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Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012

KANSAI: Who & What

Kobe museum to display Dutch masterpieces

Kobe City Museum will display masterpieces owned by the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in the Hague.

The exhibition at the museum, which runs from Sept. 29 through Jan. 6, will showcase paintings by such noted artists as Brueghel, Rembrandt and Vermeer.

Admission is ¥1,500 for adults, ¥1,100 for college and high school students, and ¥600 for junior high and elementary school students. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except Saturday and Sunday, when its doors will stay open until 7 p.m.

It is closed on Mondays, except for Oct. 8 and Dec. 24. The museum will also be closed on Oct. 9 and Jan. 1.

Check www.city.kobe.lg.jp/culture/culture/institution/museum/tokuten/2012_03mauritshuis.html for information in Japanese or call (078) 391-0035.

Performing arts festival slated for Kyoto

The city of Kyoto will entertain visitors with Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival from Saturday until Oct. 28.

In addition to performances by artists from Brazil, Britain, Germany, Ireland, Japan and Singapore, various lectures, exhibitions and other events will be presented at this "Kyoto Experiment" festival.

Various types of tickets are available, with a free pass for all performances costing ¥20,000 for adults and ¥12,000 for students, and a coupon ticket for three performances costing ¥7,500 for adults and ¥6,000 for students.

For more information, visit kyoto-ex.jp/eng/ (in English), call (075) 213-5839 or send email to info@kyoto-ex.jp.

Kansai music majors to perform Kyoto concert

Students who have majored in music at eight colleges in the Kansai region will perform together in a concert in the city of Kyoto starting at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The students from the colleges, including Osaka College of Music and Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts, will play pieces composed by Elgar, Hindemith, and Orff.

Admission is ¥1,500. Children below elementary school age will not be allowed into the concert. The Kyoto Concert Hall is a three-minute walk from Kitayama Station on the Karasuma subway line. For more information, go to www.kyoto-ongeibun.jp/kyotoconcerthall_e/ (in English) or call (075) 711-3231.

Workshops to focus on Fairtrade activities

A series of three workshops will be offered in the city of Nagoya in order to familiarize people with Fairtrade activities.

Participants will learn in the sessions about wide-ranging problems around the world, including poverty, and possible solutions that can be taken. They will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 29, Oct. 14 and Nov. 10.

The participation fee for all three sessions is ¥1,500. If participants join only one of them, the cost is ¥700. Reservations can be made by filling out the form downloadable at ssl.form-mailer.jp/fms/ea7cb8b6152487 or by calling (052) 962-5557. Registration is necessary because only 15 people will be allowed to join.

Nagoya to host Japanese masterpieces exhibit

The Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Aichi Prefecture will start the second half of its exhibition of Japanese masterpieces owned by its sister museum in Boston.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is lending the Nagoya museum various artworks for display between Sept. 29 to Dec. 9. The exhibition will include paintings by noted Edo Period artists such as Korin Ogata and Jakuchu Ito, and there will also be much older paintings dating from 12th and 13th centuries.

Admission is ¥1,200 for adults, ¥900 for college and high school students, and free of charge for anyone younger. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., except on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, when its doors will close at 5 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.

When a national holiday falls on a Monday, the museum will be open that day and closed the following day.

For more information, visit www.nagoya-boston.or.jp/english/index.html (in English) or call (052) 684-0101.

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