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Saturday, July 14, 2012

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Osaka exhibition showcases various towers

The Osaka Museum of History is hosting an exhibition with a theme of various towers through Monday in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

The exhibition features the history of towers such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Tsutenkaku in Osaka and Skytree in Tokyo.

Tickets are priced at ¥1,000 for adults and ¥700 for students. The museum, which is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., is near the Tanimachi 4-chome Station on the Tanimachi subway line.

For more details, go to www.mus-his.city.osaka.jp (in Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese).

History of ceramics features Japanese pieces

The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park is holding an exhibition about the history of ceramics from Saturday through Aug. 26 in the city of Koka, Shiga Prefecture.

The exhibition focuses on pieces from the Meiji and Taisho eras, which was the golden age for exporting ceramics to Europe, endorsed by the governments of the day, and Japanese-produced ceramics influenced European ceramic makers at that time.

Tickets are ¥600 for adults and ¥450 for students. The venue is accessible on foot from Shigaraki Station on the Shigaraki Kogen Railway's Shigaraki Line. From Shigaraki Station, the park is a 20-minute walk.

For more information and an access map, go to the organizer's website at www.sccp.jp (in Japanese and English).

Himeji to host contemporary art exhibition

The city of Himeji in Hyogo Prefecture, famous for its castle and traditional culture, is hosting a contemporary art exhibit till July 22.

The works of 50 contemporary artists will be showcased, represented by sculptures, photos, portraits and woodblock prints.

Admission is free. The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The venue on the B1 level of Eglet Himeji, a 10-minute walk from JR Himeji Station. For more details, call the organizer at (079)287-0830.

Nagoya Oktoberfest offering 40 different beers

Nagoya Oktoberfest, which will run through July 22, is in full swing in Naka Ward, Nagoya.

Octoberfest has its origins as a harvest festival in Munich, Germany, and is held for a total of 16 days from the end of September through October. Forty different kinds of German beers and food will be available at the Nagoya event, and a German band will perform traditional music on stage.

Admission is free. The festival is from 3 to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the weekend. The venue, Hisaya Odori Park, is a 2-minute walk from Yabacho Station on the Meijyo subway line.

For details, check out nagoya-oktober-fest.com (in Japanese).

Hand-held fireworks display set for Toyohashi

The city of Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, will host the Toyohashi Gion Festival between July 20-22 at Yoshida shrine, the birthplace of "tezutsu hanabi" (fireworks packed into a large bamboo tube). Pyrotechnists hold the cylinders in their hands as the fireworks go off.

The parade of portable shrines carried around the main shrine starts at 4 p.m. and the hand-held fireworks display will start at 6:40 p.m. On the banks of the Toyo River from 6 p.m. on July 21, a grand fireworks display will be held. A parade featuring traditional dance and portable shrines will be held from 5 p.m. on July 22.

The venue is a 5-minute walk from Shiyakushomae Station of Toyohashi Railroad system's City Line. For more details, visit www.toyohashigion.org/index.html (in Japanese).

Lumberjack to feature at Nagoya Port Festival

Nagoya Port Festival will be held in Minato Ward on July 21.

One feature is Ikadashi Ippon nori, a traditional event featuring a lumberjack guiding a log in the water, will be presented between 12:10 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. On stage, events such as Japanese drums, jazz bands and Shinto music and dance will be performed from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. A fireworks display will start at 7:30 p.m.

The venue is near Nagoya Port Station on the Meiko subway line. Go to www.nagoya-port-festival.com/index.html (in Japanese).

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