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Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

'Miyako Hana Butai' concerts set for Kyoto

A series of "Miyako no Hana Butai" concerts will be held in Kyoto on Oct. 16, 24 and 31 as a part of the ongoing Kyoto Art Festival 2009.

The Oct. 16 concert will start at 7 p.m. and feature violinist Ikuko Kawai and "kyogen" (comedic play) performers Shigeyama Sengoro, Masakuni and Shigeru. The venue is Miei-do Hall at Chion-in Temple in Higashiyama Ward.

On Oct. 24, the noh play "Hagoromo" will be performed at 2 p.m. at the noh theater in Nishi Honganji Temple in Shimogyo Ward.

The Oct. 31 concert will feature singer-songwriter bird and graphic art unit Daruma Shoten. The concert will start at 6 p.m. at Yayoi Kaikan in Higashiyama Ward.

Tickets are ¥4,000 in advance and ¥4,500 at the door and can be purchased at ticket agency Pia or from Lawson convenience stores.

For more information, access the organizer's Web site at www.k-af.com/ (in Japanese).

Blanks, kids to feature in Tempozan workouts

The "Kids Dance Super Stage in Tempozan" event will be held on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from Oct. 10 to 18 at Tempozan Market Place, a commercial facility next to Kaiyukan aquarium.

Children ranging from 4 to around 15 years old will shake their legs in two 45-minute programs held each day at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

On Oct. 24 and 25, Osaka-based fitness guru Billy Blanks, creator of the Tae Bo and Billy's Bootcamp workout videos, will demonstrate his Bootcamp program with audience members chosen by advance application at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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

For further information, contact the organizer at (06) 6576-5501 between 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., or access the link www.kaiyukan.com/thv/marketplace/ (in Japanese).

German school to hold Oktoberfest in Kobe

The Deutsche Schule Kobe/European School will hold an Oktoberfest festival from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 10.

Homemade German cake, beer and sausages will be sold at the venue and live brass band music will be played.

The venue is a seven-minute walk from Rokko Station on the Hankyu Kobe Line. Admission is free.

For more information, contact the organizer at (078) 857-9777 or visit the school's Web site at www.dskobe.org/ (in German and English).

45th Grand Antique Fair opens doors in Kyoto

The 45th Grand Antique Fair will be held at Kyoto Pulse Plaza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto.

The fair will display 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.

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 more information, take a look at the fair's Web site at www.gomoku-do.com/ or contact the organizer at (077) 522-2307.

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