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Tuesday, March 5, 2002

Kansai Who & What

Foreigners invited to screenings of war films

The Kyoto branch of the Japan Foundation is inviting foreigners to attend free showings of Japanese films at 2 p.m. on each Wednesday this month at its offices in the city's Nakagyo Ward.

The theme of the screenings will be films depicting everyday life in wartime. The programs are "Hen in the Wind," directed by Yasujiro Ozu, on March 6, "The Morning of the Osone Family," directed by Keisuke Kinoshita, on March 13, "The Ball at the Anjo House," directed by Kozaburo Yoshimura, on March 20 and "The Most Beautiful," directed by Akira Kurosawa, on March 27.

The films will have English subtitles.

The Kyoto office is also holding a seminar on the history of Kyoto's Fushimi district between 2 and 4 p.m. on March 15. The seminar will be the last of the three considering the past and future of Fushimi. The guest speaker will be Yoshinori Sogi, chief priest of the district's Gokonomiya Shrine.

Interpretations will be provided in English and a maximum of 50 people can attend. Reservations are not required for either event and admission is free.

The venue is on the eighth floor of the Yasuda Kasai Kaijo Kyoto building, a five-minute walk from Karasuma Station on the Hankyu line or Shijo Station on the Karasuma subway line. Call (075) 211-1312 or fax (075) 255-1273.

Citizens' group to host discussions in English

Talk-no-kai, a Nara-based citizens' group, will host two English discussion meetings on March 9 in Nara.

The first session, between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., will be led by Chrystele Dupuis from France, who discuss how French and Japanese people consider buildings.

The second meeting, between 2 and 3:30 p.m., will be for young people, when language teacher Giancarlo Bifulco will lead a discussion on books that people have read.

Participation is free for students and anyone under 20, 500 yen for members and 1,000 yen for other people.

The discussions will be held in a conference room at the Nara International Foundation Commemorating the Silk Road Exposition (NIFS), on the sixth floor of Nara Station on the Kintetsu Line. Call or fax the organizer at (0745) 31-1262.

Top shoe-designer to talk at British Council

The British Council's Kyoto office is inviting people to attend a lecture by Jimmy Choo, a leading shoe designer from Britain, from 6 to 7 p.m. on March 11 at its Kyoto office, which recently moved to Nakagyo Ward.

Choo was trained at Cordwainers College, a school for footwear specialists in Britain, and is famous for having designed shoes for Madonna and numerous other celebrities.

Interpretation into Japanese will be provided. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

After the lecture, participants will also be invited to a party to showcase modern-day Britain at the office.

For reservations and information, call (075) 229-7151.

Foreigners get chance to see Buddha artworks

The Guide Interpreter Volunteer Club has organized a one-day tour for English-speaking foreigners on March 16 to observe Buddha artworks displayed at two temples in Kyoto.

The public is given access to the "nehan-e" pictures, which depict Buddha on his deathbed, at Higashiyama Ward's Senyuji and Tofukuji temples for three days annually. The Senyuji picture measures 8 meters x 16 meters, while the Tofukuji picture measures 7 meters x 14 meters.

Participants should meet guide Paul Satoh at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Kyoto City Tourist Information Office, located on the second floor of the JR Kyoto Station building.

The cost of the tour will be around 2,600 yen, including bus fare, admission and lunch. Participants will also be asked to donate a further 1,000 yen to support the club's activities.

The tour is open to non-Japanese only. For reservations, fax guide Paul Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

Nara hall stages lecture for English hopefuls

A lecture for prospective or struggling Japanese students of English will be held on March 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the small hall of Nara-ken Bunka Kaikan in Nara.

The guest speaker will be Katsuaki Togo, a Waseda University professor who has taught English conversation on an NHK radio program and has written several books on the topic.

Togo will discuss why Japanese people have trouble learning and using the language, and what steps learners should take to make themselves understood. The lecture will lead into a question and answer session.

The venue is a five-minute walk east from the No. 1 exit of Nara Station on the Kintetsu Line. The participation fee is 600 yen, with 300 people scheduled for admittance on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For reservation and more information, call the Nara YMCA International Language Center at (0742) 45-5920.

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