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Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Join a Hinamatsuri cooking class in Hyogo

Nishinomiya City International Association is seeking participants for a Hinamatsuri (Girl's Festival) Japanese cooking workshop on Feb. 26 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

To celebrate the festival, which falls March 3, participants will learn to cook Hinamatsuri-related dishes, including "chirashizushi," a bowl of sushi rice topped with garnishing, and "suimono" clear soup.

The hours are from 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. and participants are urged to bring an apron, a cloth to cover their head and two hand towels. Twenty non-Japanese participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A fee of ¥800 will be charged to participate.

Advance applications by phone are required by Feb. 23.

The venue is on the sixth floor of Nishinomiya-shiritsu Chuo Kominkan (Nishinomiya City Central Community Center), which is a five-minute walk from Nishinomiya Kitaguchi Station on the Hankyu Kobe Line.

Access www.nishi.or.jp/homepage/nia/ (in Japanese and English) or contact the organizer at (0798) 32-8680 for further information and advance applications.

Taiwanese film to be screened in Suita

A Taiwanese film will be screened with English and Japanese subtitles from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Feb 26 in the city of Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

The film, "Cannot Live Without You," focuses on Taiwan's regulations regarding stateless children, as viewed through the life of a single father and his school-age daughter. This is the first time the 92-minute film, released in 2009, will be shown in the Kansai region. The film is in a mixture of Mandarin and Taiwanese.

The venue is the hall of the National Museum of Ethnology, which is a 15-minute walk from Koen Higashiguchi Station on the Osaka monorail line.

Admission to the screening is free, but ¥420 is required to enter the museum's exhibition space. There will be 450 seats and no reservations are required. Tickets will be handed out at 10 a.m. on the day of the screening in front of the hall.

For more details contact the museum at (06) 6878-8210, and for an access map visit www.minpaku.ac.jp/ (in Japanese and English).

View 'hina' dolls at Osaka Hinamatsuri event

"Hina" dolls to celebrate Hinamatsuri (Girl's Festival) will be showcased in Suido Kinenkan (Waterworks Memorial Hall) in Higashi Yodogawa Ward, Osaka, until March 3.

The event, organized by the Osaka City Waterworks Bureau, includes free sweets and drinks from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. in the hall's rest area. There are 25 seats in the hall, and it may be necessary to wait at times when the hall is full.

On Tuesdays, waterworks bureau mascots will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. to entertain children.

Admission is free and no advance reservations are required. The hall is a 15-minute walk from Minamikata Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line, or from Kunijima Station on the Hankyu Senri Line. The hall is closed Mondays.

For more information, contact the hall at (06) 6324-3191 or go to www.owgs.co.jp/water-museum/ (in Japanese).



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