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Sunday, March 29, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Osaka waterworks open for blossom viewing

The Osaka City Waterworks Bureau will open the Kunijima Water Treatment Plant's grounds in Higashi Yodogawa Ward to the public for cherry blossom viewing until April 10.

The venue is a 460-meter stretch along the Hankyu Kyoto Line from Souzenji Station to Awaji Station. Around 160 cherry trees, including some older than 50 years, will be in bloom. The grounds will be open from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and the trees will be lit with around 130 lanterns after dark. Admission is free.

At the Waterworks Memorial Museum, which is a 20-minute walk from Souzenji Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line, green tea will be served for free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until April 10. The museum is closed on March 30 and April 6 but admission is free. No advance applications are required, but the venue may be very much crowded during peak periods.

For more information, contact the bureau at (06) 6324-3191.

Music festival to feature Joto Ward band students

The fifth Joto Ward Wind Music Festival will be held from 1 p.m. on March 29 in Tennoji Ward, Osaka.

Wind music clubs from all six junior high schools in Joto Ward will perform. In addition, the All Joto Youth Band, a private club comprising former students from the ward, will also make an appearance.

Admission is free. A thousand people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance applications needed.

The venue is Creo Osaka Chuo, a three-minute walk from Shitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka Station on the Tanimachi subway line.

For further information, contact the Joto Ward Community Association at (06) 6932-2000, or access the venue's Web site at www.creo-osaka.or.jp/chuou/ (in Japanese) for an access map.

Osawa YWCA to offer temple flea market tour

The Osaka YWCA's Bridges Program is organizing a tour to a monthly flea market at Shitenno-ji Temple in Tennoji Ward, Osaka, on April 21.

The tour, to be conducted by YWCA's English-speaking staff, will last from 10:30 a.m. to around 1 p.m. Participants will stop at a nearby restaurant for lunch after visiting the flea market.

The participation fee is ¥500 plus transportation costs. Advance applications are required by phone or e-mail by April 14.

For details and applications, contact Kuniko Kanzaki, Bridges monthly event coordinator, at (090) 9253-7150, or send an e-mail message to usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp

Figurines on display at Kaiyo-do museum show

The Kaiyo-do Figure Museum in Tenpozan is open at Tenpozan Market Place in Minato Ward, Osaka, through April 12.

Kaiyo-do is known for its collection of dinosaur, animal and "anime" character figurines. The event, which is being held for the first time in Osaka, will display around 2,000 pieces, including "manga" and anime figurines and "omake," the small gifts usually packaged with snacks.

The venue will be the gallery space on the second floor of Tenpozan Market Place, about a five-minute walk from Osakako Station on the Chuo subway line. It is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission is ¥500 for adults and ¥200 for children.

For more information, contact the venue at (06) 6576-5501, or visit its Web site at kaiyukan.com/market/ (in Japanese).

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