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Saturday, Sep. 15, 2012

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Kyoto to host International Manga Anime Fair

The Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2012 will be held Sept. 22 and 23.

Lovers of comic books and animated films will be able to visit booths set up by various publishing companies, as well as enjoy performances on stage.

The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22 and from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. the following day.

Admission is ¥1,000 for adults, ¥500 for junior high and high school students, and free of charge for younger children.

Miyako Messe, or the Museum of Kyoto-shi Kangyo, is an eight-minute walk from Higashiyama Station on the Tozai subway line.

Access kyomaf.jp/overview_en/ for information in English and make inquiries at secure3832m.sakura.ne.jp/kyomaf.jp/inquiry/inquiry.html.

Todaiji Temple to present Bon dance session

Nigatsu-do Hall at Todaiji Temple in the city of Nara will hold an annual Jushichi-ya Bon dance Monday, during which ancestors are remembered and celebrated.

A ceremony will take place starting at 6 p.m. in the hall, followed from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. by a traditional dance session in which everybody is welcome to join in. More than 130 stone lanterns in the precincts will be lit up.

The temple is a 20-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station. It can be also accessed by taking a city loop bus from JR or Kintetsu Nara stations and getting off at Daibutsuden Kasuga Taisha Mae.

For details, visit www.todaiji.or.jp/contents/function/09zyushitiya.html (Japanese) or call (0742) 22-5511.

Ukraine artifacts to be shown in Osaka

The Osaka Museum of History will showcase precious ancient artifacts from Ukraine from Saturday until Nov. 25.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ukraine, about 220 pieces on loan from major museums in Ukraine will be on display, including Scythian golden pieces in the form of lions, leopards and deer.

The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Fridays, when it remains open until 8 p.m., and Tuesdays, when it is closed.

Admission is ¥1,200 for adults, ¥800 for college and high school students, and free of charge for younger children.

The museum is located near Tanimachi 4-chome Station on the Tanimachi and Chuo subway lines.

For more information, visit www.mus-his.city.osaka.jp/index.html (Japanese).

Kiso Sansen Park autumn flower festival

Between now and November, more than 2 million cosmos flowers will be in bloom in Kiso Sansen Park in Kaizu, Gifu Prefecture.

The Autumn Flower Festival, featuring a variety of large flower displays, will take place from Sept. 22 to Nov. 18.

The park is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Oct. 9 and Nov. 12. It is a 10-minute taxi ride from Tado Station on the Kintetsu Yoro Line and from Saya Station on the Meitetsu Bisai Line.

For more information, go to www.kisosansenkoen.go.jp/e/index.html (English).

Entrepreneurs invited to Nagoya seminar

Prospective entrepreneurs will be able to learn from experts how to create their own companies in Nagoya on Sept. 22.

Administrative scriveners will explain procedures during a seminar from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by one-on-one consultation sessions from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Translation in English will be provided for the seminar, with translators in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Filipino helping the participants in the consultation session.

Participation is free of charge. Reservations must be made by visiting or telephoning Nagoya International Center because only 40 places are available for the seminar and 12 places for the followup session.

The venue is a seven-minute walk from Nagoya Station and is directly connected to Kokusai Center Station on the Sakura-dori subway line.

For more information, visit www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/japanese/nicnews/archives/2997 (Japanese) or call (052) 581-0100 (Japanese, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Tagalog).

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