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newsletter from Osaka Vol.88

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Hello GEO readers! We are sending you 6 pieces of information this time.

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Table of Contents

*All-You-Can-Eat Sweet Delaware Grapes@Habikino Grape Picking

*Tennoji Zoo’s Summer “Night Zoo” will be held!

*Early Morning Lotus Flower Viewing at the Osaka Garden of Floral Culture!

*”KOREA MONTH 2017: Friendship and Hope”

*Notice on the Amendment of the Accommodation Tax Ordinance: Accommodation Tax will be imposed on more facilities

*Seeking New Tenants on Floors 7 to 17 of Sakishima Building (Sakishima Cosmo Tower)

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*All-You-Can-Eat Sweet Delaware Grapes@Habikino Grape Picking

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Why don’t you come and fully enjoy the sweet deliciousness of Delaware grapes?

Grapes are widely cultivated in Osaka. As a small, seedless type of grape, the Delaware grape is Osaka’s main variety, boasting the third largest yield amount in Japan. Above all, Habikino City is the largest grape production area in the prefecture, with shipments beginning in early May and lasting until the middle of August.

Komagatani district, where grape cultivation is particularly prosperous in Habikino City, is blessed with vineyards that spread out across the area. Many of you will be surprised to see such scenery in the Osaka metropolis.

The Habikino Grape Picking Vineyard is just a short walking distance from Komagatani Station on the Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line. Here you can pick and eat as many delicious Delaware grapes as you want.

Since the vineyard is conveniently located on a flat surface, it is easy for small children and those in wheelchairs to come and enjoy grape picking. With Ishikawa Riverside Park and wineries also nearby, there is plenty to enjoy with your family all day long. Please come!

  

■Date and Time: Sunday June 18 to Sunday August 6, 2017 10:00am to 3:00pm (Open throughout this period)

Venue may close depending on condition of the grapes or the weather.

■Venue: Vineyard located on the south side of Korokoro Fureai Park

Two-minute walk southeastward from Komagatani Station on the Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line

■Entrance Fee:

2 years old or younger: Free

3-6 years old: 500yen 

Elementary school children: 600yen 

Junior high school students and older: 900yen

Please visit the websites below for further details:

http://www.habikino-kk.net/ (Japanese)

http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/events/experience/grapepicking.html (English)

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*Tennoji Zoo’s Summer “Night Zoo” will be held!

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Tennoji Zoo will hold its special “Night Zoo” event again this year.

Approximately 1000 animals from 200 different species can be seen at Tennoji Zoo, which spreads out over 11 hectares and has a history dating back over 100 years.

Why don’t you come and enjoy watching the animals at night, which can rarely be seen?

■Date: Saturday July 29 and Sunday July 30, Saturday August 5 and Sunday August 6, Friday August 11 to Monday August 14, Saturday August 19 and Sunday August 20, 2017

■Opening Hours During the Event: Until 9:00pm (Entry also permitted until 9:00pm)

You can enjoy staying after the Zoo’s regular opening hours (9:30am to 5:00pm)

■Admission Fee: Adults: 500yen, Elementary and Junior high school students: 200yen,

Pre-school children: Free

*Osaka Amazing Pass can be used for entry.

■Access: 5-minute walk from Dobutsuen-mae Station (Midosuji and Sakaisuji Subway Lines) and Ebisu-cho Station (Sakaisuji Subway Line), 10-minute walk from Tennoji Station (Midosuji and Tanimachi Subway Lines) and JR Tennoji Station.

We are on Instagram! 【Osaka_Tennoji_Zoo】

Please see the website below for further details.

http://www.city.osaka.lg.jp/contents/wdu170/tennojizoo/

(Japanese/English/Chinese/Korean)

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*Early Morning Lotus Flower Viewing at the Osaka Garden of Floral Culture!

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The Osaka Garden of Floral Culture will hold an Early Morning Lotus Flower Viewing event from Saturday July 15 through Monday July 17 (National holiday), starting at 6am each day. Did you know that lotus flowers open early in the morning? Come and enjoy lotus flowers that have just opened in the refreshing morning air.

A Lotus Flower Observation event will also be held on Saturday July 15 and Sunday July 16, so feel free to enjoy both events.

<Early Morning Lotus Flower Viewing>

■Date: Saturday July 15 through Monday July 17 (National holiday) 

■Specially Open from: 6:00am

*Event will be canceled in case of heavy rain or stormy weather

■Participation fee: Free

<Lotus Flower Observation>

■Date and Time: Saturday July 15 and Sunday July 16

From 10:30am (approx. 40 minutes)

■Participation fee: 500yen

■Capacity: 20 people on a first-come-first-served basis

■Application: Please make a reservation by the day before the event

Please visit the website below for further details.

http://gfc-osaka.com/

(Japanese Only)

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*”KOREA MONTH 2017: Friendship and Hope”

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From June 24 to August 2, the Korean Cultural Center Osaka will host “KOREA MONTH 2017”, holding various events to introduce different aspects of Korean culture.

During this year’s “KOREA MONTH 2017”, fascinating Korean cultural events such as a traditional Korean stage performance, a Hanbok (traditional Korean clothing) fashion show, a concert and exhibitions are scheduled to be held. Through “KOREA MONTH 2017”, it is hoped that the event becomes a venue for expanding cultural exchange between Japan and Korea, and a beneficial place for both countries to share friendship and hope with each other. Please don’t miss the opportunity to experience various genres of Korean culture.

We can’t wait to see you all there!

(Outline)

■Date and Time: Saturday June 24 to Wednesday August 2, 2017

■Venue: Various halls in Osaka City, the Korean Cultural Center Osaka

■Program: Various Korean cultural events such as a traditional Korean stage performance, a Hanbok (traditional Korean clothing) fashion show, a music concert, and exhibitions.

■Contact Information: Korean Cultural Center Osaka

(Tel: 06-6292-8760 / E-mail:osaka@k-culture.jp)

(Japanese/ Korean)

*Please visit the website below for further details regarding each event.

http://www.k-culture.jp/info_news_view.php?number=925

(Japanese/Korean)

(Official Website) http://www.k-culture.jp/

(Japanese/Korean)

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*Notice on the Amendment of the Accommodation Tax Ordinance: Accommodation Tax will be imposed on more facilities

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Accommodation Tax is imposed on those staying at hotels and inns in Osaka Prefecture, for the purposes of promoting tourism in Osaka and making it an even more attractive destination.

From July 1 2017, the Accommodation Tax will extend to those who stay in budget lodging facilities and “Minpaku” (paid lodging facilities using private residences) in addition to the conventional facilities. Please visit our website below for further details.

Purpose and use of Accommodation Tax

http://www.pref.osaka.lg.jp/toshimiryoku/syukuhakuzei/index.html

(Japanese Only)

Accommodation Tax System

http://www.pref.osaka.lg.jp/zei/alacarte/shukuhaku.html

(Japanese Only)

(Reference) Leaflet regarding Accommodation Tax (Japanese/English/Chinese/Korean)

http://www.pref.osaka.lg.jp/attach/28378/00000000/tirashi_omote.pdf

(Front side)

http://www.pref.osaka.lg.jp/attach/28378/00000000/tirashi_ura.pdf

(Reverse side)

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*Seeking New Tenants on Floors 7 to 17 of Sakishima Building (Sakishima Cosmo Tower)

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Osaka Prefectural Government is now looking for new tenants on lower floors (7 to 17) of Sakishima Building (Sakishima Cosmo Tower), in order to promote practical use of vacant space and to raise the occupancy rate of the building.

■Floors for Rent: Floors 7 to 17 (Lower floors) of Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building (Sakishima Cosmo Tower)

Half of each floor area amounts to one zone, with 22 zones in total being available for rent.

□One zone is approx.760 m2. There are 22 zones in total, approx.16,000 m2.

□Applications asking for the use of all 22 zones as well as for individual zones are permitted.

■Use for offices, shops, clinics, hotels, etc. are accepted.

【Reference】Restrictions on Use for Sakishima Cosmosquare district (Sakishima Building is located in B-1 district).

Sakishima Cosmosquare District Plan

http://www.city.osaka.lg.jp/toshikeikaku/cmsfiles/contents/0000005/5302/s03_kosumo_k.pdf (Japanese Only)

Ordinances on Building Restrictions in Sakishima Cosmosquare District

http://www.city.osaka.lg.jp/toshikeikaku/cmsfiles/contents/0000105/105184/2.2.sakisima.2905.pdf (Japanese Only)

■Schedule

◇Applications are accepted from June 12, 2017 until July 14, 2017.

◇New tenant(s) will be selected in early August, 2017. It will be announced on the website.

■Procedure Details

Please see the guidelines on the website below for further details regarding the application procedure.

http://www.pref.osaka.lg.jp/yodo/koubojyouhou/sakishima_koubo_6_8.html

(Japanese Only)

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* Related links

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* Osaka Prefectural Government: - various kinds of information about Osaka Prefecture:

http://www.pref.osaka.lg.jp/en/index.html

* Osaka Government Tourism Bureau: Osaka Tourist Guide:

http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/

* Osaka Foundation of International Exchange:

http://www.ofix.or.jp/english/index.html

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Department of Civic and Cultural Affairs

Osaka Prefectural Government

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