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Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012

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Hopi group to dance at Suita ethnology museum

The National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, in the city of Suita is offering a rare opportunity to see the first-ever Hopi dance performance in Japan showcasing a group of more than 10 members of the North American tribe.

The event will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. March 20.

The Hopi are a Native American people living on the Hopi Reservation in northeastern Arizona. A short lecture will be given in Japanese to deepen understanding and appreciation of the dance.

There will be 450 seats and admission is free. To attend, advance applications are required by reply-paid postcard by March 8.

The venue is a 15-minute walk from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail Line.

For more information, including application details and programs, visit the relevant page on the museum's website at www.minpaku.ac.jp/museum/event/performance120320.html (in Japanese), or call the museum at (06) 6878-8210 on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Tempozan Market Place staging robot festival

The Tempozan Robo Festival is under way until March 4 at the Tempozan Market Place, a shopping mall in Minato Ward, Osaka, near Kaiyukan Aquarium.

The festival features the latest technology for robots and robotic toys, with robot fighting competitions and swimming demonstrations by aquatic robots.

The hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The venue is five minutes on foot from Osakako Station on the Chuo subway line. Admission is free.

For further information, contact the organizer at (06) 6576-5501 or go to Kaiyukan Aquarium's website at www.kaiyukan.com (in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean and other languages).

Attend Osaka charity event with Vietnam theme

The Toyonaka International Friendship Organization and the Vietnamese Youth and Student Association in Osaka (VYSA Osaka) will host an international charity event with a Vietnam theme in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 4.

The event will be held to raise money to help the ailing mother of a Vietnamese graduate student, Nguyen Thi Phuong Lan, who studies at Osaka University.

There will be performances of Vietnamese dances and songs, and booths selling Vietnamese food, such as fried spring rolls, fried pancakes, "che" sweet deserts and Vietnamese tea.

Admission is free. The venue is the Toyonaka International Exchange Center, which is located on the sixth floor of the Etre Toyonaka Building next to Toyonaka Station on the Hankyu Takarazuka Line.

For more details and inquiries, contact the organizers at (06) 6840-1014.

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