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Saturday, May 19, 2012

KANSAI: Who & What

Staff writer

Show on Italian great Tramonti in Nishinomiya

The Otani Memorial Art Museum in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, is hosting Japan's first exhibition of ceramicist Guerrino Tramonti through May 27.

Tramonti, considered one of the most famous Italian artists of the 20th century, is also known as a sculptor and a painter. The exhibition covers his entire career.

Tickets are ¥800 for adults and ¥600 for students. The museum, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a six-minute walk from Koroen Station on the Hanshin Honsen Line.

For more information, go to otanimuseum.jp/home/ (in Japanese).

Nara exhibit on shadow picture artist Fujishiro

An exhibition of Seiji Fujishiro, a shadow picture artist, is being held at the Nara Prefectural Museum of Art through June 24 in the city of Nara.

Seiji, born in Tokyo in 1924, is a leading artist and still energetically travels around Japan.

Tickets are ¥1,200 for adults and ¥1,000 for students. Discount tickets are available on the website. The museum, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is accessible on foot from Kintetsu Nara Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line.

To obtain more information, visit www.pref.nara.jp/dd_aspx_menuid-22269.htm (in Japanese).

Pipe organ performance at Kyoto Concert Hall

A pipe organ concert will be performed at 2 p.m. May 26 at the Kyoto Concert Hall.

Florent Galliere, a Sapporo Concert Hall resident organist, was born in France in 1978. The program will include J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue "Wake, Awake for night is Passing," Brahms: Prelude to Eleven Chorales "O wie Selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen" and others.

Tickets, priced at ¥1,000 for adults and ¥500 for students, are available through Ticket Pia (P-code: 162-300) or on the concert hall's website. The venue in Sakyo Ward is a three-minute walk from Kitayama Station on the Karasuma subway line.

For more details, go to www.kyoto-ongeibun.jp (in Japanese and English).

Azalea flower festival on tap at Nagoya Castle

The Nagoya Satsuki (Azalea) Flower Festival will be held from Saturday through June 3 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Nagoya Castle.

Three hundred bonsai, flowers and trees will be exhibited. The organizers will offer advice this weekend on how to raise azaleas.

Admission is ¥500 for adults and free for children in elementary school and younger. The venue is a five-minute walk from Shiyakusho Station on the Meijyo subway line.

For more information, call the organizer at (052)231-1700.

10 contemporary Nagoya artists featured

The Nagoya City Art Museum is hosting a contemporary art exhibition from June 2 through July 16.

The works of 10 contemporary artists based in Nagoya will be exhibited. There will also be concerts, art performances and other events.

Advance tickets are available through Ticket Pia (P-code: 765-171) and are ¥800 for adults and ¥500 for students until June 1. The museum, in Naka Ward, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is an eight-minute walk from Fushimi Station on the Higashiyama subway line.

For more event information, see www.art-museum.city.nagoya.jp (in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean).

100 classic cars to parade through Aichi park

The Toyota Automobile Museum will hold a classic car festival from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 27 in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture.

One hundred classic cars will stage a parade through Aichikyuuhaku Kinen Park. Participants will have a chance to take a test ride in luxury British automobiles.

Admission is free. The venue, Aichikyuuhaku Kinen Koen, is five minutes on foot from Aichikyuuhaku Kinen Koen Station on the Linimo Line.

For more events information, see www.toyota.co.jp/Museum/index-j.html (in Japanese, English, Chinese, French and others.)

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