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Sunday, May 23, 2010

KANSAI: Who & What

Osaka children's museum hosts Indonesian music

The Kids Plaza Osaka, a museum for children in Kita Ward, Osaka, will hold an interactive exhibition and concerts with Indonesian musical instruments called gamelan from June 4 to 27.

Various types of gamelan instruments will be exhibited from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in front of Kids Plaza Hall on the fifth floor, and visitors will be able to try them out. (On June 13 and 27, the exhibit will be only from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

On June 13 and 27, concerts by gamelan performers will be held. The first concert, from 11:30 p.m. to noon, will accept 20 children under school age with their parents. The second show, from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., is open for anyone. The last concert, from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., will accept 20 elementary school students. For the first and third shows, numbered tickets will be handed out in front of the Kids Plaza Hall starting 30 minutes before the concerts' start times.

The venue is near Exit 2 of Ogimachi Station on the Sakaisuji subway line, or a three-minute walk west of Tenma Station on the JR Osaka Loop Line.

The venue is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. It is closed on Mondays. Admission is ¥1,200 for adults, ¥600 for elementary and junior high school students, and ¥300 for children older than three years old.

For more information, contact the museum at (06) 6311-6601 or visit www.kidsplaza.or.jp/ (in Japanese).

Belgian dance performance to be screened in Kyoto

Kyoto Seika University will offer a rare opportunity to enjoy a filmed performance by a Belgian dance company on June 18 in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

A 2007 film, "Here after," which recorded a stage performance titled "purr" by Belgian dance company Ultima Vez (ultimavez.com/), will be screened from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Kyoto Seika University. There will be Japanese subtitles to the film.

Director Naoto Iina will serve as a navigator for the event, and the screening will be followed by a talk in Japanese, joined by director and choreographer Mayuko Aihara, dancer Jun Morii, and Koichi Nishi, a lecturer at Kyoto Seika University.

No admission or advance reservations are required. The venue is a five-minute bus ride from Kokusai Kaikan Station on the Karasuma subway line.

For further information and an access map, go to www.kyoto-seika.ac.jp/ (in Japanese and English).

Kyoto holds talk on international education

Kyoto City International Foundation is hosting a talk session on international education from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on May 30 in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

The talk session will discuss the issue of how children are raised in different countries. There will be French, Mongolian and Japanese facilitators, and Mongolian milk tea and sweets will be served.

Participation is free, and there will be 20 seats. To make a reservation, call the foundation. The venue is the library on the second floor of Kyoto International Community House, which is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

For details and advance applications, contact the organizer at (075) 752-1187 or access www.kcif.or.jp/ (in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish).

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