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Sunday, July 13, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

Kyoto museum to host free 'yoiyama' concerts

The Museum of Kyoto is hosting free "yoiyama" concerts Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday to coincide with the Gion Matsuri Festival.

Musicians will perform tunes from various genres ranging from jazz and pops to classical and koto music. The concerts are scheduled to be held from 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, and 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in a hall in the museum's annex.

The venue is a three-minute walk from Exit 5 of Karasuma Oike Station on the Karasuma Line, or a seven-minute walk from Exit 16 of Karasuma Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line.

For more information, contact the museum at (075) 222-0888.

English-speaking guide to host Enryaku-ji tour

A volunteer English-speaking tour guide is planning a guided tour to the Enryaku-ji Temple Complex on Mount Hiei on July 27.

Enryaku-ji Temple is on 848-meter Mount Hiei, which spreads from the northeastern part of the city of Kyoto to the western part of Otsu City in Shiga Prefecture. The temple was established by the Buddhist monk Saicho (767-822).

The fees for the trip are ¥1,800 for round-trip bus fare, ¥1,000 for lunch, ¥1,000 for admission to the temple complex and ¥1,000 as a gratuity for the guide.

Participants will meet guide Paul Satoh at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Kyoto City Tourist Information Office on the second floor of the JR Kyoto Station Building.

An advance application is required via fax. The tour is reserved for non-Japanese only.

For applications and further information, fax Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

Foreigners sought for Osaka sweets class

Osaka International House Foundation is seeking foreigners to attend a cooking class from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on July 29.

Participants will make Japanese sweets and enjoy them with green tea afterward.

The venue is the Japanese room on the third floor of Osaka International House in Tennoji Ward, Osaka. Participation is ¥500.

An advance application is required to be made by phone, fax or e-mail. The first 15 people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Details and an access map can be found at www.ih-osaka.or.jp/i.house/english/

For more information and applications, contact the organizer at (06) 6773-8989, fax (06) 6773-8421 or e-mail johokikaku@ih-osaka.or.jp

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