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Sunday, May 25, 2003

KANSAI: Who & What

250 varieties of iris on display at Osaka park: A garden of Japanese irises is open to the public until June 22 in Shirokita Park in Asahi Ward, Osaka.

Some 250 varieties of "shobu" irises are in the 13,000 sq.-meter garden, and early June will probably be the best time to see them.

Entrance is free for children of junior high school age and younger and for people aged 65 or older. Tickets for other visitors are 200 yen.

The garden will be open between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., except for the nine days between June 7 and 15, when it will be open between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

To get to the park, take city bus No. 34 bound for Moriguchi Shako-mae at JR Osaka Station and get off at Shirokita Koen-mae, or take city bus No. 110 from Tenmabashi subway station and get off at the same stop.

For more information, call the organizer at the park's office at (06) 6928-0005.

British Council holding comic books seminar: The British Council Osaka office is holding a seminar on British comic books from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on May 26 at its office in the city's Kita Ward.

Roger Sabin, an comics expert who teaches at the Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, will talk about how comic books have developed and acquired popularity as part of British pop culture.

The seminar will be conducted in English. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (06) 6342-5301 or e-mail: enquiries.osaka@britishcouncil.or.jp

Turkish kilim cloth on display, sale in Kyoto: The Japan-Turkish Cultural Society is holding a display and sale of Turkish kilim textiles on May 30 and 31 at its facility in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

Kilim is a type of flat-woven wool that was created by nomadic Turkish women. The colors and patterns of the textiles vary from region to region, with the product typically made into carpets, rugs, bags and other items.

About 500 products will be on sale, with prices ranging from several hundred yen to around 300,000 yen. Turkish teas and lectures on kilim will also be given and kilims more than 100 years old will be on display.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and entrance is free.

The venue, Nihon Toruko Bunka Kyokai, is a three-minute walk from Karasuma station on the Hankyu Line or from Shijo subway station.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 255-7530.

Purchase tickets now for annual outdoor noh: Kyoto Takiginoh, the annual outdoor noh performances, will take place from 5:30 p.m. on June 1 and 2 at Heian Shrine in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

Three noh and a "kyogen" short comical drama will be performed on a special stage illuminated by torchlight. The programs will be different each day.

Admission is 2,500 yen in advance and 3,300 yen at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Ticket Pia and Hankyu Play Guide ticket agencies, as well as some department stores and hotels in Kyoto. The event will be postponed if it rains.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 771-2450.



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