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Sunday, July 6, 2008

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Free tickets for show on ancient drinking wares

The Miho Museum in Shiga Prefecture is giving readers of The Japan Times ten pairs of free tickets to its special exhibition "Rhyton: Ancient Sacred Drinking Vessels," which runs Saturday through Aug. 17.

The special exhibition features around 70 drinking vessels from central and western Asia to the Mediterranean.

Those seeking tickets should send a postcard listing their name, age, address, profession and telephone number to Miho Museum PR Desk "Rhyton: Ancient Sacred Drinking Vessels" Present, The Japan Times Kakari, Okamoto Kousan Building 10F, 1-11-9 Nishi-Honmachi, Nishi-ku, Osaka-shi, 550-0005. The postcard should arrive by July 17.

Tickets are also available for ¥1,000 at the door. The museum is a 50-minute bus ride from Ishiyama Station on JR Biwako Line, or a 20-minute taxi ride from Shigaraki Station on Shigaraki Kogen Railway line.

For more information about the special exhibition, contact the museum at (0748) 82-3411, or access miho.jp

CAP planning shadow show, Gamelan music

The Conference on Art and Art Projects (CAP) is holding a shadow show accompanied by Gamelan music from 4 p.m. on July 21 in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

Wayang Kulit, which refers to a type of puppet shadow show performed in Indonesian and Malay, will be performed by Ki Purbo Asmoro, a puppeteer from Java, Indonesia. Gamelan is a traditional instrumental music in Indonesia and Malaysia, which features gongs, xylophones, and metallophones. Lambangsari, a Tokyo-based Japanese Gamelan musicians group, will play Gamelan for this show.

The venue is CAP Studios Q2, which is a three-minute walk from Port Terminal Station on the Portliner Line. The studio will open at 3 p.m. and a prelude will be performed from 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are available for ¥2,000 in advance at the venue or ¥2,500 at the door.

For further information, contact the organizer at (078) 959-7707 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., send an e-mail to info@cap-kobe.com, or visit the venue's Japanese-language Web site at www.cap-kobe.com

Biwako Hall to hold classical concerts

Biwako Hall in Shiga Prefecture will host two concerts in its lobby from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday and from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

On Monday, tenor singer Naoki Takeuchi will sing songs such as "Nessun Dorma," a famous aria from Puccini's opera "Turandot," and "Sen no Kaze ni Natte," a Japanese song composed by Man Arai. He will be accompanied with piano by Miyo Honya. For the Saturday performance, singers Mikako Fujiwara, Masanobu Shibayama, and Ai Shibayama will sing famous arias from Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro."

The venue is Biwako Hall's main lobby, which is a three-minute walk from Ishiba Station on the Keihan railway line. No admission or reservation is required.

For more information, contact the hall office at (077) 523-7150.

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