Embassy sidewalk sale

The annual U.S. Embassy sidewalk sale will be held in Tokyo on May 18.

The sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the embassy housing compound (2-1-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku), within walking distance of Roppongi, Akasaka and Tameike-sanno stations. Goods such as books, household items and children’s clothing will be on sale at value prices.

Only the Grew Gate entrance will be opened, and a picture ID is required for admission. All bags will be inspected upon entering. No parking is available and neither smoking nor pets are allowed inside the compound.

For more information, call (03) 3224-5590.

Large festival in Osaka

The executive committees of Midosuji Nigiwai-kukan-zukuri (Let’s make Midosuji avenue bustle with people) and Midosuji Kappo (Let’s walk along Midosuji) announced that they will hold Minna de Kappo! (Let’s Walk Everybody!) Midosuji Festa 2013 this Sunday.

Midosuji Festa and Midosuji Kappo, which were previously held separately, one in spring and the other in autumn, will be held simultaneously this year to attract more people. Midosuji, Osaka’s main street, will be open exclusively for pedestrians on this day. The Festa will offer numerous events so visitors will be able to enjoy the charm of Osaka’s Minami district, while the Kappo will offer a stage for musical performances and other programs.

Many participants, including Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui and Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, will support and cheer on the event.

The opening ceremony will start at 1 p.m. on the north side of Unagidani intersection (in front of Kansai Urban Bank), and the opening parade will start at 1:25 p.m., running from Unagidani intersection to Namba intersection.

The event will go on rain or shine, but some programs may be canceled if it rains. The event will be canceled in the case of severe weather.

For more information about Midosuji Festa, call the Osaka City Call Center at (06) 4301-7285; for Midosuji Kappo, call the Midosuji Kappo Executive Committee Secretariat at (06) 6210-9304.

Malaysian fair in Tokyo

To promote Malaysia as a tourist destination, the country has designated 2014 as Visit Malaysia Year.

As part of the promotional campaign to boost foreign tourist arrivals, Tourism Malaysia will hold an event at the event space Marucube in the lobby of the Marunouchi Building in Tokyo this Friday and Saturday.

During the event, traditional Malaysian dance will be performed and visitors can take part in a blow-dart game or receive orchid flowers.

Demonstrations of stitching of traditional Malaysian clothes such as batik and “kebaya” will be held, along with other workshops.

An opening ceremony will start at 12:15 p.m. on Friday.

For more information, call the Tourism Malaysia Tokyo branch at (03) 3501-8691.

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