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Expoland plans to ring in New Year in style

Expoland, an amusement park in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, will host a countdown to the New Year on Dec. 31, starting at 5 p.m. at the park. The event will continue until 2 a.m.

The event will include numerous attractions, such as a large bonfire, live music and a light show and fireworks, which will start just before the countdown.

Admission is 3,800 yen for adults and 2,700 yen for children between 6 and 12 years of age, including the price of amusement rides. The reception will be open until 12:30 a.m.

The park is in front of Banpaku Kinen Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail. For more information, call Expoland at (06) 6877-0560.

Flanders Center to hold classical music concert

Flanders Center, a liaison office for the government of Belgian region of Flanders, will hold a classical concert by students of music schools on Jan. 5 and 6 at its bureau in Tennoji Ward, Osaka. The event starts at 2 p.m. on both days.

A total of 18 students from Osaka College of Music and other Kansai music schools and universities will perform.

Programs include Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor by Chopin, “Undine” sonata for flute and piano by Reinecke and others. Admission is 1,000 yen.

The venue is on the third floor of International House Osaka (Osaka Kokusai Koryu Center), a five-minute walk from Uehonmachi Station on the Kintetsu Line or eight minutes from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi subway line.

Call the organizer at (06) 6773-8850 or fax (06) 6773-8855.

Kinokuniya to sell off 20,000 English books

Kinokuniya bookstore will hold a sale of English-language books between Jan. 4 and 8 on the 17th floor of the Hankyu Terminal Building near Kinokuniya’s Umeda store in Osaka’s Kita Ward.

More than 20,000 books, including novels, dictionaries and picture books, will be available at bargain prices. A free delivery service will be available for purchases over 15,000 yen.

The sale will be open between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., but will close at 7 p.m. on the final day.

Call the Umeda store’s foreign book section at (06) 6372-5821.

Foreigners invited to see Japanese films

The Japan Foundation Kyoto is inviting foreigners to its weekly screenings of Japanese films at 2 p.m. every Wednesday next month, except Jan. 2, at its facility in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

This month’s features will include movies directed by Shinji Somai, who died recently. The movies are “Dreamy Fifteen” on Jan. 9, “The Catch” on Jan. 16, “Step Children” on Jan. 23 and “Love Hotel” on Jan. 30.

The films will have English subtitles. There is no admission fee and reservations are not required.

Call the organizer at (075) 211-1312 or fax (075) 255-1273.

Genome experts to discuss sexing babies

Osaka University’s Genome Information Research Center is hosting its monthly English-language seminar for the public on Jan. 12 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at its offices on the university’s Suita campus in Osaka Prefecture.

The speaker, Dr. Masaru Okabe, will lecture on the theme of “Sexing human babies; reliable methods and ‘fishy’ methods.”

The seminar will be held at Iden Joho Jikken Shisetsu, located just inside the university gate closest to Kita Senri Station on the Hankyu Line.

Admission is free, but reservations must be made by Jan. 10.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (06) 6879-8375, fax (06) 6879-8376, or e-mail: tgko@gen-info.osaka-u.ac.jp.

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