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Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

Pottery fair this week on Kyoto's Gojo Street:
A large-scale pottery fair is taking place Sunday to Wednesday on Gojo Street in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto.

The Gojo-zaka Pottery Festival, one of the largest of its kind in Japan, is held every year and attracts 500,000 visitors. About 500 vendors open stalls along both sides of Gojo Street, between Kawabata and Higashioji streets.

On sale will be Kiyomizu-yaki, a popular local porcelain, as well as Seto, Arita, Shigaraki and other representative ceramic styles from all over the country.

The venue is near Exit No. 4 of Gojo Station on the Keihan Line.

The fair runs each day from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information, call (075) 541-1192.

Trainees to show off traditional arts skills:
Traditional Theater Training, an annual intensive workshop on Japanese and traditional performing arts for foreigners and Japanese, will host a free recital by this year's participants at 3 p.m. Aug. 14 at Oe Noh Theater in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

At the 21st workshop, which started July 22 and is running for three weeks, 27 participants from various backgrounds are learning noh, "kyogen" (comical short drama) and "nihon buyo" dance from professional performers. The results will be on display at the recital by participants from the United States, Canada, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland, Britain and Japan.

Admission is free. No reservation is required.

The venue is a four-minute walk west of Shiyakusho Mae Station on the Tozai subway line, or a five-minute walk east of Karasuma Oike Station on the Karasuma subway line.

For details, call Kyoto Art Center at (075) 213-1000.

'Tokiwazu' performance set for Kyoto Art Center:
A performance and lecture of "tokiwazu," a style of narrative music associated with kabuki theater and "buyo" dance, will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 in a large tatami room at Kyoto Art Center in Nakagyo Ward.

Two popular pieces will be recited with shamisen and "joruri" narrative singing by Tokiwazu Tokizo, Tokiwazu Toyotayu and two other performers. One of the pieces, "Kagekiyo," is a story based on a military leader from the late Heian Period. Between performances, Tokizo will be interviewed about the present state of the music, and give a lecture with Toyotayu on how to sing in tokiwazu. All the sessions will be conducted in Japanese.

Tickets are 1,800 yen in advance and 2,000 yen at the door.

Advance tickets are available at the venue, or through Ticket Pia.

For more information, call Kyoto Art Center at (075) 213-1000.

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