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Sunday, June 20, 2010

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Cooking, 'yukata' events in Nishinomiya

Nishinomiya City International Association is organizing two fun activities for non-Japanese on July 10 and 11.

On July 10, five "yukata" summer kimono wearing workshops will be held every 30 minutes between 1 and 3 p.m. Each workshop will accept five non-Japanese on a first come, first-served basis. The association will prepare yukata to try out, but participants can also bring their own.

The venue is Nishinomiya City International Association, which is on the fourth floor of Frente Nishinomiya near Nishinomiya Station on the JR Kobe Line.

Those who wish to participate must sign up by phone, e-mail or at the association's reception with their name, address, telephone number, gender, height and at what time they wish to participate. The fee is ¥300.

The July 11 workshop, which will start at 10:15 a.m., will feature Japanese cooking of "somen" rice noodle and "donburi" rice ball. Participation is ¥800.

Participants must bring an apron, a hand towel and a dish towel. The deadline for applications is July 7 and 20 non-Japanese will be accepted on a first come, first-served basis.

The venue for the July 11 event is the sixth floor of Nishinomiha Chuo Komikan, which is a five-minute walk south of Nishinomiya Kitaguchi Station on the Hankyu Kobe Line.

For further information and reservations, contact the organizer at (0798) 32-8680 or niasakura@ceres.ocn.ne.jp.

Visit a contemporary art fair in Osaka

Art Osaka, an annual contemporary art fair, will take place at Dojima Hotel in Kita Ward, Osaka, on July 10 and 11.

The fair will be held from noon to 7 p.m. in hotel rooms on the eighth to 11th floors. Visitors will be able to see how artworks look and feel in a living environment. Some 47 galleries from at home and abroad will have separate rooms to display their works.

A day pass costs ¥1,000 and is available at the first-floor reception of the hotel. The hotel is a three-minute walk from Nishi Umeda Station on the Yotsubashi subway line.

For further information, contact the Art Osaka office at info@artosaka.jp or access www.artosaka.jp (in Japanese and English).

Ethnology museum holds Transylvanian concerts

The National Museum of Ethnology in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, is organizing two free Transylvanian concerts on June 27.

Transylvania, a region in northwestern Romania, is home to various cultures such as Romanian and Hungarian. Traditions are carried down for centuries in this region, which is why it is considered a treasure trove of folk arts.

Lazar Attila, a dancer born in Transylvania's Kalotaszeg and who has taught folk dances in Japan, will demonstrate Romanian dance and music with a violin and viola players from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., and Hungarian dance and music from 2:30 to 3:50 p.m. Nami Otsuka, a Japanese researcher and performer of Hungarian folk dances, will provide explanations in Japanese.

Admission to the concerts is free. No advance applications are required. The museum is located in Expo Park and is about a 15-minute walk from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka monorail line.

For details, contact the museum at (06) 6878-8210 or visit www.minpaku.ac.jp/ (in Japanese and English).

Enjoy a piano concert in Otsu's Biwako Hall

Biwako Hall in the city of Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, is holding a free piano concert from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. on June 28.

Pianist Ayaka Shiotsuki, a Shiga Prefecture native, will perform tunes including "Jeux d'eau" by French composer J. Ravel and some from "The Nutcracker" by Russian composer P. I. Tchaikovsky.

The concert will be held in the main lobby of the hall. No admission or reservations are required. The hall is a 20-minute walk from Otsu Station on the JR Biwako Line.

Contact the hall office at (077) 523-7150 for more information.

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