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Tuesday, July 10, 2001

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Swinging to the sounds of traditional noh music Modern dance set to noh music will be performed on July 20 at 1 and 3:30 p.m. at the Museum of Kyoto in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

Dancers, clad in aloha shirts made of secondhand kimonos, will dance to the music of the Japanese flute and shoulder drum. It is claimed that aloha shirts were originally kimonos turned into the Western-style open shirts by Japanese immigrants to Hawaii.

Admission is 4,500 yen in advance and 5,000 yen at the door. For advance tickets, call the organizer Office Ban at (070) 6277-8893, Mai Collection at (075) 702-1810, or Fujita Kayo Dance Studio at (078) 822-2066.

For more information, call the organizer at (070) 6277-8893.

Japan Foundation to host English Gion talkThe Japan Foundation Kyoto Office is hosting an English-speaking lecture on the Gion Festival in Kyoto from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday at the foundation's base in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

The Gion Festival is held every summer in the city of Kyoto and can be traced back over 1,000 years.

Guest speaker Shigeru Fukami, managing director of the Foundation for Gion Festival Preservation Associations, will give an overview of the festival.

He will, for instance, explain the nature of the festival, how the "yamaboko junko" float parade -- the festival's highlight on July 17 -- arose from Kyoto's regional and historical distinctiveness. He will also talk about the various problems faced by today's Gion Festival and the importance of supporting and maintaining traditional events like this.

The seminar will be conducted in Japanese, with English interpretation. No admission fee 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. For more information, call the organizer at (075) 211-1312 or fax (075) 255-1273

Vendors wanted for Kobe flea marketHost Families for Foreign Students Communication Center, a nonprofit organization, is seeking vendors for its flea market to be held Oct. 28 at Space Theater, a multipurpose facility in Harbor Land in Chuo Ward, Kobe.

Both foreigners and Japanese are welcome. Everyday articles such as towels, soap and clothes, or ethnic crafts and other unique products from overseas, can be sold.

Vendors will have to pay 10 percent of their takings to the organizer. Call (078) 241-8801 by the end of this month.

Foreign Executive Women's annual partyForeign Executive Women, a networking organization for foreign, professional women in Japan, will hold its annual summer dinner on July 26 at 6 p.m. at Checkers Restaurant on the second floor of the Hilton Hotel in Kita Ward, Osaka.

The buffet dinner costs 2,900 yen for both members and nonmembers. Reservations must be made by July 21.

For reservations and more information, contact via e-mail: sejones@fb3.so-net.ne.jp

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