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Sunday, Sep. 25, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Omaehama beach festival in Nishinomiya

A volunteer group working to protect Omaehama, one of only a few undeveloped beaches in the Hanshin area in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, is organizing a festival at the beach from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. today (Sept. 25).

There will be a hula dance performance at 4:30 p.m. and a jazz band will play at 5 p.m. Children attending the festivities are asked to bring used toys to trade with other children and play on the beach from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

At the gun battery remains, panels will explain about their history. There will also be an educational quiz program about tsunami to help prepare and raise awareness in the event of a major earthquake in the region.

The event will be postponed until Oct. 2 in case of rain. There is no admission fee for the day's events. The beach is a 20-minute walk south of Koroen Station on the Hanshin Honsen Line. For more information, please check the organizer's website at www.omaehama.org (in Japanese) or call (0798) 22-2143.

Kyoto to host three-day Grand Antique Fair

A large-scale antique fair will be held in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. The Grand Antique Fair in Kyoto is one of the biggest events of its kind in Japan, with some 350 booths showcasing around 1.5 million items ranging from hanging scrolls and ukiyo-e prints to Western antique goods and Asian fabrics.

The fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 2.

The venue is Kyoto Sogo Mihonichi Kaikan, also known as Pulse Plaza. A free bus service is available to the venue from Takeda Station on Kintetsu Kyoto Line or the Karasuma subway line. Takeda Station is about seven minutes from JR Kyoto Station on Kintetsu Kyoto Line or the Karasuma subway line.

For further information, contact the organizer at (077) 522-2307 or go to www.gomoku-do.com.

Annual Oktoberfest offers German beer, food

Hilton Osaka is hosting the annual Oktoberfest event on Oct. 6 in Kita Ward, Osaka. This popular event attracts more than 500 participants and offers a good time with all-you-can-drink German beer and more than 40 different German dishes. All-you-can-drink beverages include Lowenbrau German beer, oolong tea and orange juice. There will be a live stage performance by Kansai region-based German music group Bayern Kapelle.

Tickets are ¥8,900 per person. The hours are from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event will be held in a party hall on the fifth floor of the Hilton Osaka, located two minutes on foot from JR Osaka Station. For reservations and more information, please access hiltonjapan.ehotel-reserve.com/hilton-osaka/.

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