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Sunday, May 29, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

Kyoto Charity Fun Run set for next Sunday:
A charity marathon will be held June 5 at Takaragaike Park in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.

The Kyoto Charity Fun Run has been held annually for 19 years. Starting times differ depending on the distance being run, with the half marathon (21.097 km) starting at 9 a.m., the full marathon (42.195 km) at 10 a.m., and the 10-km, 5-km and 2.5-km races at 11 a.m. Runners will also be able to jog for unrestricted distances between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Entry fees will be donated to three nongovernmental or nonprofit organizations operating in developing countries in Asia and the Middle East, and two of the groups are planning to spend some of the money on supporting the survivors of the December tsunami disaster in the Indian Ocean.

The fee is 200 yen for those in elementary school or younger and 500 yen for junior high school and high school students. For adults, the fee is 2,000 yen in advance and 3,000 yen on the day of the event.

Entrants should go to the main office for the event, in the Ikoi no Mori area of Takaragaike Park, which will open at 8 a.m.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (075) 241-0674.

English-language tour to a Shinto ceremony
A volunteer guide interpreter is organizing a one-day trip for English-speaking foreigners to observe a Shinto ceremony in Shiga Prefecture on June 5.

Participants will visit Taga Shrine in Taga, where a traditional rice-planting ceremony will be held at the shrine's sanctified paddy field.

The tour costs around 4,000 yen for transportation and lunch. Plus, another 2,000 yen will be accepted as a gratuity.

Participants will meet 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.

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

Showing of French filmmaker in Osaka
Several motion pictures by the late French filmmaker Jean Rouch will be screened for free at 1:30 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, and also at 4 p.m. June 11 at Centre Franco-Japonais Alliance Francaise d'Osaka in Kita Ward, Osaka.

The ethnographic director is considered the father of the "cinema verite" style of documentaries, and throughout his long career he focused his camera on life in Africa, especially in the Republic of Niger.

The museum showings will feature five academic films, two screened on the first day and the other three on the second day. Each picture reports ceremonies and customs of people in Niger and other countries in the continent.

The screening June 11 at the French cultural center will show two of his popular commercial films, "Petit a Petit" and "Moi un noir."

The museum's hall accepts 450 people, while the French center has 50 seats.

Admission is free for all showings. No reservations are required.

For more information, call the organizer at the museum at (06) 6876-2151.

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