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Friday, Oct. 24, 2003


Museums give students free entry

The Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Park and two other museums will allow foreign students to view exhibitions and participate in other events for free on Nov. 1 and 7.

On Nov. 1, the Tokyo National Museum will admit students to its permanent exhibition and "Ino Tadataka and Old Maps of Japan" free of charge, while the Nara National Museum will welcome students to its permanent exhibition.

On Nov. 7, the Kyoto National Museum will offer students free admission to its permanent exhibition.

Students must be enrolled at senmon gakko, koto senmon gakko, junior colleges, four-year universities or graduate schools to take advantage of these offers, and present their student IDs at the door. In Tokyo, the special programs for foreign students will include:

* A 30-minute lecture in Japanese by Assistant Curator Masato Matsushima titled, "Symbol of Japanese Beauty -- National Treasure Pine Trees by Hasegawa Tohaku" at 10:30 a.m. at the Heiseikan auditorium.

* Tea ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Okyokan teahouse in the museum garden. Those interested should gather at the Heiseikan lounge shortly before the ceremony begins. Up to 20 people will be admitted.

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