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Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001

Kansai / Who & What

Foreigners invited to movie screenings

The Japan Foundation Kyoto is inviting foreigners to screenings of Japanese films at 2 p.m. on each Wednesday this month at its offices in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

This month's movies will look at the lives of foreigners. The movies are "Mabuta no Haha," directed by Tai Kato, on Oct. 3, "Stake a Life for Nothing," directed by Masaki Kobayashi, on Oct. 10, "The Miracle of Joe, the Petrel," directed by Toshiya Fujita, on Oct. 17, "Branded to Kill," directed by Seijun Suzuki, on Oct. 24 and "The Lone Stalker," directed by Kazuo Ikehiro, on Oct. 31. The films will have English subtitles. For more information, call (075) 211-1312 or fax (075) 255-1273.

Vases to feature heavily at Kyoto antique fair

The 21st Antique Grand Fair in Kyoto will take place from Friday to Oct. 7 at Pulse Plaza in the city's Fushimi Ward.

This year, flower vases will be a prominent feature of the fair. Imari and other ceramic, glass and wooden vases will be on sale, along with other antiques, by 250 dealers from all over the country.

A free shuttle bus service will be available from Takeda Station, on the Kintetsu and Karasuma subway lines. Takeda Station can be reached from JR Kyoto Station.

Entrance is free. The fair will be open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., but it will close at 5 p.m. on the final day.

Call (077) 522-2307 or fax (077) 523-0949.

British Council offers info on studies in U.K.

The British Council will hold a fair for people wishing to study in Britain between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the Osaka International Convention Center in the city's Kita Ward.

About 80 schools in Britain, from graduate schools and universities to junior high and elementary schools, will be represented, providing information on their curricula and other details. Information will also be available in Japanese.

The venue is on the 10th floor of the convention center, which is a 10-minute walk from Fukushima Station on the JR and Hanshin lines, or from Awaza Station on the subway line.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6342-5301.

Classic puppet theater on show for foreigners

Osaka Sister City Network is hosting a performance of Japanese puppet theater for foreigners from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the International House, Osaka, in the city's Tennoji Ward.

"Ningyo joruri" is a classic Japanese puppet theater that originated in Osaka. The performance will include two short, well-known pieces -- "Dango Sweet Sellers" and "The Tragic Story of a Child's Pilgrimage" -- performed by Kichion-kai, an all-female troupe.

After the performance, a brief explanation will be given both in English and Japanese and visitors will have the opportunity to manipulate the puppets.

The fee to attend is 500 yen and reservations must be made by Oct. 19. Forty people will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Call (06) 6772-9670 or fax (06) 6772-9790.

Discussion sessions to be held in English

Talk-no-kai, a Nara-based citizens' group, is holding two English discussion meetings on Oct. 13 in Nara.

The first session will take place between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., when Ana Maria Bufu, a Romanian student at Nara University of Education, will discuss multicultural education in Japan and the differences in learning in her country.

The second meeting, to be held between 2 and 3:30 p.m., will be for young people studying English. The group will talk about special experiences that have made them "richer" and will be led by Canadian language teacher Gyata Sandoval.

The meetings are free for students or anyone under 20 years of age, but cost 500 yen for members and 1,000 yen for others.

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

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