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Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

International friendship carnival set for Sakai:
The annual International People Carnival will take place Oct. 30 at Daisen Park in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture.

The cultural exchange event started in 1995 with the goal of promoting friendship and understanding between Japanese and foreign residents, and has attracted 64,000 visitors from 18 countries for the last 10 years.

Scheduled to run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be ethnic dance and music performances, food stalls, a flea market and other attractions.

Admission is free.

The park is a 10-minute walk from Mozu Station on the JR Hanwa Line.

For more information, call the executive committee at (072) 228-9144 or fax (06) 6233-6660.

Foreign students get in Kyoto museum for free:
The Kyoto National Museum will allow non-Japanese students to see its standing exhibition for free on Culture Day on Nov. 3.

The museum was founded in 1897 in Higashiyama Ward, and its standing exhibition displays thousands of Japanese cultural assets and valuable works of art dating from the stone age to the Edo Period (1603-1868).

Companions of students will also get in for free.

For these visitors, Japanese tea will be served at the museum's teahouse from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Japanese-language guided tours will be offered at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

In addition, tickets to the current special exhibition of Buddhist art will be available at reduced prices -- 600 yen for foreign students and 1,000 yen for their companions.

The museum will be open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To get to the venue, take city bus No. 206 or No. 208 at bus terminal D2 in front of JR Kyoto Station, get off at Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo Mae and walk one minute, or take the Keihan Line to Shichijo Station and walk seven minutes.

For more information, call the museum at (075) 531-7525 or e-mail welcome@kyohaku.go.jp

Chance to watch noh performance in Osaka:
Osaka YWCA Senri Center is organizing an excursion to see noh drama performed at a traditional theater in Kita Ward, Osaka, on the afternoon of Nov. 6.

Participants will visit Osaka Nohgaku Kaikan, where a group of amateur noh players boasting advanced dancing and chanting skills will perform.

"Miwa" from the popular noh repertoire will be performed, following "maibayashi" excerpts of the dancing parts from "Yoro" and "Tenko."

The maibayashi will take about 30 minutes, while "Miwa" will run about an hour. A brief plot summary of "Miwa" will be available.

Participants will meet at 1:50 p.m. at Big Man, the huge TV screen in front of Kinokuniya bookstore, near Hankyu Umeda Station.

The fee is 1,000, yen excluding transportation. Reservations must be made by Oct. 30.

For reservations and more information, call the coordinator at 090-9253-7150 or e-mail usagi9999@yahoo.co.jp

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