Octoberfest in Kyoto:
Goethe-Institut Kyoto is inviting people to its annual Oktoberfest at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at its center in Sakyo Ward.

The seasonal event will be celebrated with a live performance by Bayern Brass, a famous citizens' band in Kyoto specializing in German marches, polkas and waltzes.

There will be plenty of draft beer and grilled sausages. Admission is free.

The venue is a three-minute walk from Marutamachi Station or from Demachiyanagi Station on the Keihan Line.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 761-2188 or visit its Web site at www.goethe.de/kyoto (in Japanese and German).

Beer summit begins this week in Osaka
The International Beer Summit 2005 will be held from Friday through Oct. 9 at Wonder Square, the inner court of the Umeda Sky Building in Kita Ward, Osaka.

The three-day event will feature more than 150 varieties of beer from around the world, as well as dance and music performances from some of the countries that produce the beers.

Admission is free. Coupons for beer and food must be purchased. Coupons can be reserved at the summit's Web site until Wednesday starting from 3,000 yen. Coupons will also be sold at the venue, starting at 1,000 yen. Visitors without advance coupons must also purchase a cup for 100 yen or a glass for 500 yen.

The summit will be open from noon to 10 p.m., except for the final day when it will close at 9 p.m.

For advance coupons, visit the event's Japanese-language Web page at www.ibws.npo.org/ibs/

For details, call the organizer at (06) 6440-3901.

Antique fair ready to kick off in Kyoto
A major antique fair will take place from Friday through Oct. 9 at Pulse Plaza in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto.

The Antique Grand Fair in Kyoto, held three times a year, is the largest of its kind in western Japan. About 350 dealers from all over the country and overseas will display more than 1.5 million antiques.

The 33rd fair will feature a wide variety of items including Royal Copenhagen porcelain pieces from Denmark, a collection of Asian fabrics from Nepal and American antiques from the West Coast.

Entrance is free. The fair will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To get there, take the subway or the Kintetsu Line to Takeda Station, and then ride a free bus from the west exit of the station to the venue or use a taxi.

For more information, call the organizer at (077) 522-2307.



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