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Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

Two-day 'manga' summit festa slated for Kyoto

International Manga Summit Festa 2008 will be held at the Kyoto International Manga Museum in Nakagyo Ward and the Kyoto International Conference Center in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, on Sept. 6 and 7.

Held concurrently with the 9th International Manga Summit, which is to be held at the Kyoto International Conference Center, two venues will display original illustrations and pictures for comic books penned by domestic and international artists, demonstrate how comic book artists work, and hold workshops for children to learn how to draw manga. The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at ticket agency Pia and convenience store Lawson for ¥1,000 in advance and ¥1,200 at the door.

For more details, access www.manga-summit.jp (available in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean).

Osaka orchestra to play free outdoor concerts

The Osaka Century Orchestra will host free outdoor concerts in Toyonaka City, Osaka, on the evenings of Aug. 30 and 31.

Hiroyuki Odano will conduct the orchestra both evenings. For the Aug. 30 concert, Osaka Century Youth Orchestra will join to perform a prelude from "Die Fledermaus" ("The Bat") composed by Johann Strauss II. The Homura Tomoi Ballet Company will join in for "Swan Lake" by Russian composer Tchaikovsky. On Aug. 31, the polka "Vergnagungszug" ("Journey Train") and the waltz "The Blue Danube" by Strauss II will be performed in addition to other tunes.

No admission or fee is required. The venue is Hattori Ryokuchi Yagai Ongaku-do (open-air music hall), which is a five-minute walk from Ryokuchi Koen Station on the Kita Osaka Kyuko Railway Line. The first 2,000 people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The venue opens at 6:30 p.m. on both days.

The shows will be canceled in case of rain.

For more information, contact the orchestra office at (06) 6868-3030, or access its Web site at mic.e-osaka.ne.jp/century/ (in Japanese).

Cultural goodies on offer at Thai festival

A festival featuring specialties from Thailand will be held on Sept. 6 and 7 at Tennoji Park in Tennoji Ward, Osaka.

The festival will feature booths selling popular foods and products, concerts by pop musicians, demonstrations of Muay Thai kickboxing, performances of traditional music and dance, and showings of Thai movies.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entry is free, but admission to the park costs ¥150.

The venue is a five-minute walk from Tennoji Station on the JR Osaka Loop Line or the Tanimachi or Midosuji subway lines, or from Abeno Station on the Kintetsu Line.

For further information, visit the Web site of the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Osaka at www.thaiconsulate.jp



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