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Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

Ashiya museum offers chance to buy artworks

The Ashiya City Museum of Art & History in Hyogo Prefecture is holding a flea market for art works in the foreyard Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Around 40 artists will set up booths for their works, which will allow visitors to communicate and negotiate directly with the creators of paintings, woodworks, sculptures and photographs as well as woven or dyed fabrics.

The museum has held this event regularly since 2001, but this year's market will feature workshops and performing arts for the first time.

The museum is a 15-minute walk southeast of Hanshin Ashiya Station. From JR Ashiya Station, take a Hankyu Bus on lines 20, 29, 32 or 39 and get off at Midori-cho bus stop.

No application is required. The event will be canceled in case of heavy rain.

For more information, contact the museum at (0797) 38-5432.

Goethe-Institut to show films about unification

Goethe-Institut Kyoto, the Kyoto branch of a German nonprofit organization promoting German language and culture, will show films from Oct. 15 to Oct. 19 related to the unification of East and West Germany and its influences on modern society.

The films will be shown daily starting at 6 p.m. and ending around 10 p.m. Two films will be shown each day except on Oct. 15, when only one film is scheduled to be screened.

On Oct. 18 and 19, directors of the films will appear on stage after the showings to answer questions from the audience. On Oct. 18, Juergen Boettcher, director of "Die Mauer" (1989/90), and Marcel Schwierin of "Ewinge Schonheit" (2003) will speak. On Oct. 19, Marc Bauder, codirector of "Jeder schweigt von etwas anderem" (2006) and Jens Schanze of "Winterkinder" (2005) are scheduled to appear.

Admission is free and no reservation is required. Question-and-answer sessions will be conducted in German with Japanese interpretation. Films will be shown in German, and some have English subtitles.

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

FM Cocolo celebrating Asia at event in Naniwa

FM Cocolo, the Kansai-based multilingual radio station, is staging the Asia Festival 2007: Love Asia, Love the Earth event Sunday at Namba Minatomachi River Place in Naniwa Ward from noon to 9 p.m.

The event features Asian food booths along with some entertaining performances of Indonesian and Korean traditional dances, flamenco, jazz and baton twirling. A live program will be aired from the venue from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with Japanese singer/songwriter Kyogo Kawaguchi appearing on the program.

FM Cocolo broadcasts on a frequency of 76.5 MHz to the Kansai area, which includes Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Nara, Shiga, and Wakayama prefectures.

The venue is near Exit 26-B of Namba Station on the JR, Nankai and Kintetsu lines and the Yotsubashi or Midosuji subway lines.

For more information, contact the station at (06) 6615-7650.

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