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Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001

Kansai / Who & What

Digital technology fair to feature latest gear

A three-day digital technology trade fair will be held from Wednesday to Friday at Mydome Osaka in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

"Digital Ware Osaka 2001," the largest event of its kind in western Japan, will have four exhibitions: Internet and Mobile, Digital Studio, Linux West, and Global Information System Expo.

More than 100 vendors will exhibit their latest technologies at the event. The Internet and Mobile exhibition will feature special displays on network security, e-learning and Bluetooth, a wireless communications technology.

Admission is 1,000 yen. People under 16 years of age will not be admitted.

The venue is a seven-minute walk from Sakaisuji Honmachi Station on the Sakaisuji or Chuo subway lines.

Call the executive committee at (06) 6261-7151 or visit the home page (Japanese only) at www.jma.or.jp/dwo/

German School Kobe to hold Christmas mart

The German School Kobe in Nada Ward, Kobe, will hold a Christmas market in its school grounds on Dec. 1 from 2 to 6 p.m.

A variety of things will be on sale, including Christmas cake, wine and decorations. Entrance is free.

The venue is a five-minute walk northeast from Rokko Station on the Hankyu Line. No parking spaces are available.

For more information, call the school at (078) 851-6414.

British Council in Kyoto to hold diversity talk

The Kyoto office of the British Council will hold a seminar on the history of Britain's cultural diversity at its facility in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

The seminar will be held Dec. 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Alan Hart, manager of the Kyoto office, will talk about why the British have become so culturally diverse. He will also explain some of the reasons for Britain's cultural variety and regional differences, using slides and photos to present a chronology. Admission is 500 yen. Reservations are required.

Call the Kyoto office at (075) 791-7151.

Japanese film classics on show for foreigners

The Japan Foundation Kyoto is inviting foreigners to its weekly screenings of Japanese films, held at its facility in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

The screenings will be held from 2 p.m. on each Wednesday in December.

"Throne of Blood," directed by Akira Kurosawa, will be screened Dec. 5. "The Seven Samurai," by Kurosawa, on Dec. 12. "Woman in the Dunes," by Hiroshi Teshigahara, will be shown Dec. 19, and "The Ballad of Narayama," by Shohei Imamura, on Dec. 26. The films are subtitled in English.

No reservation is required and admission is free.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 211-1312 or fax (075) 255-1273.

Chance for foreigners to view historic parades

The Guide Interpreter Volunteer Club is organizing two excursions for foreigners, on Dec. 14 and 17.

On Dec. 14, participants will go to the Yamashina area of Kyoto to observe a historical parade commemorating a famous act of revenge carried out on Dec. 14, 1703, by 47 ronin.

The excursion will cost about 1,600 yen, including train fare and lunch. Participants are also expected to pay a further 1,000 yen to support club activities.

On Dec. 17, foreigners can visit Nara to watch a parade featuring people wearing historical costumes of the Heian, Kamakura, Muromachi and Edo periods. About 1,000 costumed people will march along the Sanjo main street of Nara.

Various traditional performing arts, such as "dengaku," one of the early forms of noh, will also be shown near Kasuga Shrine.

This trip will cost about 2,000 yen for train fare and lunch, plus a donation of 1,000 yen.

The meeting time and place are the same for both events. Participants will meet the guide, Paul Satoh, at 9:30 a.m. in front of Kyoto City Tourist Information Office on the second floor of JR Kyoto Station. For details, fax (072) 831-2797.



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