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Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Culture group to hold artwork market in Kobe

A market for artwork, CAP Art Market 2011, will take place March 12 and 13 in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

The event being is organized by the Conference on Art and Art Projects (CAP), a nonprofit group that promotes cultural activities. Artists will set up booths to showcase and sell their works, and visitors will be able to speak with them before making a purchase. There will also be workshops conducted by artists. A cafe will be open on the fifth floor of the venue.

Admission is free. The hours are from noon to 7 p.m. on March 12 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 13. The venue, CAP Studio Y3, is a 15-minute walk north of Motomachi Station on the JR Kobe Line.

Contact the organizer at info@cap-kobe.com for more information.

Ethnology museum sets whaling symposium

An international symposium on whaling will be held at the National Museum of Ethnology in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, from March 11 to 13.

"The International Symposium of the National Institutes for the Humanities: Whaling Cultures of the World: Past, Present and Future" will trace the history of whaling and discuss what the future holds for whaling cultures. Researchers from Japan and abroad will make 30-minute presentations, which will be followed by five-minute question and answer sessions.

The March 11 and 12 sessions will be held in English and Japanese, but on March 13 it will be in Japanese only.

Participation is free and no advance reservations are required. Forty people will be accepted for the March 11 and 12 sessions, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., and 80 people for the March 13 session, from 1:10 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For details, contact the museum at (06) 6876-2151 or access www.minpaku.ac.jp/english/research/pr/20110311-13.html (in English).

Kids Plaza Osaka hosting toy exhibition

Kids Plaza Osaka, a children's museum in Kita Ward, is organizing a toy exhibition and other special events from March 25 to April 3.

Timed to coincide with spring break, the Maru Sankaku Shikaku (Circle Triangle Square) Exhibition will give children the chance to play with various toys. On display will be wooden building blocks, large cardboard box toys and more. The venue is the Kids Plaza hall on the fifth floor of the museum and will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On March 27 senior citizen volunteers from Osaka will be present from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to teach children how to make the toys they played with when they were young. The workshop will be held in Tabunka Hiroba (multicultural space) on the museum's fifth floor.

Admission is ¥1,200 for adults, ¥600 for elementary and junior high school students and ¥300 for children aged 3 or older.

Kids Plaza Osaka is near Exit 2 of Ogimachi Station on the Sakaisuji subway line, or a three-minute walk from Tenma Station on the JR Osaka Loop Line. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, except Mondays, and until 7 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

For more details, contact the museum at (06) 6311-6601 or access www.kidsplaza.or.jp (in Japanese).

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