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Sunday, Sep. 18, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Check out Otsu's autumn music festival

The Biwako Otsu Autumn Music Festival started Saturday and will run through Nov. 5 in the city of Otsu, Shiga Prefecture. Various musical programs at Biwako Hall and other venues in Otsu will be staged during the festival.

The main events will be held at Biwako Hall, including the noh play "Shari" on Sunday (Sept. 18), which starts at 2 p.m. and costs ¥2,500 to ¥4,500, and kabuki performances on Monday starting at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. that cost ¥5,000 to ¥6,000. Many free mini-concerts will also be staged at Biwako Hall during the festival. Other events include a free Hawaiian hula dance show at the port of Otsu on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., illuminations near JR Otsu Station and flea markets at several venues.

Biwako Hall is a 20-minute walk or seven-minute bus ride from Otsu Station on the JR Biwako Line. Access the event's website at www.biwako-hall.or.jp/festival/autumn2010/ (in Japanese and English) for more information, including program and ticket details.

Donate used clothes in Osaka arcade

Namba Walk, an underground shopping arcade in Chuo Ward, Osaka, will be collecting used clothes from Thusday to Sunday.

The collection, which donates the clothes to overseas countries in need, has been held annually since 1999. This year, used clothes will be sent to Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Used casual summer clothes and blankets (that have been washed) and unused sheets, towels, underwear and socks can be handed in at the gKujira (Whale) Parkh area of the arcade from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The arcade is connected to Namba Station on the Midosuji subway line. For more information, including program and ticket details, visit walk.osaka-chikagai.jp/calendar_detail/id=32 (in Japanese), or contact the organizers at (06) 6643-1780, a line set up specially for this event.

Attend a Mexican culture event in Mino

An Mexican culture event will be held in the city of Mino, Osaka Prefecture, on Thursday.

PaaX Percussion, a group of marimba players from Chiapas, Mexico, will perform on stage with Mariach Agave, a musical troupe from Mexico.

Admission is ¥1,000 for adults and free for junior high school students and younger. The venue, Mino-shi Green Hall, will open at 6 p.m. and is an eight-minute walk from Makiochi Station on the Hankyu Mino Line. Visit the website of the organizer, Mino-shi Mexico Tomo-no-kai, at sites.google.com/site/minohmexico/ (in Japanese) for more information.

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