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Sunday, April 25, 2010

KANSAI: Who & What

Railway Carnival to be organized in Osaka

Umeda Sky Building in Kita Ward, Osaka, is organizing a Tetsudo Carnival (Railway Carnival) from May 1 to 3.

There will be a flea market, where railway enthusiasts and distributors will sell railway- and train-related items such as signboards, models and photographs. N scale and H0 scale model railways will also be exhibited at the venue.

The hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but on May 3 until 4 p.m. The venue is a 10-minute walk from JR Osaka Station. Advance tickets are ¥800 for adults and ¥400 for children, and are available at ticket agency Pia (P-code 986-801) and Lawson convenience stores (L-code 58258) until April 30. Tickets at the door are ¥1,000 for adults and ¥500 for children.

For more information, visit the organizer's Web site at www.tv-osaka.co.jp/umedatetsudou/ (in Japanese).

Lecture held in Suita on 'kyogen' comic plays

A special lecture on "kyogen" comic plays titled "Kyogen wo Shiru" ("Getting to Know Kyogen") will take place May 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Ethnology in the city of Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

Kyogen performer Katsumi Yanagimoto will give a talk in Japanese about the points necessary to understand and appreciate the comic play form, such as traditional patterns of lines, the body language of performers, as well as music and costumes. He will also demonstrate some actual performances to give a better understanding.

There will be 450 seats and no advance applications are required. Admission is free. The museum is a 15-minute walk from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station or from Koen Higashiguchi Station on the Osaka monorail line. To get to the museum from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station, visitors need to enter the Expo Park, which charges ¥250 for adults and ¥70 for elementary and junior high school students.

For details, contact the museum at (06) 6878-8210 on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Horseback archery tour planned in Kyoto

A volunteer guide will hold an English-language guided tour to observe a "yabusame" horseback archery event at Shimogamo Shrine in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, on May 3.

The fee to make the trip comprises ¥500 for transportation, ¥1,000 for lunch and ¥1,000 as a gratuity to the guide.

Participants will meet guide Paul Satoh at 9:30 a.m. in front of Kyoto's Tourist Information Office on the second floor of JR Kyoto Station Building.

Advance reservations are required by fax. The tour is reserved for non-Japanese only.

For reservations and further information, fax Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

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