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Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011

KANSAI: Who & What

Kids Plaza Osaka to screen films for children

Movies for children will be screened next Saturday and Sunday at Kids Plaza Osaka, a children's museum in Kita Ward.

Short 45-minute films produced by children in Turin, Italy, will be screened at 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m.

One hundred people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The venue is Kids Plaza Hall on the fifth floor of Kids Plaza Osaka, which is near Exit 2 of Ogimachi Station on the Sakaisuji subway line, or a three-minute walk west of Tenma Station on the JR Osaka Loop Line.

Admission to the museum costs ¥1,200 for adults, ¥600 for junior high and elementary school students and ¥300 for younger children. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed Mondays.

Visit the museum's website at www.kidsplaza.or.jp (in Japanese) for more information and to view an access map.

Osaka orchestra to hold free open rehearsal

The Osaka Symphony Orchestra will hold a free open rehearsal Nov. 30 at Azalea Hall in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture.

The rehearsal is part of the orchestra's preparations for its 161th subscription concert Dec. 1 at The Symphony Hall, Osaka, in Kita Ward. For the full concert, the orchestra will perform such pieces as Scherzo in C minor by German composer Hans Pfitzner and Symphony No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 48 by Russian composer Alexander Glazunov.

Tickets will be distributed at Ikeda City Hall and at Ikeda Citizens' Foundation, an eight-minute walk from the West Exit of Ishibashi Station on the Hankyu Takarazuka Line.

On the day of the rehearsal, Azalea Hall will open at 2:15 p.m., and the orchestra will practice between 2:45 p.m. and around 5 p.m.

For more information, visit www.azaleanet.or.jp/event130.html (in Japanese), or contact Ikeda Citizen's Foundation at (072) 761-8811.

Attend a lecture on Japanese studies in Kyoto

A lecture on Japanese studies will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

The lecture, titled "Golden Age of Modern Japan: The Life and Times of Emperor Taisho," will be delivered by Richard Dickinson from the University of Pennsylvania. The lecture and subsequent discussion will be in Japanese. The International Research Center for Japanese Studies is hosting the event.

Participation is free, and no advance applications are required. There will be 180 seats. The venue is the conference room on the third floor of Heartpia Kyoto, near Exit 5 of Marutamachi Station on the Karasuma subway line.

For details, access www.nichibun.ac.jp (in Japanese and English), or contact the center at (075) 335-2078.

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