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Saturday, June 16, 2012

KANSAI: Who & What

Scholar group's 'Boom and Bubbles' lecture

A group of foreign scholars on Japan based in the Kansai region will present a lecture and discussion event June 21 in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, featuring Joseph Schumpeter, a 20th-century American economist.

Mark Metzler, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, will give a talk titled "Of Boom and Bubbles: Japan, Joseph Schumpeter and the Invention of Asian-Style High-Speed Growth."

Born in today's Czech Republic, Schumpeter pioneered the study of economic development and of technological paradigm shifts. He is credited with being a forerunner of the emerging field of evolutionary economics.

The talk and discussion, hosted by the Kansai Modern Japan Group, will be in English. It will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Admission is free, and the first 50 people to apply will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are required. The venue, Takatsuki Shimin Kaikan Room 303, is a five-minute walk from JR Takatsuki Station.

Roll up! Roll up! Circus paintings to be shown

The Menard Art Museum will hold an exhibition featuring paintings with the circus as the theme from June 29 to Sept. 2.

The exhibition, titled, "Circus Circus — Welcome to the World of Dream!" will exhibit works by various artists, including Edouard Manet, Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall.

Admission is ¥800 for adults and ¥600 for students. Discount tickets are available through the Ticket Pia agency (P-code: 765-083). The museum in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a 20-minute bus ride from Iwakura Station on the Meitetsu Inuyama Line.

For details, visit museum.menard.co.jp (in Japanese and English).

Curators curate over 100 pieces of ceramics

The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo, is hosting the "Curators' Collection" exhibition through Aug. 26.

The exhibit features approximately 120 pieces of ceramics from the museum's 1,500-piece collection selected by eight curators of the museum under their own themes.

The goal is to demonstrate and explore unique ways to present the attraction of this genre of pottery.

Tickets are ¥600 for adults and ¥500 for students. The museum, located in Sasayama, Hyogo Prefecture, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is a 15-minute bus ride from JR Aino Station. For more events information, see www.mcart.jp.

Heian Period military leader focus of exhibition

An exhibition featuring the life of Taira no Kiyomori, a 12th-century military figure who survived political upheaval at the end of the Heian Period, opens Saturday at the Museum of Kyoto.

The exhibition showcases historical artifacts and documents related to the military leader, including depictions of high-profile battles between the Taira clan and its archenemy, the Minamoto family. The exhibition will run until July 17.

Tickets are ¥1,200 for adults and ¥800 for students. The museum, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., is a three-minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station on the Karasuma or Tozai subway lines.

For more details, go to www.bunpaku.or.jp (in Japanese and English).

Quilts, bags, handcraft items at Nagoya fair

Quilts, bags and other crafts will be displayed and put on sale at the Handcraft Fair to be held June 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Chikusa Ward, Nagoya.

Companies marketing various handcrafted items will offer lessons, and participants can buy the works and materials on show. Talk events and a fashion show are also planned.

Admission is free.

The venue, Fukiage Hall, is five minutes from Fukiage Station on the Sakuradori subway line.

For more information about the event, visit www.handcraft-nagoya.or.jp/index2.html (in Japanese).



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