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Sunday, July 9, 2006

KANSAI: Who & What

Big pottery fair in Kyoto featuring Kiyomizuyaki:
A major pottery fair will be held July 18 to 20 in the Kiyomizuyaki Danchi pottery production district in Yamashina Ward, Kyoto.

About 100 vendors will sell 500,000 ceramic products at a 30 percent to 50 percent discount. Most of the items will be Kiyomizuyaki, a popular ceramic ware manufactured in the district, but there will also be lots of other kinds of domestic pottery.

The fair will run 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Entrance is free. To get to the venue, take a Keihan bus at JR Kyoto Station that goes directly to the venue. The buses will be available about every 15 minutes starting at 9:25 a.m. Visitors can also take the Keihan bus No. 29 at JR Yamashina Station and get off at the Kawata bus stop.

For details, call the organizer at (075) 581-6188.

Osaka summer festival for foreigners, Japanese:
Foreigners and Japanese residents are invited to a summer festival with traditional amusements from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 23 at International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward.

The Nigiwai festival will feature such traditional games as water balloons and ringtoss, as well as food stalls selling "yakisoba," "takoyaki," Chinese rice cakes and other items. There will be a Bon dance performance and a market selling fair-trade goods from developing Asian countries.

Also, non-Japanese visitors will be offered a chance to try on a "yukata" summer kimono. Fifty applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission is free. The venue is a six-minute walk from Uehonmachi Station on the Kintetsu Line or 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.

Performing artists showcase their talents:
Performing Arts Messe 2006 in Osaka (PAMO) will be held July 27 to 29 at Izumi Hall, Matsushita IMP Hall and several other facilities in the Twin 21 MID Tower and Matsushita IMP Building, both located in the Osaka Business Park in Chuo Ward.

PAMO, now in its seventh year, brings together a diverse range of musicians, dance troupes, theatrical companies, puppet theaters and other performing artists. They will showcase their activities through live performances, videos and information booths, while also discussing related topics at seminars and workshops. About 100 groups from all over the country, as well as performers from India, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan and Mongolia, will take part.

Most performances will be held July 28 and 29. The first day will be devoted to pre-event seminars and workshops, along with an opening performance, a collaboration of a classical orchestra and "kyogen" classical comical drama actors, which will start at 6:30 p.m. at Izumi Hall.

Admission for July 28 and 29 is 1,000 yen. The performance on the first evening costs 2,000 yen. Those with two-day tickets will be able to attend most live performances and other events for free, but advance reservations are required for some seminars and workshops.

The venues are a five-minute walk from Kyobashi Station on the JR and Keihan lines, or a one-minute walk from Osaka Business Park Station on the Nagahori Tsurimi Ryokuchi Line.

Details in Japanese are available at www.osaka21.or.jp/culture/pamo2006/eve.html

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6942-2005.

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