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Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

World music festival to open in Kyoto Station

The Kyoto Station Building in JR Kyoto Station is hosting free concerts featuring world music on Sept. 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The concerts will be given at the stage in the Muromachi Shoji Area. Vocalist Mio Matsuda will open the festival, followed by Marionet, an acoustic duo featuring Portuguese music, and Hidenori Omori, who plays fiddle and violin, for folk music. Sakaki Mango will be playing the limba, a Tanzanian piano-like instrument. More musicians are planned to perform pieces from Paraguayan, French, Andean, Swiss, and Japanese music.

For more information, contact the organizer at (075) 361-4401 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Hyogo museum to hold exhibit on Sun Yat-sen

The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art will hold a free exhibition on the relationship between Japan and Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), the Chinese revolutionary leader often referred to as the "father of modern China," from Sept. 7 to Sept. 23.

The exhibition will showcase photographic panels, hand-written documents by Sun Yat-sen, and framed pictures to explore how the political leader was perceived in Japan. To commemorate the start of this exhibition, a free concert featuring Chinese music will be held on Sept. 7 at 1 p.m.

The exhibition will be held in the gallery on the third floor of the museum, which is a 10-minute walk south from Nada Station on the JR Kobe Line. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (but 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 7). The museum is closed on Sept. 10 and 18.

For more information, contact the organizer, Sonbun Kinen Kan, at (078) 783-7172, or visit its Web site at www.sonbun.or.jp/ (in Japanese and Chinese)

Biwako Hall to host free concert with rare piano

Biwako Hall is organizing a free concert from1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 30.

Ryusuke Numajiri, the hall's art director since April 2007, will play a grand piano manufactured by famous French piano maker Erard in 1927. The piano was recently moved to the main lobby of the hall. Miwa Kurihara, Naoki Nizuka, and Akihiro Nishida of Biwako Hall Vocal Ensemble will also join the concert. "Di Provenza il mar, il suol," a piece from Verdi's famous opera "La Traviata," will be performed in addition to other tunes.

Admission is free and no reservations are required.

The venue is a 15-minute walk from Zeze Station on the JR Biwako Line, or a three-minute walk from Ishiba Staton on the Keihan LIne.

For more information, contact the organizer at (077) 523-7152.

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