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Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005
KANSAI: Who & What
Free tickets available for Fukuda opera recital:
Fukuda, who mastered the bel-canto style of singing in Italy, has been promoting the tradition and culture of Italian opera in Japan. She will sing seven songs of Giacomo Puccini, one of the greatest Italian opera composers, commemorating the upcoming release of her CD dedicated to Puccini's songs. The repertoire includes "S mi chiamano Mimi" from the opera "La Boheme and "Un bel d, vedremo" from the opera "Madama Butterfly."
Those interested in the free tickets should send a postcard stating your name, address and phone number to Mika Fukuda Recital/J. Times at 20-102-501 Saga Kitabori-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, 616-8367.
The postcard must arrive by Sept. 27.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Noh, kyogen evening with English aids:
A set of earphones to hear the lines in English, and written material introducing the plots in English will be offered at no extra charge.
The programs consists of "Chidori" (kyogen) and "Kanawa" (noh), both from the popular repertoire.
Admission is 2,000 yen for students and 3,500 yen for others.
For tickets, call the organizer Japan Foundation Kyoto Office at (075) 211-1312, or call the venue Kongo Nohgakudo (075) 441-7222.
English excursions to Hikone and Otsu:
On Oct. 1, participants will visit the 400-year-old Hikone Castle and then stroll in its Genkyu-en garden after dark, listening to the songs of insects.
Participants will meet at 3 p.m. at the ticket gate of JR Hikone Station.
Reservations must be made by Sept. 24.
The fee is 1,500, yen not including transportation.
The Oct. 9 outing will take participants to the Otsu Festival. The annual festival has a history of 350 years and is known for its procession of decorative floats. Thirteen floats ridden by musicians, puppeteers and others are pulled by ropes along the streets all day. One of the most spectacular events is the performance of mechanical puppets shown on each float.
Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at the ticket gate of JR Otsu Station.
Reservations must be made by Oct. 2.
Participation is 1,000, yen not including transportation.
For reservations and more information, call the events' coordinator at 090-9253-7150 or e-mail email@example.com