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Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006

KANSAI: Who & What

Kyoto foundationholding open house

Kyoto City International Foundation is holding an open house 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at its facility in Sakyo Ward.

The third annual open house will use displays and seminars to promote the foundation and its activities. There will also be a variety of attractions that include performances of traditional dance, music and martial arts from around the world, international food stalls, and a flea market. For non-Japanese visitors, an opportunity to wear a kimono will be offered free, and there will be a cafe where they can talk to those studying the language.

Admission is free. Reservations are not required.

The venue, Kyoto-shi Kokusai Koryu Kaikan, is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the subway Tozai Line.

For more information, call the organizer at (075) 752-3511.

English tour takes infestival along Oi River

A volunteer guide interpreter is organizing an English-speaking excursion for foreigners Nov. 12 to Kyoto's scenic Arashiyama district.

Participants will get to watch festival boats floating along the Oi River. More than 10 decorated boats will carry traditional dancers and musicians to celebrate the fall colors of Arashiyama. On the riverbank, there will be also a procession of "tayu" high-ranked woman entertainers.

Participants are required to pay the actual cost of the tour, which will be around 1,800 yen including bus fare and lunch. Another 1,000 yen will be accepted as a gratuity.

Participants will meet guide Paul Satoh at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Kyoto City Tourist Information Office on the second floor of the Kyoto Station building.

For reservations and more information, fax Satoh at (072) 831-2797.

Contemporary dancefor free in Osaka

A contemporary dance performance will be held for free at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Art Theater dB in Naniwa Ward, Osaka.

Jean Gaudin, a French choreographer has been staying in the city for the past three months as part of the Osaka Prefectural Government's artist-in-residence program. The program exchanges artists from Osaka with those from Belgium, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. The artists are offered the opportunity to produce works from the inspirations they receive during the stay.

The dance production titled "fluXS" is choreographed and performed by Gaudin himself and a dancer from Osaka. The live performance will be incorporated into projected images produced in collaboration between the choreographer and local visual artists.

Admission is free.

The venue is on the third floor of the Festival Gate amusement park, which is connected to Dobutsuen Mae Station on the subway Midosuji or Sakaisuji lines.

For more information, call the organizer Osaka Contemporary Art Center at (06) 4790-8520 or visit its Web site at www.osaka-art.jp/

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