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Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

Mexican fiesta in Osaka

Fiesta Mexicana Osaka 2008, an event designed to introduce the culture of Mexico, will be held at Shin Umeda City Wonder Square in Kita Ward, Osaka, on Sept. 13 and 14 from noon to 9 p.m., and Sept. 15 from noon to 8 p.m.

Mexican dance and music will be performed by Mariachi Agave, which focuses on traditional music. Mexican a cappella group Voz En Punto and Marimba player La Bamba will also appear on stage.

Mexican ceramics, artifacts and traditional clothing such as sombreros will be sold along with fabrics and fruit. Mexican food will be on offer at Takimi-koji, the underground food court in the first basement level.

The venue is at Umeda Sky Building and admission is free. The building is a 10-minute walk from JR Osaka Station, Umeda subway station or Umeda Station on the Hankyu Line.

For more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6440-3899 or access its Japanese-language Web site at www.skybldg.co.jp/event/m-thisyear.html

Student music festival all around Osaka

The third Midosuji Student Music Festival will be staged Sept. 13 to 15 in the city of Osaka.

Music events are planned at various places around the city by students from six universities and a vocational school in the Kansai region.

A classical music concert will start at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Osaka Prefectural Youth Hall in Chuo Ward, about a five-minute walk west of Morinomiya Station on the JR Osaka Loop Line. Admission is free and 1,200 people will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

On Sept. 14, an outdoor cafe with live music will open in the Tonbori Riverwalk area between Ebisu-bashi Bridge and Tazaemon-bashi Bridge. The cafe will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and live music will be performed from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For further information, contact the organizing committee at (06) 6942-2004, or e-mail mdsj08hp@yahoo.co.jp. For the full list of events, visit the Japanese-language Web site at www.osaka21.or.jp/midou/students2008/

Sherlock Holmes look-alike contest

A Sherlock Holmes look-alike contest will be held at Eikoku-kan (English House) in the Kobe Ijinkan (former residences of early foreign settlers) area in Chuo Ward on Oct. 5.

Celebrating the first anniversary of the opening of a reproduction of a Sherlock Holmes' room, Eikoku-kan is seeking look-alikes of the great fictional detective.

Participants can be of any nationality, age or sex, but should bring something that hints at Sherlock Holmes, such as an Inverness coat, deerstalker hat, pipe or magnifying glass. Participants may also enter the contest in pairs with a Dr. Watson look-alike. There is no charge to enter. Winners will be awarded prizes, including a six-day package tour to London.

Those wishing to enter should send a postcard or e-mail stating their name, address, age, telephone number and comments explaining why they should be selected or how much they look like Sherlock Holmes. Postcards should be sent to Kitano Office "Motomu! Sherlock Holmes" Kakari, at 2-3-18 Kitano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, 650-0002. For an application via e-mail, send a message to england4848@yahoo.co.jp. Applications must arrive by Sept. 20. Confirmation letters with contest details will be sent to successful applicants.

For more information, contact the organizer at (078) 241-2368.

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