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Sunday, July 24, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Osaka hotel to hold workshops for children

Rihga Royal Hotel Osaka is organizing various summer workshops for children.

On Friday, a pottery-making workshop will give participants a chance to make dishes or bowls, which will be later fired and given to the creators. Participation costs ¥4,000, which includes materials.

Other workshops include science experiments on Aug. 9 (¥3,500 per person), paper crafts on Aug. 16 (¥2,800 per person or ¥5,000 for a parent and child), kaleidoscope making on Aug. 16 (¥4,000 per person or ¥7,000 for a parent and child), a cooking class to make cookies on Aug. 25 (¥3,500 per person), and a musical concert on Aug. 27 (¥3,100 per person).

The workshops will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and will be in Japanese. Advance reservations are required. The hotel, located in Kita Ward, is an eight-minute walk from Exit 2 of Shin Fukushima Station on the JR Tozai Line, or from West Exit 3 of Fukushima Station on the Hanshin Honsen Line.

For reservations and more information, contact the hotel at (06) 6441-2938, or go to www.rihga.co.jp/osaka/culture/ (in Japanese).

Kyoto museum organizing tours for kids

The Kyoto National Museum is holding special museum tours Aug. 2 and 5 for elementary and junior high school students to view an exhibition titled "Creatures' Paradise," which features animals depicted in artworks.

A researcher from the museum will give a 40-minute tour starting at 10:30 a.m. The tour will be in Japanese. Participation is free for junior high school students and younger, but parents accompanying their children will be charged ¥1,000 to enter the gallery space.

No advance applications are required. Participants will meet the museum staff in front of the Special Exhibition Hall before the tour commences at 10:30 a.m.

The museum, located in Higashiyama Ward, is a seven-minute walk from Shichijo Station on the Keihan Honsen Line. For further information, contact the museum at (075) 531-7509.

Have your manga portrait drawn in Kyoto

Portrait artists will draw "nigaoe" facial caricatures of visitors at the Kyoto International Manga Museum throughout August. The nigaoe corner is usually held on weekends and holidays, but in August artists will be present every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The portraits will be done in the space next to the museum's elevator hall on the first floor. The fee is ¥1,000 for a portrait of one person, ¥1,800 for two people and ¥2,500 for three people. The museum, in Nakagyo Ward, is near Karasuma Oike Station on the Karasuma or Tozai subway lines.

Tickets to enter the museum cost ¥800 for adults, ¥300 for junior high and high school students and ¥100 for elementary school students.

Visitors can also enjoy viewing the museum's collection of around 50,000 manga books. The opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Access www.kyotomm.jp/permanent/nigaoe.php (in Japanese, English, French, Korean and Chinese) for more information.

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