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Sunday, March 6, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Ramada Osaka hosts St. Patrick's day party

Ramada Osaka, a hotel in Kita Ward, is organizing a St. Patrick's day party from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on March 18.

Participants in the St. Patrick's Day 2011 party are encouraged to wear green outfits to get into the spirit of the Irish celebration. Along with beer, the hotel will offer food and snacks such as fish and chips, Irish beer stew, spare ribs and apple pies. Irish music and dances will be performed live on stage.

Tickets are priced at ¥3,700, and include all-you-can-drink Guinness, an Irish chicken pot pie, Irish whiskey, oolong tea and orange juice. Tickets are available at ticket agency Pia (P-code: 618-687) and at the front desk of Ramada Osaka.

For tickets and further inquiries, contact the hotel at (06) 6375-4998, or send an e-mail to sales1@ramada-osaka.com.

Antique fair involving 350 shops in Kyoto

A major antique fair featuring the wares of around 350 shops will be held in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, from March 18 to 20.

The shops will showcase some 1.5 million items, from folding screens and ukiyo-e woodblock prints to ceramics and Western-style antique goods. Also on display will be ethnic Asian fabrics and vintage Western accessories.

The 49th Kyoto Grand Antique Fair will be held at Pulse Plaza in Fushimi Ward. A free shuttle bus service will be available from West Exit No. 4 of Takeda Station on the Karasuma subway line or Kintetsu Kyoto Line. The hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 4 p.m. on March 20).

Admission is free.

For more information, contact the organizer at (077) 522-2307 or go to www.yumekoobou.com/03english/fair/ (in English).

Kyoto lecture on modern poet Sakutaro Hagiwara

A lecture on modern Japanese poet Sakutaro Hagiwara will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

Shu Jae Gon, an associate professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea and a visiting research scholar at the International Research Center of Japanese Studies in Kyoto, will give a talk titled "Hagiwara Sakutaro and Modern Japan: A Pioneer for His Time." Hagiwara (1886-1942) was a poet and writer during the Taisho and Showa eras. The talk will be in Japanese.

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

For further information, contact the International Research Center of Japanese Studies at (075) 335-2078.

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