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Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012
KANSAI: Who & What
Minoh Park waterfall lit up for night viewing
Nighttime visitors to Minoh Park in the city of Minoh, Osaka Prefecture, are being treated to fantastic views of its famous waterfall, which is being lit up from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Sept. 2.
Admission is free. The park is a 10-minute walk from Hankyu Minoh Station. For more information, call the organizer at (072) 723-1885.
Pick and eat grapes at Tondayashi's Savor Farm
Tondabayashi Agricultural Park's Savor Farm in Tondabayashi, Osaka Prefecture, is offering grape picking through the end of September. Visitors can eat as many grapes as they like, and can bring some home as well.
The fee to pick grapes is ¥900 for adults and ¥500 for students. A separate entrance fee of ¥700 for adults and ¥300 for students is charged to get into the park, which is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To get to the venue, take a bus from Tondabayashi Station on the Kintetsu Line and get off at the Savor Farm stop.
For more information, visit www.savor-farm.or.jp/index.html (in Japanese).
Izumo Taisha Shrine gets grand treatment
The Kyoto National Museum is hosting an exhibition on Izumo Taisha Shrine through Sept. 9.
"The Grand Izumo Exhibition" celebrates the 1,300th anniversary of the compilation of the "Kojiki" ("Record of Ancient Matters"). It features Japanese ancient history through the "Kojiki" and artifacts found in Izumo.
Tickets are ¥1,300 for adults and ¥900 for students. The museum in Higashiyama Ward is a 10-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station. It is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, visit www.kyohaku.go.jp/jp/index_top.html (in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, French and Spanish).
Summer festival under way at Nagoya Castle
A summer festival is being held at Nagoya Castle from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day through Aug. 15.
Visitors can enjoy Bon dancing, stage performances, a beer garden and numerous stalls.
Admission is ¥800 for adults and ¥200 for students. People wearing a "yukata" summer kimono get a ¥100 discount. The venue is five minutes on foot from Siyakusho Station on the Meijyo subway line. For more details, go to nagoyajo41.com/index.htm (in Japanese).
Antiques from over 200 shops on display
The Nagoya Antique Festival is being held through Sunday in Fukiage Hall in Chikusa Ward, Nagoya. More than 200 shops are offering a variety of antiques, including European items, armor and swords, tea sets and kimono.
Admission is free. The event is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fukiage Hall is a five-minute walk from Fukiage Station on the Sakuradori subway line. For more information, go to www.nagoyakottousai.com/index.html (in Japanese).