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Sunday, July 18, 2010

KANSAI: Who & What

Enjoy the sunrise from an Osaka skyscraper

Umeda Sky Building in Kita Ward, Osaka, will have special early morning hours on eight occasions between July 24 and Aug. 22.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the beautiful sunrise from the building's 173-meter-high observatory on July 24, 25, 31 and Aug. 1, 14, 15, 21, 22. The special early opening hours are from 4:30 a.m. to 6 a.m., and the estimated time of sunrise on the eight days is around 5 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Admission is ¥500 for adults, ¥300 for junior high and high school students, and free for elementary school students or younger.

The venue is about a 10-minute walk north of JR Osaka Station.

Contact the organizer at (06) 6440-3855 for more information. For an access map, visit www.kuchu-teien.com/ (in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean).

Iranian film on the Kurds to be screened in Suita

An Iranian film will screened on July 24 at the National Museum of Ethnology in the city of Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

The 2002 film, titled "Gomshodei dar Araq," will be screened from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The film is about the Kurds, a people originally native to Kurdistan, a region in the Middle East, and is in Kurdish with Japanese subtitles. There will be a short talk in Japanese to provide background information for a better understanding.

The venue is the museum's hall, which will open at 1 p.m. Admission is free, and 450 numbered tickets will be handed out in front of the venue from 10 a.m. on the day of the screening.

The museum is a 15-minute walk from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka monorail line.

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

Osaka hotel hosting rooftop beer garden

Ramada Osaka, a hotel in Kita Ward, Osaka, is hosting a rooftop "beer garden" event every night through Sept. 30.

Admission is ¥2,000 at the door, which includes free drinks of beer, wine, "shochu" distilled spirits and soft drinks. Pizza, sausages, "edamame" beans, cheese, salads and more will be on sale at the venue. Food prices range from ¥300 to ¥1,800.

There will be some special theme nights, such as Samba Night with samba performers from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Wednesday and Hula Night with hula and Tahitian dancers from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on July 30, Aug. 13 and 27.

The hours are from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on weekdays, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

Access www.ramada-osaka.com (in Japanese and English) or contact the hotel at (06) 6372-8181 to make reservations and obtain more information.

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