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Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007

KANSAI: Who & What

Displays to illuminate Osaka until Christmas

Tempozan Harbor Village in Minato Ward, Osaka, is hosting a the light display "Illumination Fantasy" through Dec. 25.

A 26-meter-tall installation of a whale shark in front of Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan will shine brightly at night from 5 to 11 p.m. daily. And at 4:45 p.m. every holiday and weekend there will be a special ceremony in which a California sea lion from the aquarium turns the lights on.

The ceremony will be held in front of the aquarium and canceled in case of rain. The venue is a five-minute walk from Osakako Station on the Chuo subway line.

For more information, contact the aquarium at (06) 6576-5501 or access its Web site at www.kaiyukan.com/

YWCA planning day trip to explore Hikone City

Osaka YWCA Bridges is organizing a day trip to explore the historic city of Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, on Dec. 2.

Participants will meet English-speaking Osaka YWCA staff at JR Hikone Station at 10 a.m. to walk around the castle town and learn its 400 years of history. The route includes castle moats, stone walls, merchants' houses, samurai quarters, temples and shrines. Please note that Hikone Castle is not included in the route.

Advance applications must be made via e-mail by Wednesday. The participation fee is ¥700 per person, which does not include lunch and transportation to and from JR Hikone Station.

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

IICLO plans seminar on Mexican myths in Suita

International Institute for Children's Literature, Osaka (IICLO), is organizing a seminar on Mexican myths from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Suita City.

This is the 3rd seminar in the series held by IICLO, in which lectures are given on mythology and folk stories from all over the world. Yasuhito Yamamori of Kansai Gaidai University will talk about the myths believed in Mexico and how they are changing today. The lecture will be in Japanese.

Participation is free and no application is required. The venue is in Expo Park, which is a 15-minute walk through the park (which requires ¥250 to enter) from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail Line.

For more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6876-8800.



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