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Saturday, June 30, 2012

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Picture book illustrators featured in Himeji

The Himeji City Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition of picture book illustrators through Sept. 2 in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture. Two hundred works by 11 illustrators from all over the world, such as Leo Lionni and Komako Sakai, will be exhibited.

A picture by Saint-Exupery from "Le Petit Prince," which was found in Japan in 2007, will also be on display.

Tickets are ¥800 for adults and ¥500 for students. The museum, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a 20-minute walk from Himeji Station. It is also accessible on buses 3, 4 and 64. Get out at Kokuritsu Byoin Bijutsu-kan Mae.

For more details and event information, see www.city.himeji.lg.jp/art/ (in Japanese and English).

Ethnology museum hosting world music fest

The National Museum of Ethnology is hosting a world music festival Sunday in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

From 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., 22 groups will perform various flavors of ethnic music from around the world, including Jamaican, Indonesian, South American, Italian and Japanese, to celebrate the summer solstice. Admission is free.

The museum is a 15-minute walk from Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail Line. For more information, visit www.minpaku.ac.jp (in Japanese and English).

Kansai artists on display at Kyoto Art Center

The Kyoto Art Center is showing oil paintings featuring two artists from the Kansai region through July 13.

On exhibit are works of Kobe-born veteran artist Yasue Kodama and the young Nara-born artist Tetsuji Nakanishi. Admission is free. The center, located in Nakagyo Ward, is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The venue is a five-minute walk from Exits 22 and 24 of Shijo Station on the Karasuma subway line. For more information, contact the organizer at info@kac.or.jp or visit www.kac.or.jp (in Japanese and English).

Toyota ready for major outdoor dance events

Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, its hosting its annual Toyota Oiden Festival on the last weekend of July, with outdoor dance competitions leading up to the festival taking place every weekend in various parts of the city.

"Oiden" means "please come" in the local Mikawa dialect.

Each weekend, dance groups from local communities will perform their original oiden dance in different neighborhoods. Groups voted as finalists will perform again at the finals July 28. A big fireworks show is scheduled for July 29.

Some of the dance performances will take place Saturday in Toyota Stadium. Competitions in the Inatake, Fujioka, Asuke, Sanage, Obayashi, Matsudaira and Shimoyama districts will take place July 7, while the Kita, Kamigo, Nishimachi and Takaoka districts will hold their events July 14, which will be followed by the Shimasaki district on July 15.

For more details and access information, go to www.oidenmaturi.com/index.html (in Japanese).

Clam season opens in Aichi Prefecture

The shellfish season has come, and the coastlines on the Chita Peninsula and in the city of Nishio, Aichi Prefecture, are open until August for people who want to dig clams.

The eastern coast of Mihama on the Chita Peninsula is open until Aug. 31. Admission is ¥1,100 for adults and ¥900 for students. The beach in Higashihazu in Nishio is open until Aug. 19. Admission is ¥1,500 for adults and ¥700 for students. Visitors can take the clams home.

For more details and access information, see www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/japanese/nicnews/archives/9247 (in Japanese and English).

Tea ceremony event for parents and children

The Showa Museum in Nagoya is giving a lecture on the Japanese tea ceremony for children and their parents July 16.

Participants will have the opportunity to both make tea as well as taste it in the Nanzanjuso tea room adjacent to the museum.

The first lesson is from 10:30 a.m. to noon and the second one is from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Each lesson will accept eight parent-child pairs.

Admission is ¥500 per pair. Those who wish to participate must make reservations in advance by phone or email by July 8.

The venue is a 15-minute walk from Irinaka Station on the Tsurumai subway line. For reservations, call the organizer at (052) 832-5851 or send an email to shouwa-museum@spice.or.jp.

For more details, visit www.spice.or.jp/shouwa-museum/ (in Japanese).

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