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Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009

KANSAI: Who & What

British Council, KCIF to host U.K. education fair

The British Council and the Kyoto City International Foundation are hosting "Education UK Exhibition Japan 2009" from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Representatives from 38 U.K. universities, colleges and English-language institutions will provide potential students with information on studying in the U.K. Participants will be able to receive one-on-one advice from them as well.

Participation is free and no reservations are required.

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

The event's Web site (education-uk.jp/) can be accessed for more information.

Osaka Nohgaku show to be held in Chuo Ward

The Nogaku e no Izanai (Invitation to Nohgaku) show will take place at Osaka's Chuo Ward Office from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

"Nohgaku" is a traditional Japanese performing art that was born in the early Muromachi Period (1336-1573). The concert will feature "subayashi" (instrumental music from noh plays) and a shortened version of the "shoujou" noh repertoire. Explanations of the musical instruments will be provided in Japanese.

The venue is the lobby on the first floor of the Chuo Ward Office in Osaka, which is about ten minutes on foot from Sakaisuji Honmachi Station on the Sakaisuji subway line.

Admission is free and no reservations are required.

For more information, contact the ward office at (06) 6267-9845.

Charity festival in Kobe offers food, sports, info

The Kobe Global Charity Festival will be held at Isogami Park in Chuo Ward, Kobe, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 18.

The festival will feature stalls selling ethnic food and recycled goods, and booths with information about the activities of NPOs and community groups.

Kansai Highland Games, a Kansai-based group, will also hold its annual games from the Scottish Highlands at the venue. The festival also will feature sprints, egg and spoon races, dances, bag piping, and a tug-of-war.

The venue is Isogami Park at the Kobe Regatta & Athletic Club, which is a 10-minute walk from Sannomiya Station on the JR, Hankyu or Hanshin Kobe lines. Entrance is ¥100 as a donation to the festival.

For further information, check the Web site (kgcf.web.fc2.com/) or contact the organizer at kgcf2009@gmail.com.

Expat rocker Robinson to perform in Osaka

Osaka-based American rock singer Davina Robinson will be performing on stage Friday in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

Robinson, who has been in Japan for the past 18 years, including three years in Kanagawa and 15 in Osaka, will perform some of her original songs. An EP album CD, "The Blazing Heart," released in 2008, contains four of her songs and will be sold at the venue for ¥1,000.

The show kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at live house Sunhall in the America-mura area, which is about a 10-minute walk from exit five of Yotsubashi Station on the Yotsubashi subway line.

Tickets are ¥1,500 in advance and ¥2,000 at the door.

Visit the venue's Web site (www.sunhall.com/) or the singer's Web site (www.davinarobinson.com/) for tickets or more information.

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