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Sunday, May 14, 2006

KANSAI: Who & What

Latin American scholar speaks on Japan arts:
The Japan Foundation's Kyoto office is inviting people to a seminar on Japanese performing arts defined by a Latin American scholar from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 26 at Kyoto Seika University's Koryu Center in Nakagyo Ward.

The foundation has been inviting specialists on Japanese studies as its fellows, and the lecture will be given by Mauricio Martinez of Los Andes University, a current fellow. He specializes in Asian performing arts and has been involved in a project to make a Web-based encyclopedia of Japanese performing arts in Spanish.

The lecture will be in English, with Japanese interpretation.

Participation is free. No reservation is required.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 211-1312, or fax (075) 255-1273.

Calligraphy class for non-Japanese on offer:
Osaka Sister City Network is seeking participants for its Japanese calligraphy class for non-Japanese from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 28 at conference room 3 of International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward.

The seminar is aimed at providing foreigners with an opportunity to be introduced to the traditional art of ink and brush. Participants will be provided with all materials, including brushes, ink and a textbook prepared especially for this class.

Participation is 1,000 yen, including the cost of the materials. Twenty people will be accepted. Reservations must be made by May 22.

For reservations and more information, call the organizer at (06) 6772-9670, fax (06) 6772-9790 or e-mail cir@sisterc.net

Noh performed under torchlight in Kyoto:
Kyoto Takigi Noh, annual outdoor noh performances, will be held June 1 and 2 at Heian Shrine in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward.

Three noh and a "kyogen" comical short drama will be performed on a special stage illuminated by torchlight. The noh plays are from popular repertories and performed by actors from Kanze and Kongo, two of noh's major schools. The contents of the show, which start at 5:30 p.m., will be different each day.

Admission is 2,500 yen in advance and 3,000 yen at the door. Advance tickets are available at Ticket Pia ticket agency and Lawson convenience stores, as well as at Takashimaya and Daimaru department stores in Kyoto.

The event will be postponed if it rains.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 771-5915.

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