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Tuesday, April 2, 2002

Kansai / Who & What

Foundation screening flicks for foreigners

The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office is inviting non-Japanese to free showings of Japanese films at 2 p.m. on each Wednesday this month at its facility in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

The showings will feature the English-subtitled antiwar films "Escape to Tomorrow," directed by Senkichi Taniguchi, on Wednesday; "The Harp of Burma," directed by Kon Ichikawa, on April 10; "Children of the Atom Bomb," directed by Kaneto Shindo, on April 17; and "I Live in Fear," directed by Akira Kurosawa, on April 24. No admission or reservation is required.

The same office is presenting a free seminar on aikido from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 18.

Takanari Higuchi, an aikido master with 40 years of experience, will talk about its spirit and techniques.

English interpretation will be available.

No admission or reservation is required but only a maximum of 50 people may attend.

The foundation's office is in the Yasuda Kasai Kaijo Kyoto building, five minutes from either Karasuma Station on the Hankyu line or Shijo Station on the Karasuma subway line.

Call the organizer at (075) 211-1312 or fax (075) 255-1273.

International school slates open house

Kyoto International School is organizing an open house event at 7 p.m. on April 12 at the Kamigyo Ward school, Kyoto.

The school, which currently teaches children from kindergarten to ninth grade, is adding a 10th grade next September.

The Pegasus Program, the enriched curriculum for the school's highest grades, will also be extended to the 10th grade.

The program is focused more on research and direct experience, covering subjects like ecology and including school trips to particular areas or countries.

The curriculum and instructional methods are Western and fully transferable to other international schools in Japan and many other countries. An explanation at the event will be given in English.

Participation is free but the school welcomes calls in advance from those planning to attend.

For more information, call the school at (075) 451-1022.

Hideyoshi figures in guide's temple tour

The Guide Interpreter Volunteer Club is organizing a one-day tour in Kyoto on April 14 for English-speaking foreigners.

The tour will visit Daigoji Temple in Fushimi Ward to see a parade of about 100 people dressed as 16th century warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi and his followers. The group will then visit Samboin, a major satellite temple of Daigoji, and its landscape garden, where Hideyoshi once held a grand tea ceremony under the cherry blossoms.

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

It will cost around 2,300 yen, including train fare, admission to Daigoji and lunch. Participants will also be asked for a donation of 1,000 yen to support the club's activities.

This tour is for non-Japanese only.

For reservations, fax Paul Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

Teams sought for beach soccer tourney

Teams for five-a-side beach soccer are being sought for a tournament to be held on May 5 and 26 at Sennan Satoumi Park in Misaki, Osaka Prefecture.

Players from around the world will compete on sand pitches in 24 teams of five players.

The games will be held at the beach volleyball stadium in Sennan Satoumi Park.

The park is a five-minute walk from Tannowa Station on the Nankai Line.

The games will begin at 8:30 a.m. on both days. On the second day, there will be an awards ceremony with prizes for the best team, player and cheerleader, and a party featuring a live samba performance. The entry fee is 20,000 yen per team.

For Japanese information call (090) 3702-8992, English information (090) 2286-2649, Spanish information (090) 3896-0717, and (090) 8121-6537 for information in Portuguese.

For entry, call the stadium at (0724) 94-2626.

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