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Sunday, June 19, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

World Music Day celebrated in Osaka

Fete de la Musique au Japan, also known as World Music Day, will be held June 26 at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

World Music Day started in France in 1982 as a way to enjoy music on the summer solstice. Live concerts are scheduled at various venues across the Kansai region, including on Sunday and Monday, as well as June 26. For details on other venues, go to www.mediatv.ne.jp/ongakunosaijitsu/ (in Japanese).

Performances will be staged June 26 at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, featuring Asian, European, Hawaiian and other types of music, including the city of Kishiwada's "danjiri" festival music, European Celtic music and Nepalese music.

The hours are from 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The performances will be held on the first floor of the special gallery space and the entrance hall of the museum's main building.

No admission fee or reservations are required. The museum is a 15-minute walk from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail Line.

For more information, go to www.minpaku.ac.jp/museum/event/fetedelamusique11/ (in Japanese).

Ice-cream festival at Osaka's Tempozan mall

Tempozan Market Place, a shopping mall next to the Kaiyukan Aquarium in Minato Ward, Osaka, is holding the Tempozan Ice Yokocho ice-cream festival until July 10.

Ten ice-cream shops are selling their products, from melon-flavored ice cream to chocolate ice-cream parfaits, priced from ¥300 to ¥600, in addition to around 60 kinds of "cup ice," ice cream in paper or plastic cups. Live entertainment will be offered with "kami shibai" picture card shows on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and table magic shows on Wednesdays, at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The festival is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (until 7 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) on the second floor of the mall. The festival won't be open this Wednesday and Thursday. The mall is a five-minute walk from Osakako Station on the Chuo subway line.

Visit the mall's website at www.kaiyukan.com/thv/marketplace/ (in Japanese) for further information.

Cross-cultural Shimanami Expressway tour

The Kobe Cross Cultural Center is seeking participants for a one-day bus and bullet-train trip July 6.

The trip will take participants on the Shimanami Expressway connecting Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, and Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, and includes the Seto Ohashi Bridge, Higashiyama Kaii Setouchi Museum, and some islands in the Seto Inland Sea. Tour guidance will be in English and Japanese.

Participants will meet the Kobe Cross Cultural Center staff at JR Shin Kobe Station's shinkansen exit at 8 a.m.

A total of forty people, comprising 20 Japanese and 20 foreigners, will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participation is ¥11,000 for general participants and ¥6,500 for foreign students. Participants can enjoy a buffet lunch at the Okura Hotel Marugame for an additional ¥1,500.

Those who wish to join the tour should call the organizer to check the availability and pay the fee by Friday via "genkin kakitome" (money transfer) or by bringing cash to the center.

For reservations and more information, contact the center at (078) 646-8127.

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