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Winery features events for kids

by Magdalena Osumi

Staff Writer

Even if you don’t have 80 days to circumnavigate the globe, two days will be enough for a trip to Europe, kind of.

The organizer of Ein Open Department, which will be hosted at the Kobe Winery in Kobe on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, will provide people in Japan with a chance to experience the culture of Europe without having to go too far.

One of the attractions organizers hope to copy is the French marketplace. At le marché, people will be able to head to stalls offering fresh groceries and knick-knacks.

A wide array of stalls that sell local organic products and seasonal food will be featured. There will also be a cafe called Eincafe, to further heighten the French experience.

After a taste of Paris, visitors can move on to the sun-kissed wineries of France, Italy and Austria. Since the venue is the Kobe Winery, it goes without saying what the beverage of choice was going to be at the event.

This year’s low-proof wine, known as heurige in Austria and which is often tasted during the fall at Viennese wine taverns that are also known as heurige, will be served free to the first 100 takers.

Before hitting the wine (or perhaps before and after), parents can take their kids to the Danish portion of the event to create Noggins, traditional mid-century wood figures from that country. They can also customize T-shirts with self-made stamps at workshops featured near the stalls.

The day is set to be soundtracked by Yoko Sugise, a singer-songwriter who was born in Nara but is based in Osaka. Her adult-contemporary tunes will likely remind visitors that they haven’t entirely left Japan.

Those who are already booked solid this weekend, no fear. The event will be also held in November.

Ein Open Department will be held at The Kobe Winery in Nishi-ku, Kobe, on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 (10 a.m. till 4 p.m.). Admission is free. For more information, call 0120-974-470 (until 5 p.m. on weekdays) or 090-7368-0706 (during the event), or visit www.einshop.jp/special/einopendepartment/ 2013/index.shtml (in Japanese).