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Sunday, May 3, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Kansai cake shops show special sweets in Osaka

The second Tempozan Sweets Island, a confection exhibition that opened Wednesday in Minato Ward, Osaka, will run until May 24.

Around four popular cake shops in the Kansai region are setting up booths each week at Tempozan Market Place, a commercial facility next to Kaiyukan aquarium. Ten shops in total will participate in the event.

On Sunday, 20 sponge cake rolls will go on sale. Ten of them, in flavors including strawberry, green tea, and sweet chestnut, are sold per cut, costing from ¥200 to ¥340. Visitors can enjoy the cakes in the facility's food court. Other special items at the event include Kobe's Kashis Patrie's ice cream parfait (till Wednesday) and Osaka's Dojima Sweets' pudding (May 16 to 24).

The venue is the special gallery space on the second floor of Tempozan Market Place, which is a five-minute walk from Osakako Station on the Chuo subway line.

Admission is free. The facility is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. till Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Thursday through May 24.

For more information, contact the Osaka Waterfront Development Office at (06) 6576-5501, or access www.kaiyukan.com/market/ (in Japanese).

UNICEF aims to aid kids with Osaka donations

A charity event commemorating Kodomo no Hi (Children's Day) on Tuesday will be held starting Sunday at Shin Umeda Wonder Square in Kita Ward, Osaka.

The Osaka Chapter of the Japan Committee for UNICEF will present an exhibition of panels with photographs and explanations to raise awareness of children in trouble. Other features include booths selling "takoyaki" (fried octopus) dumplings and international foods, as well as musical performances by Kansai-based musicians.

For donations, visitors are urged to bring unused postage stamps, spoiled prepaid postcards and foreign coins left over from overseas travels.

The venue, Shin Umeda Wonder Square, is an open space on the first floor of the Umeda Sky Building, a skyscraper ten minutes north by foot from JR Osaka Station.

The venue is open from noon to 5 p.m. daily and admission is free.

For further information, contact the skyscraper's information center at (06) 6440-3899. For an access map, access www.skybldg.co.jp/ (available in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean).

Suita friends group set to hold cultural festival

Suita Interpeople Friendship Association is organizing the 14th Suita International Plaza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 9 and 10.

The annual festival will present tea ceremony in a Japanese room and paper cutout workshops on May 9 and kimono-wearing workshops on May 10 for foreign residents. Various ethnic foods, such as Korean "chijimi" (pancakes) and Egyptian "couscous" (ground pasta) will also be sold in booths on the venue's rooftop.

Admission is free. The venue is the third floor and rooftop of Suita-shi Bunka Kaikan, also known as May Theater, which is near Suita Station on the Hankyu Senri Line.

For more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6835-1192 or send an e-mail message to sifa@mail.infomart.or.jp

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