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Sunday, June 28, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Kyoto museum to put 'netsuke' on display

The Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum will hold a summer special exhibition from Wednesday to July 31.

"Netsuke" are button-sized kimono accessories that were often used in the Edo Period (1603-1867) to hang "inro" (pill boxes) and tobacco containers from obi. Netsuke are usually made of wood, ivory, ceramics or metals. Classical and modern netsuke works will be on display at the museum, which is the first of its kind to focus on collecting netsuke. The museum is the residence of a former samurai in Nakagyo Ward and opens its doors to the public four times a year.

Admission is ¥1,200. The museum (www.netsukekan.jp/english/index.html) will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Wednesday until July 31 and is a 15-minute taxi ride from JR Kyoto Station.

NIA to offer foreigners free residency advice

The Nishinomiya City International Association (NIA) will host a free counseling day on residency issues from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 12 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

Licensed administrative scriveners will be on hand to give advice to foreign residents. Any personal information discussed here will be strictly confidential. Volunteer interpreters in English and Chinese also will be present to provide language assistance.

Participants who need help with languages other than English or Chinese should make advance reservations by phone by July 5.

For more information and advance reservations, go to www.nishi.or.jp/homepage/nia/contact or contact the organizer at 0798-32-8680 or send an e-mail message to nia@nishi.or.jp.

Kansai unity group sets up Web page in English

The Organization of Kansai Unity has opened an English-language Web page that centers on artistic and cultural information in the Kansai region.

The Art and Culture page is part of the already-running English-language Web site Kansai Window, which provides information ranging from tourism, tradition and culture in the region to statistical data on its population and economy.

The new section can be found under the Kansai Data Bank heading in the middle of the top page. It provides on-site reports on various spots in Kansai. The first update featured a report on "Tori no Gekijo" ("Bird Theater"), a local theater in Tottori Prefecture.

For more information, go to www.kippo.or.jp/ or send an e-mail message to info@kippo.or.jp

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