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Saturday, June 23, 2012

KANSAI: Who & What

Kyoto Symphony Orchestra to stage concert

Staff writer

The Kyoto Symphony Orchestra will hold a concert Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto.

"Amazing Grace" and "Fur Elise" will be among pieces performed. Admission costs ¥800. The venue, Kuretake Bunka Center, is a 5-minute walk from Tanbabashi Station on the Keihan or Kintetsu lines.

For further details, please call the organizer at (075) 603-2463 or visit www.kyoto-ongeibun.jp/index.php (in Japanese and English).

Impressionist exhibition under way in Kobe

The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art is exhibiting the works of Camille Pissarro through Aug. 19 in Kobe.

Pissarro is the only painter featured in all eight Impressionist Exhibitions from 1874 to 1886 in Paris. Ninety of his works, as well as paintings by two of his contemporaries, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, will be displayed. Tickets cost ¥1,300 for adults and ¥900 for students.

The curator will give a lecture Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m., while volunteer guides will be on hand every Sunday free in charge. No reservations are required.

The museum, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., is an eight-minute walk from Iwaya Station on the Hanshin Honsen Line. For details, go to www.artm.pref.hyogo.jp (in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean).

Shiga showcasing works of ceramics master

Sagawa Art Museum is hosting an exhibition of ceramics master Raku Kichizaemon through Sept. 23 in Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture.

Works from his early period to the present will be showcased. Admission costs ¥1,000 for adults and ¥600 for students. A talk by Raku Kichizaemon will take place June 30 from 2:30 p.m. free of charge. The museum is a 25-minute bus ride from JR Moriyama Station.

For more details and access information, visit www.sagawa-artmuseum.or.jp (in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean).

Check out a hydrangea promenade in Nagoya

Tsuruma Park in Showa Ward, Nagoya, is inviting visitors to enjoy a promenade of hydrangeas, currently near full blossom, through July 8.

The promenade is packed with 3,500 bunches of hydrangeas in various shapes, including squares. The park is situated near Tsuruma Station on the Tsuruma subway line.

Park offers 'wagasa' umbrellas for rainy season

Tokugawaen, an Edo Period-style garden in Higashi Ward, Nagoya, is offering visitors traditional "wagasa" umbrellas so they can stroll around through July 16 despite the rainy season.

The bamboo umbrellas create a beautiful contrast with the greenery and offer visitors the chance to have their photos taken with them among the elegant surroundings.

Admission is ¥300 and there is an additional charge of ¥100 per umbrella. The park is a 10-minute walk from JR Ozone Station. For further details, check out www.tokugawaen.city.nagoya.jp/index.html (in Japanese and English).

Nagoya exhibiting Japanese masterpieces

The Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts is hosting an exhibition of Japanese masterpieces from Saturday to Sept. 17 in Naka Ward, Nagoya.

Artworks owned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston have been specially shipped to Japan for the event, including Chinese ink paintings, picture scrolls and folding screens.

Tickets cost ¥1,200 for adults and ¥900 for students. The museum, open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., is located near JR Kanayama Station. More information is available at www.boston-nippon.jp (in Japanese).

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