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Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010

KANSAI: Who & What

Sake sommeliers to give tasting in Osaka

A Japanese sake garden project, a collaboration between hotel Ramada Osaka and Yume Co Labo, which means "dreamlike collaboration," will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 29.

Five sake sommeliers will give lectures on sake and introduce around 20 quality types of sake and sake-based cocktails.

Tickets cost ¥4,000 per person, and include buffet and drinks. The reception will start at 5:30 p.m. The venue is Ramada Osaka's rooftop garden on the 17th floor, which is connected with Exit 3 of Nakatsu Station on the Midosuji subway line. In case of rain, the event will be postponed to Sept. 5.

For tickets, go to the Web site of CN Play Guide at cncn.jp/sake/ (in Japanese). For further information, contact the hotel at (06) 6372-8181.

Umeda Sky Building hosting summer events

Umeda Sky Building, a skyscraper in Kita Ward, Osaka, is hosting various special summer events until Aug. 29.

On Aug. 22 from 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., there will be Thai-style fruit-carving workshops. Participants will learn how to carve an apple, carrot or cucumber. On Aug. 28 from 6:15 p.m. at around sunset, a romantic concert will take place on the rooftop observatory. On Aug. 28 and 29, workshops to make an environmentally friendly postcard out of milk cartons will be held from 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Every day through Aug. 29, a section for kids will be set up from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the 40th floor. There will be a library of children's books and a corner where kids can color paintings of Sorara, a mascot for Umeda Sky Building.

The venue is a nine-minute walk north from JR Osaka Station, Umeda subway station or Umeda Station on the Hankyu Line. Admission is ¥700 for adults. No participation cost is required for the workshops.

For more information, access www.kuchu-teien.com/ (in Japanese, English and Korean).

Biwako Hall's Vocal Ensemble to perform

Biwako Hall's Vocal Ensemble will perform in the main lobby of Biwako Hall in the city of Otsu, Shiga, with fun songs on Aug. 26.

Two free concerts will be held from 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Hideki Motoyama will conduct and Akiko Sato will play the piano. Biwako Hall Vocal Ensemble will perform songs, including a medley of songs from musical "The Sound of Music."

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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