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Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009

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Kyoto temple to light up garden for night show

Shoren-in Temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, will hold special nighttime opening from Friday to Dec. 14.

The temple, which is usually open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will instead open its gates at night so visitors can enjoy its illuminated garden from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The temple, part of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, is a five-minute walk from Higashiyama Station on the Tozai subway line.

Admission is ¥1,000 for adults, ¥400 for high school and junior high school students, and free for those of elementary school age or younger.

For more information, access www.shorenin.com/english/ or call the temple at (075) 562-2345.

Japan-Vietnam group to hold concert in Kyoto

The nonprofit organization Japan Vietnam Cultural Interaction Project will hold a cross-cultural concert in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, at1 p.m. on Oct. 4.

Singer Midori Nanjo, banjo player Ken Kitamura and piano player Tomoko Takechi will perform Vietnamese and Japanese songs. Vietnamese residents in Japan also will join the concert as stage performers, and Vietnamese tea and desert will be served.

Tickets are ¥1,500. The venue is the Kyoto International Community House, which is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

For reservations and further information, send an e-mail message to vietnamci@gmail.com or call the organizer at (075) 212-2071.

Osaka hotel plans beer, samba, Oktoberfest

Ramada Hotel Osaka in Kita Ward, Osaka, is holding a special rooftop beer garden event every night till Sept. 30.

Free refills are included in the admission price, and foods including "edamame" (soybeans), curry rice, salads, fried chicken and more will be offered. The magnificent night view of Osaka can be enjoyed from the rooftop garden, which is open from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Sunday and holidays, and from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

On Wednesday nights, samba performers will join the party to enhance the already vibrant atmosphere. From Sept. 19, Oktoberfest-style events will begin, with the German beer Lowenbrau and sausages added to the menu.

Tickets are available at ¥2,000 for adults, ¥1,000 for 13- to 19-year-olds, and ¥500 for 6- to 12-year-olds. Advance reservations are recommended, especially for Wednesday's "Samba Nights."

The hotel is connected with Nakatsu Station on the Midosuji subway line via Exit 3.

For reservations and more information, contact the hotel at (06) 6372-8181, or visit www.ramada-osaka.com/ (available in English and Japanese).

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