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Sunday, March 23, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

40th Grand Antique Fair to open at Pulse Plaza

The 40th Grand Antique Fair will be held from next Friday through Sunday at Kyoto Sogo Mihon Ichi Hall, also known as Pulse Plaza, in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto.

About 350 antique shops will exhibit more than 1.5 million items, including folding screens, hanging scrolls, tea ceremony utensils, "ukiyo-e" paintings, ceramic wares, antique kimono and Western-style antiques.

The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. To get to the venue, take the Kintetsu railway or subway lines from Kyoto Station to Takeda Station. A free shuttle bus will be available at exit four of Takeda Station.

For more information, contact the organizer at (077) 522-2307 or visit its Web site at www.yumekoobou.com/

Shizenbunkaen to hold cherry blossom festival

A cherry blossoms festival will be held at the Shizenbunkaen (Natural and Cultural Gardens) in Expo Park in Suita City from Friday through April 13.

The festival will feature various events, including a temporary market to sell ceramics and earthenware through April 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., jazz concerts from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on April 5 and 6, and a bunraku puppet show at 1:30 p.m. at the central rest station in the Nihon Teien (Japanese Garden) at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The park is usually open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the closing time will be extended to 9 p.m. for the festival, and the Higashi Oji area will be illuminated from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission to the festival is free, but ¥250 is required to enter the park. The park is near the Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail Line.

For more information, contact the park office at (06) 6877-7387 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

British Council to offer advice on education

The British Council, Britain's public international office for promoting education opportunities in the country, is organizing "Education UK Day 2008" on March 30 in Kita Ward, Osaka.

Around 20 universities, colleges, and professional training schools from Britain will join the event to give consultations. The British Council's English staff will also hold seminars in Japanese to explain the characteristics of various regions in Britain and the differences between British English and American English.

The venue is on the fourth floor of Dojima Avanza Building, which is a five-minute walk north from JR Kitashinchi Station, or an eight-minute walk north from JR Osaka Station.

For more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6342-5301 or access its Web site at www.britishcouncil.org/jp/japan-educationuk.html

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