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Friday, Feb. 4, 2005
Performing arts festival
A total of 5,000 people are being invited to a festival of local and traditional performing art to be held from 3 p.m. at NHK Hall in Tokyo's Shibuya on Feb. 26 and 27. The first day includes a rice-cake-pounding dance from Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture; the kyogen play "Igui" of the Okura School; a lion dance from Togane, Chiba Prefecture; and the rock bunraku "Sonezaki Shinju."
The second day will feature a drum dance from Ijuin, Kagoshima Prefecture; an Okinawan dance from Naha; the kabuki dance "Omatsuri" by Bando Mitsugoro; and a daija (big snake) float from Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture.
Send a post office-issued ofukuhagaki (return postcard) to The Japan Times-kakari, Chiiki Dento Geino Matsuri-jimukyoku, 7-6-704 Funamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8555 stating your name, address (including zip code), age, telephone number, preferred date (Feb. 26 or 27) and number of tickets (up to two) on the back of the outgoing part and your name and address on the front of the returning part. The deadline is Feb. 7. or via the Web site www.jafra.nippon-net.ne.jp/matsuri