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Sunday, June 14, 2009

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YWCA Senri to hold workshop on corsages

YWCA Senri's Bridges Monthly Program is seeking participants for a corsage-making workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 24 in Suita, Osaka.

Instructors will show the participants how to make use of wrapping papers to create a lovely corsage. Instructions will be given in English. Participants are urged to bring scissors, glue, wrapping paper in their favorite colors, and some snacks.

The venue is YWCA Senri Center, which is about a ten-minute walk from Kitasenri Station on the Hankyu Senri Line. Advance applications are required by phone or e-mail by June 17. Eight people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participation is ¥1,000.

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

44th Grand Antique Fair ready to open in Kyoto

The 44th Grand Antique Fair will be held from Friday to June 21 at Kyoto Pulse Plaza in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto.

The fair will feature about 350 antique shops displaying more than 1.5 million items, including folding screens, hanging scrolls, tea ceremony utensils, Japanese furniture, "ukiyo-e" (wood block 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 further information, access the fair's Web site at www.gomoku-do.com/ or contact the organizer at (077) 522-2307.

Umeda Sky Building lights up for Tanabata

The Umeda Sky Building is staging a Tanabata star festival in Kita Ward, Osaka, until July 7.

Playing on the theme "Tanabata festival closest to the starry sky," the skyscraper's entrance and 40th-floor observatory, 170 meters above the ground, are decorated with bamboo leaves and paper crafts, while special illuminations are setting the outdoor observatory on the roof aglow at night.

On July 7, a vocal group is scheduled to perform on the 40th floor at 8 p.m. to enhance the already romantic atmosphere.

Admission to the 40th-floor observatory is free, but the rooftop observatory costs ¥700 to enter. Visitors wearing "yukata" (summer kimono) will get a ¥200 discount off admission to the rooftop area.

The Umeda Sky Building is open from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and is about a 10-minute walk from JR Osaka, Hankyu Umeda or Umeda subway stations.

For further information, check out the Web site (www.kuchu-teien.com/english/) or contact the organizer at (06) 6440-3901.

EU Film Days 2009 set to kick off in Kyoto

The European film festival EU Film Days 2009 will be held from Wednesday to Sunday in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

Eleven European films will be shown. Those with English subtitles include the 2008 film "Perpetuum Mobile" from Lithuania, "Rhapsody in White" from Bulgaria, "Rabbit without Ears" from Germany, and the Italian movie "My Brother is an Only Child."

Tickets cost ¥500 per film and will be sold at the door, with only 100 seats available for each showing. The venue is the Goethe Institute Japan, which is about a 10-minute walk south of Demachiyanagi Station on the Keihan Railway Line. Access the Web site www.goethe.de/kyoto/ to get an access map to the festival and the Web site www.momak.go.jp/English/news/20090617-21.html to get the film schedule and additional details.

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