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Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

KCA's Thanksgiving bash to be held in Kobe

The Kansai Canadian Association is organizing a Thanksgiving dinner from 5 p.m. on Oct. 11 in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

The association is based in the Kansai area for people interested in things Canadian. The venue for the dinner is Kobe Regatta & Athletic Club, which is a five-minute walk from JR Sannomiya Station.

Participation is ¥3,500 for association and the Japan Canada Kai members, ¥4,500 for others, and free for children aged 6 or younger.

Advance registration must be made by e-mail to levesquegerard@gmail.com or by fax to (06) 6319-1968 by Oct. 4. Please list the names of the people who are coming, how many are members, nonmembers, and children, and the total amount being paid.

Payment should be made at least one banking day in advance by either "furikomi" (bank transfer) or "genkin kakitome" (registered mail).

Access the organizer's Web site at (www.kansaicanada.com/) for details and www.krac.org/ for an access map to the venue.

Biwako Hall to host free classical music shows

Biwako Hall in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, will be hosting free mini-concerts in the main lobby next Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

The Monday concert will be held from 11:30 a.m. to noon and feature flute player Nicoline Pierreu and harpist Takako Suzuki performing Mozart's "Andante for Flute and Orchestra in C major, K.315," and other pieces.

The concert on Thursday will be held from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and feature oboist Yoshie Miyamoto, bassoon player Kenji Miyamoto and pianist Tomoko Hirabayashi.

The concert on Saturday will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring soprano Yasuko Nakajima, alto Chikako Tanaka and tenor Naoki Nizuka singing tunes by Austrian composer Alban Berg. Berg's opera "Lulu" is scheduled to be put on stage at Biwako Hall the following day.

No admission or reservations are required. Biwako Hall is a 20-minute walk from Otsu Station on the JR Biwako Line.

For further information, contact the hall office at (077) 523-7150.

Kobe Biennale prepares for second artistic run

Kobe Biennale 2009 will start next Saturday and run until Nov. 23 at three main venues in the port city.

The second biennale of art in Kobe will be held to promote the further restoration of the city from the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995.

At Kobe Meriken Park in Chuo Ward, 30 contemporary art works that use transportation containers as gallery spaces will be displayed by 25 Japanese and five overseas artists. There also will be displays of ceramics, photographs, flower arrangements, animated movies and street performers that will liven up the atmosphere of the area. The venue is a 15-minute walk from JR or Hanshin Motomachi stations.

The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art will hold a special exhibition titled "Link — Flexible Deviation," which features contemporary artworks by 12 Hyogo Prefecture-related artists, such as Chu Enoki, Yukio Fujimoto, and Yoshihiro Kishimoto. The museum is an eight-minute walk from Hanshin Iwaya Station.

At the Port of Kobe, three large installations will be shown that can be seen on board a ship connecting the other two venues.

For more information on the program, tickets, and schedule, visit www.kobe-biennale.jp (in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean).

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