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Saturday, July 28, 2012

KANSAI: Who & What

The shogun, the monk and Todaji Temple

The Nara National Museum is staging an exhibition featuring shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo and the monk Chogen through Sept. 17.

The exhibit focuses on the history of the rebuilding of Todaji Temple in Nara led by Chogen with the strong backing of Yoritomo, who established up the Kamakura shogunate in 1192.

Admission is ¥1,200 for adults and ¥800 for students. The museum, open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., is a 15-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station. For more information, visit www.narahaku.go.jp (in Japanese and English).

Ramada Osaka hosting international buffet

The Ramada Osaka in Kita Ward is running an international buffet through Aug. 31.

The cafe nuef nuef offers more than 30 dishes from 20 different countries, including roast beef from England, cheese fondue from Switzerland and more.

Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lunch is ¥1,800 and dinner is ¥2,500.

The hotel is connected to Exit 3 of Nakatsu Station on the Midosuji subway line. For further information, call the hotel at (06) 6372-1656 or go to www.ramada-osaka.com (in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean).

Works from the modern era on show in Nara

An exhibition of Japanese-style paintings is being held through Aug. 19 at the Nara Prefectural Museum of Art.

Titled "Japanese-style paintings in modern times — Figure, bird and flower, landscape," the exhibition focuses on Japanese paintings from the Meiji to Showa eras, or the late 19th century to early 20th century. It reveals how Japanese paintings in these times were influenced by European paintings while maintaining the Japanese tradition.

Tickets are ¥400 for adults and ¥250 for students. The museum, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is five minutes on foot from Kintetsu Nara Station. For more details and event information, go to www.pref.nara.jp/dd_aspx_meunid-11842.htm (in Japanese).

Mysteries of Edo Period paintings explained

The Tokugawa Art Museum in Nagoya will hold an exhibition from Saturday to Sept. 2 in which visitors can learn and experience the mysteries of Edo Period (1603-1867) paintings.

Visitors to the exhibit will discover how painters used various unique and creative techniques in their works in the days when even photography wasn't an option.

Admission is ¥1,200 for adults, ¥700 for high school and college students, and ¥500 for elementary and junior high students. The museum, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is closed Mondays except for Aug. 13.

From Nagoya Station, take a City Bus to Hikarigaoka or Idaka Shako, or take a Meitetsu Bus, and get off at Tokugawaen Shindeki. For further information, check www.tokugawa-art-museum.jp/english/index.html (in English).

Ichinomiya Tanabata festival runs until Sunday

Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, is holding its traditional Tanabata star festival until Sunday.

Dating back to 1956, this event is considered one of the three major Tanabata festivals in Japan and features beautiful decorations. There will be various attractions, including parades, traditional dance sessions and a photo session featuring a Miss Tanabata pageant. Admission is free.

For further information, call (0586) 28-9131 or check www.138ss.com/tanabata_bunner/index_tanabata.htm (in Japanese).

Works from the Hermitage featured in Nagoya

The Nagoya City Art Museum will feature a special exhibition titled "400 Years of European Masterpieces from the State Hermitage Museum" from Saturday to Sept. 30.

The exhibit will feature 89 pieces by 83 artists from the 16th to 20th centuries, including Peter Paul Rubens, Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso.

Tickets are ¥1,500 for adults, ¥1,000 for high school and college students, and ¥600 for elementary and junior high students. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Fridays, when it remains open until 8 p.m. It will be closed Sept. 18 and Mondays except Aug. 13, Sept. 17 and Sept. 24.

The museum is within walking distance from Fushimi, Osu Kannon and Yaba-cho subway stations. For further information, go to www.ctv.co.jp/event/hermitage/index.html (in Japanese).

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