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Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010

KANSAI: Who & What

Attend concerts at the Autumn Kyoto Festival

A series of concerts will be staged in Kyoto from Sept. 12 to Nov. 21 as part of the 14th Autumn Kyoto Festival.

Seventeen concerts will be held at Kyoto Concert Hall in Sakyo Ward. One of the highlights will be a piano recital by Italian maestro Maurizio Pollini, who will perform J.S. Bach's "The Well-Tempered Clavier," Vol. 1 BWV 846-869. Other concerts will feature pipe organ on Sept. 25, "shakuhachi" Japanese flute on Oct. 10, theremin, the world's oldest electronic musical instrument, on Oct. 11, and more.

For program details and ticket prices, access the festival website at k-af.com/musicfes/ (in Japanese). Tickets are available at ticket agency Pia and Kyoto Concert Hall. The hall is near Kitayama Station on the Karasuma subway line.

For further information, contact the hall office at (075) 711-3090.

Osaka hosting street performance event

The Tempozan Harbor Village in Minato Ward, Osaka, is organizing a three-day street performance event from Sept. 18 to 20.

Titled "Tempozan World Performance Festival 2010," the event is marking its 20th anniversary, having been first held in 1991. Some 35 groups, consisting of 40 entertainers, will perform in the open space in front of the Kaiyukan Aquarium, one of the most popular tourist spots in Osaka. The hours are from 11:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. (until 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 20).

One of the featured artists is Anthony Cappeto, an American street painter. From 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all three days of the event, he will paint 3-D motifs on the ground.

Admission is free. The venue is a five-minute walk from Osakako Station on the Chuo subway line.

For more information, contact the organizer at (06) 6576-5501.

Kyoto organizing talk on Toyotomi Hideyoshi

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies will host a lecture on Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a 16th-century feudal nobleman, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 14 in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

Choi Gwan, professor and director of the Center for Japanese Studies of Korea University and a visiting research scholar at the center for Japanese studies, will give a talk in Japanese titled "War, Memory and Imagination: On Hideyoshi's Invasions of Korea (The Imjin War)."

The venue is the third floor of Heartpia Kyoto, which is connected to Exit 5 of Marutamachi Station on the Karasuma subway line. No admission or reservations are required. There will be 180 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Go to the center's website at www.nichibun.ac.jp/ (in Japanese and English) for further information.

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