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Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009

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Japanese studies center to host public in Kyoto

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies will hold an open house day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday in Nishigyo Ward, Kyoto.

Faculty members will hold a seminar on the center's database of ancient Japanese maps, a talk session with visitors on the research carried out there and give tours of the facility.

Admission is free and no reservations are required. The center is a 20-minute bus ride from Katsura Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line. A free shuttle bus service from Hankyu Katsura Station will be offered the same day as well. Go to www.nichibun.ac.jp for an access map and directions.

For more information, send an e-mail message to www-admin@nichibun.ac.jp or contact the center at (075) 335-2222.

Tempozan Market hosts Gospel music contest

The "10th Tempozan Gospel Festival" will be held on Nov. 1 and 3 at Tempozan Market Place, a commercial facility next to Kaiyukan aquarium in Minato Ward, Osaka.

Around 40 Gospel singing groups will participate in a preliminary competition from 1 p.m., and 20 groups will be selected based on the Nov. 1 results to continue in the main competition, which will be held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 3. Professional Gospel/R&B singer Ruriko Ogami will be the guest judge in the competition and will give a special performance on Nov. 3.

The venue is Rotunda Stage in Tempozan Market Place, which is a five-minute walk from Osakako Station on the Chuo subway line. No admission or reservations are required.

For further information, contact the venue at (06) 6576-5501, or go to www.kaiyukan.com/thv/marketplace/ (in Japanese).

Biwako Hall holding mini organ concert

A mini concert of organ music will be put on in the main lobby of Biwako Hall in Shiga Prefecture from 1 to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 28.

Kimiko Nakayama, an organ player who has performed with the Biwako Hall Vocal Ensemble, will play tunes on the organ set up in the main lobby of the hall, such as "Andante in F" K. 616 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

No admission or advance reservations are required. The hall is a 20-minute walk or a seven-minute bus ride from Otsu Station on the JR Biwako Line.

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

Kyoto House to offer sessions on art, sweets

The Kyoto International Community House invites people to come to its open day to be held on Nov. 3.

Visitors can participate in workshops on Japanese traditional art, including "sumi-e" (ink painting) and calligraphy from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., origami from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and ikebana from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

International visitors can also experience making Kyo-gashi, or Kyoto-style confectionery, for only ¥500. Participants can taste some of the sweets they make and take the rest home.

Admission to the open day is free and no applications are required, but advance reservations must be made for the confectionery workshops. Three 50-minute sessions will be held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m., and 15 foreigners per session will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information and advance reservations for the workshops, contact the organizer at (075) 752-3511.

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