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Sunday, March 4, 2012

KANSAI: Who & What

Ramada Osaka holding St. Patrick's Day bash

The Ramada Osaka hotel in Kita Ward is organizing a St. Patrick's Day party from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. March 16.

Participants in St. Patrick's Day 2012 are encouraged to wear green outfits to get into the spirit of the Irish celebration. Along with beer, the hotel will offer food and snacks, such as fish and chips, Irish beer stew, spare ribs and apple pie. Irish music and dances will be performed live on stage.

Admission is ¥4,000 and includes an Irish chicken pot pie and all-you-can-drink Guinness, Irish whiskey, oolong tea and orange juice. Tickets are available through the Pia ticket agency (P-code: 620-517) and at the front desk of Ramada Osaka.

The hotel is connected to Exit 3 of Nakatsu Station on the Midosuji subway line. For tickets and further inquiries, contact the hotel at (06) 6375-4998 or send an email to sales1@ramada-osaka.com.

Osaka Asian Film Festival starts this week

The Osaka Asian Film Festival will run from Friday to March 18 at seven theaters, including ABC Hall and Umeda Burg 7.

Eighteen feature films will be shown, including the world premiere of director Tomoaki Takahashi's "MICHI, Hakuji no Hito." The fee for each screening is ¥1,100 in advance and ¥1,300 at the door. Advance tickets are available through the Pia ticket agency.

For schedules and the festival's other programs, call the organizer at (06) 6373-1211, email info@oaff.jp, or visit its website at www.oaff.jp (in Japanese and English).

Symposium on cultural assets rescue in Osaka

The National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka will hold a symposium titled "Revitalizing Cultural Heritage" from March 17 to 18.

The symposium will center on rescue operations for important cultural assets following the Great East Japan Earthquake, and discuss future challenges. The keynote speech on the first day will be delivered by Naoko Sonoda, a professor at the museum, and on the second day by Kenichi Sudo, its chief curator. All programs will be in Japanese.

Admission is free. The symposium will run from 1:20 p.m. to 5 p.m. on March 17 and from 10:20 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 18. The venue is a 15-minute walk from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail Line.

Those who wish to attend must fill out a form at www.minpaku.ac.jp/research/pr/20120317-18_form.html (in Japanese). For further information, visit the museum's website or contact the organizer at (06) 6877-8893.

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