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Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Watch penguins parade at Osaka aquarium

Kaiyukan Aquarium in Minato Ward, Osaka, is holding its annual penguin parades on Saturdays and Sundays until Feb. 6.

Eight king penguins will parade in front of the aquarium three times daily. The popular event has been held since 2002.

Following each parade, a drawing will take place for those wishing to have their photo taken with the penguins. Three hundred tickets will be handed out and five groups of up to four people will be chosen.

The 20-minute parades will be held at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in a space that is open to the public. To enter Kaiyukan Aquarium, however, admission is required. Tickets are ¥2,000 for adults, ¥900 for elementary and junior high school students, and ¥400 for children aged 4 and older.

For more information, contact the aquarium's information center at (06) 6576-5501.

Try your hand making Chinese seals in Kobe

Kobe Asian Plaza in Nagata Ward is planning a one-day Chinese seal engraving workshop from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 29.

Participants will learn about Chinese engraving and make their own seal. The workshop will be in Japanese. The instructor is a foreign student from Inner Mongolia now studying at Kobe University.

Participation is ¥840, which must be paid by Thursday by sending either "yubin kogawase" (postal order) or postage stamps, or by paying in cash at the center. A stone for the seal and a chisel can be purchased on the day of the workshop for ¥350. Advance reservations are required, and 20 people will be accepted.

Kobe Asian Plaza is on the fourth floor of the Shoes Plaza shopping mall, a three-minute walk north of Shin Nagata Station on the JR Kobe Line.

Contact the organizer at (078) 646-7100 for reservations and further details.

Attend an introduction to opera 'Aida' in Otsu

Biwako Hall in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, is holding a special introductory event on the opera "Aida" on Jan. 30.

The hall, which has mounted many opera productions, will stage Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida" on March 5 and 6. To introduce the opera, the hall is organizing a talk by its music director, Ryusuke Numajiri, and production director, Jun Aguni, to explain its background and composer. The talk will be in Japanese. Some of the cast members will also perform songs from the opera.

The event will run 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and admission is free. Advance reservations by phone are required. The hall is a 20-minute walk from Otsu Station on the JR Biwako Line.

For applications and further information, contact the Biwako Hall office at (077) 523-7152.

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