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Tuesday, May 1, 2001

Kansai / Who & What

Weekly Japanese films with English subtitles> The Japan Foundation Kyoto office is organizing weekly showings of Japanese films for foreigners at 2 p.m. each Wednesday at its facility in Kyoto's Nakagyo Ward.

Next month's showings will focus on how women are depicted in Japanese films. On the program are "The Fading Grace," directed by Mikio Naruse, on Wednesday; "The Kii River," directed by Noboru Nakamura, on May 9; "The Wife of Seishu Hanaoka," directed by Yasuzo Masumura, on May 16; "Appassionata," directed by Sadao Nakajima, on May 23; and "Madam Omboro: History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess," directed by Shohei Imamura, on May 30.

English subtitles will be provided. No admission or reservations are required.

The venue is a five-minute walk from Karasuma Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line or Shijo Station on the Karasuma subway line.

Call the organizer at (075) 211-1312 or fax (075) 255-1273. Foreign students get first dibs at flea market> Kyoto City International Foundation is holding a flea market to support foreign students Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the open space in front of Kokusai Koryu Kaikan.

The foundation's facility is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

Before noon, only foreign students with an ID will be allowed to shop at the "I Flea Market," where used household articles and other items will be sold.

Between noon and 5 p.m., the "Germany Today" festival will be held. Events will include German food and beer stalls and a techno party with DJ Tobias Thomas from Cologne.

You can also taste Chinese dumplings, watch performances and make a free overseas phone call for three minutes.

Admission is free.

In the event of rain, the flea market will be held the next day, but the German event will be on as scheduled.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 752-3511.

Haiku in spotlight at open forum in Kyoto>International Research Center for Japanese Studies will hold an open forum on haiku next Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Japan Foundation's Kyoto office in Nakagyo Ward.

Ekkehard May, a professor at the University of Frankfurt, will talk on Western understanding of haiku.

Admission is free.

Call (075) 335-2048 or visit the Web site: www.nichibun.ac.jp Talk on mending hearts with bone marrow cells>Osaka University's Genome Information Research Center is inviting people to its monthly seminar on May 12 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at its facility on the Suita campus in Osaka Prefecture.

Dr. Masaru Okabe, a professor at the center, will speak in English on the theme "Could a damaged heart be repaired with bone marrow cells?"

The venue, Iden Joho Jikken Center, is located just inside the university's gate, which is closest to Kita Senri Station on the Hankyu Senri Line.

Admission is free, but reservations should be made by May 10.

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

Nara citizens' group to discuss education>Talk-no-kai, a citizens' group based in Nara, is hosting two English discussion meetings on May 12 in the city.

At the first session, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Adarsh Sharma, an education expert from India, will talk on education and children in different environments. The second meeting, between 2 and 3:30 p.m., will be a discussion for young people studying English. The topic "Why do we go to school?" will be led by English teacher Giancarlo Bifulco.

Both meetings will be held at the conference room of Nara International Foundation Commemorating the Silk Road Exposition (NIFS), located on the 6th floor of Kintetsu Nara Station's building.

Participation is free for students and anyone under 20, and 1,000 yen for others.

Call or fax the organizer at (0745) 31-1262.

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