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Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004

KANSAI: Who & What

Christmas market sparkles in Osaka: A Christmas market featuring German-style attractions and products is being held through Dec. 26 at Wonder Square near the Umeda Sky Building in Kita Ward, Osaka.

Attractions include a 27-meter-tall Christmas tree illuminated with 100,000 lights, which is one of the largest of its kind, a merry-go-round from Germany and other displays and performances showing how Germans enjoy the holiday season. Items on sale include a wide range of Christmas ornaments and traditional German handicrafts, as well as sausages, beer, wine and "gluehwein," a popular winter drink.

The market will be open noon to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to Sunday.

For more information, call the executive committee at (06) 6440-3901.

Silent film screened with live music in Kyoto: A British silent movie from the 1920s will be screened with live music at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday at Goethe-Institut Kyoto in Sakyo Ward.

The film "Underground" was made in 1928. Set in London, it features the city's underground railways, which were a symbol of modernization at the time, and depicts a story of love and suspense among three Londoners.

More than 70 years since its debut in theaters, a new musical accompaniment was written by Argentine composer Oscar Stasnoy at the request of Auditorium du Louvre, a facility of Musee du Louvre in Paris organizing music performances and film showings.

The new compositions will be played live by an Argentine trio, consisting of the composer himself, internationally acclaimed guitarist Pablo Marquez and percussionist Gabriel Said.

The movie with new music was first shown at Auditorium du Louvre in October, and the showing in Kyoto is the first outside France. It will be followed by a showing in Tokyo on Dec. 1.

Tickets are 2,500 yen in advance and 3,000 yen at the door. Advance tickets are available at Institut Franco-Japonais du Kansai in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward, which is a 12-minute walk from Demachiyanagi Station on the Keihan Line.

The venue, Goethe-Institut Kyoto, is a six-minute walk from Marutamachi Station or an eight-minute walk from Demachiyanagi Station on the Keihan Line.

For more information, call the showing's executive committee at (090) 9626-5058, e-mail louvre@ufer.co.jp or visit the event's Web site at www.ufer.co.jp/louvre

How to make natural Christmas wreaths: The Osaka YWCA is organizing a Christmas wreaths class for non-Japanese residents from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the home of one of the lecturers in Minoo, Osaka Prefecture.

The lecturers, Gina Moriguchi and Koko Kondo, will offer tips on how to make Christmas wreaths utilizing natural materials such as holly sprigs and pine cones.

Participation is 1,200 yen. Reservations must be made by Nov. 30.

For reservations and more information, call the program's coordinator Kuniko Kanzaki at (090) 9253-7150 or e-mail usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp

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