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Saturday, July 21, 2012

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Osaka-area quake-tsunami exhibition slated

The Osaka Museum of History in Chuo Ward is hosting an exhibition from Wednesday to Aug. 26 of records of earthquakes and tsunami that have occurred in the Osaka area.

The exhibit showcases records of disasters, pictures and other historical evidence dating to the ancient Jomon Period, and is aimed at raising awareness of disaster prevention in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake that hit the Tohoku coast in March last year.

Tickets are ¥540 for adults and ¥360 for students. The museum, open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., is in front of Tanimachi 4-chome Station on the Tanimachi or Chuo subway lines. Visit www.mus-his.city.osaka.jp (in Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese).

Jazz, 'taiko' drums to feature at Osaka festival

Ikasuri Shrine in Chuo Ward, Osaka, will hold its annual summer festival from Saturday until Monday. Events include a jazz concert Saturday and Sunday and "taiko" drums and Shinto music performances will be given Sunday and Monday. Admission is free.

A Japanese tea ceremony will be performed from 3 to 8 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. Admission for this is ¥1,000, and no reservation is required. The shrine is a three-minute walk from Honmachi Station on the Midosuji subway line. For more information, check out www.ikasuri.or.jp (in Japanese).

Famed Kyoto shrine to host summer festival

Designated as a world heritage site, Shimogamo Shrine in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, will host a free summer festival from July 26 to 29 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. The main event is to walk through the pond because it is believed that one's sins will be purified and the waters are also believed to be effective for allowing an easy childbirth and keeping participants free from epidemics.

The venue is a 10-minute walk from Demachiyanagi Station on the Keihan Line. For a map showing how to get to the shrine, visit www.shimogamo-jinja.or.jp/index.html (in Japanese).

Hello Kitty artworks on show at Nagoya store

JR Takashimaya is hosting an exhibition of Hello Kitty through July 24 in Nakamura Ward, Nagoya. Seventeen works of Yuko Yamaguchi, a designer of Hello Kitty artworks, will be showcased.

Tickets are ¥800 for adults, ¥600 for students. The venue, open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., is on the 10th floor of JR Takashimaya, which is near JR Nagoya Station. For more information, check www.sanrio.co.jp/characters/ktart/index.html (in Japanese).

Bon dancing, kimono lessons at Centrair

Chubu International Airport in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, will offer a Bon dance event Saturday and Sunday on the Sky deck from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Stalls will be sell beer and snacks, and lessons on how to wear kimono will be offered for free. The venue is 28 minutes by train from JR Nagoya Station. For more information, visit www.centrair.jp/event/ev-title/1188591_3676.html (in Japanese).

Aichi fishing port's festival celebrates sea bream

The Tai festival will be held Saturday and Sunday in Toyohama, a fishing port at the tip of the Chita Peninsula in Aichi Prefecture, which is known for its catches of "tai" (sea bream).

During the festival floats in a shape of huge sea bream will be paraded through the town from about 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. A fireworks display will be held Saturday from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Take a bus from Kowa Station, on the Meitetsu Kowa Line, to Toyohama. For details, see oina-toyohama.net/taimatsuri/ (in Japanese).

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