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Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006

KANSAI: Who & What

Special guided tour of Nara lit by candles:
More than 10,000 candles are illuminating the ancient capital of Nara for 10 days through Aug. 15.

Historical spots such as Ukimido floating hall in Nara Park, the Nandaimon gate at Todaiji Temple and the Nara National Museum will float on the sea of candle light every night for the annual Nara Toka-e Festival.

An English-speaking guide is offering a night tour to take in the sights.

Participants will meet guide Harry Horii at 6:30 p.m. at the fountain square of Kintetsu Nara Station.

The tour costs 2,000 yen. Reservations are required.

For reservations and more information, call Horii at (0742) 46-3273 or 090-3841-4784.

Workshop to showcase performance artists:
Traditional Theater Training, an annual intensive workshop on traditional Japanese performing arts for foreigners and Japanese, will host a free recital by this year's participants at 5 p.m. Aug. 13 at Oe Noh Theater in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto.

At the 22nd workshop, which started July 22 and is running for three weeks, 21 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, 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.

Street performers show their stuff in Osaka:
Street performers are showing off their skills at Tempozan Harbor Village, a waterfront amusement and commercial district in Minato Ward, Osaka, from Aug. 17 to 20.

The 16th annual Tempozan World Performance Festival features 27 groups and individual performers, including jugglers, pantomime artists, acrobats and others from Japan, China, Peru, Britain, Australia and the United States.

Performances will take place at various sites in the village, including Event Square near the Tempozan Market Place shopping building, and other open-air places in front of the building and the Kaiyukan aquarium.

Performances start at noon and run until 6 p.m., except for the last day, when general performances will run until 4:30 p.m, and the final staging will be 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. by all of the performers participating that day, in front of Kaiyukan.

The venue is a five-minute walk from Osaka-ko Station on the Chuo subway line.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6576-5501.



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