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Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008

KANSAI: Who & What

Ultra Factory to exhibit artwork in Sakyo Ward

Ultra Factory, a workshop established at Kyoto University of Art and Design in June this year, will hold a contemporary art exhibition from Sept. 21 to 29 in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City.

The workshop was established to let KUAD students create artwork with metal, resin and wood under the supervision of Kenji Yanobe, one of today's best-known contemporary artists.

The first part of the exhibition, which is from Sept. 21 to 23, will feature props and stage sets for the play "Gulliver & Swift" by performing art company Pappa Tarahumara. The performance is scheduled to be held at The Globe Tokyo in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, from Oct. 9 to 12. A public rehearsal will be held at Ultra Factory on Sept. 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The second part of the exhibition, from Sept. 26 to 29, shows contemporary works and installations by artists Kenji Yanobe, Noboru Tsubaki, Osamu Kokufu and others.

The hours for the exhibition are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to both the exhibition and play rehearsal is free.

Ultra Factory is held on the campus of KUAD, which is a 10-minute walk from Chayama Station on Eizan railway's Honsen Line.

For more information, contact the organizer at (075) 791-8482, e-mail contact@ultrafactory.jp, or access its Japanese-language Web site at ultrafactory.jp/

Namba Walk setting up October clothing drive

Namba Walk, an underground shopping arcade in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, will collect used clothes and blankets for donations from Oct. 1 to 5.

The clothes will be donated to countries ranging from Myanmar to Zambia this year, with help from the Japan Relief Clothing Center. The arcade has been collected and donated about 218 tons of used clothes to countries in need for the past nine years.

Bring used, but washed, clothes to the Kujira (whale) Park zone in the arcade between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Only casual summer clothes will be accepted. Used and washed blankets are also sought, but towels, sheets, underwear, or socks will be accepted only if they have not been used.

For further information, contact the organizer at (06) 6644-4800 from Sept. 22 to Oct. 5 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., or access its Japanese-language Web site at walk.osaka-chikagai.jp/

Kyoto's Pulse Plaza to host 42nd antique fair

The 42nd Grand Antique Fair will be held from Oct. 3 to 5 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, Japanese furniture, "ukiyo-e" prints, 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.gomoku-do.com/

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