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Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012

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Imperial calligraphy display at Kyoto museum

Kyoto National Museum will display works of calligraphy by emperors from Saturday until Nov. 25.

The nearly 140 Imperial works on display date from the eighth to the 20th centuries and are rich in variety, ranging from private letters to official prayers for peace.

The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Fridays, when it stays open until 8 p.m. It is closed Mondays. Admission is ¥1,200 for adults, ¥800 for college and high school students, and ¥400 for junior high and elementary school students.

The museum is a seven-minute walk from Shichijo Station on the Keihan Line. For more information, visit www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/index_top.html (in English) or call (075) 541-1151 (in Japanese).

Preschoolers invited to storytelling session

The Suita Interpeople Friendship Association in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, will offer children and their guardians six sessions to listen to an Australian teacher reading illustrated books in English from October to March.

The reading sessions for children below elementary school age will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. next Thursday and on Nov. 15, Dec. 20, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, and March 21. Only 10 pairs of children and guardians will be allowed to join each session on a first-come first-served basis. Reception will open 30 minutes before each session.

The venue is a one-minute walk from Minami-Senri Station on the Hankyu Senri Line.

For more information, go to www.kaigisho.com/sifa/, call (06) 6835-1192, or send an email to sifa@mail.infomart.or.jp.

Osaka venue boasts 50 El Greco masterpieces

Oil paintings by El Greco will be on display in the National Museum of Art in Osaka from Tuesday through Dec. 24.

Approximately 50 of his masterpieces, owned by various museums in Britain, France, Greece, Italy, Spain and the U.S., will be shown in the exhibition.

The museum, located in the city of Osaka, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Fridays, when it stays open until 7 p.m. It is closed Mondays, except on Dec. 24. Admission is ¥1,500 for adults, ¥1,200 for college students, ¥600 for high school students and free for younger children.

The museum is a five-minute walk from Watanabe-bashi Station on the Keihan Nakanoshima Line. For more information, go to www.el-greco.jp (in Japanese), or call (06) 6447-4680.

Komaki food event to benefit 3/11 survivors

The Komaki International Association in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, will open a one-day "Charity World Restaurant" on Oct. 20 as part of the Komaki City Festival.

A total of 300 dishes, including pasta with tuna and tomato, sweet-and-sour meatballs and brownies, will be available starting at 11 a.m., along with tea and coffee. The organizers ask visitors to donate ¥100 or more per dish to support people affected by last year's Great East Japan Earthquake.

The venue, Komaki Kominkan (community center), is a 10-minute walk from Komaki Station on the Meitetsu Komaki Line.

For more details, access www2.schoolweb.ne.jp/weblog/data/ 2370011/n/v/1114491.pdf (in English), or call (0568) 76-0905.

New rice to be offered to gods at Ise Shrine

Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture will host one of its most important annual festivals Monday in which the year's new rice harvest will be offered to the shrine's gods.

The festival this year is special because the sacred symbol of a deity will be installed in a new shrine next year. This event occurs once every 20 years. Therefore, many people from all over Japan will bring their own offerings of rice to the ceremony, and various groups will perform dances from local festivals around the country.

The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The venue is close to Ise-shi Station on the Kintetsu Line.

For further information, visit www.tenace.co.jp/ise/ or call (0596) 25-5151.

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