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Sunday, May 2, 2010

KANSAI: Who & What

Osaka hosting forum on 'Museums in the World'

A public forum titled "Museums in the World 2010" will take place at the National Museum of Ethnology in the city of Suita, Osaka Prefecture, from 1 p.m. to around 5:15 p.m. on May 29.

The forum will feature a panel with around 10 researchers from Egypt, Jordan, Mongolia, Peru, Sri Lanka and Thailand, who will participate in a special program on museum studies at the museum of ethnology. The panelists will talk about how museums should be established and what kind of functions they should perform in the 21st century. Interpretation will be provided.

Admission is free, and there will be 70 seats. Advance applications are required by May 21 via e-mail. Please send your name, address, postal code, telephone number and e-mail address to hakusemi@idc.minpaku.ac.jp.

For further information, visit the museum's Web site at www.minpaku.ac.jp (in Japanese and English).

Art to be showcased, sold at Art Fair Kyoto

The Art Fair Kyoto will be held at Hotel Monterey Kyoto in Nakagyo Ward between May 7 and 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Around 30 art galleries from Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Aichi and Nara will showcase and sell paintings, photographs, sculptures and other works of art in the hotel's rooms on the fourth floor.

Tickets, which allow visitors to access the venue on all three days, will be available for ¥2,000 at the door. A ticket can also be used as a ¥2,000 discount coupon if the holder buys an artwork.

The hotel is a two-minute walk from Exit 6 of Karasuma Oike Station on the Karasuma or Tozai lines.

For more information, access the art fair's Web site at www.artfairkyoto.com (in Japanese).

Join a one-day tour to Tottori's sand dunes

The Kobe Cross Cultural Center is seeking participants for a one-day bus tour to Tottori Prefecture on May 23.

The tour will visit the well-known sand dunes to view an open-air exhibition of sand sculptures. This year's theme is "Africa: Step into the Great Continent," in connection with Africa being the site for the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament.

There will be two Japanese tour guides and an interpreter will provide English-language assistance.

Participants will meet the tour staff at 8:15 a.m. at the ticket gate of JR Hyogo Station. The tour will end at around 6:30 p.m. near JR Sannomiya Station.

Twenty Japanese and 20 non-Japanese people will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Advance reservations are required by May 13. The fee to make the trip is ¥7,630 for transportation and admissions, and an additional ¥1,370 for lunch. Participants need to pay the fee by May 14 by "genkin kakitome" (registered mail) or by bringing the money directly to the center.

For further information and reservations, please call the organizer at (078) 646-8127.

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