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Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

Aqua Metropolis Osaka gears up for '09 launch

Osaka will stage the Aqua Metropolis Osaka 2009 arts and entertainment program from Aug. 22 to Oct. 12 around the Nakanoshima district in Kita Ward.

Some of the highlights include evening illumination events in Nakanoshima Park and "High Way Movie," which projects animations on the bottom of the Hanshin Expressway bridge.

On Aug. 23, 30, Sept. 20 and Oct. 11, morning markets will open at Fukushima Port and Hachiken Yahama Pier, with boats carrying fresh local vegetables and fruits coming to sell them. The markets will open at 10 a.m. and run until all items are sold out.

A daytime market and cafe will be set up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hachiken Yahama Pier from Aug. 22 to 31, Sept. 19 to 23, and from Oct. 9 to 12.

All venues are near Yodoyabashi Station on the Keihan or Midosuji subway lines, or about 20 minutes on foot from the JR Osaka and Umeda subway stations. Admission is free.

For details and schedule of the events, check out the Web site www.suito-osaka2009.jp (in Japanese and English) or send a message using the online inquiry form.

Kyoto museum to hold free classical concerts

The Kyoto National Museum will host free classical music concerts on Aug. 21, 28 and Sept. 4.

Flute quartet Lathyrus will perform five scores, including "Polovetsian Dances" by Alexander Borodin and "Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise" by Franz Doppler.

The concerts will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The venue is the central hall of the museum's special exhibition building, which is a seven-minute walk east of Shichijo Station on the Keihan Railway Line.

Admission to the special exhibition building, where "On the Trail of Texts Along the Silk Road: The Russian Expedition's Discovery of Manuscripts in Central Asia" is showing until Sept. 6, is ¥1,200 for adults, ¥800 for university and high school students, and free for junior high and elementary school students.

For further information, check out the museum's Web site at www.kyohaku.go.jp/ or call (075) 525-2473.

Tempozan Market Place plans food culture bash

The Tempozan Market Place, a commercial facility next to Kaiyukan aquarium, is holding a festival on the theme of food culture until Aug. 31.

The Natsu no Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho Omatsuri (Osaka's Big Eater Alley Way's Summer Festival) will re-create the downtown alleys of 1970s Osaka, including such features as the "kami shibai" (picture card) shows, displays of the home electronics and furniture of the time, and workshops that teach how to play with traditional toys like "ken dama" (cup and ball), paper airplanes and stilts.

The kami shibai shows will be held at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. The toy workshops will start at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission is free. The venue for the food culture festival is on the second floor of Tempozan Market Place, a five-minute walk from Osakako Station on the Chuo subway line.

For more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6576-5529 or go online to www.kaiyukan.com/thv/marketplace/ (in Japanese).

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