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Sunday, May 4, 2003

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Antiques displayed, sold, appraised at fair: The 16th Oimatsu Antique Festival is being held until May 4 in Oimatsu Dori, a district in Osaka's Kita Ward famous for its numerous antique shops and galleries.

Forty-two local dealers will display and sell a wide range of Asian and Western antiques, including ceramics, paintings and sculptures. The dealers will also offer free appraisals of antiques.

A charity auction with 300 items will be held from 10 a.m., with part of the proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

The fair will be held between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The district is located in the Nishitenma area of Kita Ward, which is a five-minute walk north from Yodoyabashi station on the Midosuji subway line, and a 15-minute walk south from JR Osaka Station.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6364-3963.

Watch free Japanese movies with English: The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office is inviting non-Japanese to its weekly free showings of Japanese films from 2 p.m. each Wednesday this month at its facility in the city's Nakagyo Ward.

This month's screenings will feature popular movies depicting samurai warriors. The programs are, "Samurai Vagabond," directed by Tai Kato, on May 7; "The Hidden Fortress," directed by Akira Kurosawa, on May 14; "Dixieland Daimyo," directed by Kihachi Okamoto, on May 21; and "Sanjuro," also directed by Kurosawa, on May 28. All movies will have English subtitles.

Admission is free and reservations are not required.

The venue is on the eighth floor of the Sompo Japan Universe Building, a five-minute walk from Karasuma station on the Hankyu Line or from Shijo station on the Karasumasubway line.

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

Seminar discusses war: humans vs. parasites: Osaka University's Genome Information Research Center is to hold its monthly English-language seminar for the general public between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on May 10 at its facility on the university's campus in Suita, Osaka Prefecture.

Dr. Masaru Okabe, a professor at the center, will speak on "The Complex World of Host and Virus," discussing the ongoing war between human beings and parasitic viruses.

Admission is free, but reservations must be made by May 8.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (06) 6879-8375, fax (06) 6879-8376 or e-mail: omegumi@gen-info.osaka-u.ac.jp

HOE to host 'rakugo' evening of comedy: The HOE International language school is hosting an evening of "rakugo," traditional Japanese comic storytelling, in English at 6:30 p.m. on May 9 at Wahha Hall in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

David Cole from the United States and Branko Manojlovic and Diane Orrett from Britain will recite comic stories on the themes "This Is Rakugo," "Time Machine" and "Bird Hunter." Three professional Japanese raconteurs will also perform in English.

Tickets are 2,000 yen in advance and 2,500 yen at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at Ticket Pia ticket agency.

The hall is a five-minute walk from Namba Station on the Nankai Line and the Midosuji subway line.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6202-0192.

Dogs and owners invited to Knots event: Knots, a Nishinomiya-based nonprofit organization promoting animal rights is holding a one-day, outdoor event for dogs and their owners from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 11 at the Kobe Port Island Shibafu Hiroba square in the city's Chuo Ward.

"Live Love Animals: Play Day with Dogs 2003" will offer several kinds of entertainment for dogs and people, including live music, a demonstration of Frisbee disc throwing and catching, a dance performance by dogs and their owners and an art exhibition featuring dogs. There will also be games for participants and their canine companions.

Participation is free, but dogs must be kept on a leash. Dogs that have not been vaccinated against rabies and other diseases -- as well as dogs in heat -- will not be allowed to take part.

To get to the venue, take the moving pathway from Shimin Hiroba station on the Port Liner.

For more details, call or fax the organizer at (0798) 67-0151. or e-mail: info@knots.or.jp or visit the NPO's Web site: www.knots.or.jp/

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