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Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Kobe to host annual Japan writers conference

The Fifth Annual Japan Writers Conference will take place at Kobe Shoin Women's University from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 15 and 16.

Award-winning foreign novelists, essayists, poets, journalists and editors based in Japan will attend the conference and discuss all aspects of writing and publishing in a series of one-hour workshops.

The conference will be held in English, and there is no attendance fee.

The university, located in Nada Ward, Kobe, is a 15-minute walk north of Rokko Station on the Hankyu Kobe Line.

For more information, contact John Gribble at gribblej@gol.com.

Attend an Osaka street entertainment event

A street entertainment event, Midosuji Kappo 2011, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 in the city of Osaka.

A section of Midosuji Avenue spanning 1.9 km from the Yodoyabashi intersection to the Shinbashi intersection will be closed to automobiles for the event. Local products from Osaka and other parts of the country will be on sale, and musical performances will be held at six stages along the route. In addition, there will be children's workshops organized by students from Osaka Prefecture universities.

The event will be held regardless of rain. Yodoyabashi Station and Shinsaibashi Station on the Midosuji subway line are the nearest train stations to the start and end of the Midosuji Avenue section where the event will be held.

For further information, contact the organizer at (06) 6210-9304, or visit kappo2011.jp (in Japanese).

Osaka museum to screen artists' short films

The National Museum of Art, Osaka, will screen short films made in the 1980s by Japanese artists on Oct. 22 and 23.

Two programs will be held: Program A, which will last about 60 minutes, including a 20-minute lecture in Japanese and short films by three artists and one group of artists; and Program B, around 75 minutes long, which will feature short films by two artists.

On Oct. 22, Program A will start at 1 p.m. and Program B at 3 p.m. The following day, Program B will start at 1 p.m. and Program A at 3 p.m.

There will be 130 seats, and admission is free. Tickets will be handed out at the museum starting at 10 a.m. on the days of the screenings.

The museum, based in Kita Ward, Osaka, is five minutes on foot from Exit 2 of Watanabebashi Station on the Keihan Nakanoshima Line, or a 10-minute walk west of Exit 3 at Higobashi Station on the Yotsubashi subway line.

For program details and inquiries, contact the museum at (06) 6447-4680, or visit www.nmao.go.jp (in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish and German).

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