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Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010

KANSAI: Who & What

Major music gathering taking place in Kansai

The Kansai Music Conference is bringing together musicians from all over the world to Osaka through Sept. 20.

The conference features different kinds of music from such regions as India, Trinidad, Malaysia and many more, and provides opportunities for musicians, companies and organizations to network with nonprofit organizations, international exchange associations, promoters and festival organizers interested in the international music market. There are live showcases, presentations, workshops and panel discussions.

Entry to all daytime events are be free of charge and evening events are taking place in live venues in different parts of Osaka and Kobe.

The venue for the daytime events is Osaka Museum of History, which is in front of Exit 9 of Tanimachi 4-chome Station on the Tanimachi or Chuo subway lines.

For program details, fees and other information, access the organizer's website at www.kansaimusicconference.com

Tobacco whistle-blower to speak in Nishinomiya

Hyogo College of Medicine Cancer Center is organizing a lecture on tobacco control from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Sept. 21 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

Jeffrey Wigand, a former vice president of a U.S. tobacco company, will give a lecture titled "Tobacco Additives and the New FDA Tobacco Law in the USA" in English. Wigand was the model for the main character in the 1999 Hollywood film "The Insider." Slides will be shown in both Japanese and English, and some Japanese explanations will be provided.

No admission fee or applications are required, and 300 people will be allowed in on a first-come, first-served basis. The venue is a two-minute walk from Mukogawa Station on the Hanshin Honsen Line.

For more information, visit www.hosp.hyo-med.ac.jp/ (in Japanese) or call the venue at (0798) 45-6061.

Art festival in historic Tamba Sasayama area

The Tamba Sasayama district in Hyogo Prefecture is hosting the Historic Street Art Festival from Sept. 18 to 26.

The event, operating 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, is the Kawaramachi Tsumairi Shoka-gun area, where there are many "machiya" tradesmen's houses. Some 30 artists specializing in painting, sculpture, photography and installation will showcase their works in more than 25 machiya houses. Various events, such as gallery talks, musical concerts and "kyogen" comic play performances by children, are planned throughout the festival period.

To get to the venue, take the Shinki bus from Sasayamaguchi Station on the JR Fukuchiyama Line and get off at the Hon Sasayama bus stop.

For program details, access map and more information, go to sasayama-art.com/ (in Japanese).

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